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City permits are more than permission slips, they come with inspection services that help guarantee a project is done properly

Published 07/21/2011, Pine Journal

After a deck holding 30 party-goers collapsed outside a condominium in Texas last August, follow-up investigation revealed the deck had been rebuilt only months before, without a city permit or an inspection. Twenty-one people were injured when that deck fell, one broke his back. The news stories of the consequences of that deck failure – including injuries and legal action – serve as a cautionary tale for those who think building permits aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.

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