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|Posted on February 9, 2015 at 1:15 PM||comments (43)|
As reported nationally, Austin is experiencing growth second to none in the US! Sales of existing residences, and new construction is on the rise...even more than in previous years! Exciting news for those moving to or relocating within the Austin area, for those selling a home and those purchasing an existing, or building a new, residence. Contractors, architects/designers, and engineers are inundated with work. Real estate agents are busier than ever.
As a result, an abundance of applications are being presented daily, adding to the workload of city employees. Increased workload equals longer wait times and increased turnaround time ~ resulting in lengthened permit acquisition.
Additionally, with the new year, added requirements have been instated to the permitting process. These requirements affect 'McMansion' specific areas, criteria regarding architects, zoning changes and fee increases. Code violations are increasing, largely due to construction/improvements/remodeling without permit. Expired permit and/or unpermitted work is detected with much more frequency in existing homes during the selling/purchasing process.
These factors confirm, more than ever, the need for a permitting service. No one has the spare time to deal with permitting. The Permit Lady assists homeowners, contractors, architects, engineers and real estate agents on every level of concern.
Please do not hesitate to contact me....the sooner I begin, the more quickly you are relieved of the weight of permitting. I do all the work, so you can enjoy the new year and all the wonderful things Austin has to offer!
|Posted on September 5, 2014 at 4:56 PM||comments (80)|
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|Posted on January 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM||comments (15)|
We are seeing an increase in code violation cases being referred to The Permit Lady. While there are always individuals and companies that try the cheap way around by doing construction projects without the benefit of permits, the current increase is by flippers.
Flippers will take a house, do some work without permits and sell the property without disclosing that there has been un-permitted work on the house. We were contacted recently by a new homeowner who had just purchased such a house. The down payment took most of their cash and then a code enforcement officer knocked on the door.
I have gotten to know several code enforcement officers over the years. They are decent people and are too busy to be looking for violations. Violations seem to fall into their laps. Busybody neighbors and evicted former tenants are the usually the ones who alert code enforcement officers to problems. I do know of cases in which an officer is investigating a possible violation at one property and stumble upon a neighbor's un-permitted work.
Correcting a code violation is expensive! The typical process is:
It can very costly to go through this process. To top it off, there is no guarantee the city will approve the permit. My advice: Get a permit or don't do the work!
|Posted on July 24, 2013 at 7:49 PM||comments (27)|
NEW construction permit requirements seem, well, obvious. But what about simple projects? If you're thinking about replacing your water heater or converting part of your garage into an office, ask yourself before you open your tool box: "Do I need permits?" Even small home improvements may require a building permit. Faulty installations can cause fires, flood damage and other hazards, and also force you to make costly repairs before you can sell your house. Permits and the inspections that come with them protect your family's safety and the value of your property by ensuring the work meets adopted building codes.
Building permits are documents which are obtained through the local development center authorizing the start of construction or remodeling of a building. There are four types of permits which may be required:
REMEMBER: You will need to obtain a building permit PRIOR to beginning any work on your project. This is when an individual who is planning to DIY should employ The Permit Lady to expedite the process of acquiring necessary permits!