Hypothethical question here.
I want to build a hot tub. I know that I need to pull permits, and to get the permits I need to have an engineer draw plans.
If I just build it myself, and a building inspector sees this, he’ll likely tell me to tear it down, right? I mean, he can’t possibly know how well structured/designed it was, so he has to assume the worst.
What if I built a hot tub, but took photos of the build the entire time. Then, when an inspector sees it, and says ‘I have no way of telling how well that thing is structurally reinforced’ or whatever, I can just show him very detailed, thorough pictures of teh build, so he can see the concrete footing for it, the rebar, the positioning / types of pumps, etc.
What would this situation result in? Would he look at my pics and be able to see that it did meet building code, and allow it? Or at least just fine me, but let me keep it up? Or would he tell me to demolish it, and to pull permits, and to have his inspectors out there several times during construction to verify that I’m doing a proper install.
btw, this isn’t just in relation to a jacuzzi, but most things. Like a masonry ‘fence’ / wall around my property. I know that I can’t just build that w/o a permit, and I need an engineer’s plans to get the permit. But if I built it myself, and my finished product was structurally sound (as evidenced by my pictures), would that help me at all? Or would it be such a gamble as to whether or not they’d make me rip it up that it’s not worth even trying?