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So you finally decided to take the plunge and plow your savings into a franchise restaurant concept. Excellent move. Franchise systems can help first time business owner's make the transition from employee to owner status. What you may not have anticipated was how long and complicated the construction permit process can take.
For example, if you are signing a lease for a space did you know that if the space you are leasing was not a restaurant before, you may be forced to wait weeks or even months to receive a building permit? The reason is that you are changing the use of the space from a retail space to a restaurant space. This requires a different set of rules that you have to follow to ensure that there is parking, seating, health permits, and even a conditional use permit if you are serving beer and wine. All of the permits and regulations can be overwhelming for a first time franchise owner. Fortunately, if you want to get to opening as soon as possible, building permit expediting consultants or building permit expediters may be your secret weapon to getting open earlier with a minimum amount of hassle.
Building permit expediting is the process of focusing on the building codes, approval process and requirements necessary to get the permit through more quickly than if it was left on it's own. Many architects supply building permit expediting as a service but what is not known is that architects don't typically complete this work in house. They will hire building permit expediting firms called permit expediters to complete the process.
The key is to get building permit expediting from a company that is local or has local people and has completed projects in that city or county or state before. You also would want to make sure that they have had experience with your type of project, converting a retail space to a restaurant and has good relationships at the building department. By going with a professional company that has plenty of experience when it comes to construction as well as the local building regulations and codes, you can be sure to get the building permit that you need with a significantly smaller waiting time than if you were to go the standard route.
For you, this means being able to break ground on your new construction sooner rather than later, which will not only save you time but money as well. From there, you can get your building erected and have it fully functional weeks or even months sooner than you would have by going through the standard process of applying for a building permit.
What is a building permit expediter
Issued building permits for both residential and commercial projects have jumped in recent years thanks to easy financing and an interest in starting delayed building projects. What’s different this time is that homeowners have started using a secret weapon used by commercial developers for years. That secret weapon is hiring building permit expediters to help their projects through the City permit process. Building permit expediters are consultants that play a behind-the-scenes role in helping get permits through City Hall. Basically, building permit expediters get paid to understand the local building codes and advise the owner’s, architects and engineers on how to get their building projects approved more quickly. Building permit expediters will go to City Hall and wait for their clients to see City Officials and discuss blueprint revisions with plan examiners. Building Permit Expediter also have extensive Planning experience an will be paid to represent their clients at zoning, architectural review and variance hearings.The building permit expediter role is typically that of a facilitator between the City’s staff and how staff may interpret their local building and zoning codes and the owner or the owner’s consultants such as Architects. The building permit expediter may even work on behalf of the owner’s architect rather than the architect themselves as it often represents a cost savings to the owner and helps keep their architect’s overhead costs down. Rather than keep an expensive Land Use Planner and Code Consultant on staff, an architect can simply hire a building permit expediter’s to augment their permanent staff as their “insider” and these costs can passed onto their client rather than in their overhead. A building permit expediter will typically work with hundreds of projects within hundreds of different cities, counties and departments within these entities. This gives a building permit expediter a unique “inside” perspective and the owner can then have helping to guide the costs and scope of the project. Having someone on your side who has a good relationship and familiarity with local officials and the process is the most effective way to ensure that permits arrive quickly instead of in months.Building permit expediters typically charge by the hour or by the project. Buiding permit expediters used to be used more as “paper-pushers” before the big housing bust. These days, they are typically multi-disciplined professionals that do more than act as a courier. A good building permit expediter should have one or more certifications in real estate development and have experience in both zoning and building code interpretation. Now, expediters are increasingly hired by engineers, architects and owners to advise them on complex problems like how to interpret zoning code to allow more square footage within a parcel or how to get all the documents in perfect order so that the project is accepted for submittal the first time. Like lawyers, expediters can bill by the hour or the project and usually retain a computer like memory of the current city codes and can negotiate for you from a place of knowledge with high-level officials. Expediters work best when brought in early and assigned the role to assist the architect in anticipating any design issues might pop up.
"Expediting is now becoming more like a Code Consulting than ever before.” States Mike Robinson, President of Permit Place, a Building Permit Expediting firm based out of Los Angeles. “Building Permit Expediters are becoming more and more accepted as professionals that can contribute significantly to reduce time and costs to the homeowner.” If you want to be successful with your home improvement project, I would strongly suggest at least speaking to an expediter.”
Many building permit expediters will tell you what they know about a City or County’s process before you have to commit to hiring them. They usually perform minor research or due diligence on the property in question and should provide you with a small report about what it will take to permit your project, how long, what applications and what the costs will be.
Benefits of Hiring A Building Permit Expediter
If you are looking to start your own business in the near future, then you may very well be considering the option to design and construct your business location.
Of course, the challenge in doing this is not only getting blueprints drawn up and finding the right people to take on the construction job, but the process of getting approved for a building permit can also be quite time consuming.
Fortunately, for those who want to get their building permit as soon as possible rather than having to jump through hoop after hoop, the option to hire a building permit expediter is always there. These are professionals who know all of the local coding and zoning laws when it comes to new construction. Therefore, they know what it takes to get a building permit application approved regardless of the specific type of business that you may be looking to start. Furthermore, they will be able to provide you with a checklist of steps that you will need to take in order to get your building permit approved in no time.
Building Permit Expediters generally charge either at a flat rate or at an estimated range. Some building permit expediters also specialize in specific type of permits and even specific cities or counties or areas of the country so be sure to check with them, if your project is something that they have experience with. Building permit expediters should also be certified in at least one or more industry certifications so make sure that they are qualified to do the work.
There are many benefits to choosing such a service. Obviously, doing so will get you your permit in the shortest time possible. This means that you will be able to break ground on your construction project sooner and get your business going as soon as possible, rather than waiting for months or longer to have your permit approved. So be sure to consider this as an option for you today!
We offer Permit Expediter Services. It seems obvious but we never really said it. So here it is officially. Permit Place provides Permit Expediter Services. We also created a video to show exactly what it is that we do.
We offer Permit Expediter Services including Entitlement Services to companies that need assistance with getting local permits.
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