Can I get bathroom permit in old house (1950s) which doesn't quite meet modern codes?


The plumber most likely didn't bring it up because (1) he doesn't know much about the height requirements nor is he required to or (2) he is just there to do the plumbing or a combination of both 1 and 2.

Next, basically the general rule is that things like this can be 'grandfathered' in, so long as they aren't touched. Since you were code compliant at the time of installation or construction (or somehow got by), they can not require you to upgrade anything to meet modern codes. However, if you ever go to do any new work or renovation like this, anything that is done must meet the current codes.

I did find, and this copy of the code is old (Seventh edition - 2009), an exception to the ceiling height.

780 CMR: State Board of Building Regulations and Standards

5301.1 - Exception 2:

Ceilings in basements without habitable spaces may project to within six feet, eight inches of the finished floor; and beams, girders, ducts or other...

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Keeping the costs down for himself might keep your costs down as well.

However, I would generally be dubious about this approach for two reasons - one is having a step up/down at or in the bathroom, which might well cause a fall. Another is lack of headroom in the bathroom - most basements (not all, perhaps yours is a tall one) are already cramped for ceiling height, and a low ceiling is annoying, especially if there is a shower in the bathroom.

It's hard to be definite without considerably more information - there could be an issue with sewer line height that is a additional reason to raise the plumbing, for instance, though that can be managed in other ways - however, they involve pumps and sewage, and when sewage pumps fail (they always do, eventually) it's a stinky mess to deal with.

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London is the capital of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and it is the largest city in the British Commonwealth. The name "London" is Celtic in origin. London was originally established by the Romans, as Londinium in the 1st century ВС, and became the capital of England in the 11th century. It is "A City" which arose from a number of towns and survived the Plaque which killed nearly 100,000 people and the Great Fire which followed. Little damage occurred during World War I, but World War II brought tremendous destructions. Many buildings of great historic value were laid in ruins and to-day the face of London is changed.

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1. Put in much or many.
1. Did you buy _________ food?
2. There aren’t _________ hotels in this town.
3. We haven’t got __________ petrol.
4. Were there _________ people on the train?
5. Did ________ students fail the examination?
6. Paula hasn’t got ___________ much money.
7. I wasn’t very hungry. I didn’t eat __________.
8. I haven’t seen George for _________ years.
Put in How much or How many.
9. ______________________ people are coming to the party?
10. ______________________ milk do you want in your coffee?
11. ______________________ bread did you buy?
12. ______________________ players are there in a football team?

2. Complete the sentences. Use much or many with one of these words.
Books countries luggage people time times
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2. Quick! We must hurry. We haven’t got ________________.
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Nowadays, in the Northwest as across North America, most people live in houses or apartments that they own or rent. But not so long ago, other, less-expensive choices were just as common: renting space in a family’s home, for example, or living in a residential hotel.

Rooming houses, with small private bedrooms and shared bathrooms down the hall, were particularly numerous. This affordable, efficient form of basic housing is overdue for a revival, but legal barriers stand in the way. This article recounts the forgotten history of low-rent dwellings. Subsequent articles will detail how to re-legalize these forms of housing.

An in-city room of one’s own

Rooming houses have fresh relevance today, especially for those who are young, single, or on the bottom rungs of our increasingly unequal society. University of California professor Paul Groth writes, in his encyclopedic book Living Downtown:

. . . a good hotel room of 150 square feet — dry space, perhaps...

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