Understanding Building Permits for Homeowners

  • By osd
  • 11 Mar, 2016
Understanding Permits Permits Defined Building Permit – A building permit is an official approval by the local jurisdiction to proceed with a construction project. It is intended to ensure that the project plans comply with local standards for land use, zoning and construction to ensure the safety for current and future owners. Every jurisdiction has their own... View Article The post Understanding Building Permits for Homeowners appeared first on Scout Services.

Understanding Permits

Permits Defined

Building Permit – A building permit is an official approval by the local jurisdiction to proceed with a construction project. It is intended to ensure that the project plans comply with local standards for land use, zoning and construction to ensure the safety for current and future owners. Every jurisdiction has their own unique requirements.
The Permit Process
  1. Property Owner Identifies Desired Project
  2. Contractor Designs Project
  3. Submit Permit Applications & Plans
  4. Municipality Approves & Issues Permit
  5. Construction & Inspection
  6. Municipality Closes Permit
Scout Services works in any jurisdiction on any project size to secure building permits on behalf of our customers.  Our Customer Advocate Team manages the entire process working one-on-one with the builder and the municipality. We ensure that submittal packages are compliant and complete and make certain that review times are tracked and monitored on an ongoing basis until the permit is issued. The true value of hiring a permit expediting company like Scout Services is to free up your time and energies in order to focus on getting your project off the ground on time and on budget.
Helpful Tips for Property Owners

• Know Your Local Municipality
− Are you in an Historic district?
− Many permit rules change depending on whether your property falls within city or county limits or within an historic/landmark district.
• Make sure you choose contractors who are licensed in your Municipality
− Delays with the permit approval are often because contractors aren’t registered or have expired insurance or bonds.
• Know how much of your home can be remodeled before your municipality requires you to have entire home updated to the latest codes
− Generally, home remodel projects are exempt from more stern and costly requirements of new construction codes. However, if the addition or renovation is extensive, the new codes will often be required and enforced.
• Make sure not to have any open invoices or fees due to your municipality
− Any unpaid balances will hold up the issuance of a permit.
• The sale of the home or land be should be completed and recorded before submitting permit applications
− Many permit applications will not be accepted if the ownership has not been finalized with the municipality.
• If additions are being made to the home, be aware of the additional services that would be required by the Municipality
− Surveys, inspections, and testing could all increase time and raise the budget of the project.
Scout Services helps homeowners avoid costly mistakes by providing professional permitting services. National reach. Local knowledge.
By Sean Woitas 10 Nov, 2017
While architects operate on the creative side of a project, they also deal with a fair amount of technical details. These details include building permits, code compliance, environmental regulations, and other necessary codes. If you are an architect approaching a new project, you may consider hiring a building permit expediter. By forming this partnership, you can focus on the job at hand, leaving the permitting to experts and ensuring complete and compliant submittals.

Save Time On Logistical Details

One of the biggest challenges of working as an architect is revising designs during the review process. By working with permit services, you can hire someone to uncover these logistics of identifying change requests and resubmittal instruction logistics from the beginning. Permit expediters stay on top of all reviews and ensures timely deliveries to keep projects on time and on budget.

Full code compliance is especially useful when implementing a cutting edge design. Permit expediters can provide code check reports to help with the pre-design process.

Understand Material Costs

When you focus on the building design, the expediter takes care of the logistics at city hall. Submittals for pre-design review can be invaluable when determining materials and code compliance issues. This will not only identify if your design is within the client's budget, but will also ease the job of the construction contractor. Overall, every person involved in building construction should be aware of all review status timelines and requirements. Having a permit expediter involved from the very beginning helps streamline the communication between the building department and the design team.

Avoid Legal Mishaps

There are few things more frustrating than completing a building plan only to learn months later that something is not up to code. When the permit expediter checks up on code from the beginning, you can catch these errors from the start. This will help you avoid problems with building and environmental boards. This is particularly true if you are dealing with a historic site or property, as these often have legal bindings on them.

By hiring a building permit expediter , you can focus on the architectural job that you were hired to perform. Depending on the size, scope, and type of work bring completed, a permit costs anywhere from less than $100 to over $1,000. An expediter is an expert on on plan submittal details, so they can ensure that your client is only paying for what they need. Getting building permits approved faster and more efficiently will save time and money in the long run.
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