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I bout a house that the bathroom was in the process of being remodeled.no permit.some foundation work needs to be done as well.do I have to bring entire house up to current code standards

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While the codes have different provisions in different areas, generally that which is new would have to comply with the code in force at the time the work is done, but areas not on the work area would not have to be brought up to current standards. There may be other provisions, like smoke or carbon monoxide detector upgrade,s that are triggered by the issuance of a permit for other work.  

Repairs generally don't require permits unless there are design changes provided the work was done with permits, if required, when the work was done.  What you should do is contact the Building Official in the municipality where the building is located for guidance.  

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Keith Fuller

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I'm an ICC Certified Master Code Professional fielding general building code questions. My experience has been heavy in fire related issues.

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I've been employed since 1985 as an inspector and plan reviewer, and am a municipal Assistant Building Official and Deputy fire Marshal. I've had fire service experience since 1972, having served as a three time Fire Chief and Fire Marshal in years past. The increasing workload, mandatory certifications, and continuing education requirements in recent years have caused me to concentrate my efforts on code related issues. I hold national fire service certifications as well.

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