If you live in Los Angeles, California and want to remodel your home, you may have already dealt with the labyrinthine procedures of Los Angeles building permits. It’s far from an easy road in obtaining a permit to merely remodel your garage or add an extra room to your house. That’s why if you’re new to the Los Angeles area, it’s worth knowing what you’re going to be dealing with in obtaining a building permit as preparation for the time involved.
Check First with the Department of Building and Safety
Before anything can be done, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety will check to make sure your home remodeling project is safe. If your home is located in a precarious spot, such as on a hill, or even in a government-designated historical area, your project could be turned down.
Other possible pitfalls include certain zoning issues like overlay zones or specific designations. Ultimately, this all can take considerable time in the inspection, so allow plenty of time before spending money on construction materials.
Deal with the Department of City Planning
After going through the bureaucracy of Building and Safety, you’ll have to spend time wondering if additional zoning laws in your area allow you home remodeling freedom. The Los Angeles Department of City Planning will see if zoning regulations fit your remodeling plan and whether it even fits into the structural plan of the city. If you have outlandish remodeling ideas, this agency might nix your unique structural plans.
Specific zone codes also have to be considered. In some cases, certain remodeling projects won’t be allowed if you live in a specific zoning area. You can check in advance through state property records to see what kind of zone you live in.
Prepare for Corrections
Otherwise known as plan check corrections, the Department of Building and Safety may make later revisions on your remodeling plans after an inspection takes place. The inspections will be done thoroughly and studied multiple times to find any morsel of information that could determine your project going forward or being stalled even longer.
Once you find yourself beyond this path so you can do your home remodeling project, contact us so we can be a design and building firm you can trust. Here at Bradco Kitchens and Baths, Inc., we won’t make you wait to get your remodeling project done on a schedule you want.