There are a number of permits that may be relatively quick and simple to obtain. Water heaters, HVAC systems, sewer repair, electrical service change-outs are examples of permits that generally may be obtained anytime during regular counter hours. Other types of small projects may be appropriate for our Over-the-Counter (OTC) permitting service. This is generally available every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10 am until 11:30 am (Although we continue reviewing plans until noon, we do not take any applications after 11:30 am) We have a sign-up list available at 8 am on OTC mornings and our policy is first-come, first served. The service is generally geared towards residential projects that are of a minor nature; such as projects that do not alter the footprint of the structure; does not contain structural detail that requires engineering; alterations to the exterior that require Planning or Department of Public Works review beyond staff level, etc. Examples of projects that might be appropriate would be: bathroom and kitchen alterations, a small deck on relatively flat terrain, changing out a window, termite work, etc. If you feel your project might be appropriate for this service we strongly recommend you bring the plans and/or description of the project in during the building inspectors regular counter hours (8 to 9 am and 4 to 5 pm, excepting Wednesday mornings) to confirm that the project will be appropriate for the OTC service. This will save you the inconvenience of signing up and waiting your turn only to discover we cannot plan check and/or approve your project in this venue.
There are few projects that do not require plans. If you feel this may be the case, contact us to discuss your particular situation. As with all projects, we will try to advise you on the most expeditious manner to get your project approved and the work started.