Why Pre-Submittal Reviews Help Us Stay Proactive

When we are introduced to a large-scale project such as a shopping center or a high-rise building, we know it’s time to conduct some serious due diligence. If you’re not familiar with this term, it means that we are getting a comprehensive understanding of the project and its permitting and entitlement requirements. We conduct a ton of research on the jurisdiction, zoning district, applicable municipal departments, and more. Throughout this process, we often find that it’s extremely beneficial to review the schematic design with municipal departments to determine what requirements may be triggered by the scope of work. We call this process a pre-submittal review.

What is a Pre-submittal Review?

A pre-submittal review is a meeting between applicants and the potentially affected departments about an upcoming project that is typically extensive and/or complex. A major benefit to conducting pre-submittal review meetings is to get the chance to discuss the project while it is still in a flexible design stage and before it enters it into the application process.


If our client intends to build a large development such as a lifestyle center, we would make it a point to schedule meetings with all affected departments such as building, planning, transportation, and sanitation before we actually submit the applications. Meetings with these departments will often give us insight into certain requirements that will be triggered such as a traffic study, an NPDES review, a floor area analysis, and/or a design review.

Pre-submittal meetings will also give us the chance to ask important questions about zoning regulations, potential variances, operation restrictions, planning implications, service requirements and more so that we can relay this information back to the design team.

Staying Proactive & Saving Time

We prefer to be engaged with projects early on so that we may conduct pre-submittal review meetings when necessary. Through our involvement in the pre-submittal review process, we can expose potentially unforeseen roadblocks so that comments are kept to a minimum during the application stage. Being proactive in this nature allows us to save our clients a lot of time throughout the permitting process, which is one of our biggest goals at Permit Advisors.

About Permit Advisors

Permit Advisors Inc. is a complete permit, entitlement consulting, and expediting firm based out of Beverly Hills, Ca. We go beyond just submitting plans, as you may have experienced with previous expediters. We have established strong relationships with officials of many municipalities and have numerous time and cost-saving strategies that we implement to efficiently complete projects. We aim to secure all permits as quickly as possible! We keep track of all the different aspects of the permitting process and make sure that the project is being given full attention by everyone on the team. We responsibly update clients and ensure that lines of communication are open between the Jurisdiction, the consultants and the client at all times. Contact us today for a consultation www.permitadvisors.com.

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Aug 27, 2018 By admin