How long does it take to process my permit application?

Most permit applications (excluding those select types that are eligible for a walk-through process) take a minimum of three weeks to process. This is due, in part, to volume, but is primarily due to the amount of research conducted for each application. The permit must first be located to verify the current zoning, legal description, and whether any special exceptions, variances, or other types of waivers have been granted. The permit is then logged in and, depending on the type of application, routed throughout other Divisions for their comments. Once returned to the Permit Office, the permits are processed in the order in which they were received. More complex projects may take longer. Information as to the status of particular permit applications may be obtained by visiting our Permits Tracking application and referencing the permit number.

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1. I purchased my home years ago because the land behind me was wooded. Does anyone have the right to come in now and develop this property?
2. How long does it take to process my permit application?
3. What can I do to quicken the processing of my permit application?
4. What is a site plan, and why do I need to submit one with my permit application?
5. Does Park and Planning issue my permits?
6. Why does Park and Planning need to see my permit application anyway?
7. May I have a business in my home, and do I need a permit for it?
8. May I walk my permit application through the process?
9. Why won't you pull my permit application out of the pile and put it on top to review before the others?
10. What happens to my non-walk-through permit application after you complete your review?