Starting a Construction Project
I’m often asked how quickly can I start my project?
And if you’ve got a small project, and you’re ready to go, you know your paint colors and you know your floor color and your what lights you want to put in, you can be ready to go. You can have approvals in a few days.
If it’s a more complicated project, I’ve seen it take several months.
The three factors are your readiness, the building process and how long it takes them to process your documents, and the Department of Buildings.
1) Your readiness: If it’s a larger project, and you need an architectural design team, are they in place?
Do you have plans and specifications?
Have you chosen a contractor?
Are you ready to submit that information to your building for approval?
Assuming you are, your building will review those documents and if necessary, send them off to the in house architect to make sure you’re in compliance with the various rules and regulations of your buildings.
And you provide the documentation for any engineering issues or waterproofing issues that may be required.
Remember, your building is working for you and they’re also working in your best interest. It can sometimes be a protracted experience, and it can sometimes be frustrating. But ultimately, they’re looking after your interests and your neighbors interests.
Once you have that process complete, you can submit to the Department of Buildings
and department of buildings is generally straightforward.
It takes about six weeks.
The process is you send your drawings in, they review them, they’re generally rejected, they send them back, they’re revised, and then they get approved.
And that entire process takes about six weeks.
When I renovated my apartment about a decade ago, we were not given a go ahead to start with Department of Buildings because our elevator inspection certificate was out of date.
So you can run into issues that your building has, that will stop you getting a permit.
My building doesn’t have an elevator.
So some of the rejections can be frustrating, but if you’ve got the right team in place, they will take you through it and get you to the start line as quickly as possible.
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