- 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.
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: