J. Crew Gets Northbrook, IL Approvals 1 Month Before Start of Construction

Permit Place recently completed a multi-site rollout construction project for J. Crew. The project encompassed a 5,000 square foot space located in a bustling mall in Northbrook, IL. 

This due diligence and permit expediting project involved securing approvals for building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and fire permits. We accomplished all of this in just 8 days. 


During the initial phases of the project, our team encountered significant challenges, particularly with the local jurisdiction’s responsiveness. This lack of responsiveness raised concerns about potential delays during the review process. 

Additionally, the building department’s hard-copy submittal requirement further complicated matters, introducing additional timelines for shipping and handling.

Solutions and Strategies

To navigate these hurdles, our team implemented a series of strategic measures. Foremost, we engaged directly with the jurisdiction to improve communication channels and response times. 

Our due diligence process played a crucial role by ensuring all documents met local standards and requirements, helping avoid any unnecessary delays. This comprehensive approach was key in adjusting to the hard copy submissions and ensuring all materials were correctly formatted and presented.

Project Wins

While the estimated permit turnaround time was initially set at 6 weeks, our efficient handling and expediting efforts dramatically reduced this to just 1 week. 

The project received approval in the first submission round, and the review process took only 8 business days. Consequently, J. Crew had their permit in hand a full month before the scheduled start of construction.

The success of the J. Crew multi-site rollout in Northbrook, IL stands as a testament to Permit Place’s expertise in navigating complex permit processes with efficiency and precision. Our proactive strategies and meticulous planning ensured that even with initial challenges, the project not only met but exceeded expectations, reinforcing our commitment to client success in the retail construction sector.

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.