Comment 41604

By Ben (anonymous) | Posted June 05, 2010 at 16:19:50

Thanks for all the comments. To answer some of the questions:

- Heating: the Forced Air Gas runs through the garage. I need to punch a hold in the bulk head, cut out a section and put in a grill. Should take me 10 minutes. For this very simple procedure I may also need a permit :)
- Electrical: I may need to add a couple of new sockets. Very simple to do and yes, I will probably also need a permit :) The electrical permits are issued by an independent agency, not the city. I got a permit for the office I recently constructed. The inspector was very helpful and not overly expensive ($170 per visit). The certified electrical contractor however, cost a fortune. In future I will do all the electrical myself :)

As hard as this has been for me, I'm sure it's harder for others. I have a friend of a friend who recently opened up a new shop on Queen east. She described the permit process she had to endure - what a nightmare. There is something very wrong when our permit processes are discouraging the very kind of development we need to be encouraging.


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