Pavilion project hits potential permit snag

Recent renovations at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion hit a snag this week, though the work largely is finished.

City and state officials said the county and its electrical contractor did not pay for permits to do the work, which included hanging new sheetrock and thin braces for the ceiling, as well as installing new flooring and lights and moving a wall.

Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said the county would not need a permit for flooring, and that sheetrock work also might be exempt if it is purely cosmetic.

However, the braces installed to the ceiling to keep it from sagging are structural, and that kind of work requires a city permit.

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he and other officials didn’t realize the braces, known as purlins, constituted structural work.

He said he had no problem buying a permit from the city and would open the Pavilion to city inspectors as soon as they are ready.

Ferree said there generally are no punitive penalties for not pulling a permit even in residential remodels.

In all cases, however, the property owner must buy a permit and submit to an inspection, Ferree said.

In the Pavilion’s case, the city wants to make sure the finished work is safe for public use, he added. It may ask the county to pull down some of its sheetrock to see if it was hung securely.

State officials do not expect to ask the county or its contractor to tear out any electrical systems for its inspection, said Angie Kinnaird Linn, director of the state Division of Registrations Business and Technical Section.

She added that the county will face no penalties for not having a permit, as it was the contractor’s responsibility.

The contractor will have to buy a permit at double the normal rate.

Mathers said county electrical contracts indicate it is the contractor’s responsibility to meet his or her obligations to state.

However, officials had been told by another contractor that the work wouldn’t need a permit because it was limited to installing new fixtures.

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