How long does it take to get a Building Permit?
When your contractor/design professional submits the application package, a Permit and Licensing Clerk will check your application for accuracy and completeness. When completed, a building permit or notice that corrections are required can be obtained within 15 working days. If you are doing work that only requires one trade (i.e. electric only or plumbing only), your permit turnaround time will be shorter. For example, if you are only adding electrical outlets, you will only need an electric permit. If you are doing some electrical and plumbing work, you will need a General Contractor and your electrician and plumber will be subcontractors. If corrections are needed, your contractor/design professional will be notified and told to come in and pick up your plans to be corrected. Once the corrections have been made, the plans must be resubmitted for a second review. Most construction requires review by three to seven different reviewers (Structural, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Zoning, Building, DERM, Fire, and Public Works). If everything is in compliance, and no corrections are necessary, turnaround should be within 15 business days, depending on the project size.

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1. Where is the Building Services Division located and what are the hours of operation?
2. Why obtain a permit?
3. What types of changes require a permit at my place of business?
4. As a business owner, can I obtain my own building permit?
5. The following repairs/replacement projects always require a Building Permit:
6. What is needed in order to apply for a Building Permit?
7. How much does it cost?
8. How long does it take to get a Building Permit?
9. How can I check the progress of a permit application?
10. Can I get a building permit application online?
11. Is there a maximum dollar value up to which new work can be done inside my place of business without a building permit?
12. Can the work begin before getting a permit?
13. How much time do I have to get the work done once a permit is issued?
14. Tips for hiring a contractor:
15. How can you tell if you are dealing with a licensed contractor?
16. Why is it important to use a licensed contractor?
17. What do expired permits mean for property owners?
18. Who is responsible for scheduling an inspection when work is ready?
19. When can I meet with someone to and walk in with my permit?
20. Who can I contact?