How To Pull a Permit for Your New Outdoor Living Space

Posted May 27, 2021 in 3D Design, Attached Roof System, Blog, Decks, Design/Build

Construction projects can be stressful, and pulling a permit may feel like just another unwanted hassle. But even if you’re not adding any structures or expanding your home, you will usually need to obtain a building or zoning permit for most outdoor projects in the Lehigh Valley.

Although the exact process varies by location, the steps for obtaining building permits in the Lehigh Valley are typically the same. Here are the steps you will need to take to obtain building permits for your new deck, pool, or another outdoor project in Allentown, Bethlehem, or Easton Pennsylvania:

  • Submit your permit application

Most municipalities have websites where you can download or print permits, applications, and forms. However, the permit process can be complex, even for those with experience. You may need separate permits for grading, plumbing, electrical, or heating/cooling work and if you don’t pull the right permit you could waste a lot of time and money.

“They took care of everything! We just sat back and enjoyed the entire process!” – Nixdorf Family

A partner with experience working in various municipalities shouldn’t leave these confusing yet vital tasks in your lap. This is why we handle all the heavy lifting of your build including your plans, building permits, engineering, inspections, and more!

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  • Prepare your plans

Depending on the size, type, and scope of your project, State law may require that a portion of your entire project be prepared by a licensed architect or engineer. Most homeowner associations require detailed blueprints, material specs, and full-color renderings to visualize exactly how your project will look and feel how it will impact the surrounding areas.

We know that visualization is the key element to every successful outdoor living project. When you partner with MasterPLAN, you will leverage our award-winning tools, experience, and expertise to craft your vision into a custom 3D design video. Your custom video will feature day and night time views, real-life-like imagery, and enhanced views of all your details. Seeing exactly how your space will look will help expedite your approvals so you can begin construction quickly!

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  • Complete your construction & schedule your inspections 

Since building codes and regulations can vary from one location to the next, project inspections are often the most stressful part of the construction process.

We know that managing permits, plans, construction, and inspections can be challenging and stressful. This is precisely why we handle all communication with your township or municipality, develop your 3D design and engineered plans, obtain all your pertinent permits, and coordinate every step of your project inspection.

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Planning a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that it is a significant investment. So you might feel overwhelmed thinking about all the important details that will complete your new outdoor living space. You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners- just like you- to help them make all the important decisions about their new outdoor living space. We have worked with customers ranging from areas in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos, and Main Line of Philadelphia. Our proven process has helped them design and build custom outdoor living spaces that maximize their home value, help families fall in love with their home all over again, and make their backyard a magnet to life’s most important moments!

Here’s how we do it:

Call – Schedule a design meeting!

Collaborate – Create your perfect plan!

Construction – With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate – Raise a toast in the backyard of your dreams!


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