We had a client recently that was of the opinion that “I own this building and I should be able to do what I want to it”. He knew there was a building department which issued building permits, but he did not realize how far reaching these agencies went.
There is much talk these days about the swamps in Washington, but the forest of building regulations at the State and Local level has become increasingly dense and difficult to find your way through when constructing a new building, adding an addition or renovating an existing facility. Getting a building permit is not as easy as it once was.
Did you know…
- that there are fifteen different State of Indiana commercial construction codes?
- that there are multiple different local departments that may need to review and approve your project?
- that most commercial projects are required to have detailed construction drawings certified by a design professional submitted to the state agency for review. Before a local building permit can be issued the state must agree that you have met their regulations and then issue a Construction Design Release (CDR)?
- that if your project involves any new exterior building and/or site improvements, it must be submitted to the local planning department to be reviewed. Before a local building permit can be issued the local planning department must agree that you have met their regulations and then issue an Improvement Location Permit (ILP).
- that your project must have periodic inspections by the building department during construction?
- that each local department must be individually satisfied before the building department can do their final inspections and issue a Certificate of Occupancy (COO)?
- that you cannot legally occupy the building or renovated area until the Certificate of Occupancy (COO) is issued?
Much like a traveler going into an unfamiliar forest, you as a building Owner, really need the help of an experienced guide so you can make your way through safely.
PDMi can see that all these things are done. Give us a call if we can be of any help.