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    Bathroom Remodel

    For any contractors/DIYers:

    I just off the phone with my dad (in ft dodge), he got a certified letter from the building inspector that says:

    "It appears you have done work....in volation of code blah blah blah...you have to file for a permit in 7 days or the city attorney is coming to get you."

    All they did was put in a new tile floor, switched cabinets, and switched toilet fixtures.
    Did not add a new bathroom, or add new/reroute plumbing.

    Do you really have to apply for permits just to redo a floor or vanity? He's not even really sure how they know they even did anything...



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    Re: Bathroom Remodel

    what neighbor turned them in?

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    Re: Bathroom Remodel

    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    what neighbor turned them in?

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    Doesn't say...the thing is, I don't think there is anything to be turned in for..

    Laying a new floor and replacing cabinets, I don't think those need permits.



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    Re: Bathroom Remodel

    The Dirty Dodgers, out to get someone. Doesn't sound to me like anything he did would require an inspection, but I don't know FD's rules.


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    Re: Bathroom Remodel

    It looks like Ft Dodge uses basic home improvements as a city fundraiser. Plus it could be an excuse to get the assessor in to update your dad's assessed value. It should'nt be too hard to clear up with the city but it is a reminder that someone will always turn you in, no matter how nice of a neighbor you are.

    http://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/egov/do...992_211517.pdf



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    wow, thats fun


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    Re: Bathroom Remodel

    I am doing something similar in about a month or so to my bathroom. (Tile, vanity, & shower tile. I don't plan to get a permit. Hope the moral police dont come shooting my door down...



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    Re: Bathroom Remodel

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicarious View Post
    It looks like Ft Dodge uses basic home improvements as a city fundraiser. Plus it could be an excuse to get the assessor in to update your dad's assessed value. It should'nt be too hard to clear up with the city but it is a reminder that someone will always turn you in, no matter how nice of a neighbor you are.

    http://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/egov/do...992_211517.pdf
    So, for example, what constitutes repair of a sink? If you want to put a new set of washers in the faucet, you need a permit??? After all, the faucet is part of the sink.


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    What do you think is the justification for having permit fees for this? Seems ridiculous.

    I guess you could say they need to permit/inspect because that water comes from and goes into the City water system?



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    Re: Bathroom Remodel

    wow, that is just plain ridiculous. I have repaired at least half the things on this list. I would be ****** if I had to get a permit to do a 20 minute garbage disposal replacement. Even more ****** that a neighbor would have to be the one to turn you in. Crazy.



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    Let this serve as a reminder to everyone:

    Reason ∞ to not move to Ft. Dodge.

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    Re: Bathroom Remodel

    There are about 5000 **** hole houses in Fort Dodge that should be higher on the building inspector's priority list.



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    Re: Bathroom Remodel

    In Waukee 2-3 years ago they sent some asshat out driving neighborhoods looking for building materials sitting in driveways or inside open garages so they could check on your permits. Apparently they were also witnessed as walking around the house and looking in basement windows. Won't even go in to what I would do if I caught some dipstick looking in my basement windows.

    I refinished the basement in my house just like I did in the previous 2 houses and did it all without permits. I looked up the code online and followed it when I did the work but screw them on raising my taxes anymore than they are already.



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    Re: Bathroom Remodel

    Quote Originally Posted by State43 View Post
    I am doing something similar in about a month or so to my bathroom. (Tile, vanity, & shower tile. I don't plan to get a permit. Hope the moral police dont come shooting my door down...
    Not needed in Omaha for the work you have outlined above.



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    Slip the dude a $20. It's the grease that makes Ft. Dodge go, such as it is.


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