Eden Housing Saves 1-Month on New Palo Alto Mixed-Use Development

Permit Place recently completed a new building project for Eden Housing, a 45,411 sq ft mixed-use, affordable housing development in Palo Alto, CA. 

The project required a comprehensive approach to managing and expediting permits, including building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and fire. Our team was tasked with ensuring smooth coordination between the architect and the city, which our project manager described as particularly challenging due to the specific requirements and extra documentation required for this publicly funded project.


The Eden Housing project presented unique challenges primarily due to its nature as a publicly funded development. Notably, the City of Palo Alto demanded extensive paperwork and receipts, which are not typically required. 

Furthermore, the city’s stringent submittal requirements added another layer of complexity to the project. These factors required our team to perform with utmost precision and care to meet regulatory standards without causing delays.

Solutions and Strategies

To overcome the challenges, our team implemented a robust strategy that included meticulous due diligence at the outset. We prioritized identifying key project contacts, understanding major hurdles in the submittal process, and conformed strictly to the city’s planning and naming standards. 

This due diligence informed our permit expediting strategy and was pivotal in managing and meeting the city’s scrupulous requirements. Our collaboration among different stakeholders, including the contractor and architect, was integral in navigating the complexities of this project.

Project Wins

The estimated turnaround time for permit approvals was 8 months, but through diligent effort and strategic management, we achieved approval in 7 months. The Permit Place team, contractor, and architect all worked together in a really amazing way to get this project into construction. 

This highlights not only the efficiency of our process but also our ability to foster collaborative success.

Client Feedback

The client expressed immense satisfaction with our service, appreciating our capability to expedite the process smoothly and effectively under complex conditions.

The success of the Eden Housing project in Palo Alto stands as a testament to Permit Place’s expertise in navigating the intricate permit process, especially under challenging conditions. Our proactive and thorough approach ensured that all requirements were met efficiently, allowing the project to move into the construction phase ahead of schedule. 

This project not only reflects our commitment to excellence but also our capacity to handle large-scale, intricate developments with precision and professionalism.

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.