Most Real Estate associates will spend a good deal of time at the local and county building departments for any number of reasons. This has been the way we gathered basic information about our listings, houses we plan to buy, information which our customers want and today's heated topics of permit violation or failure to apply for them. You can also find much of the information on-line as well. Note that I am not a fan of foreclosed property where lenders pass the buck onto unsuspecting Buyers or otherwise use disclaimers in the listings to thwart responsibility.
What I have been observing is the number of contractors who attempt to pull permits, order inspections or simply try to avert the necessity of permit application by using inaccuracies within the scope of work they are planning to do. That's the bulk of inquiries which reach the ears of trained and knowledgeable staff who are trying to help you get your projects and permits out the door.
There is a fine line of information that can assist both parties when trying to begin your governmental interaction with a building department. It's basic stuff, and begins with the property address where the work is being done. KNOW THAT and your success rate increases dramatically. Out of every 100 people needing the assistance of the building department staff at the front line (aka the counter) half of the contractors had no clue what the address was and they wonder why it's taking so long to process each of them through. I thought about that for a second and wondered how could I make a deposit into my bank account without giving the teller my name or account number? Would my deposit magically get there somehow, probably not!
You've passed muster by knowing the address of the property where you're going to work and it's likely the source of where your compensation is being derived but there's more. If you do a swing by to the building department to check on the status of your permit it only makes sense that you would also know the permit number. I know, I know, I'm getting out of line with this ridiculous amount of necessary information. An address and the PERMIT NUMBER, who can remember all of that. Guess what, each site is required to post the permit right at the construction site. The number and address are righ there. I know, amazing isn't it! WRITE THESE TWO THINGS DOWN and keep them handy. It affects your livelihood and SAVES TIME for everybody. If you really want to impress the staff, an owner's name will literally knock them off their seats. On line, via phone or in person I give you all an attaboy for listening. You CAN do this!
HATE TO WAIT? FOLLOW THE TWO SIMPLE RULES ABOVE & MAKE IT A HABIT