Withdrawn Plan Inspection


    When I purchased my property there was an old plan in place, approved by dob for a renovation that never took place. We’ve requested the plan be withdrawn, and the dob wants to do an inspection of the property regarding the withdrawal. Is this standard? Nothing was ever built or changed.

    7 Replies

    1. I must agree with “Longstreet”

      You will only find out something is wrong AFTER the inspector leaves…. Watch out! This can cost you big-time. I understand you have nothing to hide but if you don’t know all the laws it will cost you.

      Also, if the previous owner did any modifications in the house and didn’t file it YOU will have to defend yourself, yes you will remove all those violations and spent hours in the ECB or hire someone to do it, whichever way you go just remember it will cost you time and money plus a load of aggravation.


    2. It is standArd procedure for permitted applications and if nothing is majorly wrong in the building you would have no problem letting an inspector in. If there are open complaints that is a different story.

    3. Do not let any DoB inspector into your house unless they have a warrant. They will come in under any pretense that you allow and will fish, hunt and find whatever they can to get any violation on you they can. That is their JOB! Trust me, just let it die.

    4. Thanks for the responses everyone- nothing to hide here, just wanted to make sure that this was standard procedure.

    5. If a permit was pulled, then yes, it’s normal. If the renovation was only approved and no permits were pulled, then it shouldn’t require an inspection…unless the rules have recently changed…which is always possible.

    6. To close out a DOB permit you either get the the completed work inspected and signed off, or you get it canceled if it wasn’t done. I think it’s not uncommon, and makes sense DOB would inspect either way. If you’re not hiding anything that was done improperly you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. If for example the plan was to build an extension, they should inspect and confirm there’s no extension. They shouldn’t go through the whole house looking for violations, unless they see something obviously unsafe or obvious improper work that doesn’t agree with the on-file drawings / permits

      Apparently this wasn’t addressed and didn’t hold you up when you purchased, but you should get it cleared up so it’s not hanging over you as an issue when it comes time to sell.

    7. not unusual but i thought they did an inspection only if a permit was issued.
      let them come, you hiding something?