Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 | 12:31 p.m.
Homeowners wishing to avoid penalties on residential construction done without permits now have a chance to report it in a building amnesty program.
Residents of unincorporated Clark County can participate in the program until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, according to a Clark County news release issued Thursday.
Residents who report the construction during the amnesty program will have to pay fees, ranging from $150 to $400, inspections and plan reviews. They will not be subject to penalties, which typically can double or triple the cost of fees.
“We’re offering this program to help residents ensure the safety of their homes and any work they’ve done that requires permits and inspections,” Ron Lynn, director of Clark County Building Department, said in the release.
Faulty installations can cause hazards such as fires and flood damage and may not be covered by insurance, Lynn added. They also may lead to costly repairs, he added.
The most common residential projects without permits include garage conversions, room additions, patio covers and water heater installations, the release said.
The Building Department’s Permit Application Center is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays, and is at 4701 W. Russell Road. Residents may also contact the Building Department at 455-3000