The Final Review

Burnham’s Blog

The Final Review shares the knowledge of Burnham’s experts in building permit expediting and code compliance. Learn about different jurisdictional building permit requirements, and stay up-to-date on the Americans with Disabilities Act and local accessibility standards. Follow the latest in sustainability, including building energy codes and sustainability design developments.

Los Angeles Construction Moratorium Ballot Initiative Defeated: Measure S

Mar 8, 2017 9:15:00 AM

On March 7, 2017, Los Angeles residents voted down a ballot initiative that included a two-year moratorium on much of the city’s new construction. The very controversial initiative, known as Measure S, was formally called the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative (Initiative). The Mayor of Los Angeles and a broad coalition of City of Los Angeles Council members, California State Assembly members, businesses, and organizations opposed the Initiative.


Navigating Public Way Use Permits in the City of Chicago

Nov 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The majority of construction projects in the City of Chicago require Public Way Use Permits because the Windy City has so much public property. Thankfully, Burnham has extensive experience in navigating the permit process for our clients, and we thought it would be helpful to explain how to obtain a Public Way Use Permit.


2016 Holiday Construction Moratoriums Across the Country

Nov 11, 2016 2:00:38 PM

With the holiday season quickly approaching, many businesses are working hard to wrap up projects before the end of the year. However, when it comes to construction work, many cities implement restrictions during the months of November and December. Although this is common practice across the country, different cities will have variations in how they execute these plans. Below we summarize these holiday restrictions for all the cities in which Burnham has an office.


Construction Sites and EPA’s Changing Small MS4 General Permit Rule

Oct 27, 2016 8:05:00 AM

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is about to release the final rule regulating small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4). There is a concern these revised National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit II regulations may result in stricter requirements for construction sites. The development of the permit program for small MS4s has been a very lengthy process. We thought it would be helpful to explain the evolution of EPA’s small municipal separate storm sewer system general permit rule and its potential impact on construction sites.


Burnham Helps the Show Go On at Lincoln Center

Aug 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Burnham is managing the process of issuing a Final Certificate of Occupancy (CO) for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (Lincoln Center), a 16.3-acre complex of buildings in Manhattan in New York City. A Certificate of Occupancy establishes the legal occupancy limits and allowable use of a building. All buildings require a CO and existing buildings are required to get a new or amended CO when construction will change their use, egress or type of occupancy. Additionally, no one may legally occupy a building until the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) has issued a CO or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO).