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Sign Permit Questions

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by signspark1988, Dec 4, 2020.

  1. signspark1988

    signspark1988 New Member

    Dec 26, 2017
    Hi Signs101 community,
    Has this ever happen to you?
    We we're contracted to do a install/permits and we got the permits. It turns out the installation was done behind our backs without letting us know. The permits are under our names so I wonder what options are there for us against this client. I don't want to be liable for anybody's installation.
  2. Rocco G

    Rocco G Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    Pennsauken NJ
    I had this happen about 35 years ago. We contacted the township and tried to get the permit revoked and our license number changed so it couldn't happen again. TBH, all they did was fine the store owner a few bucks and make them do a change of contactor form. They wouldn't even change our license number.
    This was back when my father was running things and it was done on a handshake with a "buddy" of his so we didn't have paperwork with the other company. If you have a contract with the other company then you should be able to go after them, but I'm no lawyer. if nothing else go to the township explaining the situation and ask to have your name removed from the records. It sucks but it did teach me to get everything in writing. Since then, I've had people ask to use my license from time to time and the answer is always not just No but HELL NO. They can hire me to do the work or get their own license.
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  3. signage

    signage Major Contributor

    Oct 5, 2005
    Like Rocco said make sure you notify the issuing agency that you are not the one that did the install. I would recommend doing it in writing and a registered letter. Also what is in your contract? you might even get paid for it if it was written correctly.
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  4. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

    Feb 3, 2010
    Racine, WI
    a permit is separate from liability.
    your name may be on the permit, but the installer & property owner carry the liability.

    ....buuuut having your name attached to things when they go south, still burdens you to prove you had nothing to do with it when it comes to lawsuits. as mentioned above, there are ways to remove yourself from those records so you don't have to worry about it down the line.
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  5. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    Were you paid a deposit before you pulled the permit? If not, you probably just wasted your time and money getting the permit. Who made the sign? Maybe you were too slow and someone got it done before you got the permit. Do you know whether the person who installed it had a permit?

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