Help With Illegal Construction

Illegal construction is construction work without a valid construction permit. Are you the owner of a multifamily dwelling with any illegal or "bootleg" units? Or maybe you own a single-family dwelling with an unapproved addition, remodeling, or modifications such as an enclosed patio or a converted a garage? Often, owners have no clue their property is in violation until a code citation is issued; because the work was done by a prior owner, or they hired a contractor to do the work and assumed it was approved.

Getting a citation for your property is an unpleasant experience and can be frightening. When the citation is issued it is not uncommon for a Building Inspector to state that “the property cannot be legalized” and that you will have to “return the structure to its original condition”. While this is sometimes true, more often it is not. The Building Inspector seldom has spent the needed time to research and investigate the conditions relevant to your specific circumstances. That is where we can assist you. We have worked with local building authorities and planning departments since 1973, and are knowledgeable and experienced in obtaining "after-the-fact" approval for illegal construction. We can help solve your legal or technical difficulties, which will also optimize your property's value.

There are a myriad of different ways an Inspector may become aware that your property has illegal construction. Often, a neighbor phones in a tip to the building authority. Sometimes a Building Inspector is in the neighborhood and observes a minor problem at your property, then upon taking a closer look determines a more serious violation. And sometimes the Inspector is at your property at your request to approve new work and observes prior unapproved work.

  • converting a garage into living space
  • converting an attic into living space
  • converting a basement or underfloor area into living space
  • enclosing a porch or patio
  • adding a bathroom
  • adding a room
  • adding a guesthouse or studio
  • adding a carport
  • adding a dwelling unit
  • converting an existing dwelling unit into two units
  • converting storage space into a dwelling unit
  • converting common area into a dwelling unit