Permit Delays – Please Read!

We have currently experienced a new trend with several of the local jurisdictions within the DC Metropolitan Region with regard to the time frame it takes to obtain a building permit for rehabilitation projects.  In the past, it was assumed that permits would be reviewed, approved and released within 2 to 4 weeks.  Just recently,   we have been told by the permit offices  that it could take anywhere from 9 to 16 weeks to obtain the permits due to downsizing of their departments.  Based on this information, we recommend that Owners be aware of this issue and plan accordingly as to not delay the start of upcoming projects if permits are required.