How long does it take to get a permit?

Permit issuance periods vary. Some projects can be fully permitted over-the-counter, meaning a return trip won't be needed. However, some projects require that plans be left for additional review. Typically, a residential building permit takes approximately seven days to be issued, while commercial building permits typically take ten to fourteen days.

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1. Remodeling or adding improvements to your home?
2. What are permits and why do I need one?
3. When do I need a building permit?
4. When don’t I need a building permit?
5. Where do I get a building permit?
6. What is the cost of a building permit?
7. How long does it take to get a permit?
8. What about other approvals or permits that may be needed from other government agencies?
9. What if I don’t get a permit?
10. Who should obtain the permit?
11. Can I do the work myself or do I have to hire a contractor?
12. Who draws up the plans?
13. What about a contractor?
14. What about inspections?
15. What if I have a permit, but never called for an inspection?