Brighton, CO asked in Real Estate Law and Construction Law for Colorado

Q: County wants us to get a permit for basement finish from 2006 which was two owners ago.

They tell me I need to pay 650 dollars to make our home legal. We have a coo.

1 Lawyer Answer
James A. Greer
James A. Greer
  • Construction Law Lawyer
  • Boulder, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Dear County Compliance questioner: I'm afraid that your defense "it's been unlawful for a long time" is not adequate for you to avoid the Colorado Municipal Law pertaining to the County's jurisdiction over unpermiited structures. To perhaps smooth over your anguish about this outcome, rememberers per that the County Building Authorities are trying to protect the public from unsafe living conditions. I would urge you to comply and avoid potential fines and/or a citation from Code Compliance office.

JIM GREER is an attorney licensed to practice in CO and CA and has specialized in real estate matters for the past 30 years; nothing herein shall be construed as the offering of legal advice insofar as Mr. Greer is not in an attorney-client capacity with the inquiring party. 303.818.8422

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