Quick Tips: Aligning Your Sow With Your Permitting Process
Permitting for an improvement project can
be confusing, expensive, and
Frequently, costly building requirements
can range from delays to other nuisances
towards the owner or lessee. With proper
advocacy, you can avoid some of the
conditions that don’t apply to your projects.
Proper knowledge about your plans and
having the right discussions and petitions
to the city can bypass lost times through
the municipal comments and corrections
Your Scope-of-Work (SOW) is the first step towards helping to mitigate the permitting process.
Outlining Your Scope-of-Work (SOW)
Having a clearly defined SOW helps your
permitting process by making it more
straightforward and allowing an easier
chance to correct your plans when you
receive comments and corrections from
There’s nothing more annoying than
getting rejected or flagged for a minor flaw that can stall your review process for
something that you could’ve avoided
An SOW not only outlines the main project
components you wish to lift but can also
identify out-of-scope opportunities that
can potentially disrupt your plans during
your permit review.
Permitting Process Flow
The typical permitting process varies from each geographical location. However, for the most part, you can expect to come across a flow that consists of the following:
Develop Permit Drawings
Fill Forms & Pay Initial Fees
Wait: 2-weeks for Review Comments & Corrections
Re-submit Corrected Plans
Wait: 2-weeks for additional Comments & Corrections (this step can repeat multiple times)
Begin Approval for Each Department: MEP, ADA, etc.
Receive Additional Department Corrections
Final Stampout & Pay Fees to Obtain Permit
Proper Resubmission Responses
When responding to your plan’s comments
and corrections, there’s a constant need to
explain the scope and challenge the
By connecting with the right National GC,
rectifying your issues can become a more
straightforward process because they’ll be
the liaison to communicate with the
municipality so you can continue to focus
on other responsibilities.
The following are some quick tips to help
support your permitting workflow:
Connect with a National GC
Make sure your partner is well-versed with your municipality guidelines and procedures
Communicate objectives clearly Ensure SOW marks all necessary field conditions and upgrades
Have a reporting workflow in-place
It’s important to note that any attempt to
change your permit drawings after
obtaining your permit can add months to
Also, failing to recognize inaccurate SOWs
and plans can lead to unnecessary work
and more costly delays.
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