Often referred to as the “necessary evil”, getting a building permit is a crucial part of any project. While the process may pose a considerable time impact, it is important to remember that the primary objective of a building permit is to ensure that safe structures are provided. Beyond the building code approvals, zoning codes also guide the local flair and style of many neighborhoods and cities. The check and balance of this process should instead be looked at as a safety net for the owner, to ensure that the hired license professionals are indeed doing their job – beyond just design.
SEA has been blessed with a plethora of approvals in the last weeks and we are celebrating alongside our clients;
The building permit process and requirements in the respective municipality are typically common knowledge, however some of the nuances that are required may not be completely known and can add substantial time commitment to the permitting process. Some of the more common approvals we help to obtain are the Coral Gables Board of Architects approval – a process that requires a preliminary and a full approval to present to a panel of volunteer architects, Historic board approval (typically in Coral Gables, Miami Beach and City of Miami) – and special Planning and Zoning approvals, such as the recent success in Miami Shores.
(Miami Dade County Building Permit Application)
Following are some typical permit applications available online in Miami Dade County; these must be singed and notarized by the respective parties:
Miami Beach: http://web.miamibeachfl.gov/building/scroll.aspx?id=37842
Coral Gables: http://coralgables.com/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=741