More Steps: Permits
Building permits are legally required documents giving the go-ahead for construction or renovations on a property. Every jurisdiction which includes states, counties, cities, and towns have their own requirements for issuing permits, as well as different building codes and fees. Ok. But WHY are permits required? First and foremost safety and public health are better protected through the issuance of permits, so that possible dangers from structural deficiencies and malfunctions, hazardous wiring, and/or poor plumbing do not put citizens at risk of harm. When is a permit needed? Depending on local regulations, permits are required when building a new home, additions to an existing structure, major renovations, structural changes, and for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work. Below are the steps to getting the permit(s) needed for your project.
How It Works
Step 1
The Design plans that you love are now in the hands of an ArcDesign Draftsman who will translate the design drawings into permit drawings. Different permits are needed for various codes, like hurricane wind-load calculations and flood levels, which often could be included in a single design.

Once complete, they are signed and sealed by a licensed Structural Engineer. No worries about tracking one down . . .
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Step 2
Now that your permit drawings are signed and sealed by a licensed structural engineer, you can get solid bids from contractors to bring your drawings to life. The idea is, you're well on your way to getting down to business here. Therefore many contractors are more likely to make a serious bid at this stage, because you've shown that you're serious about getting the work done through your efforts thus far. Plus, there's not much left to do aside from the permit process so, this gives them great incentive to want to become your contractor in the near future.
Step 3
By this point, most have selected their contractor. But if you haven't, it's not a problem because you can still submit your permit drawings to the permit office yourself, whether you plan to search for a contractor at a later date or are choosing to be your own contractor.
Like mentioned in the process overview, once you've taken your plans to the permit office, the time it takes to get approved can vary based on many factors, including any comments made by them regarding the need for any type of revisions. Expect that this may occur. But hang in there. We'll take care of everything.
Step 4
Oh happy day! Your design drawings have been approved for permit and now you or your contractor can pick up the documents and move on to the building process.
If you haven't already, this is a great time to seek out what finishing materials you would like for your project, like flooring, countertops, trims, whatever is necessary to complete your dream.
Meanwhile, your contractor is preparing his crew for the work to come and it would be wise to use this time to also prepare your household for the activity that will ensue. View these helpful guidelines.
Step 5
Congratulations on your approved permit!
We are honored to have been your choice for all of your home design and permit drawing needs and we sincerely thank you.
Though this may be the end of the road for your current project, as far as design work goes, it doesn't have to be the end of your design journey. If you should need us again for whatever else may be coming down the pike, please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll jump right back in the driver's seat to take your design ideas wherever you want them to go!
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