Why Construction Permits are Important

ProCore

The recent news of the upturn in construction permits suggests a wider recovery is on the way for the overall economy. Construction economic reports use permit activity to predict how much building is ready to happen. construction contract construction permits

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.

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Safety School: Emergency Response Plans for Permit Required Confined Spaces

The Safety Blog

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.

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

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.

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.

QR Codes Unlocking Secrets of NYC Building Permits | ENR.

ENR Construction

QR Codes Unlocking Secrets of NYC Building Permits. New York City building permits are sprouting up with QR codes that instantly unlock vast amounts of project information. Building permits posted on New York City construction sites are sporting an intelligent look these days as older permits give way to new ones bearing QR codes—those stamp-like squares of dots and dashes. It is now nearing the issuance of its 200,000th building permit with a QR code.

FAA Grants Commercial Drone Permit to Vermont Startup

Construction Equipment

Drone startup AirShark received permission from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to do survey work on construction sites and energy projects.

Construction permits exceeded $2 billion in Minneapolis in 2014

BD+C

Minneapolis achieved a construction milestone in 2014, when for the first time it issued $2 billion in new building permits in a single year. read more.

Construction Backlog Spurs Denver's Permit Office

Construction Equipment

Monday, Denver's City Council set aside nearly $1.4 million for the Department of Community Planning and Development (CPD) to spend on more staff and an expanded contract with an outside firm to help with plan reviews and roof inspections. The inspections are running behind in large part because of new roofs installed after hail storms last year, CPD says

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.

Drone Use Regulations Remain in Flux; Use Permits Are Still Required

ENR Construction

Construction could benefit from the use of drones as much as any other industry. Policy

Boston testing mobile building permit tracking app

BD+C

The City of Boston is piloting a Web and mobile app that lets citizens track their permit applications online. The app called Permit Finder could free city employees from having to respond to the 30 to 40 permit status-related calls they receive each week. This is the latest move in a nationwide trend to make government operations accessible by phone or tablet.

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.

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!

FAA Grants First Commercial Drone Permit to Vermont Startup

Construction Equipment

Drone startup AirShark received permission from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to do survey work on construction sites and energy projects.

Construction Cost Estimating Blog: Permits & Building Codes for.

Construction Cost Estimating

Permits & Building Codes for Construction. Building Codes, Construction Standards, Building Permit Information & Links. Get relevant data about building code officials, code books, building permit departments, national and international construction standards, model energy codes, and residential construction guidelines. Online Permit Resources. Permit Place. This site contains links to most of the United States local municipalities permits.

Supreme Court Permits Some Limits on Carbon Regulation

ENR Construction

Nation''s top court places some limitations on carbon regulations for powerplants and refineries under two Clean Air Act program, but permits greenhouse regulation under other sections of the law. Policy

Air Quality Permit Revives Sunflower Coal Plant Plans in Kansas

ENR Construction

Environmental groups will continue the fight with full-court pressure. Policy

Creating a "Poster Building" for Leading-Edge Sustainability

ENR Construction

commercial building permitted to turn rain into drinking water Leading the design team for the first U.S.

CLP and CDL License Change Proposals

Construction Equipment

The first proposal put forth for comment is The Commercial Learner's Permit Validity rule change. If accepted, states will be able to issue a CDL learner's permit (CLP) with a longer expiration date. Currently, CLP's permits expire in six months.

Construction Vital Statistics

Construction Accounting Blog

Housing Permits and Starts. According to the US Department of Housing & Urban Development, housing permits are up. Construction Unemployment Rate , Construction Vital Statistics , Housing Permits and Starts , Non-residential Construction Material Prices , Private Non-residential Construction Spending , Tony Stagliano , vital statistics report. This month’s Vital Statistics report shows signs that the market is improving.

Dealing With Unavoidable Construction Noise

ProCore

Metropolitan areas often require noise permits whenever construction activity extends through the evening, night and early morning hours. San Diego, CA, for example, requires permits for construction work done between 7 p.m.

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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.

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.

Ambitious Multifamily Development Carries the Northeast

ProCore

While multifamily construction has been booming in most metro areas, the Northeast has the fastest growth in multifamily building permits.

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.

Mayor backs reform of Pittsburgh inspection, permitting practices

BD+C

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto wants to transform the city Bureau of Building Inspection into a new Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections. read more. Codes Codes and Standards

New York Denies Natural-Gas Line Permit After Protests

ENR Construction

a permit for a natural-gas pipeline The New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation on April 7 denied National Fuel Gas Co.

Around The Web: Housing Bubble On The Rise Again?

Construction Law Monitor

Just last week CNN reported very good numbers for building permits nation wide. According to the article, new home building permits are up from month to month and a large amount from this time last year. Back in 2008, along with major sections of the U.S. economy, the U.S.

Revit OpEd: Revit 2013 - Sunshine

Revit OpEd

If we advance a single frame at a time it permits us to capture a view with the sun in the view, like this. Revit OpEd. Welcome to Steve Staffords Blog ~ Revit OpEd = OPinion EDitorial ~ My view of things Revit, both real and imagined. Friday, March 30, 2012. Revit 2013 - Sunshine.

Trump Talks Up Infrastructure With Unions

ENR Construction

President Trump continues to court construction unions, telling the North America’s Building Trades Unions annual legislative conference that he wants to rebuild infrastructure, streamline project permitting and reduce undocumented labor

Q&A with Tony Stagliano, CCIFP at CBIZ MHM, LLC

Construction Accounting Blog

Keep watching two key indicators – Private Residential Permits and Starts. CCIFP Q&A American Institute of Architects American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Architectural Billing Index CCIFP change orders Construction Industry Vital Statistics Cost Recovery Provisions Extended and Expanded financial disclosures Multiemployer Pension Plan Disclosure requirements Private Residential Permits and Starts Section 179 Tony Stagliano yearend audit issues

Senate Committee Approves Bill to Speed Infrastructure Projects' Permits

ENR Construction

Measure would apply to transportation and non-transportation projects of more than $200 million, Policy

EPA Proposes New GCP for Stormwater Discharges on Construction Sites

Construction Equipment

Dykema’s Environmental Practice Group in Michigan recently posted changes to the permitting regulating stormwater discharges from construction sites. The current 2012 Construction General Permit (CGP) is set to expire February 16, 2017, at which time the 2017 GCP will go into effect

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