Delays Can Be Costly
The time necessary to obtain a building permit can dramatically affect a project’s timeline. Unfortunately, the process often requires more time than project managers foresee, says Riccardo Cervini, president of Dominion Expediting & Consulting Corp. Delays can be costly. However, builders and developers can increase their chances of faster approvals by taking a few steps, Cervini says.
Know Your Local Government
Riccardo Cervini notes that delays often occur because the project fails to comply with local building codes and zoning regulations or because someone has filled out the application incorrectly. Understanding the requirements in your jurisdiction can help you file correctly. Meeting those in the local permit office ahead of time also can help you connect with the right person along the way.
Starting the process well beforehand helps, preferably before your offer to buy the property is accepted. Find out what is involved in obtaining the permit and develop a plan to complete each step. Then check off each step as you complete it. Keep in mind to always do your homework before getting involved with a developmental project; this will help you save time and money.
Schedule the Land Survey As Soon as Possible
Most building permit applications for exterior work require a site plan showing the building relative to the property line. You’ll need a land survey to determine the property line accurately.
Limit Your Focus
If you are managing many projects at once or one that crosses several jurisdictional lines, try focusing on one project and one jurisdiction at a time. You must submit one customized application for each project in each jurisdiction. Riccardo Cervini explains that focusing on the requirements for that project or jurisdiction will keep you organized, prevent you from feeling overwhelmed, and be faster in the long run.
Hire A Professional
Expediting companies or consulting firms can help accelerate the process. They already understand the building codes in each jurisdiction and have contacts in the permits office. They also know the process and handle all the paperwork from start to finish. They deal with the red tape and stress with local municipalities, so you don’t have to. An experienced and seasoned firm such as Dominion Expediting & Consulting Corp will streamline your permitting process. Keep in mind that hiring the right company for your developmental project is money well spent.