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City of Tonawanda puts sharper teeth in its building code violations

If you make improvements to your home without a building or plumbing permit in the City of Tonawanda, expect an additional fee.

Those caught working without a permit will face a fine of double the permit fee, or $50, whichever is greater, under new regulations enacted by the City of Tonawanda Common Council.

This charge is in addition to other penalties for commencement of work without a permit.

The law further outlines violations for those who do work for a homeowner, such as electricians and plumbers, without proper licenses.

Mayor Rick Davis said the city requires licenses of tradesmen to protect homeowners.

In the past, if work was done without a building or plumbing permit, an owner would be told to go down to City Hall and get a permit, but Davis said this code is designed to make those who might consider skipping this first step, think twice.

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