Permit By Inspection
The permit by inspection program (PBI) is a
voluntary alternative to the standard construction document plan
review and permit issuance processes for special projects of
certain occupancies and degree of complexity.
PBI is intended to provide a stream-lined approach to
permit review and issuance in which Senior Building Inspectors
review permit applications and approve the issuance of the
permit. The inspector performs the required
inspections as the work progresses on that permit. This option
can significantly reduce the time required for plan review and
can enhance field resolution of construction challenges.
There is a 20% premium in addition to the building permit
fee and other fees.
Benefits of the program include:
time and money
Typically the permit is processed in a 5 day turnaround time
down on paperwork
process is done by email
contact person who is familiar with the project and special
conditions. Work can
proceed as the plan review is taking place
response time to changing field conditions
Projects eligible for consideration under
the PBI shall comply with all of the following limitations:
Tenant improvement or tenant completion permits involving
Group B (Business), Group M (Mercantile), or Group S (Storage)
Not involving a change of occupancy, except changes
between Group B and Group M occupancies
Not more than 10,000 square feet in floor area
Not involving high piled storage or hazardous materials
Not requiring additional zoning approvals.