Permit requirements vary widely in different locations. Develop a list for your project – start by checking in with your local building department.
Remember the Building Department may only tell you part of the story. Research the following items and try to start putting a schedule together. My Builder 20 group often discusses permit issues. Jim in Wisconsin tells me he can get a permit in 5 days, while others of us suffer with months even years in the permitting process. In my local area building departments in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Malibu, Ojai, Ventura County, City of Ventura, Santa Barbara and County of Santa Barbara all treat building codes and zoning regulations in different ways.
CC&R’s (Private Restrictions)
Cell Phone Access
Easements – Utility or Private
Environmental Health Department
Flowers (Protected by State)
Geology and Soils
Native American burial sites
Neighborhood Architectural Committees
New Regulations in the works!
Public Works Dept.
Water Perc (percolation) Tests
Wells – quality, quantity
Live in Hawaii ? Check for lava flow areas !!!