Failing to secure the needed permits for new construction, renovation, or remodeling for projects can prove a costly error, often resulting in municipal fines when such shortcomings are detected by inspectors. Many in the industry see the plethora of building permit requirements as a draconian process, but these compliance guidelines represent safeguards to ensure buildings are safe.
Due to the fact that building permit requirements vary from city to city, builders are strongly urged to contact their city officials to ensure compliance. As our name suggests, Burnham Nationwide prides itself on the breadth of its staff, comprised of professionals knowledgeable in all facets of requirements nationally. Our staff is able to readily assist you in securing needed approvals to meet the most stringent building permit requirements. To that end, we are able to provide insight, not only on various municipalities’ building permit requirements, but also recommend ways of expediting and streamlining the process and adhering to the rigors of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Generally speaking, you can count on having to adhere to building permit requirements for not only new construction, but also demolition and substantive structural alterations to an existing structure. Interior and exterior remodeling also require special permits, as well as electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work. Again, building permit requirements vary widely, but there are a few general points to keep in mind to assess the scope of building permit requirements you might need to secure.
Regardless of conditions particular to a specific city, you will invariably be asked to provide basic information related to your project as a precursor to adherence to building permit requirements. Among these requirements are the exact address of the property in question, along with the name of the owner and contact information. Also, the scope or type of work should be specifically detailed. Names and contact information for all contractors, architects, and engineers working on the project should also be at your disposal in your adherence to building permit requirements.
Additionally, it’s important to compose a short narrative and/or description of the type of work being proposed for the project. You should include in that synopsis the total valuation of the project being described. Some cities require even more information in their building permit requirements. Sometimes, information on the dimensions of specific rooms or spaces is required. Other times, you might expect to submit drawn plans that illustrate the type of construction or renovation being proposed.
But wait, there’s more. You should expect to adhere to all manner of permits beyond the scope of actual construction to include mechanical, plumbing, and electrical permits. Some cities even require concrete and sign permits covering the peripheral sidewalks and rights-of-ways.
Some of this stuff sounds fundamental and basic, but it might surprise you how often such data is not kept at the ready. You can save yourself headaches and fines by having all the needed information at the ready when dealing with officials at your municipality.
While it may sound like a hyperbole, Burnham Nationwide is comprised of the most knowledgeable professionals in the industry. Having obtained more than 50,000 permits nationwide since our inception, you can be assured of this: we know building permits and building permit requirements! Adherence to rules and regulations is as much a part of our corporate culture as our passion for design. At Burnham Nationwide, our mantra is “your project is our project,” meaning our professionals are as invested in it as you.
In extending that mantra, you’re invited to drop by our offices and consider us your trusted partners. If you’re in the Chicago area, we’re located at 3111 W. Washington St., and our telephone number is (312) 407-7990. Those outside of Chicago can reach us via our website at burnhamnationwide.com or by calling toll free at (800) 407-7990.