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Process Part I: Working with the City

Added on by Kyu Young Kim.

One of our New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 will be to blog more often and provide [hopefully] helpful articles for prospective clients.

We’re going to go a little out of order, but we’d like to share what parts of the process of working with an architect entails and our take on how we do things as ACS Architects, first starting with the process of working with the city.

You might think this is weird at first. Why would we have to work with the city? Though we might be the most face-to-face contact you have, we act as your liaison with the city or town that your property is in. The city lays out many We at ACS Architects pride ourselves in working with the city to obtain the proper building and construction permits required for you to break ground on your project.

Working with the city takes time. Our average project in 2018, from submitting a project to the city to the time it takes for permit issuance, took about 3 months. Upon formal intake, the initial plan check turn-around is usually anywhere from 4-6 weeks. From there, subsequent resubmittals can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks for review. Of course there are exceptions: some projects require additional entitlements, while others can be approved over-the-counter.

Even before formal city reviews, we work with the city to get up to speed on any updated submittal requirements and to see if there any red flags with the proposed project. Some sites have special setbacks, are located in designated neighborhoods, etc.

Whatever the situation, we have experience working in many jurisdictions throughout the Bay Area, all the way up in Napa, and as far south as San Luis Obispo, and we are ready and eager to serve as your architect to make working with the city as smooth as possible.