How to Navigate the South Florida Permitting Process

We talk a lot about the permitting process on this blog not just because it’s complicated (it is), but also because it’s imperative for a successful commercial construction project in South Florida.

With 98 municipalities in the collective Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, securing approvals can be challenging. Each municipality has different rules and codes, and navigating the permitting process can be unexpectedly frustrating for those who are not familiar with the area, process and timeline.

If you’re undertaking a commercial construction project, you need to know how to navigate the permitting process.

The first step is to hire a general contracting team you can trust. Before making a hire, do your homework. There are several things to look for in a general contractor, namely experience, reliability, and someone with a good reputation. Reach out to past clients and ask the tough questions. You want someone who is working on your side, not against you.

Secondly, you need someone local who knows the area inside and out. Local experience can be an undervalued asset to a commercial investor, yet it is so important to seamlessly executing a job. Your local team has established contacts and relationships within the community and has become an expert on all of the nuanced aspects of a build, including securing permits.

Third, understand timelines and adjust your expectations. The permitting process in South Florida can be lengthy and frustrating. While having someone local and experienced can alleviate stress and headaches, it’s important to when going into a new project that you understand permit delays may be out of your control. Create a plan at the outset of your project and communicate closely with your contractor so everyone is on the same page regarding timeline and process, especially as it relates to securing building permits.

Set your project up for success by partnering with us – your local, on-the-ground expert who understands the unique building, political and economic demands of South Florida. Get in touch today to schedule a consultation.

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