Eric and I are installing new windows in our apartment to be more energy efficient, but mainly to reduce the siren/traffic noise. They are old, thin aluminum frame windows from the 60s. So, I'm very excited to start the process! My HOA provided me with a detailed procedure handbook that I just finished reading and man is it extensive. If you are thinking about replacing your windows let me know and I'll send you a copy. But, there is one section on obtaining permits that I wish I had read before doing our big remodel last year. Please read this before heading to the Building Department! And if you have other suggestions, please share!
1. Fill out the application form in advance if you can. On the application you need to fill your apartment's lot number, construction cost, contractor's information including license number and U-valve (factor) for the glass.
2. Head to the building department first thing in the morning.
3. Allow a half a day to obtain the permit (in case the department is busy)
4. Bring something to read or listen to when waiting.
5. Sit whenever you can.
6. Ask the other people waiting if you are unsure whether to get a number or call someone, as every counter seems to have a different system.
7. Stay alert when your number is approaching. Some people try to jump the queue. When your number is called attract the counter person by jumping up, waving your arm and yelling out "here" or someone else may jump ahead of you.
8. Discuss your permit application with the ground floor Public Information counter if you have questions or are unsure where to go next.
9. A smile instead of an insult or bad face helps to get results!