It is the responsibility of the property owner to verify if any existing permits or code violations exist on a property, and will assume all responsibility upon purchase of the property. If a person purchases a property that has a building or structure on it that was never permitted, or the permit was never completed, a new permit will need to be obtained.
Once a permit has been applied for, prior to issuance, we will schedule a "field inspection" and one of our inspectors will visit the property to determine the scope of work that has been done (which the previous builder would be responsible for) and what will be needed to finish the project (which the new contractor of record would assume responsibility for). The new owner/contractor will have to assume all responsibility for structures or buildings constructed without a proper permit. Residential Permit Information (link)