Why Does the City Require a Permit for a Deck?


Are you about to add a deck to your home? You may wonder why your city requires a permit for a seemingly easy, DIY project. You may also toy with the idea of building your deck without the hassle of permitting. If either is true, read on to find out why your city is so […]

What is Required of an Architect When Submitting Plans to the City of San Francisco?

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Are you a San Francisco architect acting as the owner’s agent? If you are, there are times when you may have to obtain construction permits for your client. The guide below consolidates the city’s elaborate permitting procedures and submittal requirements for your convenience. SITE PERMIT In San Francisco, the Planning Department is the first agency […]

From Permits to the Certificate of Occupancy – What You Should Know Before You Build

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Whether you’re remodeling a powder room or building an acute care facility, your project, however big or small it may be, will have to go through cycles of approvals, permits, and inspections. The bureaucratic grind will start months before construction and finish only when you’re ready to occupy your new building. Understanding this process will […]

What to Expect During the Permit Process


If you feel like the entire city’s conspired to delay your construction project, you’re one of many. And that’s part of the problem. Applicant backlogs coupled with a mazelike approval process can hold you up for months. The permitting procedure for large, urban projects and some complex residential ones typically starts at the city’s planning department. […]

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