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AVT: Frequently Ask Questions

What type of permit(s) am I going to need for my project?

Each individual project requires a different set of permits, and each jurisdiction has a different process for administering their permits. A project may be simple enough to require only a building permit, or complex enough to require five or six different permits. One of the first things we do when meeting with prospective clients is review the project scope and determine exactly which permits will be required.

How much will the permits/project cost?

Each jurisdiction provides a fee schedule for their permit and impact fees. Permit fees range from one hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on which permits are required. Impact fees can range from several thousand dollars to in excess of fifty thousand dollars, and vary depending on the proposed use and scale of the project.

Project costs involve permit and impact fees, contractor and design professional fees and construction costs. This is another service we provide early in the process; researching permit and impact fees, and preparing front end pro formas and budgets for all types of developments.

How long will the process take?

The estimated time frame of any project greatly depends the type of project that is proposed. A building permit for a single family home typically takes 4-6 weeks to be processed and approved. A conditional use permit, variance or other unique permit may take 3-6 months.

A subdivision may take six months to a year. Sometimes when public comment is required, such as for a design review permit or SEPA checklist, there is a required notice period that will extend the process time by a few months. Many permit processes have codified review timeframes, establishing set deadlines for decisions.

Once we review a project proposal with a client, we can determine which permits are required and prepare a schedule for the review process.

I need a contractor, architect, engineer, surveyor, biologist, septic designer, etc. Can you refer me to someone?

Since 2004, we have been working with local contractors and design professionals on development projects of all types and sizes. Regardless of your need, we can recommend a qualified, competent and reasonable professional to assist you with your project. On projects we manage, you can be certain the subcontractors and design professionals that we contract with will provide quality service.

I have spoken with the City/County and am having trouble understanding what I can and can't do with my property, can you help?

Oftentimes a project design is unique, or a site is oddly shaped or has existing development on it. Getting feedback on what you can and can't do with your property is sometimes difficult if you're uncertain of the questions to ask, or have incomplete plans to present. We are happy to meet with developers and property owners to review their properties and project proposals, and determine the necessary questions to ask and who to address them to. Sometimes a little assistance with the codes, or at the counter with staff is all that is needed to get a project moving in the right direction.