New USDOT rules would speed up project permitting

Construction Dive

For a long time, various federal agencies' environmental reviews processes have been siloed, causing a back and forth that results in inevitable delays

Modular Nuclear Reactor Permit Approved!

Collaborative Construction

The Tennessee Valley Authority received a permit to build a modular nuclear reactor. Use of modular nuclear reactors, combined with low cost oil and gas made available through fracking, ensures the US will have low cost energy for generations to come. This needs to happen YESTERDAY!

Washington, DC issues permit for preliminary hyperloop work

Construction Dive

The permit, which lacks details, was issued to the Boring Company, owned by Elon Musk, just weeks after Baltimore issued a similar permit

Memphis, Tennessee, saw $1.3B of new construction permits in 2018

Construction Dive

As is trending in many U.S. metros, residents' demand for a live-work-play environment is drawing business and keeping contractors busy

Permits on the rise across the U.S.

Contractor Magazine

According to a new report from the NAHB, for the twelve months ending in December 2017, the total number of single-family permits issued nationwide reached 817,319

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San Francisco sues former city official for permit fraud

Construction Dive

Authorities claim that former building commission chief Rodrigo Santos used his knowledge of the city's permitting process to aid in the filing of false and misleading applications

Kushner Cos. fined $210K for allegedly falsifying NYC construction permits

Construction Dive

The allegations revolve around reporting of rent-regulated tenants on building permits

Mixed Reviews for EPA Move to Speed Energy Permits

ENR Construction

Environmental Protection Agency guidance aimed at streamlining permit approvals for natural gas pipelines and other energy infrastructure projects is murky, at best, and could lead to more frequent legal skirmishes, some observers say The outlook for new U.S.

Total Housing Permits Up 4.7% in 2017

Construction Equipment

Building Permits. Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in December were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,302,000. The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S.

Santa Rosa Recreates Permitting, Construction System 'On the Fly'

ENR Construction

The city has a five-day turnaround for homeowners permits and makes all documents available online

Federal agencies promise to speed major infrastructure reviews and permitting

Construction Dive

Policies laid out in a new memorandum of understanding aim to reduce permitting time for major infrastructure projects to no more than two years

Facebook headquarters construction permits now exceed $1B

Construction Dive

A 523,000-square foot addition and four-story office building are among the projects planned at Facebook's main California campus

Is a trench a permit-required confined space?

FDR Safety

A question sometimes comes up as to whether a trench or other excavation is a permit-required confined space under OSHA standards. The answer in broad terms is no, even though conditions in a trench can sometimes resemble those in a permit-required confined space, as Curtis Chambers points out in an excellent article. However, there are still similar precautions that must be followed under OSHA’s excavation standard , even if no permit is required.

The Changing Role of the Permit Expediter

Construction Informer

By: Charlie Nadler With the hopes of encouraging commercial and retail development and delivering a much needed boost to the economy, some cities are moving forward with plans to digitize the building permitting process. By having design professionals such as architects, developers and property owners submit the permit application materials online, cities like Chicago are making [.] Architecture and Design Process building permits

Can Trump gain support for streamlining infrastructure permitting process?

Construction Dive

The president wants permit approvals to take no more than two years, but the plan needs lawmakers' backing

Indiana county issues $1B of building permits for second consecutive year

Construction Dive

million in permit value for construction and renovation of residential and commercial projects, Allen County, home to Fort Wayne, may break a five-year record At a daily pace of $2.2

Safety School: Emergency Response Plans for Permit Required Confined Spaces

Safety Services Company

Here are four basic questions to check that your emergency response plan for permit required confined spaces is complete. Other Safety School articles that examine the more academic concepts of occupational safety: Emergency Response Plans for Permit Required Confined Spaces.

Virtual radar could reduce permitting delays

Construction Dive

Two universities developed an augmented reality-based ground-penetrating radar system to show 3-D objects in real time

Trump Order Would Could Ease Pipeline Permits

ENR Construction

Senate Lawmakers Seek To Expand Infrastructure Permit Council

ENR Construction

Bill would increase the types of projects under Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council's purview

Santa Rosa Recreates Permitting, Construction System 'On the Fly'

ENR Construction

The city has a five-day turnaround for homeowners permits and makes all documents available online

Senate Lawmakers Seek to Expand Infrastructure Permit Council

ENR Construction

Bill would increase types of projects under Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council's purview

Permitted Development Rules and Regulations: All You Need to Know

Constructonomics

Many of you may or may not be aware of the recent changes to UK permitted development rules which came into force on May 30 th 2013 and will remain in place until May 30 th 2016. Below, the experts at A & G Building and Maintenance Ltd offer advice on what accounts as a permitted development and what it means for house holders, bearing in mind though that these guidelines ONLY apply to houses and not to maisonettes, flats or other such buildings.

