The Final Review

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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.

Changes to Sidewalk Cafe Permits in the City of Chicago

Jan 15, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Sidewalk cafes are common fixtures on city streets throughout warmer months, and last year, the City of Chicago passed an amendment to the municipal code governing sidewalk cafe permits in the city. The amendment extends the expiration date of permits issued in 2018, allowing restaurants to operate a cafe year round, and also reduces fee amounts for limited business licenses in the city. 

These licenses grant restaurateurs the ability to expand seating temporarily into the sidewalk for a set amount of time, and require both City and aldermanic approvals before business may set up outdoor seating locations. 


Key Techniques to Simplify Multi-Site Expansions

May 24, 2018 5:20:00 PM

Multi-site expansions require thorough planning, precise scheduling, and intensive coordinating of many moving parts including initial research on processes for building permit filing and obtaining required licenses, filling for construction permitting in multiple municipalities, coordinating design and construction teams, and creating realistic timelines for all operations. Burnham Nationwide’s multi-site expansion division manages projects across the country and our team has years of experience with high volume, time-sensitive rollouts. 


Bridging the Gap Between Have and Need at Chicago’s “Giving Factory”

May 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is a non-profit organization that provides children with essentials for school and play. By partnering with other charitable organizations and social service providers, C2C has served 942,000 children since its founding in Boston in 2002, and in 2016, C2C opened its first branch outside of the East Coast in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.

Burnham Nationwide provided permit expediting for C2C’s local “Giving Factory” headquarters and in this post, we would like to provide some insights into the permitting process for the space and - most importantly - introduce the charity’s great work.


Target Store Renovations Blend Construction with Changing Consumer Habits

Mar 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Target plans to remodel the majority of its locations in a large-scale rollout over the next two years, with over 600 locations scheduled for updating by 2019. These changes will focus on refreshing existing Target locations, making the stores more digital-shopping friendly by functioning as distribution centers, and expanding their fleet of “flexible-format” store locations.


Spotlight on Chicago’s New River Point

Dec 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

River Point, the 52-story office space soon to open along the Chicago River, was recently reviewed by Blair Kamin, the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic.The article highlights some important elements of this exciting addition to the Chicago skyline and riverfront. Burnham is proud to have assisted with all phases of River Point, including helping with the tower’s substructure, the riverside plaza overbuild and the tenant build-outs. We want to call attention to some important observations in Mr. Kamin’s review.


Burnham Supports Our Client’s Ability to Expand its Financial Services in New Communities

Oct 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Burnham is using its multi-site expansion expertise to help a financial institution grow its operations. Our client has several hundred locations and is continuing to expand in different states. To open new offices, the client relies on Burnham’s knowledge of local jurisdictions’ permit requirements and ability to obtain the necessary permits throughout the country. Burnham’s work on behalf of our client has grown to include responsibility for securing and maintaining the permits and licenses necessary for the financial institution to operate at each location.


Understanding the Building Permit Process in Los Angeles

Aug 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

A permit from the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) is required for any private property construction, alteration or repair work on buildings within the City of Los Angeles. There are five different types of building permit processes in Los Angeles, Express Permit, Counter Plan Check, Expanded Counter Plan Check, Regular Plan Check, and Parallel Design Permitting Process. In this post, we’ll share information on each of the processes in Los Angeles and when to use them.


Burnham Uses a Unique Approach to Expedite Permits for Fusion Academy

Aug 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Fusion Academy (Fusion), a learning center where one-to-one classrooms allow students to unlock their academic potential, opened its 9th location in San Francisco in 2011. Earlier this year, Fusion planned to move into a new location in Levi’s Plaza, which required an interior remodel to meet their needs. While Fusion provides similar services to a school, it differs in a variety of major ways. Burnham Nationwide developed a solution that helped change the classification of Fusion from educational to business, which helped expedite the necessary permits in just six weeks instead of three months.


