Building Inspector - Violation - Single Family - Shedrock Work

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Hi Everyone, 

I just want to hear your point of view on the following violation scenario if asking me to pull a building permit is necessary.

Lowell Massachusetts

I got a letter from the building inspector stating that I am in violation. 


This is my single family that used to live in. I moved out about 6 months ago. 

I am trying to polish the house before selling it. So, I have been working on it over the weekend and late evening with friends helping every now and then. 

I have been painting, patching holes, replaced some shedrock, replace door, code the floor, put new carpet, vinyl floor, bath fitter.. etc

I called and talked to the building inspector to find out how he found out, and he never answered the question. He told me that I am in violation, and the longer I wait, the more fee it will accumulate. He told me that replacing shedrock required me to pull a "building permit". 

I did not change or re-stud or re-fixture anything major. 

I just want to see what everyone though on this.  


 Not a big chance anyone here will know what your local jurisdiction requires a permit for.  Some inspector likely saw some debris outside the house.

At this point, you need to be the epitome of cooperation.....”sorry, I didn’t realize, what do I need to do.....”, then do it.

@Wayne Brooks thanks Wayne, at this point, I just go through whatever he is requesting. He told me to come by next Tuesday to pull a building permit. So, I guess I just proceed with that. He probably will pull out every wall that I put on. 

@Chan K. Go on your town’s website and read the building codes. It will let you know what requires a permit. It is likely that a neighbor reported you or they saw the old sheet rock outside. You have to be careful about you dispose of it.

Since a permit was likely required, I would call back and apologize and ask what you can do to fix it. Tell him you were unaware of the requirements.

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