Getting your Building Permit

by OTIS BRADLEY on APRIL 17, 2013

Permit Checklist

Permits vary widely in different locations.  It is important to develop a list for your project – start by checking in with your local building department.  Remember the Building Department may only tell you part of the story.  The following List – are some of the things I have come across in the past 30 years.  My Builder 20 group often discusses permit issues.  Jim in Wisconsin tells me he can get a permit in 5 days, while others of us suffer with months even years in the permitting process.  In my local area building departments in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Malibu, Ojai, Ventura County, City of Ventura, Santa Barbara and County of Santa Barbara all treat building codes and zoning regulations in different ways.

  1. Access
  2. Air Rights
  3. Archaeologists
  4. Bridges
  5. CC&R’s (Private Restrictions)
  6. Cell Phone Access
  7. City Planning
  8. City Zoning
  9. Civil Engineering
  10. Coastal Commissions
  11. Drainage
  12. Easements – Utility or Private
  13. Earthquake Zones
  14. Electric
  15. Energy Analysis
  16. Environmental Health Department
  17. Fire Department
  18. Flood Zones
  19. Flowers (Protected by State)
  20. Gas
  21. Geology and Soils
  22. Grading Department
  23. Historical Commissions
  24. Internet Access
  25. Landscape Architects
  26. Native American burial sites
  27. Neighborhood Architectural Committees
  28. New Regulations in the works!
  29. Neighbors
  30. NYMBYists
  31. Planning Department
  32. Public Hearings
  33. Public Works Dept.
  34. Scenic Corridors
  35. Sewer/Septic
  36. Soils Engineering
  37. Storm water
  38. Surveys
  39. Tax Liens
  40. Telephone
  41. Title 24 – California
  42. Tornado Areas
  43. Tree Protection
  44. View Corridors
  45. Water
  46. Water Perc (percolation) Tests
  47. Waterways
  48. Wells – quality, quantity
  49. Zoning Clearance

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