The City of Phoenix has “cut the red tape” for obtaining building permits. If you’re planning a minor Commercial or Residential remodel, there is a special program in place at the City of Phoenix that will greatly REDUCE the Permit and Plan Review approval process. Not all construction projects will qualify for what is called a “Permit By Inspector” option, so call 602-262-7811 to review your projects scope of work.
If you meet the following criteria and have a form of payment with you, you may be eligible for an Permit By Inspector (PBI) Permit. The building permit may be processed while you wait, depending on the complexity of the project. Plan check and building permit fees vary depending upon the type of work being done and the valuation.
1. The City of Phoenix’s PBI program – created for minor commercial tenant improvements – allows customers to obtain plan review and building permit approval at the job site. Inspection staff will review plans on site and determine when you can begin construction.
Permit by Inspector (PBI)
The Permit By Inspector (PBI) process is designed to expedite the plan review process by sending plans to the field inspectors for review after a short preliminary office review. The inspectors perform the plan review and compare the plans with the existing conditions. After the review is complete, the inspectors issue the building permit and give approval at the job site for construction to begin. Customers follow the standard inspection request and approval process as construction progresses through completion of the project.
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2. The City of Phoenix PBI program – created for minor home interior remodels – allows customers to obtain plan review and building permit approval at the job site. Inspection staff will review plans on site and determine when you can begin construction.
Projects other than those described may be considered for the PBI process. Contact Development Services for more information, 602-262-7811.
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A Phoenix architect will help you avoid many common mistakes that are made with construction projects. No matter what kind of space you need today, we’ll make sure it’s designed for your needs in the future. This will give you future function built into today’s home addition. . To discuss your Phoenix building permit needs, contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at email@example.com.
Are you a small business owner who loves working from your home, but has recently found your kitchen table too small for meetings? Maybe your current leased offices are just getting too small for your new hires and new equipment, but you’re just not sure it’s the right time to relocate? It might make sense to consider a tenant improvement on an existing or new office space.
- Reduce overhead costs with a lower lease payment. With office rents plunging, there’s never been a better time to be a tenant. Many tenants are finding that nearly everything is on the table — from rental rates to lease terms to the size of the security deposit. And you don’t necessarily have to go through the expense and headache of relocating to get a deal. To strengthen your hand at the lease negotiation table, let your landlord see that you’re shopping around. And even if there are several years left on your lease, it can’t hurt to ask for an early renewal in this market.
- Enhance worker creativity and communication with a larger space that has more natural light. And redesigning the “flow” of the office might create a more flexible work environment that may mean removing or reconfiguring the layout of some office walls.
- Find a new location. Some businesses will benefit from better customer visibility, and others who don’t rely on foot traffic, will benefit from a more convenient, low-cost, utilitarian location.
Successful business is about change. If you are business owner who’s having growing pains, you’re not alone. Here are a few tenant improvement ideas that might make sense:
1. Reinvent your present office by hiring a registered Architect to help you make the best use of your space. With just a little creative thought your office layout could be more efficient.
2. If your current office is running out of space, move to a building with a bigger office. Starting fresh in a new building will allow the design of your new office to anticipate every need and want.
3. Just when you think you’ve got the space you want, your business will change again. Progress is cyclical. Finding an office with some flexible space could make sense for the future.
4. Convert an unused room in your home into a storage facility, warehouse or a second office for employees.
5. Utilize business centers. These temporary offices provide a traditional office space for you to work in, and usually come with amenities like internet access, videoconferencing, conference space, office equipment like copiers, and even receptionists.
DESIGNLine Architects works with small and medium sized companies that have changing needs – a point in their development where the use of a building often starts to become a big factor. We are trained to design space around a specific use, making sure that everything fits. Many of our clients have limited resources and we have learned how to do a lot with very little. To set up a Tenant Improvement Design appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Doug Rusk, Architect DesignLine Architects, LLC Gilbert, Arizona www.designlinearchitects.com
BEFORE you begin your Scottsdale home remodel project, there are a few important steps to take now, that will prevent surprises later – surprises that might significantly affect your project budget and time schedule. The detailed steps below will give you an idea of the some of the upfront research needed BEFORE starting your home remodel in Scottsdale. Working with an expert such as an Architect will help you navigate this important process.
Home remodeling is about change, and major changes to an existing Scottsdale home may be subject to rules and restrictions set by state and local building authorities as well as the legal rights of your neighbors. Review your Codes, Covenants and Regulations (CC&R’s) you agreed to comply with when you moved into your neighborhood.
