Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions about Commercial Construction Contractors
After decades as one of the top commercial construction contractors in Georgia, one starts to hear some of the same questions over and over. It’s understandable enough—regulations and best practices surrounding construction contracting are complicated. An expert is needed to sort them out.
In this post, our Donald Rushing Construction team will to quickly answer some of the questions we most commonly hear about contracting in the area.
Top Six FAQs about Commercial Construction Contractors
Is there any way to expedite the process of getting permits if we’re behind schedule?
No, not normally. The construction permits need to go through proper channels to ensure the resulting construction work is fully up-to-code, and will be safe for both the construction workers as well as those using the final building.
Does an architect or structural engineer need to seal our plans?
Most of the time, yes, this certifies that the plans for construction will be safe, and fully in accordance to local regulations.
If the plans change, does all the work have to be re-submitted?
No, not usually. It’s generally enough to only re-submit the specific changes which have been proposed. However, these changes do need to be verified—and be sealed off—by a licensed architect or structural engineer.
Can I avoid a lengthy inspection process by submitting pictures?
No. The building inspection must be conducted in-person by qualified city or state inspectors. Pictures are never considered an adequate substitute for in-person inspection.
It’s my property, so why can’t I just bypass the permits?
The only time a property-owner is allowed to bypass the typical construction permitting and inspection process is if they’re building a structure which is only for their own personal use, and will not be available to the public or leased to tenants. Otherwise, the bureaucratic procedures must be followed.
Can I at least do my own plumbing, electrical, and roofing?
No, same as above: Only if the building is solely for personal non-public use. Otherwise, it’s simply a matter of safety. The building must be constructed “to code” by licensed contractors to protect other people who may use of it.
Donald Rushing: Top-Quality Commercial Construction Contractors
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