What you need to know before you get started on your project
Did you enjoy playing with blocks or Legos when you were a kid? If so, you may have spent hours building large and fantastical structures. And when you were done you probably looked upon your work with a sense of pride – until a sibling decided it would be fun to knock it down.
Now that you’re grown and have decided to build something on a much larger scale, it would certainly be nice if you could get it built that quickly and easily, right? Unfortunately, modern construction isn’t quite so straightforward. Any type of new building project is a major undertaking that involves many facets, not the least of which is obtaining the right permits from local authorities.
Here is what you need to do to get started, before you can really get started:
A new building requires completion of a permit application, and along with this you will have to submit detailed plans. You will be working with an architect or designer from whom you will receive blueprints or drawings that show the details of the building, as well as a site map to pinpoint its location on the specific piece of property where it will be constructed.
Once the application and plans are completed, they need to be delivered to the local building department for review. An government official will examine everything and decide if your project will comply with the building codes in your local area. If all requirements are met, you will be issued a permit. At that point you will typically have about six months to begin the work.
You may think that once you have the permit in your hand, you’re good to go – but there’s more involved. When construction is underway, the building department will send out an inspector to check on numerous things, such as if the work closely matches the plans that the permit was based on. They will also be looking to see whether the project is in compliance with building codes.
Over the course of construction, an inspector may visit several times. Depending on local regulations, you may have someone come out to examine these four F’s:
- Footing – Before the concrete is poured, the inspector will take a look at the soil, forms for the footing, reinforcement rods, and anything else that will go into creating the footing.
- Foundation – Once the foundation is complete, the inspector will make sure it is coated properly and built according to code.
- Framing – When the building is up and the electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems are installed, the inspector will need to look them over.
- Fire Safety – The inspector will return to ensure that all firm alarms and suppression systems are present and functioning.
When the building is completed, the final inspection will take place. Everything will be reviewed to verify that the original plans were followed. If your building passes this step, you will receive an official certificate of occupancy, which confirms that all standards and codes have been met.
If you’re ready to get started on a new building, contact Telesco Construction. Our design-build firm can handle every phase of your project, including the permit application process. We will also ensure that all inspections go off without a hitch, and the fact that we are a full-service, design-build firm guarantees a seamless process.
Every member of our team – from the designers and architects to the project manager – works closely together in one firm, making sure that every aspect, including the permitting and inspections process, is completed on time and according to plan. Give us a call at 305.390.0250 or just fill out our online form to get moving on your project.