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Some Thoughts On: Frequently Asked Questions
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Rich Pongratz

We receive many questions from our clients and readers. Two of the most frequently asked questions are in regards to site development and permits. In our last newsletter, Bryan Smith, Project Manager, addressed site development with his excellent article. This month we will try to help with understanding some of the permits and issues with them. Will Kisner, Engineering Coordinator, has written before on permits and we revisit his article in this issue.

If you need any further information on permits or site development, please feel free to contact us.


Tim Lease
Richard K. Pongratz, Director of Business Development
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The Impact Of Permits On Your Project
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Q"What can you tell me about what permits my project may require and what their impact might be on that project?"
– W.S.
AW.S., thanks for getting in touch regarding your question which, as you might guess, is an important one and one that we’re asked frequently. In fact, we’ve addressed it before in this e-newsletter, but I think it’s worth going over once again.

Here are some of the general permits that may be necessary for your project.

Obtaining them is the responsibility of the owner or the general contractor. It is strongly recommended that they be considered as early in the cycle as possible to avoid their impacting the project schedule and/or the project’s cost. (Incurred fines or additional fees can not only increase the cost of the project but delay its completion.)
  • Building Permit. This permit may require a local review of the structural, electrical, and mechanical (HVAC and plumbing) aspects of the project and must be obtained prior to construction. It is recommended to request making partial submittals (if allowed) to permit placement of the foundations and structures first, then electrical work, then mechanical work, in that order. The application can usually be downloaded online but must be submitted in person. Allow 2-3 weeks for each partial submittal.
  • Sanitary Sewer Tap or On-Site Septic System Permit. Local jurisdictions often require that the tap be done by the installing contractor. The on-site system permit is usually obtained by the system designer. The tap permit can be acquired in one day. However, allow at least 60 days to complete design and to acquire the on-site system permit.
  • FAA Permit. This notice of proposed construction or alteration is only required if the structure being built is within a defined distance from an airport or exceeds a height criteria based on geographic elevation. The rule of thumb for the height restriction is 200 feet. Obstruction marking and lighting may be required atop the structure to warn pilots. The one-page form can be submitted online and the permit must be obtained prior to installation of the highest point of the project; verification must be provided within five days following installation. Allow 30 days to acquire the permit.
  • Department Of Transportation (DOT) Permit. The state or local jurisdiction may require this permit if the entrance to your project or facility generates an increased volume of traffic, particularly trucks, and especially if you are near a main highway or residential area. Traffic signals or turning lanes may need to be installed.
  • Air Permit For Emissions/Air Quality. This permit, which requires a state review, must be obtained most times before construction but certainly before any process equipment that creates or abates an emission is installed and operated. The permit is usually obtained through the environmental engineer preparing the application for permit. Allow at least 180 days to complete the technical data and application, and to acquire the permit.
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit. This permitting program covers construction and industrial activities and is usually obtained by the civil engineering company doing the site design. It must be obtained before any site work can be performed. Depending on the piece of property you’re building on, you may need the services of a registered surveyor and a professional civil engineer to do a land survey and to design a drainage plan to determine whether wetlands or streams will be negatively impacted by water quality issues. (It’s best to avoid building on wetlands to avoid costly mitigation fees and project delays.) The application can usually be downloaded online but must be submitted in person. Allow at least 120 days to complete site survey and design, and to acquire the permit.
  • Zoning Compliance. Depends on local zoning laws. May require a hearing before the local zoning board if a variance is necessary.
The main point to consider is that you ought to start planning for these permits way ahead of when they’re needed so as not to get caught scrambling at the last minute. The penalties for not doing so are incurring costs you never anticipated and missing that project completion deadline!

I hope that answers your question completely. If it doesn’t -- or if you have questions on another topic -- we’re here to help. We’d love to hear from you!
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Will Kisner, Engineering Project Coordinator, Will Kisner is Engineering Project Coordinator and has been with WL Port-Land Systems since 1996.

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Like most businesses, you may not need to construct a new facility but are seeking solutions to make your business run better. You may be considering a renovation to improve utilization of existing assets, lower manufacturing costs, implement a process change, increase capacity, or find an efficient way to adapt to new quality improvement standards.

No matter the reason, a renovation is a big undertaking and nobody can assist you like WL Port-Land Systems with our collaborative approach to your project.

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