Permitting Tools & Tips

What You’ll Need for a California EV Charging Station Permit

The following is an excerpt from our Guide to California EV Charging Station Permitting Guide. Download it here.  The State of California recently adopted two bills to help streamline the electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) permit approval process. Specifically, Assembly Bill 1236: Requires all California cities and counties to develop

Read More
Building Permit Status

Building Permit Status Definitions

The building permit approval process involves a series of steps, including application submittal, plan check review, comments and corrections, and permit approval. At each step, your permit is given a status. While the terminology may change slightly, the statuses are consistent across all city and county jurisdictions. Knowing the definition

Read More

Where can I find building code information?

  Building codes are essential guidelines that provide the minimum requirements for designing, constructing, and maintaining buildings. They ensure that structures are safe, functional, and comply with local regulations.  However, building codes are adopted at the state, county, and city levels, meaning no one code applies to all properties. In

Read More
Permit Definitions

Permit Term and Acronym Definitions

As you go through the permitting process, industry professionals and plan review personnel may throw some terms or acronyms your way. You must understand what each means because miscommunications lead to project delays.  Below we’ve listed the most common terms you’ll encounter throughout the permitting process and their definitions.  Appointment

Read More
San Jose Building Permit Timelines

How Long Does a San Jose Building Permit Approval Take?

The time between permit application submittal and approval is a critical detail commercial construction projects need to plan around.  In San Jose, California, permit approval times can be as short as 10 weeks or 40+ weeks, depending on several factors.  The City of San Jose Building Division offers this approximate

Read More
Should architects manage permits

Should I Use a Local Architect to Manage My Permits?

Architects are a critical role to any commercial construction project. They are experts in local building codes and design, and are essential in the permit approval process. But should a local architect manage your project’s building permits application? They can, but we believe there is a better option. The odds

Read More
Building Permit Approved

5 Strategies for Faster Permit Approvals

  Like many businesses, city and county planning departments throughout the country have struggled during the pandemic. Over that span, their professionals have experienced layoffs, furloughs, early retirement offers and reduced work hours. Permit reviews and approvals have slowed considerably. And, while things have gotten better, limited staff combined with

Read More
What are building codes?

What Are Building Codes?

  A building code is a set of rules that specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for a building or non-building structure.  Building codes ensure that all buildings, including residential, commercial and industrial properties, meet certain structural integrity and safety levels. These codes protect the occupants of a building

Read More
Sign Permit

How to Get a Sign Permit

  On the surface, sign permitting seems like it’d be pretty straightforward. You have a sign. You want to put it on the wall. Why would anyone have a problem with that?   Well, unfortunately, it’s not that easy. There are rules and restrictions that define what is and is not

Read More
City of San Jose Skyline

How Much is a San Jose Building Permit?

  From a permitting cost perspective, the City of San Jose is an expensive city to build in. The combination of plan review fees, inspection fees and high development tax rates make building permit fees some of the highest in the US, let alone California.  The City of San Jose

Read More