Building Permits 101: Everything You Need to Know

  • By osd
  • 16 Mar, 2017
If you’re planning on building a home or doing a renovation on your property, you’re going to need permit help. After all, more than 98% of all privately-owned residential buildings are built in permit-issuing locations. But even though they’re a necessity, residential building permits are anything but straight-forward. Because these permits can be so complicated,... View Article The post Building Permits 101: Everything You Need to Know appeared first on Scout Services.
Before you decide whether you need permit help from an expediter, we’ll go over some frequently asked questions regarding building permits. When you have a better idea about what the process entails, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about your permitting needs.

What does getting a permit involve?

There are two main components of obtaining a permit. The first involves the plans for your renovation or build. In this part, you’ll need to apply for the permit, have your plans reviews and approved, and purchase the actual permit. The second part comes in during and/or after construction, when everything gets inspected. Depending on how expansive your project is, you may require inspections throughout the process (which will need to be completed before moving on). Once your permit gets its final inspection approval at the end of the project, the process is complete.

Why do I need a permit?

The short answer: because the law requires you to do so. But if that isn’t enough incentive, you should know that a permit will make sure your family and home are safe. In order to pass inspection, work needs to meet certain requirements (or codes). If you don’t get a permit and inspections, the work done on your home could result in structural damage or devastating conditions like fires and floods. Plus, if the work isn’t done correctly the first time, you’re just going to end up spending more later to fix it and do it the right way. When it comes down to it, getting a permit is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your investment.

How much do permits cost?

The cost of a permit will depend on the project itself. Essentially, permit cost is determined by the fair market value of what a licensed contractor would charge to complete it. Choosing to DIY won’t lower the cost of your permit, either. There are fee estimators that you can use to predict how much your permit might cost, but your expediter can also give you a good idea of how much it’ll be.

How long does getting a permit take?

Again, it does depend on the project, as well as the zoning. Some permits may be issued when you drop them off, but many will require further examination. This process can be tedious and requires organization and patience, which is why so many people choose to get permit help from an expediter.

For how long will the permit be valid?

This likely depends on your location, but in many cases, there’s a 180-day window for you to apply for a permit or for you to build. If that time passes without any application activity or without getting an inspection, the application or permit may expire. However, you can usually request an extension in both cases.
If you’re taking on a project and don’t know where to start with your residential building permits, Scout Services can provide you with the permit help you need. For more information, get in touch with us today!
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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