Thursday, May 03, 2012
My boyfriend and I are trying to be proactive in fixing up a few things around my house prior to the city's annual code enforcement sweep. We knew that the front steps to my porch were in bad shape and they had mentioned them last year but said they would ignore them if a larger issue was taken care of (which we did of course). So a few weeks ago we went to Lowe's and bought what we needed to make new steps. Today Eric saw code enforcement across the street at a house that has been empty for several years so he went to ask whether or not we needed a railing... he was told probably not but if we didn't get a permit to build the stairs to begin with he'd have to cite me anyways! Who would have thought that building 3 stairs would have needed a permit? So I called the city and verified, yes I do need a permit because they have to be an equal number of inches in height based on the height of the porch so if the porch is 28 inches then we need 4 7 inch stairs... So now my boyfriend and I need to determine if the stairs we spent $150+ on building are even going to meet code! Then if they will, we will have to apply for a permit, remove them so that the city won't know that it's already taken care of, and then put them back. If they don't meet code we will have to come up with another solution. And I am out of solutions and money quite frankly! I am also out of patience with the city, code enforcement and being a home owner.