Have you ever wondered how long it takes to draft plans and obtain a building permit if you would like to add an addition with a bathroom to your residential home? Some contractors will explain that it is a six month process.

Much ground has to be covered, from drafting the plans, to working with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) for review and processing, obtaining approvals from Zoning, Waste-water Management, and the Board of Water Supply, and a final overview of the plans by DPP’s staff as well.



This can be a daunting and lengthy process, one by which the city has adopted and all homeowners and their representatives who apply for the permit must follow.

Many homeowners circumvent the process and break the law because they feel that it costs too much to hire someone to draft plans or process the permit, and they want to begin construction immediately.

This decision can prove to be a costly mistake as many owners discover that have built additions into property setbacks, or have used materials which do not meet structural requirements. There is also a fine that will be levied for not obtaining the permit, and in some cases, it will be required that you tear down what was constructed illegally.



Some owners may even run the risk of building a non-recorded and/or non-conforming addition, which when you would like to sell the proper ty puts a cloud on the title, lowering resale value.

Town & Country Builders LLC, a member of the Better Business Bureau with a A+ rating, is a certified remodeler that can help you bypass all of these potential pitfalls. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Town & Country is offering $500 off any qualifying home improvement in November.

To learn more, contact Town & Country Builders LLC at 737-7766 or visit www.townandcountrybuildersllc.net.

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