Remediate Unpermitted Work

Post Construction Permit

California State laws require permits to be obtained for most types of construction and remodeling projects that involve changes of the floor plans to ensure that the work done complies with local building codes and safety standards. However, there are occasions where the homeowners building without permit from the local authorities. Fortunately, in Los Angeles California laws allow homeowners to obtain a retroactive permit after the work is done, if the work meets the minimum local building codes without demolishing the entire building and starting it from scratch.

However, bringing an unpermitted construction up to code, can be a complex and time-consuming process. It involves acquiring the essential permits from the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) and often requires substantial additional work, depending on the project’s scope and nature. We, at CCS Inc, specialize in helping homeowners getting a permit for almost any unpermitted structures after the work is done, making the process smoother and more manageable for you. Your peace of mind and compliance with the law are our top priorities. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.

Get A Building Permit After Work Is Done

How To Legalize Unpermitted Work?

We at CCS Inc (Construction & Consulting Services) know what exactly it takes to obtain a post-construction permit to bring any unpermitted structure into compliance. We have a team of highly experienced permit expeditors who are well-versed about all the current laws regarding building permits and paperwork in Los Angeles. Over the years, we have helped thousands of homeowners get their unpermitted work retroactively permitted among the communities we serve.

How Much Does Retroactive Permit Cost?

The cost of retroactively legalizing an unpermitted construction varies depending on a number of factors, including its nature, size, and the extent of work done. In some cases the cost is only for the floor plans and city fees which can range between $5,000 to $15,000 and in some cases the cost of demolishing the work and restarting the process all over which can fluctuate greatly based on the size of the project

Do I Need to Permit My Conversion Before Selling?

Not necessarily! However, selling a house that has an unpermitted ADU/Conversion or any other kind of work done without the necessary permits is difficult. This is because people are reluctant to buy a home that has unpermitted construction because of safety concerns and the time and money required in the process of legalizing it. If you want to sell your house as-is, you will have to give up on the cost of the conversion as it does not add up to the property value and can not be sold separately. Also, many buyers may ask for a discount in their purchase price in return to legalizing the work after purchasing the propery. Keep in mind that being the homeowner, you are legally obligated to disclose unpermitted work to the buyer. Not doing so may result in legal repercussions when it is discovered by them later.


LADBS Permit Search

How to check if a house has a permit in Los Angeles? LADBS permit lookup and permit status is now available for free:

Avoid Penalty & Obtain a Retroactive Building Permit

Some of the common unpermitted construction work we have able to legalize are ADU, addition, garage conversion, and more.

LADBS Notice Letters

Permit My ADU After The Work Is Done

Garage conversion without permit and ADU’s without permit are eligible to obtain a retroactive thanks to the combat of the crises of affordable housing in the state, California offers an amnesty program to endorse the legalization of all types of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as long as they meet the current building laws and codes.

Ready For Remediate Unpermitted Work?

How Can I Legalize Unpermitted Work In California?

The process of obtaining a retroactive building permit consists of the following steps. You can trust us, CCS Inc to work closely with the local city authorities and help you throughout to make the entire process easy and hassle-free for you.

Meet with the Planning Department

Meet with the Planning Department

Hold an over the counter meeting with the Planning Department to see if your unpermitted structure complies with current zoning laws and ordinances. If it is so, a planner may require documents for Design Review. If the work does not comply with the minimum code and standard, then legalizing the work as-is may not be possible, and modification will be needed to formalize the work.

Hire an Contractor or Designer to Draw Floor Plans

Hire a professional floor planner or designer to design and draft full sets of construction plans for you. typically, you would need a site plan, floor plans, electrical plan, a Title 24 (Energy Efficiency) report. It is important to make sure that the drawings are as accurate as possible to avoid unnecessary revision cycles.

Submit Documents for Design Review

Once all the drawings and other pertinent documents are done, submit them to building authorities for plan check. If everything is fine, the building authorities will issue a retroactive permit for your unpermitted work.

Schedule Initial Inspection

Following the issuance of the permit, you can call for an initial inspection. During the phase, the Inspector will check whether all the elements on the submitted plans match the actual construction. Typically, the inspector performs inspections on foundations, framing, electrical, HVAC, mechanical, and insulation. Based on the findings, the inspector will issue a report that may seek corrections and repair if needed.

Final Inspection & Issuance of Certificate of Occupancy

Following the completion of any necessary repair work, the building authorities will sign off on the building permit and issue you a certificate of occupancy. Your unpermitted work is now fully legalized.

Let Us Formalize Your Unpermitted Work

CCS Inc offers a solution for retroactively permitting unpermitted structures, regardless of their type, size, or complexity. We take the guesswork out of the process, ensuring peace of mind. Contact us at (323) 405-8909 to inquire about the process, costs, or to schedule an appointment with our experts. Our experienced team will handle everything, from liaising with the Building Department, creating necessary documents, to facilitating inspections, all with an emphasis on cost-effective compliance with building codes.

Eligible Properties for ADU Amnesty Program

Your ADU will be eligible for enrollment in the program if:

  • It was constructed or converted before December 31, 2019.
  • An occupant currently lives in the unit.
  • There is no application in progress to obtain a retroactive building permit
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