A property owner or authorized agent applies to the City for a permit. Permit fees are due when plans have been reviewed. Construction documents detailing the work are submitted with the application.
A City plans examiner reviews the construction documents to ensure compliance with zoning and building codes. Special approvals may be required by the Board of Zoning Appeals or the Architectural Review Board. In most cases, a plans examiner will approve the construction documents and fill in the minimum requirements of the code that may have been missing from the construction documents.
Upon completion of the review of the construction documents, City staff will call to confirm the plan review is complete and advise the amount of the permit fee. Plan comments are typically specific to the project, detailing missing information required by code, or are sometimes general in nature, pointing out typical problems found by inspectors. Once plans are approved and the fee has been received, a permit is issued by the City.
As the work is being conducted per the approved construction documents, City inspectors will need to inspect the work prior to it being covered. View information about scheduling inspections.
Changes in the Work
As the work is being conducted, there are many reasons why the work has to deviate from the approved construction documents. To ensure the work continues to be conducted in compliance with the code, changes are processed in a similar manner as the initial permit. City inspectors cannot normally approve changes in the field without approved plans showing those changes.
When all covered work has been inspected and approved and all of the work has been completed, final inspections are conducted. After the inspection, a certificate of occupancy is issued by the building official. In most cases, your completed inspection card will be your certificate of occupancy.