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    Default Be carefull on Building Permits for basement window additions....

    I really never paid much attention, and always assumed when you hired a guy to come cut your concrete, and install a new basement window, they went out and got the permits required.

    Well don't assume shit lol.

    I've run into 3 cases now where the contracter never pulled a permit.

    And on one of them, I almost got stung.

    I'm currently undergoing a development and building permit to legalize a previously illegal basement suite.

    The prior owner added a window to the side of the house. Well, there are rules as to area of total glazing allowed, and with the new window I am over the limit.

    They almost made me remove the window.

    Fuck, lol

    Just a heads up, these dirt bags aren't pulling permits, and it must be up to the home owner i guess.

    When I hire an electrician, he usually pulls them if required, I woulda thought it was the same.

    Anyway.

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    I don't believe the concrete cutters normally pulled the permits.

    I worked as one when I first moved to Calgary and never once did we pull permits, seems it was in the homeowners hands or the general contractor. I don't remember even asking about them before but did do a few windows in places that you could bet didn't have permits pulled for them.
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    It's up to you, the property owner to make sure all required permits are in place. Not the individual subtrades. Most generals will look after them as well, but ultimately you're responsible.

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    I agree. like if I hired a separate Window installer, and separate concrete cutter etc... so if I WAS the contracter, I would of course pull a permit.

    But when you go out and find a contractor that does the whole job including subcontracting out the concrete work (or doing it themselves), or whatever, I would assume they would be pulling permits, AND/OR I would think the individual traded would be refusing to do work if no permit was issued.

    Anyway, it's a done deal, just a heads up.

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    Yeah sounds strange and I really see your point.
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