Frisco launches weekly construction review service
As melting snow marks the start of construction season, Frisco’s Community Development Department is launching a new service to quickly review small construction projects. Starting April 1, walk-in customers can submit minor projects or revisions to approved permits during “Rapid Review Wednesdays,” every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
“We recognize it is a short construction season and the more opportunity Frisco can provide to customers for a more rapid review timeframe, the greater the benefit for us all,” Frisco Community Development director Jocelyn Mills said in a statement.
Minor construction projects may include re-roofing, updating exterior windows and doors, changing exterior siding or colors, replacement of boilers, furnaces and water heaters, the addition of fireplaces or updates to plumbing. The Community Development Department will also be able to issue mechanical permits for active residential projects during this time.
“Anyone who wants to add a deck, add a hot tub on their property, or do a remodel needs to come to us for approval,” Mills said.
Although the service is kicking off in the midst of construction, Mills said that Community Development plans to offer Rapid Review Wednesdays throughout the year.
“We’ve been busy enough last year that there’s a lot of construction year-round,” Mills added.
In addition to speeding up approval, Mills hopes that these weekly sessions will improve communication between the town and the construction community during the plan review process. Frisco’s Building Division will continue to offer complimentary or partial inspections to ensure projects are in compliance with building codes.
“Both building and planning staff will be on hand during these timeframes on Wednesdays, and we also will make these items quicker turn-around items on other days of the week, it will just depend upon the workload on those days,” Mills said.
Residents are encouraged to stop by the Community Development office during the week to discuss ideas for either existing projects or new projects they have in mind. The Community Development Department is located in Town Hall, 1 Main St. on the second floor, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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