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Updated: 4/29/2013 9:45 am
Southern Nevada building departments are encouraging homeowners to participate in an amnesty program for the month of May that waives penalties on self-disclosed residential construction work done without permits.

During the amnesty period, which coincides with Building Safety Month, homeowners in Clark County and the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Mesquite and Boulder City will be subject to paying normal fees for permits, inspections and plan reviews, but not penalties. Fees for residential-related construction range from $60 to more than $400, depending on the project.

The primary goal of the Residential Amnesty Program is to encourage safety and self-disclosure of non-permitted work and to obtain compliance, officials said. Obtaining building permits is not only mandated by law but will also guard your safety and help ensure you protect what is likely your single largest investment: Your home.

The Residential Amnesty Program allows homeowners to obtain permits without penalties for work performed on:

•Room additions of less than 600 square feet.
•Interior or exterior alterations.
•Kitchen or bathroom remodeling.
•Patio covers.
•Electrical or plumbing work.
•Block wall repairs, installations and replacements.
•Furnace and air conditioning replacement.
•Hot water heaters and water softeners.
•Self-contained hot tub installations.
•Fences greater than 6 feet in height.
•Sheds or accessory structures greater than 120 square feet.
•Garage conversions.
•Retaining walls up to 4 feet in height.

These examples represent only a few of the many projects that need permits. Homeowners should check with their local building department for specific allowances and permitting requirements.

Please note that all other fees, permits and costs associated with the issuance of a building or other permit shall remain in effect during the residential amnesty period.

Building officials say the most common residential projects built on residential property without the necessary permits are garage conversions, room additions, patio covers and water heater installations.

To apply for the Residential Amnesty Program, a homeowner must first contact the building department in the jurisdiction in which the home is located to obtain the necessary permit forms and fees. As part of the Residential Amnesty Program, the homeowner must also take part in a five-minute educational training session regarding the building permit process and importance of obtaining those permits.

Applications for the Residential Amnesty Program, displayed below, should be submitted to the Building Department for the homeowner’s jurisdiction. The Residential Amnesty Program must reflect work that is permitted under current code or was allowed under the code of record at the time of installation.

Local building departments:

•The Clark County Building Department’s Permit Application Center is at 4701 W. Russell Road and may be reached at (702) 455-3000 or www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.

•The Las Vegas Building and Safety Department is in the Development Services Center, 333 N. Rancho Drive, and may be reached at (702) 229-6251 or www.lasvegasnevada.gov.

•The Henderson Community Development and Services Department, Division of Building and Fire Safety is in the Development Services Center located in Henderson City Hall at 240 Water St. They may be reached at (702) 267-3600 or at www.cityofhenderson.com.

•The City of North Las Vegas Permit Application Center is in City Hall at 2250 Las Vegas Boulevard North and may be reached at (702) 633-1577 or www.cityofnorthlasvegas.com.

•The Mesquite Building Department, Division of Development Services, is at 10 E. Mesquite Blvd., and may be reached at (702) 346-2835 or www.mesquitenv.gov.

•The Boulder City Building Department Permit Application Center is at 401 California Ave., and may be reached at (702) 293-9282 or www.bcnv.org.

-- From news release
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