Blast at JJ’s Restaurant opens dispute over permits
As long as a permit application was on file, it was assumed that work could proceed, Russell said. He declined to comment when asked whether someone at City Hall had confirmed that arrangement, saying only:
“To our knowledge, we’ve never been fined, sent a formal notice or heard a complaint from the city before Feb. 19, 2013, regarding the practice of initiating work as long as an application was on file when the work was initiated.”
Although officials with companies in the same line of work as Heartland were reluctant to comment for the record, one said it wasn’t unusual to begin work without a permit because of delays at City Hall.
You’ve got to read the whole article, but here it is in a nutshell: When Google started installing fiber throughout the city, the city began to waive the $143 permit fee for telecommunications work. Before, when there was a fee, the permit wasn’t issued (and subsequently work wasn’t started) until the fee was collected. Now that there is no fee, Heartland Midwest began working once the permit application was sent to the city.
Anyways, that’s just my interpretation of this article. Check it out for yourself.