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Old 05-26-2010, 11:53 AM   #1
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Permits Takes 15 Business Days To Come Back


I have been working in a township where the permit takes 15 business days to come back to the homeowner. Why so long? Anyone else experience such a long time?
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Old 05-26-2010, 12:25 PM   #2
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If you think 15 days is a long time, you have lived a charmed life. Try getting a Fire Department Plan Review in Bellevue or Kent WA.

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Like wingnut says you are very fortunate. Not uncommon for application, plan review/check etc to take a couple of months. Then you are really SOL if you don't have all your engineering done. Fire Marshall review is probably the longest part.
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Old 05-26-2010, 04:05 PM   #4
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Man, are we lucky, I guess. Usually not more than a week-10 days. Though you do need to have all-aligned duckies first - insurances, licenses, registrations, Fire, ConCom, BOH, appendix J, etc, etc. Probably EPA cert soon. Still, I guess we have it good!
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What type permit? Obviously not OTC.

Additions around here can take a month and with zoning issues a lot longer
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If you think 15 days is a long time, you have lived a charmed life. Try getting a Fire Department Plan Review in Bellevue or Kent WA.
It took me 6 months to get a permit from Snohomish county because I had a "seasonal stream" and they needed some type of denuded soil/roof water waste runoff investigation to make sure I wasn't killing...whatever is in a seasonal stream.

But Bellevue...now there's a building dept. no one wants to run across...ever. They are ruthless. Or maybe the word is heartless. Either one...or both
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We run the full gambit around here. I have gotten some permits the same day (Cobb County is the best), others take a minimum of 30 days to get the tree removal approval then another 30-60 days for permit if no one objects (City of Atlanta - you are the worst ).

Most of the cities/counties take about 3-5 days to issue a permit for our typical job (basements, baths, decks).
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In Jersey its 3 days to 3 weeks for zoning($30 to $80 paid in advance) and 7 days to 30 days for building
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Here it can take 3 weeks to get a permit for a deck.
Not oly that, but you have to have the drawings signed off by a certified designer. As of 2006, I can no longer submit the drawings on my own.
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Here it can take 3 weeks to get a permit for a deck.
Not oly that, but you have to have the drawings signed off by a certified designer. As of 2006, I can no longer submit the drawings on my own.
Extr expense for nothing.
That is B.S. - there gonna certify us right out of business if they keep this sheet up! The town should at least provide accepted specs. and general sizes to the residents and builders to possibly avoid this hassel.

They just keep dumbing us down....
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Three to six months here plus a MOUND of paperwork, site plans and MORE for the simplest of projects. I WISH we could count only in days or even weeks...
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I recently got fire suppression permits, 2 different towns, 3 jobs/ First town, I watched the girl review my permit application, less than 3 minutes I had my permit in hand. I did not ask where she learned about resturant fire suppression systems. Next town, I got 2 permits in less than 3 minutes. All I had to do was pay the money. There was not any pretense about knowledge of any kind, just pay the money.
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In Jersey its 3 days to 3 weeks for zoning($30 to $80 paid in advance) and 7 days to 30 days for building
I've had to get permits through the Meadowlands Commission and the Delaware River Basin Commission. Not fun. First the permits go the commission, then they go back to the town for approval.
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Then again, had a Town in MA, where the building department had a policy of any contractor who does not reside in town have a background and criminal check done on them. Results would take 1-2 weeks. Contractors who resided in said town didn't have a problem. Political is one term that comes to mind
That sounds illegal, especially if residents were not accorded the same scrutiny. I don't know who you would consult, maybe the ACLU, but it seems worthy of a fight on general principles alone
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Yes a as favor I just completed a home renovation for a non-profit group. The home was located in the Inland Empire area of Southern California, the city is Corona to be exact.

We changed out the plumbing fixtures in the bathroom including the fiberglass tub/shower, W/C, vanity and sinks. Minor relocation.

We were required to submit a complete detailed site plan of the house on the lot showing setbacks all four sides, a floor plan of the house identifying the location of the bathroom. The plans were just short of a grading plan in terms of detail.

Now the twist on this house - the City redevelopment agency was a PARTNER with the non-profit group on this house. The building department (a different department within the City) could care less about this "partnering" and matter-of-fact I think it irked some plan checkers.

Instead of fighting the plan submittal requirement we gave them everything they requested (took two weeks to put together) and ONE MONTH later (Yes ONE MONTH for plan check), and about $550. USD in plan check and permit fees, and after numerous visits and telephone calls I got the permit.

The work took about 4 days to complete.

Count your lucky stars!

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Now the twist on this house - the City redevelopment agency was a PARTNER with the non-profit group on this house. The building department (a different department within the City) could care less about this "partnering" and matter-of-fact I think it irked some plan checkers.

Instead of fighting the plan submittal requirement we gave them everything they requested (took two weeks to put together) and ONE MONTH later (Yes ONE MONTH for plan check), and about $550. USD in plan check and permit fees, and after numerous visits and telephone calls I got the permit.

The work took about 4 days to complete.

Count your lucky stars!

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Don,

Welcome to my world. I am *STILL* fighting with the City of LA over a project *THEY* designed and ordered. We are coming up on month 8 pretty soon.

Went into building dept. the other day to follow up and there were two guys behind the counter reading the newspaper. I had to loudly ask for help.

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