What Does a Building Permit Expediter Do?
Let’s take a step back from the current climate of buzzwords and competing ideologies in the
phase 1 construction space and talk about what a building permit expeditor does. As a building permit
expediter with a decade of experience I’d like to put pen to paper and draw out what we specifically do.
Let’s start by walking through the chronology of a project:
Local Expertise: Building permit expediters normally specialize in a region, and have a rolodex of
contacts, knowledge of code interpretations, how plans should be laid out, and even if departmental
plans should be stapled in a certain way. If you’re talking to a new firm it’s wise to ask what projects
they’ve already gotten approved in the area to gauge how knowledgeable they are.
Pre-Screen Plans: After receiving plans for a project a building permit expediter will screen the various
plans before submitting to a jurisdiction. They look for local nuances to ensure no time is spent during
plancheck working on comments they already know are coming. For example, if a city prefers the
clearance for an ADA (American’s with Disability Act) railing’s height and length to be specified at a
certain measurement as opposed to a measurement range, your building permit expediter can help you
specify before an official marks it up. This saves you time as well as money not just in fees but also with
your architect or engineer’s costs.
Project Management: A building permit expediter acts a phase 1 construction project manager and
provides you with a proactive single point of contact. A good building permit expediter will call you
weekly to give updates and troubleshoot pain points of your project. If you have them working on a roll-
out of multiple projects they can seamlessly provide updates across your projects.
About: Permit Advisors, Inc. is a nationwide permit expediting, entitlement, and consulting
firm based out of Beverly Hills, CA. We have established relationships with municipalities
nation-wide and implement time as well as cost saving strategies to efficiently complete
projects. We provide a project management team to ensure every aspect of the project is
given specific attention while maintaining open communication between the jurisdiction,
consultants, and our clients. We serve retailers, architects, landlords, tenant coordinators,
contractors and franchisees nationwide in the hotel, retail, restaurant, mixed-use,
multifamily, entertainment, grocery, and logistical plant development industries. Contact us
today for a consultation at www.permitadvisors.com.