Raising Cane's in Torrance, California

Divide to Conquer Restaurant Exterior and Interior Tenant Improvement Permits

Permit Place recently embarked on a project with Raising Cane’s. The project in focus was a renovation of a 5,915-square-foot restaurant located in Torrance, California. A range of permits was necessary, including Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical, and Health.


The project presented a significant challenge, which we uncovered during the due diligence process. The local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) imposed a rule that plan check submissions could not proceed until entitlements were approved. 

This procedural obstacle could have led to considerable delays, affecting the estimated project turnaround time of 5 months. In addition, Raising Cane’s was already paying rent on the space, so any delays would get expensive quickly. 

Project Win

Despite the challenging circumstances, our team devised an innovative solution to sidestep the procedural hurdle. 

We divided the project scope into two separate projects – interior and exterior. The team submitted the interior scope for plan check separately, allowing this portion of the project to move forward while waiting for the entitlement approval necessary for the exterior scope.

This strategic move paid off significantly. It led to a quicker approval process that far outpaced the initial estimate of 5 months. Instead, the approval process was completed in just 2 months and 25 days.

This case study underlines Permit Place’s strategic approach to permit expediting, our ability to innovate under pressure, and our success in achieving efficient project timelines, even under complex regulatory conditions. 

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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.