EXEMPTS SPECIFIED PROPERTY OWNERS FROM BUILDING PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR IMPROVEMENTS VALUED AT/UNDER 35,000 DOLLARS
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MY FIRST IMPRESSION: Uh? I, like probably most voters, don't know anything about building permit laws or real estate, so this law is asking voters to make some huge assumptions.
- Why $35,000? I may not know much about building costs, but it seems someone could make some major alterations to their home for $35K.
- Who is assessing the improvement's value and when is it assessed? It's easy to imagine a homeowner arbitrarily guessing that their second story addition couldn't possibly be worth $35K.
- Why $35K in a calendar year instead of any 12-month period? Couldn't a homeowner complete $70K of improvements in a long New Year's weekend?
- Why does it only require electric work to be completed by an licensed electrical contractor? Shouldn't licensed building and plumbing contractors also be required?
Overall, I'm not comfortable legislating an exemption to building codes, so I'm leaning toward a no vote. Instead of exempting owners from building codes, why not enable do-it-yourselfers to learn and comply with codes such as requiring agencies to publish easy-to-understand building codes and interpretations?