Elite Permits

Blogs , Videos, News & Updates

Steps to apply for a building permit

January 2022, issue 1

ELITE PERMITS

BRIEFING ON CONSTRUCTION & Some other stuff

Written by TATIANA gUSt

Like we have discussed in our previous blogs, obtaining a building permit is very important as it not only protects the property and the life of the current and future occupants, but it also saves you from having issues trying to sell in the future, dealing with penalties, and having to redo what you just did because the work was not properly inspected. 

In this blog, we will explain some general steps you can follow when applying for building permits. Keep in mind, though, that these vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and from permit to permit as each job is unique. Every building department has different requirements and may have extra steps you’ll need to follow.

Generally, this is how you apply for a permit:

Step 1 – Download the application: you’ll find this at your building department’s website. Some building departments have a different application for different scopes of work. Make sure that you pick the right application. 

Step 2 – Fill out the application: make sure you have all the information you need to complete the form accurately. This includes:

  • Permit type – building, electrical, mechanical, roofing, etc.
  • Type of permit request – new construction, remodel, plumbing repair, etc
  • Property type – commercial, multi-family residential, single family, duplex, etc.
  • Total value of work
  • Square footage of area being worked at
  • Description of work – be concise, you don’t need to provide a lot of details here, your plans should provide the details
  • Property information – folio, address, directions, etc.

Step 3 – Submit the form and your plans: you can do this by visiting your building department in person or online. Be prepared to:

  • Pay the permit’s fees
  • Submit the plans (drop off or upload to their site)
Filling permit application

Step 4 – Wait for the building department to process your application: this may take anywhere between 2 weeks to 60 days.

Step 5 – Correct any problems the building department asked you to (if applicable): address these problems as soon as possible to avoid delaying the project more than you expected.

Step 6 – Pick up or download your approved permit: Keep in mind that you may have to pay additional or remaining fees that weren’t paid at the beginning.

Step 7 – Have your permit visible on site: At this point you can start your project!

It is not a very complicated process; however, it is time consuming, especially if you get rejected or you are asked for corrections. At Elite Permits we specialize in obtaining the necessary permits for our clients in a shorter period of time. We speak the same language (sometimes is a little different than just plain English!) 

Call us today to learn more or request our services!

Elite Permits circular

Share this Post

Related Articles

What inspectors look for at final inspection.

What inspectors look for at final inspection.

Today we will be discussing about inspections related to a building permit from a building code point of view. As we have discussed in other blogs, there are different departments that also review and inspect as part of the building process. There could be other inspections such as final site inspections, final fire inspection, or final health inspection, etc.

Read More »
building codes

Base Building Codes

Base Building Codes

As a code consulting professional, I like to explain how the state-specific codes are developed and how to use them.

I live in the beautiful state of Florida, and before 2002 there were building codes in the state, but pretty much each jurisdiction had their own codes and local requirements regarding the building portion of the code.

Read More »
what is a storm surge

Understanding Storm Surge

With another storm on the horizon, I want to take this time to explain storm surges:
The news in their desire to provide information, often do so in a context that is not clear for everyone. I have been working in construction and everything associated to the building codes for over 18 years, I’m accustomed to the language and what it meant, but never thought about explaining it to the people closest to me.

Read More »
ONLINE RESOURCES

Online Resources for Codes

Today I want to share some helpful information about what is available to anyone online. In our last blog we talked about the zoning codes and the building codes, so I decided to provide helpful links here to the resources for those codes. I will start with the simple single statewide code, the Florida Building Code. This link allows you to see all the building codes which includes about eight books, all of which you can electronically search and read about what applies under each category.

Read More »
building codes and zoning codes

Building Codes and Zoning Codes

Today we will take a look at different codes that typically apply to construction projects. There are a number of different reviews that will apply, but in general these are divided into two main areas: Building Codes and Zoning Codes. These codes are quite different in nature, but when people think of building permits, most people only think about the building codes and setbacks.

Read More »
Elite Permit Favorites
Social Media

Like Us On Facebook

Explore
Stay in Touch

Subscribe to our newsletter for more updates

icon About
Exposure represents the adjustments due the characteristics of the terrain surrounding the building.

Exposure B.For buildings with a mean roof height of less than or equal to 30 feet (9144 mm), Exposure B shall apply where the ground surface roughness, as defined by Surface Roughness B, prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of at least 1,500 feet (457 m). For buildings with a mean roof height greater than 30 feet (9144 mm), Exposure B shall apply where Surface Roughness B prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of at least 2,600 feet (792 m) or 20 times the height of the building, whichever is greater.

Exposure C.Exposure C shall apply for all cases where Exposure B or D does not apply.

Exposure D.Exposure D shall apply where the ground surface roughness, as defined by Surface Roughness D, prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of at least 5,000 feet (1524 m) or 20 times the height of the building, whichever is greater. Exposure D shall also apply where the ground surface roughness immediately upwind of the site is B or C, and the site is within a distance of 600 feet (183 m) or 20 times the building height, whichever is greater, from an Exposure D condition as defined in the previous sentence.

 

 
Need Help with Franchising?
We are Here To Assist You

If you would like to reach us immediately:

Feel free to call us at (239) 280-0575  and we will be more than happy to answer all of your questions.