As anyone who has ever had work done on their home by contractors knows, one of the first questions raised is usually, “Do you want to pull permits for this?” That’s because taking out permits can be costly and, more importantly, tends to slow down the work as contractors have to wait for an inspector to show up at the site and sign off on each element of the construction. If a contractor isn’t available that day or, worse yet, if he or she discovers a problem, the entire job could come to a halt. So the fact that this contractor was under pressure to get the job done quickly probably explains why no permits were pulled. But it’s not his home, it’s the homeowners who are responsible.
I am sure many here have had to deal with premoits to get things done. If one is lucky a contractor will get the premits and until they do it can be a long wait before they materialoize and even longer getting an inspector out to okay the work.
For those of us who are DIYers it can be frustrating to have to get permits for doing simple things like replacing a door or window or tearing out old stuff and so on.