Getting a Permit Means Different things in Different Situations
One of the hardest things about getting a permit is understanding which permit you need. The City issues permits for all construction. But we also oversee the installation of equipment, some kinds of storage, changing how a space is used, installing landscaping, and for some special business types. Issuing permits is our way of tracking your work and making sure it meets the applicable standards and rules. Some projects require several permits from different City departments. And other projects also require permits and approvals from County, State, and/or Federal agencies.
Once you figure out which permits you will need, you will then need to understand what you will need to prepare in order to apply for the permit. In many cases, the main requirement is a set of plans that describes the work you propose. In other cases, we might also need to see the specifications of equipment, the make up of the soil under your project, or the water pressure in you water pipes.