J. Crew Retail Permits in Santa Fe, NM

Permit Place Secures Fastest Permit Approvals Landlord Has Seen

Permit Place, a renowned permit expediting firm, recently completed an exemplary Due Diligence and Permit Expediting project for a J. Crew 5,000 square foot retail space located in a shopping center in Santa Fe, NM. 

This case study highlights the complexities of navigating municipal permitting processes and how Permit Place’s expertise ensured the project’s success against odds.


The project embarked with a comprehensive due diligence process designed by Permit Place to preemptively address potential hurdles. This process involves identifying key project contacts, understanding the intricacies of submission requirements including plan formatting, naming standards, fees, building codes, and more. 

Despite this thorough preparation, the team faced unexpected challenges post-initial submittal. The Building Department requested additional documents not previously specified, necessitating time-consuming efforts from the design team to comply. 

Furthermore, the electronic and hard copy submission processes, requiring six sets of hard copies, introduced logistical complications. Landscaping, a component of the building permit, required onsite coordination with the landlord to meet specific review standards, leading to delays not anticipated in the project timeline.

Project Win

The project’s success was highlighted by the approval of all required permits, including Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical, Fire, and Landscaping, in an impressively efficient timeline. Notably, the AMEP reviews were approved in the first round, with landscaping being the only aspect requiring further coordination, a task that fell to the landlord. 

The swift approval process, particularly by the standards of the Santa Fe Building Department—known for its rigorous review processes—was a significant achievement. The landlord credited Permit Place for J. Crew getting the fastest approvals they’d seen. 

The relationships forged with both the permit intake and review staff during this process proved invaluable, not only facilitating this project’s success but also setting a precedent for future projects in the region. 

Permit Place’s strategic foresight in estimating the timeline and its effective management led to a project completion in just 7 weeks, surpassing expectations. 

This case study not only celebrates the successful completion of the J. Crew retail expansion project but also underscores Permit Place’s unparalleled expertise in navigating complex permit expediting processes.

How We Help

Due Diligence

  • Fee and timeline estimates
  • Answers to important questions
  • Research into potential issues

Document Collation

  • Collect required documentation
  • Review form accuracy
  • Compile complete submittal packets

Plan Submittal

  • Attend plan check meetings
  • Fill out all paperwork
  • Manage receipts and fee payments

Comments & Corrections

  • Negotiate on your behalf
  • Coordinate revisions with stakeholders
  • Resubmit permit packets

Ready to Issue

  • Final fee calculations
  • Contractor consulting
  • Final ready-to-issue paperwork

Schedule Time To Talk

Let’s schedule 30 minutes to discuss your project and how Permit Place can help make the permit approval process easier.