Common Residential Plan Permit Application Mistakes

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Common Residential Plan Permit Application Mistakes

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

Another way to avoid any mistakes when applying for a permit, is to hire a professional permitting agency. They’ll help you through the permitting process so that you can start building your home as quickly as possible.

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 by months.

Plans Containing Title Blocks not Signed

A completed permit application needs to have Title Blocks that are signed in ink by a licensed design professional.

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.

Site Plan not Submitted when Projects are Increasing the Footprint of the Property

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.

Design Loads and Standards are Omitted from Submittal

A licensed engineer should prepare calculations and drawing that demonstrate how the structure will resist vertical and lateral loads and is a part of the structural design requirements.

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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