Permit Advisors Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Permit Advisors, Inc. has reached a major milestone this November, celebrating 10 years of business. Founded by President/CEO Roy Hasson in 2008, Permit Advisors has grown from a one-man show to a national-based firm with personnel located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and several other major U.S. jurisdictions. Having permitted over nine billion dollars in construction projects, Permit Advisors has become one of the top permit expediting firms in the industry.   “It is almost unimaginable to see how far we’ve come. Permit Advisors started out with me working in my parent’s garage. Now we have a huge group of …

Dec 3, 2018 By admin

What are Building Occupancies?

Have you ever seen your favorite local retail store go out of business only to become a completely different type of store later on? Building tenants change all of the time and their classifications may be very different. These classifications are referred to as occupancy groups and are an important part of the permitting process. The International Building Code (IBC) defines ten different occupancy groups: assembly (A), business (B), educational (E), factory and industrial (F), high hazard (H), institutional (I), mercantile (M), residential (R), storage (S), and utility (U). Occupancy groups are designated based on intended use; for example, a paper …

Oct 26, 2018 By admin

A Look at the Latest Retail and Design Trends

Over the past two weeks, we attended retail conferences where we met with other retail industry professionals to learn more about strategies and innovations shaping the retail world today. What we found to be a common trend among retailers is that they are doing away with the old metrics for evaluating their store’s effectiveness. No longer are they paying as close attention to the number of sales per square foot. Instead they are looking at the lasting impressions they make on their visitors. They want to know – are customers receiving a memorable experience? Many retailers are utilizing technology and …

Oct 10, 2018 By admin

Plan Sets and Drawings: What’s Needed for Submittals?

A couple weeks ago, we wrote about how attention to detail can speed up your permit process. In the article, we mentioned that applicants must be prepared to submit several sets of plan drawings so that the sets can be allocated to different departments for review. Let’s discuss this further – what are the different types of plan sets and when are they required? While the types of plan sets vary based on a project’s scope of work, the most common types include architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and civil. Architectural Plan Sets When applying for a building permit or …

Oct 1, 2018 By admin