Top Five Helpful Tips When Applying for A Building Permit

  • By osd
  • 15 Mar, 2017
Nothing is more frustrating that getting really excited about a building project you have planned and then finding out you have all this permit paperwork you have to go through just to be able to build it. All of these regulations and rules that must be followed, all of the signatures you need, all of... View Article The post Top Five Helpful Tips When Applying for A Building Permit appeared first on Scout Services.
  1. Get Really Familiar With Your Project
    The more details you know about your project, the quicker the process will go. How big will it be? Do you need a residential building permit? Are you building something totally new or just renovating something that’s already there? Every little detail counts when dealing with permit services, so make sure you know your project inside and out. The more you know about the project you plan to work on, the quicker you can get your building permits.
  2. Get Familiar With Your State and City Laws
    One of the problems with building permits is every state and city seem to have different rules. For example, on a property with a landmark in the city of Chicago, you cannot construct a fence that is more than five feet high or totally solid and visible from a public street without getting a permit from the building’s commissioner. Strange and detailed laws like this can make getting a permit even more frustrating. The more knowledgeable you can get about your state and city laws, the better off you’ll be.
  3. Be Organized
    You will have a lot of forms to submit when obtaining a building permit. Make sure you remain organized and have filled out all the forms before going to the permit building. Leaving any incomplete only means you will have to wait and do it later at the permit office.
  4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
    No one says you have to go at this alone. And sometimes you can find yourself lost among all this information and paperwork and fine print, leaving you overwhelmed and frustrated. Building permit expediters make it their job to have the permit process go as smoothly as possible. If you find yourself totally stuck, they can assist in really speeding along the time spent getting your permit, leaving you able to focus on your project.
  5. Be Straightforward
    If there’s something you don’t understand, tell the clerk. They can help you get all the steps done right, thus making your progress go a lot faster. Your permit expeditor can also help you understand the process. If you find yourself totally lost, just ask someone to clarify. The more you know, the faster the permit will be given to you.
Building permits can really just feel like a huge hurdle getting in the way of your project. Knowing as much as you can and asking for help when you don’t can drastically lower that hurdle to a small leap, leaving you sprinting towards your new and exciting project in the distance.
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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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