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.
· 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!