Boston Brick & Stone August 2017


AUGUST ·2017

2005 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103 | 626-296-7700 |

Navigating the Permitting Process

When Experience Makes the Difference

I n Southern California, getting a permit for a wood-burning fireplace can be next to impossible. This is as true of the average homeowner as it is for a general contractor. It often comes down to not knowing the regulations governing the installation of wood-burning fireplaces — and there are a lot. When applying for a permit to build or install a fireplace, many, if not most, general contractors do not know the regulations well enough to navigate the permit office and receive an approval. At the same time, someone working in the permit department may not be aware of what is allowed and what isn’t. As a result, the permit clerk may end up miscommunicating regulations to the contractor, leaving the contractor empty-handed and the client disappointed. The fact is, permits are granted for wood-burning fireplaces under certain circumstances. Another thing to keep in mind is that not every city or municipality is the same, even within the greater Los Angeles area. With so many permit departments a contractor may end up working with, navigating the system can be a pain. That’s why it’s so important to work with an expert who knows the permitting process to the letter. When it comes down to it, we have the experience and the stone cold knowledge of what is allowed and what is not. When you’ve been in the chimney and fireplace business for 25 years, you learn a thing or two about fireplace permits — or in our case, just about everything there is to know. Over the years, we’ve learned how to navigate the permit office. That includes talking to the clerks. We know what’s allowed and what’s not from Pasadena to Santa Ana and everywhere in between.

All too often, contractors are told “no” by the permit office. They accept that answer as the gospel truth and assume that’s the case going forward. The contractor then communicates that to the client, and the client does not get the fireplace they requested. On top of knowing our way around the current regulations, Boston Brick & Stone comes with industry-leading expertise that makes us the best candidates to build and install any wood-burning fireplace, as well as the accompanying chimney. Our team of high-end masons have years of experience working with contractors and putting those well-earned permits to work. Simply put, if a client comes to you asking for a wood-burning fireplace, you don’t have to worry, and you don’t have to tell them no. We know what to do, and we have you covered. If you’ve been denied by the permit office, we can look over your plans and see what we can do to get your project on track. Just remember that the people in the permit department aren’t the bad guys. They’re working to the best of their abilities. Put yourself in their shoes. If you had to deal with as many rules and regulations as they do on a daily basis, you’d issue your fair share of denials as well. It’s safer to say no than to risk the potential consequences. The next time a client requests a wood-burning fireplace and chimney, give us a call first. Ask for Dave Laverdiere, and let’s chat about it. I can give you the insight you need to move forward and deliver stellar results.

Dave Laverdiere |


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