Let’s just take a moment and face the unfortunate truth – as City budgets have plummeted, full-time City staff has been cut, and un-replaced. Despite this drop in City staff, developments have increased – and so have the need for building permits. The US Census bureau recently reported that permits for February 2015 is 3.0 percent (±1.7%) above the revised January rate of 1,060,000 building permits issued and is 7.7 percent (±2.0%) above the February 2014 estimate of 1,014,000 building permits issued.
This is definitely a common scenario in the Permitting World. Before picking up the phone and calling City Hall asking what permit you may need – save yourself and City officials some time, and conduct (even a little) online due diligence. Google is a powerful search tool that can sometimes help guide you through even the most convoluted City websites.
If you are unfamiliar with the process and aren’t sure where to start, here are three key items that you need on-hand to help ensure that you get the proper information.
Google search tip: Search for an interactive map to help confirm the jurisdiction – ie. “Riverside County Interactive Map”.
Google search tip: Search for permits directly relative to work that will be conducted, such as “City of Riverside Grading Permit”, “City of Riverside Sign Permit”, “City of Riverside Tenant Improvement Permit”.
Google search tip: When you do not have a valuation ready or are unsure of the exact square footage, try searching for a Fee Schedule to help you estimate how much each permit may cost when it becomes available.
Once you’ve found what you can online, ALWAYS contact the City and confirm. They will definitely appreciate the time you took to find out the answers yourself. When in doubt – contact the professionals at Permit Place (www.permitplace.com) to help guide you and take away your permitting worries!