What do building departments look for in a permit application?

The building permit application process is long. Really long. That said, understanding what’s required in a building permit application can alleviate half the stress.

 

Building permits are needed when any additions are made to your home, business place or otherwise-owned property. Similarly, they’re needed when you’re building a new structure or are engaging renovations. Depending upon how extensive your renovations are, your building permit will cover several areas. At the end of the day, your building permit will need to prove safety, your project’s scope and adherence to industry standards. When applying for a building permit, you’ll need to supply the following:

 

Plans in Adherence to Building Codes

While every area is different, each carries laws and regulations in the form of building codes. When you’re filling out your building permit application, your area’s municipality will compare your project’s plans with these codes. Both state and town codes are referenced, so as to make sure your building project is acceptable on all levels. It’s important to check out your area’s building codes ahead of time, because your area may have specialized codes depending upon climate, neighboring establishments and general traffic.

 

An In-Depth Blueprint

Next, you’ll need to supply formal blueprints in your application. Typically, your architect or engineer will be needed to craft blueprints for in-depth projects. Regardless, proof of a project’s boundaries on paper must be given. While a blueprint hard copy is used to satisfy the above-mentioned building codes, it’s important to a project’s integrity, safety and continuity. If you’re about to begin a small project, you may only have to supply a small drawing. That said, you’ll likely have to provide the location’s site map to prove size capacity with relevance to surrounding details.

 

Special Permits

Special permits, too, are needed if you’re installing utilities, appliances or other large items. A lot of project owners, for this reason, expedite a lot of the building permit application process. Often, multiple permits must be obtained before an application can be accepted. While a small installation, such as a water heater, may warrant an immediate approval, large projects may require another in-depth permit application process. Look into your local laws, and determine which permits you’ll need before jumping into the building permit application process.

 

A Permit Fee

Unfortunately, building permits aren’t free. Once you’ve supplied your project’s needed documentation, you’ll need to submit the fee associated with your building permit. These fees vary quite a lot, and they can range from $50 to $1,000. You’ll probably have an estimate of your project’s fee far before you submit the application, however, giving you ample time to plan.

 

Additionally, any large additions built from a kit, like a shed, will require in-depth documentation from the kit’s manufacturer. In the event your permit is inspected, it’ll need to cover the dynamics of external providers at every angle. Again, it’s important to examine your area’s local laws and building regulations. Sometimes, large additions aren’t covered by a permit provider’s options.


While it can be simple to apply for a building permit, the inspection process, alone, can be lengthy. Providing specialized permits, too, requires a significant time investment. If possible, consider expediting your building permit to reduce the legwork. Our expert providers will ensure all standards are met while ensuring your project’s quality. Strike out the unnecessary processes, and talk to a member of our team today about our expediting services.