Official charged with enforcing building codes didn’t get permits for residence

Plans Examining Manager Neil Erickson, left, and Public Works Director David Yamamoto address the County Council on Tuesday in Hilo. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today)

HILO — The county official charged with ensuring building permit laws are followed didn’t get building, plumbing or electrical permits for a solar water and photovoltaic system on his own property until 23 years after the fact.