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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.

Application Form

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!

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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.

 

 
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