Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Permit Types - Electrical Permit

Electrical Permit

An electrical permit is required to do the following:
  • install or alter any permanent wiring or electrical device
  • run additional wiring, put in an electrical outlet or light fixture, install a receptacle for a garage-door opener, or convert from fuse box to circuit breakers
  • install or alter low-voltage systems such as security alarms or stereo or computer systems
For homeowners, a permit is not required to replace electrical devices or to perform the maintenance on an existing electrical installation.

If you are not sure if you need a permit, call the building department responsible for your area.

Permits are issued by Building Codes Division (BCD) field offices or your local building department, depending on the jurisdiction responsible for your area.

  • Drawn plans are not necessary to get a permit to do residential electrical work.
  • Drawn plans are not necessary to get a permit to perform residential electrical work, unless the service involves 400 amps or greater. Some building departments require a plan review for service over 400 amps.
  • An electrical inspector or office staff member can help you make sure you have all the necessary information for the proposed project. If everything is in order, you can usually leave with your permit.
  • Electrical permit fees are paid when the permit is issued.
Any work performed under a permit must be inspected by a certified electrical inspector. You may call the inspection request line at the building department in your area within 24 hours of completion of any phase of the project. A minimum of 24-hours' notice is usually required for inspections.

When you call, you will be asked for the permit number, homeowner's name, project address, type of inspection needed, and date on which the inspection is desired. Be prepared to furnish detailed directions to the job site and a detailed description of the electrical work performed.
Unless all of the work is outside and accessible, an adult needs to be at the site to provide access for the inspector.

For more information on how to acquire an electrical permit, call Your Permit Solution!

Source: Permits Protect

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Permit Types - Demolition Permit

A demolition permit is an official document from a regional government agency which allows someone to demolish a structure and clear the debris from the lot the structure is located on.

People must usually apply for demolition permits when they want to completely raze a structure, or demolish a significant portion of a structure which will be left standing. These permits are usually issued by building or planning departments.

There are several reasons why a demolition permit is usually required:

1. Safety - Buildings should only be torn down by skilled and licensed professionals, ensuring that all necessary safety precautions are taken.

2. Hazardous Materials - Asbestos and fallen debris are major concerns during demolitions.

3. Proper Clean-up - All debris and fallen materials should be cleaned up quickly and efficiently.

People applying for these types of permits must declare the company and procedure that will be used, and they must demonstrate that utilities to the building have been turned off and capped, and that there is a plan in place for handling hazardous materials.

Since demolition usually generates a substantial pile of debris, many people must also apply for an obstruction permit which will allow them to place dumpsters near the site, and to block the sidewalk or street temporarily to keep people safe from falling debris.

Fees for demolition and obstruction permits are usually separate, and it is a good idea to apply for both at the same time.

The demolition company may agree to handle the demolition permit application as part of the services they provide but the property owner remains responsible for confirming that a demolition permit has been obtained before any work can begin.

Demolition permits are also a matter of public record, and property owners may want to be aware that applications can often be contested by people who oppose the demolition for various reasons, ranging from a desire to preserve historic property to concerns from others in the neighborhood.

For more information on this any any other type of permit, contact Your Permit Solution!

Source: wiseGEEK

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Be Wary of Asbestos

In general, asbestos refers to the naturally hydrated silicas which are found in rocks of two mineral groups:

-Serpentine, or white asbestos which accounts for 95% of the asbestos utilized in the US.
-Amphibole, which includes brown and blue asbestos.

Asbestos fibers are noncombustible, resistant to corrosion and degradation, have relatively high tensile strength, are chemically and thermally stable, and have low thermal and electrical conductivities. These properties make the fibers desirable for use in the manufacture of many industrial and commercial products. It has been estimated that asbestos fibers have been used in over 2,000 products.

Asbestos use in the United States has declined steadily over the past several years due to the ban that was imposed in 1975.

Renovations and demolitions of facilities that may have asbestos are required to submit a Notice of Demolition or Asbestos Renovation form. Contact Your Permit Solution for more information on obtaining the necessary permits.

Impacts of Asbestos

Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and has been known to cause lung cancer, mesothelioma (a rare form of chest and abdominal cancer) and asbestosis which is an irreversible, non-cancerous respiratory disease characterized by scarring of lung tissue.

The chances of contracting these diseased is increased significantly in smokers. To date there is no scientific evidence that asbestos is harmful when in contact with human skin.

The presence of asbestos in a building does not necessarily mean that the health of its occupants is endangered. Exposure is unlikely as long as the Asbestos-Containing Material (ACM) remains intact and undisturbed. Potential exposure to asbestos occurs when building maintenance, repairs, renovations or other activities disturb or damage the ACM, causing a release of asbestos fibers.

If you've got construction coming up and have concerns about asbestos in your building, contact Your Permit Solution today for help!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Client Testimonials!

Your Permit Solution owner Frenchy Roy [Roy, Inc.], takes a personal interest in his services and customers at YourPermitSolution.com, and strives to give them outstanding service, often going beyond what is expected to produce client satisfaction. As claimed by a happy customer from Miami, Florida:
"Roy provided excellent service at an affordable rate, in very little time. He was also very helpful and went above and beyond what he needed to do to get the job done."

Open permits are often a problem for Florida realtors. When homes need to go onto the market, permit issues must be settled fast so that no interruption in the sales process occurs. Settling permit issues quickly is often impossible due to busy schedules, or due to a lack of understanding in how the permit process works. YourPermitSolution.com has worked with real estate agents in the past, with satisfied customer results!

Check out these testimonials below:

"I have found Roy to be the best solution to my permit violation headache. I recommend him without any hesitation." - V de la Vega, Kendall, Miami, Florida

"As a realtor in South Florida open permits are constant problem. Frenchy Roy has come to the rescue for me time after time. I highly recommend his services and professionalism. Count it done with Frenchy!"
- Adam L. Pinecrest, FL

To submit a testimonial of your own or to get answers to your permit questions, contact us today!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Know The Rules Before You Start!

When doing construction on your own, it is important to know the rules. Should you get a Stop Work Order, the following information will help you plan your next move:

When a Notice of Violation/Stop Work Order is issued, the Chief Code Compliance Inspector will make a determination regarding the number of days that the owner of the property will be given to comply.

• Violations that are issued for unsafe structures will be given a period of two (2) or three (3) days to secure the structure. If the owner has not complied within the allotted time given, the city will proceed to secure the property and all charges incurred by the City will be assessed to the property owner as lien.

• Violations for Stop Work Orders or Notice of Violation that require the owner to obtain a permit will be given a period of 30 days to start the permitting process.

• Permits obtained to comply with a violation must receive an approved final inspection in order to close the violation.

The process that the owner of the property will need to follow in order to bring the violation into compliance is written within the violation that has been issued. The Owner of the property can also call 305-673-7610, ext. 6045, 6801, or 2555 and discuss their violation with the Violations Office.

If it is determined that the number of days given to comply is not a sufficient amount of time, an extension of time can be requested by the violator before the compliance date. The request must be made in writing, via mail, or in person, the request must also be made prior to the compliance date.

Your Permit Solution will help you through any project from start to finish. If you find yourself in this situation in the middle of your project, call us and we'll be right there to help!

Source: City of Miami