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Permit for Hot Tub
Last Post 30 Apr 2018 11:07 PM by atexfamilyfuncentre. 14 Replies.
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Anonymous
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10 Jan 2008 02:59 PM
    Do I need a permit to put a hot tub in?
    anonymouse
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    10 Jan 2008 03:03 PM
    I would say yes, if you are talking about in-ground construction with plumbing/electrical... Portable, above ground type, no.
    Anonymous
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    13 Jan 2008 02:00 PM
    You may want one if you have to do any significant electrical work.
    Anonymous
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    14 Jan 2008 11:40 PM
    Just make sure you use a good electrician. I knew a guy once that got a major shock from a mis wired hot tub.
    Larry
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    15 Jan 2008 12:39 PM
    How much does a built in hot tub add to the value of a home? Assume the hot tub is tastefully done. Seems like that's a very nice amenity...
    Anonymous
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    16 Jan 2008 08:29 PM
    You probably do not recover the entire investment. In the past I've specifically looked for a house with a pool since you basically got it for free. This was back in the midwest, pools may hold their value a little better here.
    Anonymous
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    10 Feb 2008 11:39 AM
    You may also need a permit if you are going to put a privacy fence up around the hot tub. Unless your neighbors are fairly far away I'd think you'd want to do this...
    CATR
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    14 Feb 2008 06:52 AM
    Posted By n/a on 01/15/2008 12:39 PM
    How much does a built in hot tub add to the value of a home? Assume the hot tub is tastefully done. Seems like that's a very nice amenity...





    It may not add any value, there are other things to consider. Typically you will probably loose 50% right off the top. When we do appraisals our "typical" adjustment for a pool is $10-25K, depending on the age & condition.
    Anonymous
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    15 Feb 2008 11:29 AM
    Okay but you still adjust the value of the property up for a pool? Personally I think the best way to get pool to buy a place with one already. It's a huge pain to get one installed...
    CATR
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    15 Feb 2008 05:07 PM
    Posted By n/a on 02/15/2008 11:29 AM
    Okay but you still adjust the value of the property up for a pool? Personally I think the best way to get pool to buy a place with one already. It's a huge pain to get one installed...





    Not if the comparables already have one. So in theory/reality depending on the market you could lose everything you spend on a pool or spa.
    stella
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    20 Aug 2009 10:10 AM
    I couldn't agree more, I would only put in a pool after looking for a place with a pool for 2-3 months and then would only do it if the price of the home was good enough to feel like $30K that's probably gone is worth it.
    rwsinmissionhills
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    20 Aug 2009 04:50 PM
    Last time I pulled a permit, I noted that installing a garbage disposal required a permit.

    Water + electricity, etc...draw your own conclusions.

    Most of the replies posted so far seem to speak to the "resale" value of having a permitted spa. Here is another consideration: Your liability for not having a permit when one is required. When you pull a permit, you trigger an inspection to make sure the work is satisfactory. If you don't pull a permit, and you have ... let's call it and "adverse event" most likely caused by your unpermitted hottub, you could have a bigger headache than if you had pulled a permit for the hot tub -- I am talking lawsuit here.

    I doubt that code enforcement is prowling your 'hood looking for scofflaws who don't pull permits for such things HOWEVER: consider this: If there is a mishap involving your unpermitted hottub, what will happen to you? Of course, the severity and the ensuing damage of our theoretical mishap, not to mention your relationship to anyone who may be harmed by your un-permitted hot may play into your calculus of whether to pull a permit.

    Here is my pragmatic opinion: If you have high net worth and want to keep it that way (or expect to have high net worth during the time you are the owner-of-record for your "illegal" hottub; think seriously about pullling a permit and creating a nice paper trail about how responsible your are (or at least how responsible you wish to appear) to any "trier-of-fact" who might look at your situation in the future.

    If you have some wealth, but are under-insured: My advice: Still pull a permit: It's cheap, and most importantly, you want to sleep at night, don't you?

    If you aren't worth a freakin' penny and don't expect to be worth a penny while owner of the hottub, skip the permit, and use the money you save to pay the gas/electric bill to host those hottub parties you'll be having. If a mishap occurs and damage results (you electrocute a guest or set your neighbors house on fire..) plead "negligence" and let your insurance company handle your mess). Of course after such a mishap, you might be deemed "uninsurable" or will have to pay higher premiums to get any insurance. Still: it all comes down to your personal calculus for "tolerance of risk".
    Jack**
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    20 Aug 2009 09:13 PM
    rws is absolutely correct. And I might add that you need to be more concerned with your neighbors (friendly or not) turning you in before discovery after an adverse event. lol. In areas along the coast, neighbors watch construction activity in their neighborhood closer than a dog does a bone. They've been known to hire their own surveyor to insure their neighbors "new" home isn't 1/4" taller than allowed by law.
    el pescador
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    22 Aug 2009 12:07 AM
    theoretically yes. concrete slab no,electrical yes, plumbing yes, permanent structure yes. The city really doesn't care about anything they don't get a complaint on, but they make money on permits and such so if someone complains about it and you've done the work that you should have gotten a permit for and didn't...you either will have to tear it out/down or remove it. There was a house in OB that was fined 250k for not getting permits that went into foreclosure (cant find the listing).
    atexfamilyfuncentre
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    30 Apr 2018 11:07 PM
    [url=http://www.atexfun.com/]A-Tex Family Fun Center[/url]
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