Before we start any construction, we have to get our permits in place. Anyone who has gone through the indescribable joy of the permitting process knows that this necessary step can sometimes take on a life of its own. But there's good news for us.
-We've passed the Mueller New Construction Council approval process!
-We submitted our Site Permit to the City in November of 2011. The site permit process was estimated to take 3 - 6 months (and yes, that means we're at 10 months getting approval...). We've just received word that we passed all the requirements and are just awaiting the final filing of the paperwork.
-Our Building Permit also passed its final requirements. Paperwork should be complete in November.
The delays in the City's permitting process have been well reported for the past year. In June the Austin Business Journal reported that the City was hiring more officials to deal with the backlog: http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2012/06/14/council-to-hire-staff-for-permitting.html
So that's it. We are almost permitted!