August, 2008

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The Frustrations of Obtaining a Building Permit continued

Friday, August 29th, 2008

As a further note to obtaining information from a Senior Planner in your area -

Ask if there are any other environmental issues, ordinances or requirements that might impact your project. This applies whether you are considering a home on acreage, on a city lot, a commercial project, or any other category of building.

Present issues which could affect your making a decision are:
1. Environmental – ask about the issues
2. Fire sprinklers
3. Water connection fees
4. Sewer connection fees
5. Well report requirements
6. School fees
7. All the other fees that the city or county requires to obtain a building permit
8. And again – be sure to hire an Architect to check and re-check the information obtained

Most governmental agencies try to be informed, but from personal experience, I have learned that one sector sometimes doesn’t get all the information from another sector, which could affect your decision to proceed with your project.

Good luck – I hope your experience is positive!

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Obtaining a Building Permit Can Equal Frustration

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Get Your Preliminary Information

It’s important to know that as a property owner, you have no real property rights when you’re developing your property. You are governed by layer upon layer of rules, regulations and ordinances: local, regional, state and federal.

It’s best, therefore, to hire a knowledgeable Architect who is familiar with all of these very restrictive laws.

Also, as a property owner requiring to build a project on your property, it’s best to check with your local Planning Department, to orient you to all of the requirements that pertain to you.

Be sure to keep complete notes of your meeting, and get the business card of the person who is giving you this information. It is best if this person is a senior planner. This is a preliminary meeting, and the information you receive about restrictions and fees can sometimes affect your decision to build or not to build.

If you would like to proceed, then you should see an Architect, who can help you with the myriad details of your project. Please feel free to contact our office, we are always more than happy to consult and help.

For more architectural advice and articles, to see one of our many projects, or to learn more about our office and the services we offer, go to our main website: Architect Atascadero