Unincorporated area residents can get building code break

Residents of unincorporated areas of Clark County who converted their garage into a room or built a patio cover without permission are getting a break from code officers.

County building department officials said they’ve started an amnesty program this month that lets homeowners pay normal fees if they admit they didn’t get permits, and clears them of penalties.

Authorities said the typical fee for residential construction projects ranges from $150 to $400. The amnesty period ends Sept. 30.

County building Director Ron Lynn said building permits and inspections are meant to keep people safe and protect homes. He added that construction that isn’t up to code can cause fires, flooding and other damage that might not be covered by insurance.

County leaders authorized the amnesty program in June.

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