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Old 04-25-2019, 08:11 PM   #21
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Permit because changed the design rather then repairing damage? It will be easier to fix next with just one door.


I am the one that has to deal with it so i am going to village hall tomorrow to show them the pictures with the damage showing it was emergency damage repair (instead of improvements) but they will probably have issues with the change in the garage door header.

Even though that part is out of my hands because I didn’t do the work but i know they had an engineer draw up the specs so it shouldnt be too much of a problem. They just want their permit and my business licensing fees

I will see tomorrow because I’m going to have to get relicensed in the village and pull a permit. I think my license expired in 2015 because that was the last job I did there where I needed a permit.






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Old 04-25-2019, 08:13 PM   #22
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I've never needed a permit for repair work.


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Permits for repairs are needed all over the place up here.
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Yeah, I've never needed a permit for repair work. I've never worked in the Chicago area either.
You need a permit to change a roll of toilet paper in the Chicagoland area.

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You need a permit to change a roll of toilet paper in the Chicagoland area.

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Yep, and that last one I had to pull even in unincorporated Cook County involved me driving down in person to the loop, paying for parking, and filling out massive amounts of forms including a child support affidavit. Cost me a half day of otherwise billable work, fees, and with tolls and parking and the drive time another $250 or so.

It's no wonder that many people avoid permits. Maybe us rule followers are the stupid ones.
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It's no wonder that many people avoid permits. Maybe us rule followers are the stupid ones.

Honestly, I wouldn’t pull a permit either however when I build a scaffold and I have half a chimney tore down it’s hard to miss it when they drive past


It can be a royal pain like in Elmwood Park where they require you to go to City Hall to pick up an contractor application in person even though they have the form online you cannot print it from home...you have to go there

The online form they have has a big old SAMPLE written across the page, why the fook cant i just print it from home?


The worst part is I mostly do small jobs that are only a day or two long and it is a royal pain to have to go get a permit for those stupid little jobs


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I am the one that has to deal with it so i am going to village hall tomorrow to show them the pictures with the damage showing it was emergency damage repair (instead of improvements) but they will probably have issues with the change in the garage door header.

Even though that part is out of my hands because I didn’t do the work but i know they had an engineer draw up the specs so it shouldnt be too much of a problem. They just want their permit and my business licensing fees

I will see tomorrow because I’m going to have to get relicensed in the village and pull a permit. I think my license expired in 2015 because that was the last job I did there where I needed a permit.






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Just curious, which village and you don't have to answer.
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Just curious, which village and you don't have to answer.


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Honestly, I wouldn’t pull a permit either however when I build a scaffold and I have half a chimney tore down it’s hard to miss it when they drive past


It can be a royal pain like in Elmwood Park where they require you to go to City Hall to pick up an contractor application in person even though they have the form online you cannot print it from home...you have to go there

The online form they have has a big old SAMPLE written across the page, why the fook cant i just print it from home?


The worst part is I mostly do small jobs that are only a day or two long and it is a royal pain to have to go get a permit for those stupid little jobs


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Yep, and then trying to explain to the client why you have to pass the fees onto them.
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Yep, and that last one I had to pull even in unincorporated Cook County involved me driving down in person to the loop, paying for parking, and filling out massive amounts of forms including a child support affidavit. Cost me a half day of otherwise billable work, fees, and with tolls and parking and the drive time another $250 or so.

It's no wonder that many people avoid permits. Maybe us rule followers are the stupid ones.
Back when I was a youngin’ Chicago permits were very easy, never waited more than a day.

My father in law was the head of the foot patrol for the CPD. It was his men that was responsible for City Halls security. He’d walk in drop the form on some desk and walk out with a permit, no questions asked.

Gotta love Chicago politics.

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Back when I was a youngin’ Chicago permits were very easy, never waited more than a day.

My father in law was the head of the foot patrol for the CPD. It was his men that was responsible for City Halls security. He’d walk in drop the form on some desk and walk out with a permit, no questions asked.

Gotta love Chicago politics.

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As you likely know, the electrical licensing in Illinois is stupid. Take a test in one AHJ (Libertyville and Elgin are the only ones left) and it transfers to all AHJ's EXCEPT for Chicago proper. They want a new fee and test. This is my excuse for declining jobs in the city since I hate working there anyway.
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As you likely know, the electrical licensing in Illinois is stupid. Take a test in one AHJ (Libertyville and Elgin are the only ones left) and it transfers to all AHJ's EXCEPT for Chicago proper. They want a new fee and test. This is my excuse for declining jobs in the city since I hate working there anyway.
Best part is, only a Chicago licensed electrical contractor can apply for and receive an electrical permit from the City of Chicago. Not even the homeowner can get an electrical permit from the city.

A few years ago Illinois had considered a state electrical license. Didn’t go far.

Most Indiana AHJ’s reciprocate electrical licenses. The Lake County license is good through most of the state (not sure about Indy). You do need a bond for each AHJ.

I should look into the CO electrical requirements.

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A few years ago Illinois had considered a state electrical license. Didn’t go far.



I really wish the state would have a state contractors license for all trades so a contractor could go to the Village or town with their state license and be able to pull a permit with that.

This crap now where you have to get licensed in every town sucks especially when you’re doing small jobs. Not only do i have to get a license but I also have to get a bond as well




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Stuff like this is exactly why we got out of the snow removal business. When we first started in business we thought it would make sense to plow snow to give a couple guys something to do, keep equipment busy, etc.

Turns out snow removal ruins the tires and bucket edges on loaders, ruins transmissions and is very unreliable income. You also have to go to work in the middle of the night frequently which is no fun. Then wreck 50' of snow covered curb or tear out some parking bumpers and you've cost yourself everything you have made or more.
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Up here it can be pretty profitable with plow trucks. Loaders usually have a blade put on the bucket and plow commercial parking lot's like Wal-Mart.

Residential rates run around $35 per drive per plowing. A good route with a good driver will do 100-200 drives in a storm, double that if the snowfall requires plowing twice.

Something like 15 or so plowings per year where I am, so gross on a good residential route runs $50-100K for one truck and driver.
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You need a permit to change a roll of toilet paper in the Chicagoland area.

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Having been a licensed mason contractor in Chicago since mid '70,s,I could tell permit stories you boys would never,ever believe unless you lived them ! Very close to unbelievable .
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Having been a licensed mason contractor in Chicago since mid '70,s,I could tell permit stories you boys would never,ever believe unless you lived them ! Very close to unbelievable .


Do you still have a current license?

We had an A and B license for many years however my dad dropped it probably around 1993 because he was tired of paying for the renewal fee because we started doing a lot of work in the suburbs

Every once in a while I still wish i had it


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Do you still have a current license?

We had an A and B license for many years however my dad dropped it probably around 1993 because he was tired of paying for the renewal fee because we started doing a lot of work in the suburbs

Every once in a while I still wish i had it


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Yes,and I'll help you guys if need be.The license is an A, good for masonry and concrete.
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Having been a licensed mason contractor in Chicago since mid '70,s,I could tell permit stories you boys would never,ever believe unless you lived them ! Very close to unbelievable .
There isn’t a Chicago permit story you could tell I wouldn’t believe.

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Well after a week i have everything up to date with the village including a permit which dropped the stop work order.

Business license for the town - $100

25,000 bond for the town - $125 bill from my insurance

Permit for the job - $100

Luckily the stop work order usually doubles the cost of the permit but since I showed her the pictures and the fact that it was a true emergency job they dropped the “fine”


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