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Contractor wants to cancel permit before work is done


Chief Cook & Bottlewasher
Oct 16, 2009
Palm Beach County Florida
My solution would be a combination of solutions already mentioned.

Request a letter from the HO stating they are requesting closing, and why.

Building Department documents thoroughly through narrative and digital images and video, and attach to permit.

Document that when permit is reopened/reapplied for (by anyone), work must comply with code in effect when resumed.

About all you can do, otherwise they walk away, and you still have an unfinished permit. At least they are giving you a heads up.

JMHO, that's how I would handle it, obviously not a one size fits all.
Yep, that is the route that we have decided to take.


Nov 25, 2009
West of the river CT
Yep....I would say same, if you need to close it....Maybe revise the scope on the original permit to reflect the work that was completed to a satisfactorily safe level....If you can sell that to the HO....