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Buildings other than single family and duplexes, usually (but not always) require other city division plan review and permits. It is because of the "multiple-division" nature of the permit that makes it seem like a difficult process. However, if a complete and detailed application meeting the requirements of each city division for review is submitted for processing, difficulties can be minimized. (ie: Site Plan, Conditional Use, Shoreline Management Permits).
It is important to remember that different state and federal agencies may have additional application requirements and review standards. You are strongly encouraged to contact these agencies about their permitting requirements.
After plans have been approved by other divisions for Site Plan compliance, etc., a building permit takes anywhere from 30 to 60 days to obtain. A building permit for a single family dwelling usually takes 10-20 days.
Substantial progress on construction must commence within 180 days of the date of issuance or the permit will be voided by the building official. An approved permit is valid for 180 days from issuance provided that substantial progress (an approved inspection) has been made. The permit is then valid for an additional 180 days with the same criteria above being applied.
An extension of time for not more than 180 days may be granted by the Building Official upon receipt of a written request provided the request is received prior to the expiration of the permit under which work was being done.