What You Need to Know About Permits

Posted May 11, 2023 in 3D Design, Blog, Design/Build, General, Outdoor Kitchen, Outdoor Living Room, Pool, Videos

Obtaining building permits in the Lehigh Valley is an important step for any outdoor project. Although the specifics may vary by location, the process is typically identical. So if you are looking to add a new deck, pool, or other structure to your property in Allentown, Bethlehem, or Easton Pennsylvania, here are the steps you will need to take:

  • Know what permits you will need

Are you wondering when you need to obtain a building permit for your project? Due to the variance of regulations among communities, the same exact project could require a permit in one area and not in another. That’s why it’s important to always verify what you need with your local building department, and HOA if applicable, before starting any construction on your property.

In some instances, replacing present features on your property may be allowed without obtaining a permit. However, if you’re looking to build something entirely new or expand what already exists, it is essential that you secure zoning, building, and possibly even grading permits before any progress can be made. So, for convenience and peace of mind, enlisting the help of a professional who is experienced in determining what permits you will need is advised. They will ensure the right documentation is completed and submitted accurately and address any inspections that are needed as well.

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  • Develop the proper plans for your permit application 

A professional plan is essential for a successful permit application. Local zoning offices must review the proposed plans first to ensure the project’s location won’t encroach on any other rights or properties. So, your plans must show all existing and proposed structures, lot dimensions, right-of-way easements, impervious calculations, and surroundings. If there is a conflict that cannot be resolved through agreement with neighbors and relevant authorities, you may be forced to apply for a variance – something which can involve numerous challenges and significant expenses without the right experience.

To avoid these issues, consider working with a professional who creates and works with these plans and townships on a daily basis.  Homeowners aren’t expected to know everything when it comes to the strict rules and regulations for their zoning district and property, so relying on a professional is often the best practice!

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  • Understand stormwater requirements for your new outdoor living space

Before you start building you must safeguard your new custom outdoor living space from flooding, pooling, and township fines with proper stormwater management. Having control of the drainage around your home is paramount to protecting its foundation and avoiding adverse effects on your basement and the surrounding areas. Getting a permit for a project, however, is impossible until an engineered plan is in place – a process that’s not always as straightforward as it seems.

At MasterPLAN we understand the difficulties involved in achieving this solution; so much so that we’ve taken the time to research and acquire extensive knowledge on stormwater requirements dictated by townships, municipalities, and HOAs. We keep this information handy so our clients can rely on us to design a smart plan equipped with the right setbacks, impervious coverage, and more!

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Are you looking to build a new outdoor kitchen in Allentown, Pennsylvania to enjoy a summer of meals outside, remodel and renovate your existing pool in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania so your grandkids can enjoy it all summer, or build a custom outdoor living space that will create lasting memories? If so, then look no further. Because we understand the importance of getting value for your investment and don’t want you to have the hassle of coordinating with multiple crews or dealing with complicated permits/approvals. That’s why we are proud to partner with homeowners in the Lehigh Valley to help them avoid wasting time, money, and space when it comes to transforming their backyard into a custom outdoor living space.

Our award-winning design/build process ensures that all engineering, project management, contractor scheduling, inspections, permit applications, and other essential details for your new custom outdoor living space in Easton, Pennsylvania are taken care of for you by experienced, reliable, & trustworthy professionals. You’ll never have to worry about communicating with your HOA or township either. So relax and watch your dream outdoor living space come alive as we handle all of the heavy lifting so that you can focus on planning how you will use your new custom outdoor living space.

Here’s how you can get started today:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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