We're often called upon to do the impossible: predict precisely when the owner will get his building permit. We may know about how long it's recently been taking on average to get through the system, but each project is different. In the minds of some owners, any "guesstimate" we offer is a firm commitment.
Sometimes a desperate owner will insist we "do something to get me my permit". Surely "you can make a phone call or go down there and..."
We might be able to call in a favor now and then, but really there's not much we can do to expedite the permitting process - put together a complete set of documents is the main thing (though even that's no guarantee our plans won't get nit-picked to death by an overzealous planchecker). For the most part we have to wait in line just like everyone else.
Maybe this idea will speed things up.
Credit for this one goes to an email from Matt Ryba, CEO of TWC Construction:
I thought I would share the humor in an email I sent to [our roof truss supplier and installer] when they missed their truss delivery date. I don't know if you take suggestions on your cartoons but several people have suggested I forward to you.
"I was in the Quick Mart this morning getting coffee and I saw this in the cooler"