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Building Permit Issue Identified

Building Permit Issue Identified

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It's a problem that isn't getting worse only in Ward County, but across much of the state according to Ward County Building Inspector Mike Larson.

That problem is the number of people who are doing construction work without pulling a building permit from the county.

Larson says he has talked to colleagues of his in other counties and cities around the state, and they are reporting the same issue.

The amount of projects that were started without a permit went up last year.

In 2012, 14 of 94 projects started without the proper permit.

He told Ward County Commissioners today that there was a good jump from that in 2013..

(Mike Larson, Ward County Building Inspector) "One of the biggest concerns that I have related to the permitting. Last year, of the 98 building permits that we issued, 28 of them started without a building permit. Not a very good percentage you know, one third roughly."

Larson says fines now are tough to implement, because they require action in court.

He says he's working on a new fine system that is more workable to try and deter people from starting projects without the permit.

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