Despite Jurisdiction Delays Cafe Rio Stays on Schedule in Littleton, CO

Permit Place recently undertook a challenging permit expediting project for Cafe Rio, a 2,993 square foot restaurant located in Littleton, CO. 

This permit expediting project involved obtaining crucial permits, including Building, Fire, and Health approvals. 


Throughout the renovation process, our team faced significant obstacles. The local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) demanded prior approval from both the Health Department and the Planning & Zoning Department before we could proceed with the building permit submittal. Additionally, responsiveness from the building department lagged, surpassing their review due date.

This situation necessitated persistent follow-ups by our team to secure necessary permit approvals, adding layers of complexity to the task.

Solutions and Strategies

To navigate these challenges, our team leveraged our detailed due diligence research. This strategy involved identifying key project contacts early and mapping out critical details such as plan formatting, naming standards, fees, and building codes. 

Project Wins

The estimated permit approval timeline was 5 months, which was thrown into jeopardy thanks to an unresponsive building department that went past their review due date. 

Despite this, our team’s proactive management helped secure timely first-round approvals from both the Health Department and the Fire Department. In addition, our team was in direct communication with the building reviewer, facilitating immediate answers and adjustments to meet approval criteria. 

We also negotiated with the city to allow demolition work to commence before the actual permit was obtained, thus keeping the project timeline on track.

The renovation project for Cafe Rio in Littleton, CO, stands as a testament to Permit Place’s expertise in overcoming regulatory challenges and expediting complex permit processes. Our dedication and strategic approach enabled Cafe Rio to commence their operations without unnecessary delays, emphasizing our role as a critical partner in ensuring project success.

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.