Short story. I have an old brick building that is in poor condition and I have been working with a structural engineer to develop plans to make it structurally sound again. I want perform this work under the radar, and then involve the city later on for electrical, plumbing,roof, etc.
My concern is that the building is in very poor condition and has no setbacks on the property line. I think the chance of this is minimal, but I can't risk them coming in and telling me it should be torn down. Even if I could fight them and win, I don't want to bother. I want to get the structure bullet proof, and then say it was always like that when they come to inspect the electrical, etc.
My question is this: Do you think I could run into issue with any future issues (insurance claimes, etc) if the work isn't permitted, but was completed according to stamped engineering drawings from a licensed engineer?