Who Needs a Drink? Alcohol Beverage Control Explained.

 Entitlements, Permit Blog, Permit News, Permit Planning, Permit Terminology, Permit Tips,
no Comment.    Jan 19, 2016 | 8:00 am


Getting started You have decided your hotel or restaurant needs some liquid courage on the menu, but as you type into your computer's search engine you realize the state alcohol beverage control process is overwhelming. What type of license do you need? How many agencies do you need to work with? What if you get denied? Luckily, Permit Place has put together a resource for you based on: 1) type of establishment and 2) your goal. [caption id="attachment_1161" align="alignright" width="351"] Permit Place explains Alcohol Beverage Control[/caption] Overview The first thing that must be mentioned is, it is always best to hire an expert when getting your liquor license. Permit Place has a team dedicated just for liquor licensing in California and will advocate for your establishment. What Next? After you choose the type of license you will use, you need to apply for the license. Before you do that, however,…

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PERMIT PLACE ANNOUNCES SAN FRANCISCO EXPANSION

 Permit News, San Francisco, Uncategorized,
no Comment.    Jan 12, 2016 | 10:53 pm


[caption id="attachment_1214" align="alignnone" width="525"] Permit Place Announces San Francisco Expansion[/caption] Answering the rise of commercial construction and mixed-use space, Permit Place adds new San Francisco Office.   (LOS ANGELES, CA; January 5, 2016)— As commercial real estate developments in the northern California region grows at an exponential pace, Permit Place www.permitplace.com announces the opening of their new San Francisco office. Permit Place, the nation’s premier permit expediting, entitlements, and code consulting firm, challenges construction development teams in the northern California area to streamline the government relations component of their projects by using their project management service.   Populations are moving into metropolitan areas increasing the need for shopping, dining, and living spaces and in the Pacific Northwest regions rents are estimated to be as high as $67 per square foot. Development teams looking to fill that need often find themselves needing assistance managing the permit process through the local jurisdiction.…

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Permit Place Names Elizabeth Vernengo as San Francisco Project Manager

 Permit Blog, Permit Expediting, Uncategorized,
no Comment.    Jan 11, 2016 | 4:15 pm


[caption id="attachment_1208" align="alignnone" width="642"] Elizabeth Vernengo, Project Manager, Permit Place Inc[/caption] Elizabeth Vernengo is Permit Place’s newest Project Manager in the San Francisco area. Elizabeth’s zeal and work ethic is evident from her impressive portfolio with the biggest names in the construction development industry. Diving into new adventures and being part of teams is not new for Elizabeth, who is a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate. Wherever she goes Elizabeth devotes herself 100% to a project, client, and goal. Sometime after graduation, Elizabeth earned her CDBG contract compliance certification. This certification allows her to manage contracts for federal money that supports social services in local jurisdictions. Elizabeth’s tenacity and work ethic set her up to succeed as a Tenant Coordinator with Westfield shopping malls where she habitually coordinated over a hundred tenants every year in the Northwest region.  Elizabeth wore many hats while with Westfield and began working alongside…

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What Does A Permit Expediter Do?

 Permit Blog, Permit Planning, Permit Tips,
no Comment.    Jul 23, 2015 | 5:11 pm


What is a permit expediter? While you sit at the city or county, you see people wheeling in plans in carts.  They seem to know everyone.  They wave and laugh and call City employees by their first names.  Who are these people and why are they so popular.   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMaUUtwR3hY[/embed] Chances are you saw a permit expediter in action.  Permit Expediters are every day people that are seen towing rolls of plans and are useful to help get the plans into the city for development teams. When you begin the arduous process of permitting your projects, both small and large, you may want to use an permit expediter rather than submitting plans yourself. Permit Place has put together to show permit expediters in action while giving you the information you need. In the video you will see: -Permit Expediters attending Plan Check meetings -Submit building, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing plans -Visit the planning…

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Courteous. Curious. Cooperative Wins The Day

