Permit Streamlining Resources

Resources for High Performance Permit Processing

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When Design Professionals shape the built environment –creating new buildings and places, implementing rehabilitation and historic reuse – the impacts are positive and sweeping.  New buildings and places that conform to modern sustainability, energy and design standards, creation of good jobs, and shaping of safe, code compliant, beautiful and functional spaces for people.   After all, the path toward a sustainable future is in large part shaped by the buildings we occupy. See our sister site:

20130206_152653 (Large)PermitStreamline.Com is intended to support communities in implementing more effective and efficient permit processing, working hand in hand with design professionals and plan check professionals.

Architects and Engineers are among the professionals that are well equipped to shape streamlining measures that are appropriate, effective, and efficient, while maintaining high standards of protections for public health safety and welfare.  

Permit Streamlining offers significant economic development benefits to local communities by reducing costs while encouraging investment in a high performance and sustainable built environment.  As but one example, when AIA components work together with local permit issuance jurisdictions, resources are leveraged and successful results are assured.

Of the various kinds of entitlements that are associated with the built environment, Building Permits are often a place to start conversations, since almost everywhere in the US building permits are based on conformance with the same basic model code framework: The  International Building Code.  Building Permits are a type of Ministerial permit: they are approved when the submittal demonstrates compliance with adopted standards.  Planning entitlements on the other hand are usually discretionary in nature, which means the considerations require judgement of appointed or elected officials.  In addition, most planning entitlements do not rely on a national uniform code.