Road to RECON: 3 Reasons You Need to Talk to Your Building Permit Expediter
In the next week, everyone from our industry will be attending ICSC’s RECON convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show is a chaotic, fun, and insightful event where roughly 60,000 people descend onto Frank Sinatra’s favorite city. Amidst all the hype, the break-out sessions, and the fun, you should make time to talk to your building permit expediter. With the development landscape turning around it is easy to get caught up in the speed of projects and forget the lessons the last decade taught us.
- As development picks up, jurisdictions get pickier on projects:
The truth is, when you build, others are building too and they may even be building competing projects. Let’s take Southern California’s Inland Empire, for example, a planner over there I know said he has rejected plans because everyone wants to build gas stations, fast food, and car washes when the residents really want more shopping and sit-down restaurants. The brands who went through this process could have saved themselves some time and money by talking with a building permit expediter first who could give some insight into the planning landscape. Although land use and permit expediting are different, a good building permit expediter will know what planners in the area are looking for. You can always go to a land use professional as well, but remember they will pitch the idea they can get your project approved. Building permit expediters won’t make that claim for they only manage permit projects.
- 2018 is right around the corner:
Ever heard the phrase, “Slow is steady and steady is smooth”? Although 2017 isn’t over yet, planning the permit expediting program for your 2018 projects ensures the projects will have the right team, the right price at the right time. If there are last-minute changes at least everything else is planned for and you can adjust instead of going through needless stress. RECON is a fun way to get this planning started too! Think about grabbing dinner and asking all the questions with your building permit expediter.
- Wolves in sheep’s clothing:
When the going gets rough and the farther away from industry events you tend to start searching for a building permit expediter, any building permit expediter, and that can have devastating consequences. When you’re rushed you don’t have time to properly vet your professional and will go with a price as long as the person tells you what you want to hear. Let me tell you about a client I’ll call Bob. Bob worked with a building permit expediter A for a long time but decided to look for a cheaper building permit expediter. Bob was told by building permit expediter B everything he wanted to hear and was offered a price much lower than building permit expediter A. Bob ended up missing not just 1 but 2 grand opening dates! As well as almost losing relationships with some of his retailer tenants. Bob learned the hard way. Don’t be like Bob.
If you haven’t already scheduled an appointment to see me at RECON this year please reach out to me so we can talk about your projects and maybe grab some food together. I love answering questions, offering my references, and presenting projects well done. I can best be reached at (310) 275-7774!
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.