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Q. My neighbor and I share a fence, and I want to get a permit for it, but they don’t want me to, because we both have sheds and they’re sure we’ll both get caught for our sheds and possibly other things, like their pool and deck. more
Q. My home is near a golf course that has been approved for a housing development, and we’re very concerned. The traffic is already very heavy, so more traffic is going to be a big problem for us. I anticipate that our property value will . . . more
Q. We’re hoping to do an addition this summer, and are wondering how long it takes to get a permit. Our neighbors built a second floor and a 5-foot-high rear deck that covers most of their yard . . . more
Q. We’re building a second-floor addition, completely open underneath, including our master bathroom. Our neighbors did this and had big problems this winter. First, their faucets froze up, and then there was leaking . . . more
Q. I was wondering about our new gas stove. We’re just finishing the design of our new kitchen renovation, and some of the kitchen designers we talked to said we needed a hood, while others said . . . more
Q. We’re trying to decide what to do with our covered patio. It has a roof and beams that are round and may be hard to work with, since we want to either . . . more
Q. Our house has a smell that, at times, is so bad that we can’t stay there. We’ve had plumbers look at the sewer pipes, put in special vents, and one guy put in a piping system with a fan . . . more
Q. I hope you can help me. My husband’s dream is to open his own car repair shop. We rented a place and found out that the plans the landlord gave us for fixing the storefront aren’t enough to get a permit. We even went in to our building department . . . more
Q. We have a small window of time to redo our kitchen and extend the back room while our kids are away this summer. We found out our permits might not be done by then. The contractor suggested making the foundation ahead of time . . . more
Q. There’s a lot of renovation going on around us, and I don’t see one permit sign or window sign. One neighbor told me he didn’t want his taxes to go up, so he’ll get a permit if he gets caught or when he sells. Isn’t that taking a chance? more
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