 Permit Blog, Permit Tips,
no Comment.    Apr 24, 2015 | 6:54 pm


  The old adage, "you catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar" is just as true in the project development world. It is easy to forget when we enter a city for a plancheck meeting that the people behind the counter actually do want to be doing their job. By the time we see them they are usually tired, stretched thin, and maybe even a little grumpy. It's hard when we feel like we are not being listened to, to remember the folks telling us "no," are actually human beings that would like to approve projects. Here at Permit Place we use the "3 C's" when going to the city: Courteous, curious, and cooperative.   Courteous. This may be a tricky one, especially if we feel like the city isn't being courteous to us. This paradox of being nice to someone who maybe isn't being very patient with…

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Good Golly Miss Molly! CC&R-Covenants, Contracts, and Restrictions

 Permit Terminology, Permit Tips,
no Comment.    Apr 02, 2015 | 6:09 pm


Good Golly, Miss Molly! If you live in a subdivision that has covenants and restrictions you may be severely limited in what you can build even if the jurisdictions approve your plans and issue you a building permit. In this article, I will provide a quick overview about what CC&R's are, why landowners get them, how long they last, and if need be, how to try to change one. CC&R's: What is it? CC&R stands for Covenant, Contracts, and Restrictions. With a property this refers to how tenants and future landowners, can use the property. They differ from zoning laws in how the property relates to the local governments. With zoning codes, planning departments decide how a property is used, but zoning for a property can change. Heck! Here at Permit Place we specialize in Change of Use Permits (CUP's) in commercial real estate projects. But don't be mislead into…

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How Contractors Got Your Back

 Contractors, Permit Tips,
no Comment.    Apr 02, 2015 | 4:29 pm


You do not have to work with a contractor to get your project done but sometimes it is the prudent thing to do when you need to get a building permit. The permitting requirements across the nations 25,000 local jurisdictions vary so widely, that it creates an opportunity to get into a lot of expensive trouble on permitting issues. The following recent example will illustrate the point. A church had purchased a used factory built structure (mobile home) and had it placed on their site assuming it would meet requirements of the local building jurisdiction. The church planned on doing all the rest of the work themselves to save whatever costs possible. The information that should have come to the surface but did not, was the church wanted to use the mobile home for an assembly area for meetings. The mobile home carried a B2 occupancy group on its label…

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What Is The Planning Commission

 Permit Blog, Permit Planning, Permit Terminology,
no Comment.    Apr 02, 2015 | 4:09 pm


A Planning Commission consist of five (5) or more residents whose members are appointed by cities or counties elected officials for a term established by the jurisdiction where they serve.  The commission promotes the health, safety and general welfare by encouraging the most appropriate use of the land.  They undertake long-range planning for development that includes, but not limited to, preparation and maintenance of the general, specific and area plans, as well as reviewing Environmental Impact Reports and capital improvement projects.  Their short-range planning efforts include zoning matters dealing with land use changes, rezones, subdivision and parceling of land, special and conditional use permits, and variances. What is the Planning Commission and what do they do? A.        5 or more citizens Correct.  These 5 or more citizens make up a permanent committee who have been appointed by the cities or counties elected officials to review matters related to planning and…

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How to Properly Identify a Property

 Permit Planning, Permit Tips,
no Comment.    Apr 01, 2015 | 8:13 pm


It's difficult for a permitting or planning department to help you with your questions unless you have a good identification of the subject property or PIP (Properly Identifying the Property) as well call it. But, from where you stand it's hard to get an accurate read on what the property actually is, which jurisdiction does it fall under, who do you talk to about utilities, how do you get those utilities turned on (our Northern Californian friends can tell you all about that). So much information is rolling around and, even for a veteran, it can be frustrating to get a straight answer about a property. Here at Permit Place our research division follows a three step process to help not only identify a property but also research everything that has happened in the life of a parcel. I'm going to outline our process to help make your life easier…

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The Early Bird Gets the…Plan Approval?

 Permit Planning, Permit Tips,
no Comment.    Apr 01, 2015 | 4:37 pm


Avoid taking a number and waiting. You can save hours every time just by arriving early in the morning with your building permit submittal package. Make sure you are there when the doors open. Check the office hours on the local permitting web site by check out our permitting links page.

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