Permitting Tools & Tips

Los Angeles

Permit Expediting in Los Angeles, California

If you need a building permit in LA, the twist and turns of the approval process may feel like walking through a maze. And on either side of the maze walls will be stacks of paperwork, rules, and regulations. Is there an easier path to take? The answer is a

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City of Orlando, Florida Permits

Guide to New Construction Permits in Orlando

  Did you know that in the past 365 days, the City of Orlando has received an impressive total of 12,920 permit applications? This highlights the growing development of the city in a way you just can’t miss. With this number of applications, it’s clear that Orlando is a hotspot

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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

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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

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Where to find building codes

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

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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

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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

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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

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