Marissa Coughlan, Malibu, CA
The building permit expediter role is typically that of a facilitator between the City's staff and how staff may interpret their local building and zoning codes and the owner or the owner's consultants such as Architects.
A building permit expediter will typically work with hundreds of projects. This gives a building permit expediter a unique “inside” perspective and the owner can then have helping to guide the costs and scope of the project. Having someone on your side who has a good relationship and familiarity with local officials and the process is the most effective way to ensure that permits arrive quickly instead of in months.
Building permit expediters typically charge by the hour or by the project. A good building permit expediter should have one or more certifications in real estate development and have experience in both zoning and building code interpretation.