Contractor pays for Building Permits?



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    David Pierre

    Hi Janet.
    Can be confusing. Also depends on wether A101 or A101 & B101 are being used with A 201. Meaning if the owner is only dealing with a contractor or with both Architect and Contractor. In a typical DBB (B101) Architect applies for permits and fronts the cost. Then the GC pulls permit. GC also pays and secures relevant permits for construction. Hopes this helps.

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    David Kaplan


    Couple of pointers for you here:

    1) The question you get on the ARE will very specifically say "per which document" they are referencing.  It will say something to the effect of "per A201, who is responsible for paying the building permit fees?"  

    2) Your comment about architect's sometimes paying fees, and them being reimbursable expenses, is not necessarily contradictory to A201.  It's simply laying out for us architects that, if in the event the owner asks US to cover these costs and not the contractor, these would be reimbursable expenses.  I would also note for you that I've been doing commercial architecture for 16 years, and in my experience we rarely pay for the actual building permit, but, we very often pay the plan permit review fees, the zoning review fees, planning commission fees, etc. - all the fees associated with the city's review of the project.  But then once the actual permit is approved and ready to be picked up, the contractor is the one who's gone down there to get it and pay for it.  Thus, there are other fees that could fall into the category of reimbursable expenses that are involved with getting a building permit.  Those are quite often the ones that B201 is referring to.  That document is just covering us for if/when the owner wants us to pay for those.

    That's just my experience, and certainly you're not being tested on Dave Kaplan's architectural experience.  This is why you should focus on #1 above - pay attention to what document they tell you to reference, and just read the wording in the question.  You should be fine.

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    Janet Ni

    Thank you both! This clarifies a lot. 

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