Is there any way to expedite my approval, especially if it is a small project?

There are a number of permits that may be relatively quick and simple to obtain. Water heaters, HVAC systems, sewer repair, electrical service change-outs are examples of permits that generally may be obtained anytime during regular counter hours. Other types of small projects may be appropriate for our Over-the-Counter (OTC) permitting service. This is generally available every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10 am until 11:30 am (Although we continue reviewing plans until noon, we do not take any applications after 11:30 am) We have a sign-up list available at 8 am on OTC mornings and our policy is first-come, first served. The service is generally geared towards residential projects that are of a minor nature; such as projects that do not alter the footprint of the structure; does not contain structural detail that requires engineering; alterations to the exterior that require Planning or Department of Public Works review beyond staff level, etc. Examples of projects that might be appropriate would be: bathroom and kitchen alterations, a small deck on relatively flat terrain, changing out a window, termite work, etc. If you feel your project might be appropriate for this service we strongly recommend you bring the plans and/or description of the project in during the building inspectors regular counter hours (8 to 9 am and 4 to 5 pm, excepting Wednesday mornings) to confirm that the project will be appropriate for the OTC service. This will save you the inconvenience of signing up and waiting your turn only to discover we cannot plan check and/or approve your project in this venue.

There are few projects that do not require plans. If you feel this may be the case, contact us to discuss your particular situation. As with all projects, we will try to advise you on the most expeditious manner to get your project approved and the work started.

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1. My neighbor's construction project is making a lot of noise - what is allowed?
2. Do I need a building permit?
3. What are the dangers of mold and mildew and whom do I call if I encounter this problem?
4. It seems like almost anything I improve, repair, or replace on my property requires a permit. Why is this?
5. OK, I think I’m ready to apply for a permit. What information does the City need to begin the process?
6. How long will it take before I can get my permit?
7. Can I get started on the project before I actually obtain my permit?
8. What are these additional charges that don’t seem relevant to the scope of my project? What is a Road Impact Fee? Drainage Fee?
9. Does my project need to be completed within a certain time?
10. I’m thinking about renting, purchasing, or renovating a commercial proper. What do I need to be aware of in regards to City requirements?
11. How far in advance do story poles have to be put up? How long do they stay up?
12. I don’t understand how getting a permit for my project will actually benefit me; it just costs me money. What happens if I just do the work, and don’t bother with a permit?
13. I’m a property owner and I'd like to get a copy of the original set of building plans for my house. Do I still need approval of the design professional?
14. Why should pools be maintained and what should I do if I know of someone with a pool that is not being maintained?
15. I’m a new business owner and will be replacing the old sign with my new name. Do I still need a sign permit?
16. What days are no-construction work days?
17. I’m considering a home improvement/repair project, and I’m not sure where to start. What’s my first step?
18. Is there any way to expedite my approval, especially if it is a small project?
19. What do I do if I own or know of a vacant, unsecured substandard structure?
20. What do I do if I own or know of a vacant, unsecured substandard structure?
21. How does the inspection process work?
22. How do I report a code violation?
23. I can’t decide whether to hire a licensed contractor, or be my own contractor and manage the project myself to save money. What are the pros and cons of each?
24. How much will my building permit cost?
25. I am concerned about hoarding – what do I do?