March 16th, 2022

Contractor Incomplete Plans

In the construction industry, it is a norm for many contractors to rush to and from picking up materials, signing up new customers and then juggling other tasks including obtaining building permits. The challenge with this scenario is that building permit is often an after-thought and the contractor may not dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s when submitting. A question that we hear often from contractors is that I have submitted my plans to the City but some sheets were missing,…

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March 9th, 2022

City Inspector Building Inspection

When is the absolute best time to pull a building permit? Yes, before the City Inspector shows up is a good answer. The best answer on when to pull your main building permit is before you start a construction. Often new contractors are so happy to have a project and future work ahead, they get carried away with excitement and begin construction without having the proper permits. From residential to commercial contractors, the PermitUsNow team have received multiple calls recently after…

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March 1st, 2022

Private Public Partnership

More cities and counties in the US are exploring P3’s (Public -Private Partnerships) as an economically creative way to build infrastructure and buildings which allow them to meet demands of their growing communities. Several years ago, public entities were hesitant to leverage P3’s, especially when hearing about projects that did not go so well like one of Texas toll roads. A lot has been learned since early project failures, and today is a new day where public officials are more…

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February 21st, 2022

Online Permitting Portals

In 2020, thousands of Contractors across the U.S. were thrown into a tizzy when they were turned away from walking into a permitting center to manually submit plans to being instructed to apply for a permit online. Frustrations ran high for Contractors, especially when it took more time to review plans for simple projects that were typically permitted in a few hours or in one day using hard copies of plans. While some large jurisdictions continue to have hiccups including outages with…

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February 16th, 2022

The Little Engine That Could

Do you remember the book titled “The Little Engine that Could”? It’s an American classic that was written during the 1930’s. The main message of this book was to bolster the reader’s confidence and let the reader know that if they put their mind, heart and soul into a mission then tackling a surmountable challenge is possible. “I think…I think..I can. I think I can” said the little blue engine while summoning every ounce of strength to push up the mountain. What we do…

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