The Top Four Retail Building Trends That Require Special Permits

This year, real estate building has skyrocketed with innovative designs, new building codes and recession-stomping solutions. Understandably, specialized building plans require specialized permits. Retail isn’t necessarily bound by the overarching uniformity of commercialism, but it’s certainly benefited from industry creativity. From Nordstrom’s to small businesses, leading retail chains are outfitting new locations to benefit the consumer. In 2016, several retail building trends stick out among the rest:


Trend One: Class B Communities are Being Preferred

Class B communities, now, are primary options for renters. Because of rising rent and many developers’ focus on high-end developments, the industry has pushed retail space renters to settle down in Class B communities. While entering a Class B community, alone, can warrant a special building permit, many renters are expediting the process to get started quickly.


Class B communities offer many of the amenities Class A communities offer while being more affordable. In fact, some experts believe Millennials are leading the charge into cost-conscious retail renting and building. Older units are being obtained, fixed up and built upon due to high Class B vacancy rates.


Trend Two: “Cool” Roofs are Taking Over

Energy-saving alternatives, too, are here. While the “green” movement primarily exists in residential real estate, commercial entities are absolutely taking advantage of energy efficient alternatives. “Cool” roofs, or energy efficient rooftops constructed to create net-zero energy buildings, are being implemented at a fast rate. That said, such designs require special attention on the paperwork end. Commonly powered by LED lighting and incredibly sustainable, cool roofs have spearheaded the green living trends of 2016.

Trend Three: Ecommerce Gets Physical

It’s getting a physical location, at least. In 2016, ecommerce is almost too big. A lot of online retailers are signing special building permits to gain warehouse space, fill extra orders and fulfill high-volume demands online. Seemingly, the trend will only continue growing. As online buying gains traction, more warehouse space will be needed to facilitate company growth. Sure, a lot of online retailers will remain far, far away from brick-and-mortar status, but they’ll still need a place to power supply.


Because delivery times, now, are measured on a minute-and-hour basis, as opposed to a day-and-week basis, immediate supply has become a priority. Even physical retail outlets are expanding into warehouse building due to online needs. In upcoming years, having a spare facility to store goods will be much more than a trend.

Trend Four: Retail Health Centers are Coming to Town

That’s right: Health centers are being stationed in retail outlets. Today’s health providers are looking for convenient, cost-effective way to serve patients, and they’re converging their stations with retail outlets to circumnavigate commute, traffic and distance problems. While this trend is experienced primarily in college towns, it’ll likely expand to many areas in upcoming years.


What does this mean? It means retail outlets are using specialized building permits to facilitate the relationship. To increase patient satisfaction, space is needed. That said, healthcare accepts only well-designed, code-adhering building standards. In a lot of cases, upcoming retail clinics will be located near store end caps or even out-lots.

Today’s construction and building projects have expanded to meet the customer’s needs. For this reason, permit expediters are incredibly useful. As the retail world expands, and as options become increasingly available, expediting building permits will become inherently useful to the creation process. At every turn, your project deserves speed. Fortunately, our expert providers can access needed requirements, create custom solutions and overcome the burdens of long-form application. Take advantage of our options today, and streamline the building process to benefit your business, the customer and your future.