3 myths about permit-required confined spaces standard

FDR Safety

OSHA’s standard for permit-required confined spaces is complex, but surprisingly misconceptions have persisted about three fairly easy to understand aspects of the standard.

Did Speedier Permits Save $1 Billion So Far?

ENR Construction

Bill would increase the types of projects under Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council's purview

What Infrastructure Needs: Smart Permitting

ENR Construction

The Trump administration has begun to lay out its infrastructure rebuilding strategy, and it is increasingly clear that a cornerstone involves private-sector funding through public-private partnerships (P3s

Comment on the Permit to Kill Eagles with Wind Turbines

Green Building Law Update

Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it is soliciting comments through November 12, 2013 on the issuance of a take permit “for recurring eagle mortalities” associated with the operation of the Shiloh IV wind turbine project in Solano County, California. The U.S.

Microsoft HQ permits exceed $169M in past year

Construction Dive

Renovation at the technology giant's Redmond, Washington, campus done thus far is part of a major expansion it plans to begin before the end of the year

Appeals court scraps 2 permits for $6B Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Construction Dive

An attorney said the decision would force the pipeline — which could tally $3 billion in construction costs and 17,000 jobs — back to square one, but Dominion Energy said the ruling may just cause a minor delay

North Las Vegas Expedites Construction Permitting

Construction Equipment

The program cuts the wait time from plan submission to issued permit from months to just days Architects, landscape architects, engineers and civil engineers now have the option to 'self-certify' themselves under a new program offered by the city of North Las Vegas.

Court Blows Away Permits for Wind Turbine Eagle Kills

Green Building Law Update

Fish and Wildlife Service rule allowing 30 year permits to “take” bald and golden eagles. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which was enacted in 1940, imposes criminal and civil penalties against “whoever” shall “take, possess, sell, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import” bald and golden eagles, except as permitted by the Department of Interior Secretary. . On August 11, a federal court set aside the U.S.

Court Blows Away Permits for Wind Turbine Eagle Kills

Green Building Law Update

Fish and Wildlife Service rule allowing 30 year permits to “take” bald and golden eagles. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which was enacted in 1940, imposes criminal and civil penalties against “whoever” shall “take, possess, sell, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import” bald and golden eagles, except as permitted by the Department of Interior Secretary.

Sabal Trail Natural Gas Pipeline Gets Final Permits

Construction Equipment

Army Corps of Engineers have finalized permits. Construction may start as soon as Wednesday on the $3.2-billion Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline now that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S.

Court Rules Onsite Renewable Energy Permitted In All Zoning Districts

Green Building Law Update

In a hugely important judicial decision advancing onsite renewable energy, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has found ground mounted solar photovoltaics to be an “accessory use” permitted as of right in all zoning districts.

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New EPA Rule Enables Contractors to Better Understand Permits

Construction Equipment

A new measure by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will ensure the waters of the U.S. continue to become “even cleaner,” according to AGC. The new rule will also enable contractors for all types of construction projects, from schools to local roadways and

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Case Study: Construction Permit Requirements

Construction Business Owner

Keeping track of all the permit requirements for various projects in different jurisdictions can be difficult. Even if you are aware of all the details, you may face lengthy delays for permit reviews.

Utility Permit Alone Might Not Propel East Coast Hyperloop

ENR Construction

The Maryland attorney general’s office has called into question the state’s permitting for the planned East Coast Hyper­loop project, sited near Baltimore

Pawnee Nation Sues to Stop Drilling Permits

Construction Equipment

Bureau of Land Management, asking a judge to void recently approved drilling permits on tribal land and halt the issuance of new ones. The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit Friday against the Interior Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs and U.S. The lawsuit was filed by the tribe’s Attorney General Don Mason on behalf of the tribe and Pawnee Nation member Walter R. Echo-Hawk in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma based in Tulsa

Executive Order Reduces Air Permitting Timeframe for Some Construction

ENR Construction

The order directs quicker action on air permits in areas that don't meet national standards

EPA's 2017 Construction General Permit now in effect

BD+C

The Environmental Protection Agency’s 2017 Construction General Permit (CGP) went into effect on Feb. This permit requires compliance with effluent limits and other permit requirements, including the development of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. A CGP is required for most sites that will disturb one or more acres of land