How do I go about getting a permit?


The Building Department in the property’s city/town Planning and Zoning Department require a building permit for property that will be developed (built on).  We help you prepare a successful permit application.  As professional surveyors, engineers and planners with permitting experience, we help you by designing and engineering your project to meet permitting requirements.

For projects large and small we usually do preliminary work with the permitting agencies to understand their perspective and to obtain early guidance on your project application.

We also assist you and your land use attorney in preparing your permit application package, including engineering data analysis, maps and other tools to communicate the benefits of your project to the permitting authorities.

When appropriate, a member of our firm will make a presentation or answer questions about the engineering aspects of your project at public hearings or agency meetings.

When should you start the permitting process?

As early in the process as possible for your project, even before hiring an architect. For complex projects, you may want to commission a formal feasibility study to identify site constraints, regulatory issues and potential solutions before you spend money or make public announcements.

How much will permitting services cost?

The cost will depend on your site, your project and how many permitting agencies are involved. Once we know your goals and the type of services you require, we will provide you with a written proposal.

Your best value is professional assistance that identifies and solves permit problems long before you attend your application hearing.

What is important in selecting a firm for permitting assistance?

Know the firm’s track record in producing successful permit applications and appearing before permitting authorities for projects like yours. Inquire whether members of the firm have experience serving on permitting boards or commissions.

Ask about comparable projects and check client references. Inquire about the firm’s reputation among professionals that are also involved in the permit process, such as architects, contractors, land use attorneys, real estate developers, and staff at building departments and permitting agencies.

Redniss & Mead is a land use consulting firm serving property owners, developers and municipalities in Fairfield, New Haven, Connecticut and Westchester, New York Counties.  With over sixty years of experience providing civil engineering, land surveying, planning, zoning and permitting services, our property solutions are tailored to our client’s vision and the unique characteristics of their needs. For more information, see