Rental properties require regular upgrades to attract new tenants. Landlords must repair damaged installations, renovate spaces like kitchens or bathrooms, replace appliances, or install a different HVAC system. All these changes require careful planning along with relevant permits. At Service First Permits, we can help you through the development process. Here are some facts you need to know:

Differences Between Commercial and Residential Permits

Commercial vs. Residential Permits Commercial properties are subject to more stringent regulations; this category includes rental buildings. While you must apply for the same permits as a residential property owner does, there are some additional steps and inspections included simply because your property’s valuation is different. Commercial building owners should consider speaking with a trusted management company before starting on a project. An plans management company will not just file forms, but also help during the planning process. We are familiar with all relevant code requirements. Commercial property owners must follow local as well as state regulations, which are different from residential projects. The latter have to follow only the county regulations. Different jurisdictions have different requirements, so you must understand which ones apply to you. Permit expediters keep in touch with local building departments, which ensures they’re always up-to-date with current laws. Owners can save both time and money by working with a company like Service First Permits.

Types of Permits Needed for Commercial Remodel

A single remodel will require many permit requests depending on the scope of your project. Here’s a look at the types of approvals people usually need for this process:

  • Garage Conversion – This is often considered a house extension and requires an overall building permit. It will include provisions for wiring, HVAC, vents, air ducts, etc.
  • Roofing – Roof permits can be included in general home remodeling projects. You need a separate application for one-off projects. General approvals only cover the first 1,000 square feet of a roof. Owners will need to pay more for larger structures.
  • Electrical – Major electrical repairs like changing wiring or installing a new system in a new room require permits. Costs and the application process depends on project complexity. If an electrical system is too complicated, your application will take some time.
  • Plumbing – Owners need approval for re piping, sewer replacement, drain replacement, new plumbing installation, or new heater install. These costs can quickly add up, which is why it is a good idea to carry out house remodel, or bathroom remodels instead of fixing individual issues. Everything will be included in one permit in such circumstances.
  • HVAC – You need permits for installing a new appliance or replacing an old one. HVAC documents provide approval installing vents, air ducts, appliances, and other significant components. Contractors typically include these costs in their overall fees.
  • Deck – Deck installation isn’t very complicated. You don’t need to add wiring, outlets, roofs, etc., which can bring down costs. Old deck repair or renovation doesn’t require a permit, but new installations do.
  • Bathroom – Bathroom renovation includes approval for plumbing, construction, electrical, and HVAC, which means owners don’t need to get separate permissions for all of these aspects of a renovation.
  • Basement – A basement renovation shares some similarities with a garage conversion project. Owners need general building approval to carry out all repairs, including wiring, plumbing, HVAC, etc.
  • Window – New windows must comply with modern energy and safety code requirements, which is why owners are required to get a permit. Window applications are more straightforward as you can get them over the counter at a local building department office.
  • Construction – Construction permits provide approval for removing or building interior walls, remodeling a kitchen, repairing a ceiling, installing a patio, or pouring a concrete basement.

You may also need a permit for installing fences, sheds, pergolas, demolition, or building inspection.

Commercial Permits are More Expensive Than Residential Permits

Commercial permits are more expensive because laws applicable are more stringent. Commercial properties like rental homes have a higher valuation because they earn an income for the owner. Inspection is also more comprehensive because your property must comply with both state and local laws.

Consult with an experienced management company to understand the exact cost. They will consider factors like property valuation, labor costs, materials, the scope of your project, etc., before providing a detailed quote. We also suggest ways to save money on applications by pooling different projects under one application.

When Do You Need a Permit for a New Office Tenant Remodel?

Get a valid permit just before starting a project. Most approvals are only valid for a specific time, which means yours can lapse if there’s a delay in your project. Make sure almost all pre construction planning is complete before applying.

Once owners have the documents in hand, they must start construction as soon as possible. If there’s a significant delay, people can request an extension once. You will have to resubmit if construction doesn’t begin on time despite getting an extension. Consult with a qualified permit expeditor for more information. They will know when to apply, so you have enough time to get things ready.

Permit Approval will Take Some Time

This process can take anywhere between two and four weeks, though complex projects may take more time. That’s if there are no plan checks or errors in your application. If there are errors, owners must correct them before resubmitting. Complex projects may require in-person interviews or requests for more plan copies. Your local building department may have more questions about the project before approving.

A management company can help owners through this process by providing all the required information when requested. They will communicate with authorities on your behalf.

If you want to know more about the process or wish to consult with Service First Permits, don’t hesitate to reach out. Their team will be happy to answer all of your questions and help you get permits quickly.