A homeowner in Albuquerque, N. M., has a garage-top deck with a protective roof and great views of the Sandia Mountains. The problem is, he didn’t get a building permit and has now been served with a violation notice from the city. Johnny Sanchez, a neighbor to the property in southeast Albuquerque, said the deck was built some three and a half years ago, giving the homeowner a great way of escaping the hustle and bustle of busy streets. But a local TV station discovered the city never issued a permit for the project, and the planning department's single investigator doesn't have the time to police the entire city. The deck is part of a larger problem there, and no doubt in many other cities around the country. Planning chief Land Clark says the department investigates as many as 150 cases of non-permitted construction a year for decks, garages, additions, and other projects that require the city's official blessing. After being served with the violation notice, the homeowner removed the deck's roof, but he'll still have to get a retroactive permit for the deck itself. Read More