Awning Construction and Permits: What you Should Know

April 10, 2018

​When it comes to your business or home, doing any kind of exterior construction often requires a permit; especially if you occupy a commercial space. So, what does this mean? 

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If you own a restaurant, store, or other business, this means you need to apply for a permit to construct and install an awning or other shade structure like a canopy. Before you do anything, check with your city to see which department you must contact to obtain all the right documents and application materials. 

PictureHarajuku Taproom Awning

​In fact, here’s a quick list of basic things you should know or do when it comes to awning installation and permits:
·      Contact your City: Find out which department handles construction permits; not every city uses the same department for this process.
·      Plans: Be sure you have your plans ready and perfected. Without these, you don’t have much of a project. Your plans should at least include the dimensions of your project, type, color, materials, timeline, and a budget.
·      Gather Application Materials: Once you’ve found out the right department to contact, gather all the necessary documents and papers and read them. Thoroughly go through the city’s requirements for your application and be sure you are prepared!
·      Consult a Professional: At the end of the day, you can always save yourself the headache and consult an awning professional like American Awning & Blind Co. who will handle the rendering of your designs and the permitting process for you! 

PictureRetractable Awnings at the Eveleigh

​Awning installation/construction involves more than just the steps described above; those are just the basics. That’s why doing your homework and learning about the awning construction procedure could save you time, stress, and money. Remember, you can always rely on a professional to handle the whole process for you. At American Awning & Blind Co., that’s what we do, from rending, permitting, to installation, we’re here to help you with your project. 

​Now that you know a little more about awnings and the construction and permitting process talk to your local professional about installing one today. For more information about awnings and other shade structures, feel free to contact us at American Awning & Blind Co. by visiting us at Or call us at 800-654-5933. You can also email us at