Jerry Rice in the field

A few months ago, I was a featured workshop speaker providing insights and tips in navigating in the construction industry. Most folks that have heard me speak before or have read any of my articles know that I am a storyteller sharing real life stories from experiences from projects and often make stories become more alive by using sports analogies.

So, as I was emphasizing a point about the importance of staying consistent in providing excellent service in the marketplace to sustain business and win new work, I began to talk about one of the greatest US NFL Football players – Jerry Rice, the renown wide receiver that was and is the epitome of consistency. While team members would tease him during practice for catching the football and running full out to the end zone to score, Jerry Rice knew that being consistent in performance, regardless of the circumstances, was vital to win championships. And Jerry’s consistency helped to bring three NFL Super Bowl rings to his team members.

As I was sharing this story, one person in the audience began to laugh and said, that’s not football. Then I realized that everyone in the room may not be familiar with US Football or one of the greatest athletes of all time. What this person was not aware of is that I could have talked easily about Edouard Mendy or Peli’ Santos, who is regarded as the GOAT in futbol’ to stress the importance of consistency.

Helen this is a nice story and appreciate you being creative, but what does this have to do with building permitting? I’m glad that you asked and thank you for keeping me in line.

In futbol’…soccer, there’s an art to goalkeeping. The goalie’s eyes are kept on the ball at all times while keeping their feet shoulder width apart. The goalie’s brain is always scanning the field and their body is in sync ready to take action at a moment’s notice. To some, it may appear that the goalie is lounging around, but this is not the case. They are completely focused on moving swiftly and catching the ball.

Punt delays in permitting

To be successful in permitting, taking tips from the goalie is helpful because if you fail in one area then you can face a loss and significant delays. Below are 5 tips on being consistent in pulling your building permit in a timely manner.

  • Submitting: QA/QC permit package to minimize missing any items or having deficiencies with plans, specs, etc. before and while submitting to jurisdiction.
  • Monitoring: Keep a watchful eye during the plan review phase to see how reviews are progressing.
  • Responding: Stay on your toes and be ready to respond quickly to any permitting jurisdiction comments or RFI’s.
  • Paying: Pull sales order, pay for building permit, pickup or download stamped approved plans and permit and then get going!
  • Thanking: Say thank you to the permitting staff for their assistance and keep a positive attitude into construction and when Inspector visits job site. Thanking the permitting staff also goes a long way in nurturing relationships with staff as you come back for another permit then another and another.

In Conclusion

Like in futbol’ there will be challenges along the way in permitting your project. Stay determined, follow the above tips to be consistent; and if you require expert assistance then ask for help. You can call PermitUsNow at 1.844.PERMIT.4, we are committed to pulling permits for our Architect, Contractor, and Project Owner clients without delay, eliminating their frustrations with the permitting process. Plus, we make it easy for you to work with us. Simply: 1) Email us your plans, 2) Follow up on our feedback for any missing items, and 3) Let us get your permitting done for you. So, send us your plans today and we’ll free you up to focus on doing what you love – building your customers’ dreams. #BuildSafe

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