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Do I REALLY have to pull a permit?
But, but, but...permits!?! That's certainly the way I feel sometimes!
Generally the answer is YES, you have to pull permits for structures, BUT there are many things that do not need to be permitted. For instance, in Mohave County any structure without power or water to it under 300 sq ft does not need to be permitted. Also, certain agricultural zoning loopholes allow additional type of structures to NOT be permitted such as barns hay storage etc. For the simple reason of “resale value” I always coach my clients into permitting what they should. This makes their property easier and less costly to sell in the future - when a buyer is hung up on the permit issue.
The septic on a property – any septic MUST be permitted.
Many years ago in Mohave county it was misunderstood that the only permit required was the septic permit, so we still run across properties with residential homes, barns, storage bldgs., garages, workshops etc. and so on and the only permit for the entire built-out property is the septic permit. The misunderstanding was that a permit was required for building most of those structures, but no inspection would be made as the county did not employ enough manpower to inspect rural properties outside of the city’s ... more
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