One of our readers, Tyler, wrote in to let us know about an incident this evening. According to our info contractors were performing unpermitted work and trying to rip out a gas line on the 600 block of 35th St. The Richmond Fire Department told one neighbor “a lit cigarette could have sploded the block”.
A few notes:
- Always permit your work. We know it can be a pain and the city can be slow but there is a good reason for it. Building codes, safety issues, etc. You can get more info here at the Planning and Development Review Website.
- Going through proper procedures helps keep neighbors from hating you (well they’ll have less of a reason)
- If you’re permitted, and something goes wrong (which it always does) at least your i’s are dotted and your t’s are crossed avoiding costly delays and fines.
- Call before you dig. http://www.va811.com – This is for ANY work you’re going to be doing. Even digging deep fence posts could hit a utility line.