What are the implications of not getting a permit to build my HT? I've called my city inspector anonymously and was told I would need to pay $50 with my drawing and projected cost (which I'm sure will get tacked onto the value of my home and thus increase my property tax) And, any plumbing/electrical would have to be done by a licenced contractor. But, reading through books, generally code dictates at least a 7' ceiling in living areas. With my basement, I am looking at a mere 6'9". So, I don't know if my plan would be approved. What if I just build the sucker anyway?