We recently heard from a homeowner who was absolutely furious with his city planning department. The reason?
Over $8,000 in surprise permit fees.
That’s enough to make anyone angry. It’s also enough to seriously derail a budget. With these unplanned fees, this homeowner will have to re-think his planned expenses.
We really sympathize with homeowners when this happens. And unfortunately, it happens a lot.
Here’s how to avoid getting caught by surprise
The key is in planning ahead. Of course, that’s easier said than done. City offices can make budgeting for permit fees incredibly hard. They’re not always up front about which permits you’ll need and how much they’ll cost.
It’s not that city planning offices are dishonest. It’s just that like most government bureaucracies, they’re incredibly hard to work with. If you don’t ask the right questions, you won’t get all the answers.
Of course, most homeowners don’t know the right questions to ask. And they shouldn’t be expected to. So how do you plan for all the permits and fees without knowing what to ask? You get an expert on board.
New Avenue has your back
We know what to ask. Depending on the project, we check with two to fifteen different agencies to make sure there are no surprises in the permitting process. It’s a lot of work, but it also prevents a lot of pain later on.
Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with permits, the rules aren’t always black and white. Often, politics play a role (and cause a lot of problems for the homeowner). We’d be lying if we said we could prevent every surprise permitting snag and every surprise fee. We can’t. Nobody can.
Here’s what we can promise: We know what to ask. We know how to do the research. And we know who to talk to. Our expertise and hard work will help keep your addition, remodel, or accessory dwelling on track and on budget.