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Yes, but you won't like what will probably happen (this is a worst case scenario, hopefully you will avoid most):

The purpose for a building permit is to ensure meeting the minimum standards for construction practices and minimum safety standards.  A contractor who works without a permit, does so because they know they are not in compliance (and to save money at your expense).  They knew they should have had inspections and permits for their work.  Who ever built the addition should be reported to both the building official as well as the Better Business Bureau.  It is ultimately the homeowner who is responsible for ensuring the proper permits have been applied for, though.

So when you apply for your permit, you will be pretending as if the work is not completed (you do not hide this fact, you just have to follow the correct process as if it hadn't been built).  Your first stop will be with zoning; can you even add an addition, do you have the proper clearances from the side, front and rear property lines.  If it is a bedroom, does the septic system (perk test) support an additional bedroom.  If your building already meets or exceeds the amount of building allowed on the site or if you do not have the clearances required from the property line, your addition may be required to be removed.  There are appeal processes and variance requests you can try before tearing down the addition (Get an architect).

If your zoning review is fine, next you go to permitting.  Here you will submit plans (drawings) of what was built.  If you do not have these plans, consider hiring an Architect to generate As-Built drawings for this use.  Hopefully the plan review comes back with no changes, or you will alread know your addition is not in compliance and may face rebuilding.  Depending on the type of construction, your zoning and your local building requirements, you will be required to have inspections of your foundation / footings, the framing, the electrical, mechancial and HVAC systems, etc. affected by the work. 

This may require digging the ground back up so the inspector can confirm foundation depth, size and draingage requirements.  The interior wall finishes (gypsum board, panelling, etc) may have to be removed in some or all areas so the framing and electrical can be inspected (If one area fails, be prepared to pull all areas down).  At each inspection, if the work is found to be lacking, then you will have to correct the work before getting permission to use the room.  If there is an electrical or safety violation found, it is possible the Building Official could declare the entire property inhabitable until the offenses are corrected (IE you are homeless until it is fixed).

As you can see, you have to hope beyond belief that the builder constructed everything correctly and that the building officials will work with you to minimize the amount of deconstruction necessary to inspect the work.

Also, you will be charged all the fees associated with plan review and permitting, and you will be charged for each inspection visit (as your builder would have been charged initially had they followed the law).

As for value, here is the real concern:  If your home burns down or faces some similar disaster, your home owners insurance will balk at paying; they will blame the illegal construction as the cause.  As for the value of your building, not having a permit will make any buyer have a difficult time getting their own insurance, thus harder to sell.  The room itself will add value to your property, if it isn't a hazard (IE permitted). 

Also, taxes are based upon assessments, which use the land records.  Building without a permit, can be seen by local officials as an attempt to avoid paying property taxes, since the land records do not show the addition.  Until the official tax records reflect an accurate statement of your building, you may face fines, tax fees and other costs associated with the improvement depending upon how long it has been there unreported.

You may wish to contact a local, licensed Architect who works with the local building department.  They will know the personel, know which forms you need to fill out first and how to protect you from an overzealous Building Official (there are exceptions and options within the Code that the Building Official may forget or ignore that an Architect can request be used to prevent tear down or damage).  Next time you go to build get the Architect first to protect yourself from what this construction firm did to you.

Good luck!

     If you are having a friendly divorce you might want to know what doing the repairs would add to the sale price. I think your best bet would actually be to talk to a realtor as to what they think the difference would be. Then get a couple of estimates from a local contractor or contractors.

     Being in a divorce situation I would think sell as is and move on as quickly as you can. Renovation of a home can be a stress on a good marraige and it would probably be worse if in divorce proceedings.


Good luck Don


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Property Appraisers in West Babylon, NY

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855 Flanders Drive
Valley Stream


514 Middle Country Road
Middle Island

Advent Appraisals

3229 44th street
New York

Affordable Concrete

433 Lincoln Ave


260 W Main St Ste 11
Bay Shore

Apex Financial Network

151 South Munn Ave, Ste 2F

Bronx Elite Commercial Appraisers

11 West Prospect Avenue
Mount Vernon

Buffy Real Estate, Inc.

356 Middle Country Road

Cafe Nunez

240 west 35th
New York

Century 21 A A REALTY INC


Century 21 Zaloom Realty

1186 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island

CJP Enterprises

179 Stony Hollow Rd

Claim Solvers

P.O. Box 140117

Creative Construction of Brooklyn

1077 Dean Street

Cusack Appraisals

87-42 Van Wyck Expressway
Richmond Hill

CW Solutions

Two Tower Center, 16th floor





E-Value Appraisals

19 West 21st Street
New York



Express Real Estate Appraisals

108 Holbrook Road

Grieve Your Taxes

PO Box 487

Hampton Appraisals, Inc.

471 N Broadway #142

Hargale Enterprises

3514 Hargale Rd.

Home Health Handlers

993 Orlando ave
West Hempstead

Homeland Appraisals

260-12 Hillside Ave
Floral Park


2338 Surrey Lane

Homesite Realty, Inc.

86 Ross Avenue
Staten Island



Inspector Holmes Home Inspections

Horizon View Drive


West Babylon



Jack Arnt Appraisals

411 Alpine Ter

Leib Designs

500 West 43rd St. #27E
New York

Leo & Scoblete Realty Advisors, LLC

23 Berry Hill Rd
Oyster Bay

Level Line Construction

22-55 31st street

Liebert Associates

401 E 77th St
New York

Lovely Luxury Homes

21 Wood Street
Spring Valley


43 Wensley Lane
East Islip

Meg Smith and Associates Real Estate

249 West Main Street
Bay Shore

Metroplus Insurance Agency

338 Washington Ave

MHK & Associates, LLC

641 Shunpike Rd.

Michael Schwagerl Appraisals

101 Jackson Avenue

Multiple Listing Service Long Island

Port Jefferson Station
New York


PO Box 574

Nassau Elite Commercial Appraisers

1010 Northern Boulevard
Great Neck


S.I.E,Shahab Pura, Sialkot-Pakistan.

New York Appraisal Associates

22 Somers Hills Road

New York Appraisal One, Inc.

168 Golf Lane


White Plains


103-20 116th Street
New York City

Patriot Home Inspection Limited LLC

17 Burling Ave
White Plains

Primo Home Inspections

3 St Marks Pl
Roslyn Heights

PROcure Solutions LLC

45-55 39th Street #6B

R & M Appraisal Reports, Inc.

8806 Little Neck Pkwy
Floral Park

Realty Connect USA

229 Main St



Suffolk Elite Commercial Appraisers

68 South Service Road, Suite 100

Summit Appraisal Services, Inc

278 Thompson Avenue

Tax Reduction Services

PO Box 2111

The Chera Group

3703 Nostrand Ave

Valued Realty Services LLC

16 Dellacona Rd

Vital Abstract LLC

2088 US Hwy 130 North

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