Improving the Building Permit Process


originally published by VALERIE MAISLIN for NAIOP National with permission to repost.

Development Approval

Building on the NAIOP Research Foundation’s recent study, The Development Approvals Index: A New Tool to Evaluate Local Approvals Processes, several NAIOP chapters and George Mason University have collected data on development approvals across the United States and Canada.  

To date, Mason’s data collection has focused on nine jurisdictions:  

  • City and County of Denver, Colorado;  
  • City of Austin, Texas;  
  • Seattle, Washington;  
  • Bellevue, Washington;  
  • City of Columbus, Ohio;  
  • Des Moines, Iowa;  
  • St. Louis, Missouri;  
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and  
  • Salt Lake County, Utah. 
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