Permit Expediting During COVID-19: Problems and Solutions

With COVID-19, 2020 has been a year of change for everyone. At the start of the year, the norm was sitting in an office every day, going out to eat regularly, and having the opportunity to see your loved ones in person. Now we have all become accustomed to a much more solitary way of life. Working from home, holidays spent on Skype, and exclusively takeout. This year, more than any other before it has shown the incredible feats humanity can undergo to survive and thrive. For Permit Advisors, we have had to adapt to a completely different landscape for …

Dec 7, 2020 By Bridget Foley

A Permit Expediter’s Guide to Florida Permits

A question we receive from clients frequently is, “how do I navigate Florida permits?” The permitting process in Florida is famously difficult. Long wait times, lack of communication from government officials, and a confusing over-all process results in many people frustrated with their experience. On average, it takes months for a permit to be approved, sometimes even years. At Permit Advisors, we understand that this is annoying to people who have never applied for a permit before. That is why we have started a series offering insider tips for different jurisdictions. Our last post was centered around Austin, Texas, but …

Jan 20, 2020 By Bridget Foley

A Permit Expediter’s Guide to Austin, TX

Austin, Texas: a place you can find amazing barbeque, fantastic live bands, and a notoriously complicated permitting process. In 2015, Zucker Systems issued a report detailing Austin’s weaknesses in their planning and building department. They go into detail the exorbitantly high costs and wait time that Austin business owners must suffer through just to receive a building permit. For a commercial project, it is estimated that time to complete zoning and permitting could be 12 to 14 months. This puts a large strain, both in time and money, on potential businesses delayed in opening. While Austin has tried to offer …

Nov 7, 2019 By Bridget Foley

A Day in the Life of a Permit Expediter

A Permit Expediter never has a dull day, especially when he or she is in the field, traveling to and between various city departments to make sure that your company’s permits are processed as quickly as possible. Since the everyday work activities of Permit Expediters can be a mystery to many, even those in the design/construction industry, we at Permit Advisors have decided to demystify the permit expediting conundrum. To uncover the everyday duties of a Permit Expediter, we spent the day with Craig Plezia, a Senior Project Manager at Permit Advisors. With a background in Architecture and Building Design, …

Feb 5, 2019 By Bridget Foley