Burnham Nationwide Helped Portillo’s Meet Critical Deadlines

Jun 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Portillo’s is a national restaurant chain which operates 41 locations across the country. Despite getting its start in the Chicagoland area in 1963, for many years, there was only one location in the city. The announcement of a second restaurant, in the South Loop, was big news for fans of the chain. The new location has two floors, rooftop and ground floor patios, and seats approximately 240 people.


Expediting Permits in Denver: WeWork Comes to the Mile High City

Jun 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

WeWork, the international provider of shared office space, decided to open its first Denver locations in 2016. Obtaining the necessary building permits in Denver can be exceptionally challenging given the incredible demand for permits due to Denver’s recent building boom. Burnham’s Denver office assisted WeWork with navigating Denver Development Services requirements and expedited their Denver permits to keep WeWork’s office buildout on schedule.


What You Need to Know About Tent Permits in Chicago

May 18, 2016 3:38:52 PM

Community and entertainment events in the City of Chicago often use tents and other temporary structures to provide short-term shelter. Tents are allowed to be erected, but the City has a variety of restrictions and requirements for these types of structures. Depending on the size of the structure, this can include receiving a permit before erecting. Tent permits in Chicago are used for events as large as Lollapalooza or as small as a neighborhood church carnival.


Six Things to Know About Building Permits in San Francisco

Apr 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We recently opened our newest Burnham Nationwide office location in San Francisco, to meet the needs of our West Coast clients that need permitting services in Northern California. The San Francisco area has seen a building boom over the last few years, as tech companies chose the city over Silicon Valley and prices for office and rental space skyrocket.


What You Need to Know About the Department of Buildings in New York City

Apr 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The new year brings some much needed contemporary changes at the Department of Buildings (DOB) in New York City. The DOB is in the midst of fundamental reform in an effort to increase transparency, enhance public safety, and improve customer service throughout the Big Apple. In this blog post, we highlight some of the most important changes to the New York City Department of Buildings in 2016.


5 Things You Should Know About Hotel Building Permits in Chicago

Mar 9, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Hotel building permits differ from traditional building permits in a variety of ways. In order to meet construction goals and timeframes, it’s important to understand key differentiators of hotel building permits, including hotel licenses, hotel zoning areas and the hotel inspection process. In this post, we’ll share five things you should know about hotel building permits in Chicago.


How Much Should You Budget for Building Permits?

Feb 24, 2016 2:27:42 PM

As building permit expediters, we manage the building permit application process on behalf of building managers and contractors. Every jurisdiction, including states, cities, towns and counties, has different requirements for issuing permits and different fees associated with each permit.


Avoid Costly Mistakes in the Los Angeles Building Permit Process With our Advice

Feb 11, 2016 12:00:00 PM

When you first check into obtaining Los Angeles building permits for your construction project, the whole process can seem so daunting. It might be tempting to put that onerous task off as long as possible – or skip it altogether, if your project seems small and insignificant.


4 Things to Know About Building Permits in New York City

Feb 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The building permit process in New York City is ever changing and 2016 is no exception. Many positive enhancements are in the works for the Department of Buildings (DOB) in New York City, including updated online resources and plans to hire more employees to improve customer service.


5 Things to Know About Building Permits in Los Angeles

Jan 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Understanding the Los Angeles building codes and permit process can be difficult, even for the most seasoned experts. Environmental issues, like flood hazards, soil conditions and coastal zones, can affect your architectural plans and construction permits. Add that to a variety of city departments to go through, and it can be tough to know where to start. Here are five of the most important things to know about building permits in Los Angeles.


Need a Permit in Los Angeles? Start with these Important Areas

Jan 21, 2016 12:30:00 PM

If you’re getting ready to break ground on a new building or demolishing an old one to start over, the obvious answer is “yes.” But what if you’re remodeling an existing structure? The answer could be “no” or “it depends.”


The 4 Most Important Things to Know About Building Permits in Chicago in 2016

Jan 13, 2016 8:30:00 AM

The building permit process in Chicago is constantly evolving, making it hard to keep track of new changes that may affect your project. Here are four of the most important things you need to know about building permits in Chicago in 2016.