How Much Building Permits Cost and How Long They Take
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“Homeowners who have gone through a permit process once before may be more willing to embark on projects with greater structural or design complexities than first-time applicants,” says Nino Sitchinava, Houzz’s principal economist. “As a result of these complexities, the application review process may extend beyond typical ranges to include additional review cycles by planning, zoning, public works or other local commissions.”
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Nearly half (47 percent) of first-time homeowner applicants change their plans in some way after learning about permit requirements, while 42 percent of experienced applicants do so. The most common change among first-timers (25 percent) is deciding to hire a pro instead of undertaking a DIY project.
About 73 percent of homeowners who received a building permit found at least one aspect of the permit process frustrating, and about 84 percent found at least one part of the process straightforward.