Today in From Planning to Execution is Permitting & Zoning Coordination – Planning & Strategy. To read the rest of the articles in this series, click here
By Anne McFadden, PMP | Sep 7, 2018
The vast majority of projects that Owners Representatives manage require Permitting and Approvals. The Permitting process necessitates that all permit requirements, as mandated by the governing municipality, are adhered to during the life of the project.
Zoning is a lengthy process which requires an in-depth understanding of the municipality, specific procedures, as well as the appropriate parties that need to be involved. The Zoning process includes public hearings that Owners Reps may need to attend with the client, their engineers, and legal counsel.
In this article, we’ll be focusing on the Permitting portion of this process.
Owners Reps are able to advocate for owners in the Permitting process from an informed perspective that an owner may not have. We do this by implementing our understanding of the process and requirements, one that includes engaging an expeditor at the appropriate time. This is particularly important for projects with a tight schedule.
Short answer: absolutely.
Permitting is integral to the project. Without it, the project can’t move forward. Inspections can’t be conducted, and – in turn – Certificates of Occupancy can’t be granted.
Though Permitting is required for most projects, there are a few exceptions. Cosmetic work, like painting, hardware upgrades, and new carpeting can be done without any formal review. Permitting comes into play when a project calls for structural changes, egress modification, or change of use.
The prevalence of projects that require permitting varies by company, but at NorthStar, most of the work we do is permittable.
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