By Jeff Eriks and Evan Williams, Cambridge Companies

May 2, 2018


Understanding processes for different levels of jurisdiction helps make a difference in the length of time devoted to the design and construction of your facility.

Construction projects require compliance with federal, state, county, and local regulations. Each of these entities may require different levels of approval and follow different processes. The earlier you involve the code officials in your process, the more likely you are to have a smooth transition through the stages of your project. These are many of the regulations and codes, different types of permits, and the timelines that may be required.

Regulations and Codes

There is a patchwork of different policies, codes, best practices, requirements, and laws that govern site development and construction. The Americans with Disabilities Act governs access to and within a building, at the federal level. Every state has unique building code amendments and land use requirements. At the local level, municipalities and counties inject their specific conditions. These are often the most variable and include unique zoning and land-use requirements, local utility and connection requirements, bulk design and aesthetic requirements, as well as local customs and opinions/rules.

What is essential to remember about code officers as property owners? Code officials deal with these policies every day. It is their everyday reality and the responsibility of the property owner, or their developer and representatives, to know all the requirements or to engage project team members. Understanding the requirements helps ensure that all of the needs get addressed.

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