Open and Expired Building Permits (Watch) 

Open and Expired Building Permits (Watch) 

HB 1077 (Diamond) and SB 1322 (Powell) provide a procedure by which property owners may close dormant open or expired building permits in instances when the contractor who obtained the permit is no longer available to close it by calling for a final inspection. The bills also provide a mechanism for sellers and purchasers of real property, on which a building permit was previously obtained but not properly closed, to close the permit as part of the purchase and sale transaction for the property. The bills require local governments to send a written notice to the current property owner within one to three years after issuance of any building permit that has not been properly closed out. The bills allow local governments to charge one search fee per tax parcel identification number in an amount commensurate with research and time costs incurred. (Branch)