In a message dated 3/23/2008 5:01:21 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> Consider yourself lucky, but not necessarily wise. My tower cost $3000 to
install with crane services, concrete pumping, hole digging, and other
expenses, and I wasn't willing to roll the dice and take a chance of loosing
investment. If you try and ignore city codes and they catch you, they can
make you remove it which is also costly, and you can bet it would be more
difficult to get the permit after trying to avoid the codes the first time.
My experience has been that you can retro a permit IF you've constructed
it per the factory/PE specs. Document everything (pictures of the depth of
the hole, rebar cage, invoices for rebar, concrete, etc.) and submit it with
your permit application.
The fine is typically a small percentage (e.g. 1 or 2%) of the value of
the project so in this case the fine would be $30 to $60.
> Your displeased neighbors or another ham that doesn't like you will
eventually rat on you. I don't consider this good advice to follow.
This is about the only way you can get busted - that is if a
neighbor complains to the building department.
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