final inspection = phone call to inspector "you finished that work?" Ok good, "you passed."
it really comes down to the permit in my opinion....a well documented, well drawn permit generally speaks to the quality of the finished product. Applying for a permit with foundation plans, framing/wall plan, hvac plan, electrical fixture plan (including smokes), plumbing plan....and they are not going to bother you further. You walk in with a room scribbled on a piece of loose leaf paper and they will likely be giving you special attention during the build.
The process/system is flawed, but to play devils advocate, i would RATHER HAVE the permitting process in highly populated areas (reference Mrs. Oleary's Cow)....but in rural areas or if some basic distance is met (150ft from any other house/structure?) then the permitting process should be waived (as you are only going to hurt yourself in that case).
just my opinion
and to stay on topic....taxes are typically determined by major things such as square footage, fireplaces, bathrooms, bedrooms, total rooms. you can look at your offical tax estimate at your assessors office and readily see how they determine them, then you should be able to estimate what various renovations will do to them.
Originally Posted by smokinghot
Just to add fuel to the fire...
In every (I mean every) home I've done electrical reno work in as a professional with a permit. The inspection consisted of me shaking the hand of the inspector, and asking how busy his schedule was. ...Sorry, once I had to explain the scope of the work that hadn't been started yet.