How to Avoid the Common Mistakes of Permit Applications

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How to Avoid the Common Mistakes of Permit Applications

Applying for a permit can be an arduous process even if you don’t make any mistakes when you apply. At PW+A we're here to help you navigate this process, if you find you're in need of assistance.

Here’s a guide that will help you to avoid common permit application mistakes and help you to receive your permit as soon as possible.

Start as Early as Possible

Depending on the complexity of the project, a construction permit could take anywhere from a month to a full year to process. The length of the process is mainly determined by the quality of the application and the complexity of the project.

It’s a good idea to double check the quality of your application. If your application doesn’t contain all of the necessary information, it’s not unlikely that it will get pushed aside and take additional weeks or months simply because you didn’t fill it out correctly the first time.

Talk with a Plans Examiner or Code Official

Talking with a plans examiner or code official can save you a lot of time in the permitting process by helping you avoid some of the simple mistakes involved in permit applications. They will be able to answer any questions you have regarding the information you need on your application, and help guide you onto the correct path. Communication is key is a smooth permitting process.

Ensure Your Permit Application is Complete and Accurate before Submittal

Here are some of the most common mistakes made in the permitting process. 

  • Submitting additional information without the proper forms
  • Plans containing title blocks not signed
  • Additional information not submitted through a general contractor
  • Site plan not submitted when projects are increasing the footprint of the property
  • Incomplete Code Data
  • Footing/Framing/Truss details not included in submittal
  • Wall bracing lines and methods not included in submittal
  • Energy certificate information not included in submittal
  • Smoke detector locations not Included in submittal
  • Incorrect insulation values listed on plans

It’s important to ensure that when you turn in your request for a building permit that you double check to make sure that all of the required information is included. It’s also important to make sure that all of the information you submitted is accurate.

If at a later date you decide to change an aspect about the building, it is necessary to resubmit your plans. If it is found out that you are deviating from your original application or your application was simply not accurate to begin with, the city could issue a stop work order and you’d be left sitting on your hands until you could receive your new permit.

 

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