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How Long Does it Take to Close an Open Permit?

Doing any construction or demolition to property requires opening and closing permits. The time frame for that process is based on each individual situation. At CenterPoint, we specialize in civil engineering and can help ease you through all your development needs for successful and quick closure.

The First Things To Understand

Closing a permit is in direct relationship with opening one. As soon as you open a permit, for a project, you should begin to plan the closure schedule.

Closure involves contacting an inspector and having them come to sign off on the new development, making sure that your code will comply and that there are no deficiencies in your project.

A skilled civil engineering firm can help thoroughly manage the details of your project from start to finish. Working with a firm is an excellent route to take. Not everyone understands the meticulous world of civil engineering, and working with an experienced team makes opening and closing a permit less time consuming and more clear.

Problems That Set the Process Back

If you have any outstanding permits, from past development projects, you will need to get those closed first. This can be a painstaking process, especially if you are unaware of the open permits. Before bringing in your contractors to get started, make sure your records are clear.

Another problem is that building codes change. From the start to completion of any project, there is a chance that building codes will undergo revisions. This code change can be especially common if a project takes a long time to complete.

Being on top of the latest building codes will ensure that you don’t waste time and money on your civil engineering project, just to find out what you did needs to change to pass inspection.

Another bump on the permitting road is that contractors may finish work and get paid but never submit for closure on the job. This is easily avoidable by creating a holdback, where a certain percentage (usually 10%) is withheld until the contractor has the building permit closed.  

If your permits are never closed, you may end up also paying hefty fines, and your development may never see the market.

Quick and Efficient Closing With CenterPoint Civil Engineering

Closing a permit is a relative situation, and the time it takes will vary. To ensure that your situation is the best one possible, it pays to work with a team that stays on top of every detail.

With over 85 years of experience in Denver and nationwide, at CenterPoint, our expert civil engineering firm knows how to do just that.

To speed up the closure process on your permits, reach out to a consultant today and see how we can help.