5 Tips for Navigating the Permit Process

Most municipalities require permits for any building project, whether it’s a new construction, renovation, or repair. While essential, permitting is one of the most arduous tasks in any construction project.

Depending on the project and its location, permits may be required at the federal, state, or local level, and the rules and regulations surrounding permitting changes frequently. Each permit is unique to the type of work being done, and certifies that work is being done safely and according to code.

When it comes time to get a building permit for your development, these five tips can help you navigate the process:

Understand Your Project

Most permitting is related to the type of work being done and the scope of the overall project. So, whether you’re building from the ground up, making a significant repair, or renovating a space, let that guide the type of permit you apply for. To get the proper permit, you’ll need to know the square footage, whether the building will be used for residential, commercial, or industrial purposes, and more.

Ask for Help

Navigating the permitting process is very complex. Consult every resource that’s available to you, including pre-construction consultants, developers who have previously been through the process, and local municipalities. In South Florida, both Miami-Dade and Broward counties offer extensive online resources for building permits.

Know What Permits You Need

Once you understand the scope of the work and have an expert on your side, you can easily determine what permits you need. It’s always best to double check every aspect of the permitting process to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.

Prepare and Submit Forms

Complete each permitting form very carefully, attach any required documentation, and pay any fees. Filing everything timely will keep the project on time. After submitting the permitting forms, be sure ask lots of questions to thoroughly understand what (if any) aspect of the project can move forward before final approval is given.

Follow Up

If you’ve done your homework, you’ll likely know when you can expect approval. However, stay on top of things and follow up with the appropriate agencies to ensure that everything has been received and is on track.

Permitting is an essential part of the pre-construction phase. Timely permit requests means that the project will remain on schedule.

Seacoast Construction has extensive experience navigating the permit process across South Florida. Permitting and processing permits is part of our pre-construction coordination services. If you need help with any stage of the permitting process, call us at 786-433-8740.

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