Permits processing is one of the most time-consuming parts of the design/build process; not because it is difficult to apply for permits but because the approval process can take so very long.
The specifics of the permit requirements vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction but generally include both the Site/Grading Permit, the Building Permit, numerous inspections, and at last, the Occupancy Permit. The time it takes to process the permits can vary widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction; taking as little time as six months and as much time as over a year, for just the Site/Grading Permit. The filing with the state and county or restoration, utility bonds and utility company fees may add even more time to the process. It is important to factor the time it takes into your time expectations. The Site/Grading Permit includes:
Grading & Sediment Control Plans
Storm Water Management Plans
Tree Conservation Plan (TCP)
Site Utilities Plan
Site (Geometric) Plan which includes:
The building Parameter
The Building Permit includes:
Above site drawing
Other drawings particular to your structure
After the permits are obtained, construction can begin.
During construction, numerous inspectors come out to ensure that every item in each of the plans is being done EXACTLY the way they are shown in the plan. Sometimes, during the site development work phase, the site engineers want something done a little differently that that shown on the approved plan. Changes are made to the plan ONLY upon approval of the site engineer or architect and filed as revisions in the local jurisdiction.
The Occupancy Permit:
This is the final moment in the process. Now you can move into your new facility and celebrate!