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.

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, and fees accrue for each jurisdiction. These costs should be taken into account when budgeting for any project.


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.”


5 Ways to Speed Up the Building Permit Process

Nov 18, 2015 9:53:00 AM

Building permits play an important role in any new construction project and can make or break your project’s timeline. Even when permit applications are handled correctly, the process often doesn’t go as quickly or easily as planned. If permit applications are handled incorrectly, it can lead to a massive amount of paperwork and costly delays.


Chicago Permit Processes and 2018 Program Updates

Jul 16, 2015 11:30:00 AM

The City of Chicago’s Department of Buildings (DOB) utilizes the Chicago Building Code for all permitting. The City offers multiple plan review tracks: Easy Permit Process, Standard Plan Review, and the Developer Services Program to manage projects of different scopes and review requirements. Direct Developer Services - a subset of Developer Services - is also available for major redevelopments.  Additionally, Chicago has a Green Permit Program, and the DOB continues to accept projects into the Self-Certification Permit Program (the Program).