For construction to commence on a piece of land, the proper permits must be issued. Any factors causing delays in construction could cost a developer a big chunk of money. Permit Expediters work to limit these delays by streamlining the process of approval. They coordinate with jurisdictions to find the fastest pathways to approval and work to reduce the number of plan rechecks required.
According to Roy Hasson, CEO of Permit Advisors, “Navigating the different jurisdictions and their requirements can be a massive undertaking. We take the process off our clients’ plates so that they can focus on what they do best.”
Common Mistakes a Permit Expediter Prevents
Due to a deep understanding of regional codes and jurisdictions, an experienced Permit Expediter can prevent a client from making timely, expensive errors. He/she will be able to recognize issues during the preliminary review and due diligence phases of a project and work to build a solution that will mitigate problems before they even hit the planning department.
To dive deeper, let’s discuss common errors and mistakes that applicants are subject to making without the consultation of an experienced Permit Expediter.
Not Submitting to all Required Departments
Depending on a project’s scope of work, an applicant may need to submit his/her application to multiple departments. For example, any work pertaining to restaurants will require submittals to health in addition to the general planning department in that jurisdiction. A permit expediter has knowledge of the different departments that will be involved in the process and will advise clients accordingly so that they do not leave out any of the required departments.
Lack of Required Paperwork
Different jurisdictions have different paperwork requirements, therefore it’s common for an applicant to accidentally omit a necessary piece of paperwork when submitting to a planning committee. For example, he/she may not know that in Texas you must submit a TDLR registration with your paperwork or in North Carolina, you must file for a Lean Agent to get the building permit issued. Permit Expediters are familiar with these variable requirements and will make sure you have the correct paperwork needed to meet local regulations.
Without having the resources to regularly follow-up with planning officials, an application can get lost in the shuffle.
Permit Expediters consistently check in with the planning department to confirm the application status as well as determine the best route to expedite the process.
Additionally, through performing regular visits to local jurisdictions, Permit Expediters have created relationships with representatives making it easier to touch base and access information pertinent to the application.
In conclusion, the permit process can be difficult and convoluted. Having Permit Expediters on your side to walk you through the process might just save you from falling down the rabbit hole of overspending, making mistakes, and extending deadlines.