Unpermitted work is construction that doesn’t have the necessary approval by the city. This means the city either isn’t aware of the work, wouldn’t approve the work, or doesn’t know whether it is up to code. The City of Rancho Palos Verdes requires permits to be obtained for most types of construction and remodeling projects to ensure that the work done complies with local building codes and safety standards. However, there are occasions where the homeowners build without permits without city approval. Fortunately, The City of Rancho Palos Verdes allows getting a retroactive building permit if the work meets the minimum local codes and standards without demolishing the entire building or starting from scratch.
If a property owner can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the director that an unpermitted structure which is the subject of an after-the-fact application was constructed prior to the current property owner taking title to the property and was not disclosed by the previous property owners, then the penalty fees may be waived by the director.