What To Do If You Get A Stop Work Order: Step By Step


A stop work order on your home can be a stressful and confusing experience. You may be wondering what will happen to your house, and whether you will have to tear it down or leave it. But don’t panic, as a stop work order is not as big of a deal as you may think. In most cases, the first thing you need to do is call a general contractor near you. A stop work order requires a general contractor, who is a state licensed contractor, to have it removed. They will have to pull a permit in order to get it removed. Unless it was an erroneous stop work order, and you are not guilty of what they are accusing you of, you will need to hire a GC right away.


If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, Home Love Construction actually does this type of work and can help you with the process. They can help you remove the stop work order and get the permit needed to continue work on your home. However, keep in mind that it’s probably not going to be resolved for at least 60 days and it could be up to 120 days. Cities will not process requests faster than that. This means you will have this kind of thing looming over you and your house for two to four months.


Another thing to keep in mind is that you will be threatened by the city with daily fines. These fines can vary from $100 to $500 depending on the city. Some cities like the city of Tampa will use high fines to scare you into fixing the issue quickly. But if you have hired a general contractor and they have submitted a permit to alleviate the stop work order, you will not be subject to those fines. You are making an effort to get the stop work order removed and in most cases, you will not be fined if you are making a true and documented effort to get the stop work order removed.


You will probably also have to do some sort of work to the home in order to get it up to code. This could be anything from fixing the issue that caused the stop work order, to adding storm protection to windows. The GC you hire will be able to walk you through what is required in order to get the home up to code and will also be able to provide you with different solutions to fix the issue.


It’s important to remember that you have to demand the comments from the inspector that gave the initial violation. Sometimes they will not give it to you, but you have to demand it. This will help you understand the reason for the stop work order and what needs to be done to fix the issue.


If you’re unsure of what to do or have specific questions about how to get a stop work order removed, you can contact Home Love Construction even if you’re not in their local area. They have someone on staff who is an expert in dealing with things like this, and they specialize in red tag remediation. They can help you with a very small fee for consulting on this type of situation, and it can save you thousands of dollars in fines.


In conclusion, a stop work order can be a stressful and confusing experience, but it’s not as big of a deal as you may think.

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