Every Scottsdale home Parcel has Zoning Ordinance and Building Setback requirements and restrictions , including distances that buildings/ structures must be “set back” from the property line. Setback requirements for your home will vary depending upon the zoning district (i.e. R1-190, R1-7, etc). Submit a Setback Request to the City of Scottsdale to determine the development standards for your property. This will help you determine where you can build on the lot, the lot coverage restrictions (if applicable) and wall/fence restrictions. Looking for the APN# of your parcel? Go to www.Maricopa.gov and select GIS Maps.
If you are improving or adding 25% or more of the existing structure (under roof area), then fire sprinklers must be installed through out the entire Scottsdale home, including enclosed, non-heated storage, garage, etc. Here’s a link to Scottsdale’s Fire Sprinkler worksheet. For approximate sprinkler installation costs figure between $1.50 – $3.00 per square foot under roof, depending on complexity.
If you are improving or adding 50% or more of the existing structure (under roof area), then the entire structure must be brought up to all current Building Code standards. For work that is less than 50%, only the new work you are completing on your home must comply with current codes.
There are four types of Scottsdale building permits:
While most home improvement projects in Scottsdale require a permit (which helps ensure safety standards), there are some projects that do NOT require a residential building permit:
For a fee schedule, refer to www.scottsdaleaz.gov/onestopshop and select “Fees” Or you can contact the One Stop Shop at (480) 312-2500.
Looking for plan submittal information for major or minor remodels built in Scottsdale, AZ, then click here.
A Scottsdale architect will help you avoid many common mistakes that are made with construction projects. No matter what kind of space you need today, we’ll make sure it’s designed for your needs in the future. This will give you future function built into today’s home addition. To set up an appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at email@example.com.Doug Rusk, Architect DesignLine Architects, LLC Gilbert, Arizona
We’d like to share four “design tips” with anyone who is thinking about venturing into a Tenant Improvement for their commercial office or retail space.
In many ways your business is your home. It’s where you and you staff spend most of your waking hours. As you work with your Architect consider in detail each room; who will use them and how they’ll function.
- In the same way that the kitchen and the family room want to be interconnected, you want to customize your commercial space so it better fits the interactions of your staff and the functions they perform.
- The operations manager of a popular Wine Bar and Bistro, for example, noted recently how productivity improved after the layout was reworked for their wine retail area. The new layout greatly improved the customer flow in the Bistro area for both the customers and staff.
If you run a business, you own a brand. Whether done consciously or not, you have positioned your brand in the market and have an opportunity to emphasize that brand in your Tenant Improvement.
- The appearance of your lobby room, the signage and detail around the entry, and even your bathrooms should mirror the core values and the culture of you, your staff and your business.
- If you’re planning a remodel of your Dentist office, for example, then you might want to create a casual, comfortable social atmosphere, because that’s the primary market you’re targeting.
- On the other hand you may instead want to create more of a formal, professional, no nonsense atmosphere, because it meets your clients needs and the key attributes and benefits they desire.
- So, as you work with your Architect to draw up plans, take time to define your brand. Look at what you stand-for personally and as a business, and what differentiates you from competitors. Just going through the process of defining your brand can help you make distinctive design decisions that not only improve flow and function, but may inevitably help your business grow.
There is no such thing as a “typical” tenant improvement. Each project has a different set of requirements that are determined by many varying factors. This graph illustrates some approximate construction costs based on historical data that you can use as a reference point when considering a standard office improvement. These figures are general and will most likely change based on your project’s scope and special requirements.
Again, we hope the estimated, ball park numbers to the right will help you come to terms with a realistic budget.
- If you talk to the right Architect, they will help you identify your budget and design goals, and offer a low cost conceptual design package that will be complete enough to allow a qualified General Contractor to develop a +/- 20% cost estimate for your project. Our goal is to provide a low cost option for you to confirm your budget, before moving forward.
- And when the final drawings and specifications are completed and the project is bid to the subcontractors, very accurate costs are locked in, assuming no design changes.
Doug Rusk is the principal of DESIGNLine Architects located in Gilbert, Arizona. DESIGNLine Architects specializes in office tenant improvements and residential design. We will ensure your Office Tenant Improvement will look more attractive and welcoming to your customers, while also increasing efficiency for you and your staff.Doug Rusk, Architect DESIGNLine Architects 480-710-3861 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.designlinearchitects.com