February 4th, 2022

Houston SuperBowl

Construction can be challenging for Contractors when faced with time and budget constraints. And when you factor in the permitting maze, it takes knowledge of the fundamentals, careful planning, and work to minimize delays and frustration in pulling a building permit. When talking with a business veteran the other day, he mentioned that the great Green Bay Packers’ Head Coach – Vince Lombardi would start each season by holding up a football and then say “…this is a football”. …

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January 5th, 2022

Houston Residential Housing

Residential housing makes up a large portion of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ranging on average from 4% to 5% according to the National Association of Home Builders. This percentage of GDP includes new homebuilding and remodeling. In years prior to the pandemic, the residential housing market was often viewed as cyclical and contractors had to be manage their businesses accordingly to avoid the bust times. A different paradigm emerged in housing since the pandemic which resulted…

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December 6th, 2021

Houston Permitting Center

The number of building permits pulled in 2021 in most areas of the United States were trending higher than permits pulled in 2020. Single-Family residential showed increases in permitting activities in 2021 along with commercial and warehouses. So, what does this mean for permitting in 2022? The above insight is something to be aware of, but here’s what I do know for sure, regardless, if the construction market is hot, warm, or cold or if the Architect’s pencils are flat, Contractors…

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November 9th, 2021

Saying Thank you to City Plan Reviewers

Here’s the truth. The PermitUsNow team loves working with jurisdictions across Texas, through-out the US, and in Canada. We look forward to the challenges in meeting building codes and enjoy working with Plan Reviewers, Plan Analysts, Supervisors, and other city staff. Now, before you shake your head thinking we are crazy; and wonder if we know that City Permitting Centers are a pain to navigate and Plan Reviewers are difficult to work with, know that we have a passion for obtaining…

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September 28th, 2021

Code Compliance Officer

National Code Compliance Month was established by the American Association of Code Enforcement many years ago to recognize work that Code Enforcement Officers provide to make sure buildings are safe for use. They perform inspections using building codes and zoning ordinances on residential to industrial to environmental and other types of buildings and infrastructure. Being a Code Enforcement Officer is a demanding job; and PermitUsNow team members have worked with many Code Enforcement…

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