When Do I Need Building Permit Services for My Project?

March 17, 2021

So you’re ready to start on your design and build project. That’s great! One important thing to consider is your building permit. When do you need it? What’s the process like? Read on to learn more.

What Building Permits Are For

It goes without saying that buildings old and new need to be safe for their tenants. But what’s deemed safe in one building may not mean the same thing in another. That’s why building requirements are codified in your county and state to establish standards for safety, from construction to maintenance. If you don’t obtain a building permit, you break the law and expose yourself to liability and unwanted costs. This authorization then is a way to protect you and those around you.

What Kind of Projects Require Building Permits?

State and even county and city building permit requirements vary. In California, we have what we call the California Building Standards Code. This document is published every three years and is available for purchase from various authorized publishers or you can view it for free at State Document Depository Libraries. It contains residential and building codes as well as mechanical, fire, electrical, and plumbing codes. It also has codes pertaining to eco-friendly buildings and a host of other standards builders need to account for.

According to this all-encompassing document, “no building or structure may be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished unless a separate permit for each building or structure has first been obtained from the building official.” If you build anything in California , you will likely need to go through the process of obtaining a permit.

San Diego County Building Permits

Let’s take a look at San Diego as an example. The body authorized and responsible for processing permits is the Department of Development Services. They offer online resources to apply for permits, and they also provide zoning maps and tools to help you find a potential location for your project. For a detailed guide to the process, San Diego uses the California Building Standards Code and there’s also a Project Submittal Manual which describes the rules and regulations for single and accessory dwelling units, construction and development permits, and more.

With various inspections, permits, and approvals needed in the build process, there tends to be a lot of paperwork. What’s the best way to deal with all of it?

Hire Building Permit Experts

This is the short of it: hire building permit services to take the stress and guesswork out of obtaining the permits and necessary paperwork. Our team at Design Appruv is here to help you with what’s usually the most frustrating part of the design and construction process. With years of experience and cultivating the right relationships, we deliver a seamless building permit approval process for our clients. Whether you need a conditional use permit, CalGreen certification, or whatever your residential and commercial permit requirements are, we know it inside and out.

Let us help you get your permit appruv’d! Reach out today for a free, no-obligation consultation.