What to Do if the City Says No to Your Project

  • By Scout Services
  • 17 Nov, 2015
It can be incredibly disheartening when you have that incredible and perfect location where you want to build a new business and the city tells you they will not allow your project to happen. You may have already invested a great deal of time and money into finding this perfect location that has all the... View Article The post What to Do if the City Says No to Your Project appeared first on Scout Services.
It can be incredibly disheartening when you have that incredible and perfect location where you want to build a new business and the city tells you they will not allow your project to happen. You may have already invested a great deal of time and money into finding this perfect location that has all the conveniences you need for the business you want to build and you can feel pretty upset if this happens.
This will mostly likely happen after you have presented your proposal to city staff and they have told you a specific reason why your project cannot continue. They will tell you a code that you are supposedly going to violate and then you will need to take matters into your own hands and do some research on this.
You will need to ask yourself if the city is providing you with accurate information. It is possible that the person at a city counter has made a mistake and there could be an exception within the code that they did not know about or tell you about. It is up to you to double-check what they told you to ensure that they provided you with accurate information. Many cities have their city code online for easy access for this type of research.
If the project you were proposing is not an allowable use, you should check into seeing if the project can go ahead if you use planning tools like a conditional use permit (CUP) or a variance. Almost all jurisdictions will allow you to make a proposal as to what you would like to build, but you should make sure you find out if the city code will support the CUP or variance before you invest your time and money into the site.
If you have checked and your proposal will not qualify for a CUP or variance, your next step can be to reach out to the higher ups in the department to assist you. This will usually involve you going to the highest ranking official, which can be the Senior Planner or the Planning Director.
If your proposal is still not up to code and they have not provided their support, the next thing you can do is go to the legislative bodies and ask if they can make an amendment to the code or provide you with a legislative solution that will allow for your project to get approval. The legislative bodies you can reach out to include the Mayor’s office, City Council, the Planning Commission or the economic development lead agency. Taking this step is usually the most beneficial for large developments that can bring in benefits for the public, including new jobs and new revenues, since these aspects will be appealing to them.
These are a few of the avenues that you can explore if you have been turned down for your project, but there may be other options as well. However, it is important to realize that there is a chance that your project may never get the go ahead and you will have to move on to your next project.
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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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