Back dating permits

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  1. Cookie

    Cookie .

    Oct 7, 2005
    Being I am sick with the flu I am watching movies. Marathons. This one is Lethal Weapon. In the movie it is mentioned about back dating a permit for the work done in building a garage. Is this possible? Or legal? Or just a tv thing?
  2. Cass

    Cass Plumber

    Nov 12, 2005
    Just a TV thing...
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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    It's a tv thing.
    Permits are pretty simple,
    You get one, and the the inspections happen and they are signed and dated.

    However, the last home Redmond home I lived in, many of the inspections were dated on one day, things like insulation, drywall and plumbing.
    There is no way all of those inspections could have really happened on the same day.
    That was the first time I ever saw that.
    I built homes in King County, Bellevue and Woodinville, those inspections were all legit.

    And of course all of the plumbing inspections were.
    The only weird thing I ever ran into was in Tacoma.
    I had a very strange inspector there one time.
    First time I ever saw a plumbing inspector with an open shirt and a gold necklace.
    And he kept talking about his "boys".
    I wasn't one of his "boys".
    At least he had that one right.
    I called up and got a different inspector on the job.
    Just look at the plumbing and sign it off.
  5. Cookie

    Cookie .

    Oct 7, 2005
    I kind of thought so or at least illegal.
  6. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    If it comes up that you have work that was done without a permit, it is POSSIBLE to permit it after the fact. They don't " backdate" the permit, and it have to be able to convince the city that the work complies. That may require some opening up of things for inspection. And there will be the fines....etc.
  7. Scuba_Dave

    Scuba_Dave Extreme DIY Homeowner

    Jan 5, 2009
    Used to be in IT
    South of Boston, MA
    Unless you live in a good ole boys area ;)
  8. zl700

    zl700 DIY Senior Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Western NY
    It's all who you know, I got some back dated permits once when selling a home.
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