This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms. To access the lead post, please select the link in the prior sentence.
This post is also part of a short sub-series about the phrases of remodeling projects.
Although following building codes, obtaining permits, and scheduling inspections may seem like excessive overhead, our strict building codes do in fact save lives.
The reason strong earthquakes in California kill far fewer people than earthquakes in some other parts of the world are building codes. Permits and inspections is merely how the building codes are enforced.
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Trust me on this next comment, city building inspectors sometimes get it wrong and at times like that it can seem that the function is excessive bureaucracy. When that happens to you your choices are to either make the change the inspector requires or go to city hall and challenge it.
So far in my experience it’s always been quicker and easier to make the change (for what it’s worth I’ve never seen a building inspector get it so wrong they required something unsafe).
But in aggregate, try not to be too frustrated or upset with the extra cost and extra time.
Putting GFCI receptacles near water really does save lives, installing motion sensors to turn off bathroom lights really does save energy, and don’t even get me started on codes related to earthquake safety.
My advise is not to fight the process, but to use it.
Where inspections and signs off are required are great places to define project phases and progress payments.
Think in terms of the building department giving you (at cost) the outline which your bathroom remodeling project will follow.
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