Building owners or operators who frequently seek a permit from DPD can streamline their application, review and permit issuance process by obtaining a single permit that covers a number of remodeling or construction projects in one building.
Called a “Blanket Permit,” the process eliminates the need for separate application procedures for many non-structural and non-mechanical projects that relate to tenant improvements.
To be eligible for blanket permits, buildings must have a minimum of 50,000 square feet of office space. Other uses besides office spaces may be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by DPD. To be eligible, the use and occupancy must be established for that tenant space.
The blanket permit covers 18 months of work, plus one 18-month renewal. During this time, a permit holder must maintain a blanket permit ccount with DPD from which fees are deducted as work is undertaken.
For blanket permits only one contact is allowed to represent the owner. This contact is responsible for coordinating all submittals to the department under the permit.
Types of Blanket Permits
Two types of blanket permits are issued by DPD:
1. New Buildings: A blanket permit may be obtained for initial tenant alterations for 18 months with a one-time renewal. This permit covers improvements to previously unimproved spaces where the occupancy has been established (see also item 2 below). If you need to turn over a space and perform additional tenant improvements within three years of the initial Blanket Permit, you may use the same permit, but a different fee calculation will apply.
2. Existing Buildings: A blanket permit may be obtained for alterations that allow for tenant work in previously occupied spaces or space which remains unoccupied after expiration of the new building blanket permit.
For more details about blanket permits, please download CAM 309, Blanket Permits.