Six Common Mistakes Permiting TownHomes

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The following list comprises some of the top mistakes that are made in permit applications. Review the list and make sure you’re not making these same mistakes!


Not Having the Complete List of Required Items


When applying for a permit, you are required to turn in many different forms. The city website is extensive and can be confusing when you are trying to determine what forms you need to provide. Ensure that when you turn in your plans you include blue prints, structural engineering report, soils report, survey, recorded plat, energy code compliance report, and a drainage plan.


Submitting Additional Information Without the Proper Forms.



Make sure all of the information you’re submitting regarding your home is accompanied by the proper forms. You may think that as long as you send in the proper information, that the city will be able to find the accompanying forms, but that is not the case. If you don’t include the correct forms your application process could be extended.


Site Plans are not Drawn to Scale



When you prepare your permit application it is important to ensure that your floor and site plans are drawn to scale. The person reviewing your information should be able to build your home based on the information you submit to them.


Energy Code Requirements are not Provided in the Plans Submitted


Before an application is approved it must go through a test to ensure that it meets certain energy efficiency standards. This common mistake goes hand in hand with not ensuring that you turn in all of the required forms when you send in your application.


Site Plan is not Submitted when a Project Increases it’s Footprint


If you change anything about your project that could make the information you provided to the city become false, you need to submit the new information and receive a new permit. If you don’t you could be issued a stop work order, or be issued a fee.


Smoke Detector Locations are not Included in Submittal


One purpose of the permitting process is to ensure that the home you are building is safe and up to code for those that will be living in it. If you forget to include the smoke detector locations your application will be denied. This a very simple yet common mistake to avoid.


Incorrect Insulation Values are Listed on the Plans


When you submit your permit application double check to make sure that all of your values listed are correct. If not this could cause your application to be denied or cause problems down the road.

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