With regards to electrical, plumbing and gas permits, if the proper documentation has been submitted then a permit is usually issued the next day. However, if these types of permits are associated with a building permit (i.e. a new home, addition, etc.) then we require that the building permit be issued first before issuing the electrical, plumbing and/or gas permits.
With regards to a building permit, it depends on the scope and complexity of the project. It should be noted that under s.R105.3.1 of the 8th Edition State Building Code, the Building Official has up to thirty days to review the application and either issue or deny the permit application; however, in the majority of cases, the Building Official takes much less than the thirty days allowed under law. As a guideline, if the proper documentation is submitted then permits for:
- Replacement windows, vinyl siding and re-roofing usually take 1 to 2 days*
- Kitchen, bathroom or other non-structural renovations, accessory sheds, swimming pools usually take 4 to 7 days*
- Residential additions, renovations involving structural work or converting non-habitable space into habitable space, detached garages and decks usually take 7 to 10 days*
- New single or two family homes, small-scale commercial renovations usually take 14 to 21 days*
- New commercial buildings, large-scale residential projects, commercial additions, large-scale commercial renovations usually take 21 to 30 days*
* These time-frames may vary one way or the other depending on the project's complexity, whether or not all of the proper information has been submitted to the Building Official in a timely manner for him to perform a complete code review.
Important Note: If relief/approval from various Boards or Commissions is required (i.e. Conservation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Historic District Commission, etc.) then such relief/approval must be granted before a building permit can be issued.