Sunday, December 13, 2009
The Permitting Business
It is early morning here and wish to register a thought: as a consulting and design engineer, over thre quarters of my time workload is permiting, getting permits for people who wants to build something. Last week I finished the fire, water, sewage and drainage permits for a 4 floor building, and it was a long and difficult battle that lasted.... TWO YEARS! Yesterday I sent to print a 50 pg long environmental impact assessment for a Cochinese (Indian origin Jew) in the Negev who want to install solar power on his chicken coops - and make use of the subsidy offered by the State for the project. It took me two months of work on-off to collect the information and to organize it. In the blog note of yesterday, about the Tamp Bay desalination project, I noticed that the hardest part was the permitting, the actual building of the plant was considered a cakewalk.
What do I learn from this situation? One is that I am good at writing these elaborated documents and justifications, and giving presentations convincing my colleges who work for the permitting insitutions, that make up the permitting process. Second, there is a demand for these services, I could easily build up a large office. I would like to reflect on the general impact of this new situation, that you have to spend ten years to get the permit for building say a pyramid while the actual contracting the slaves and building materials and so on takes half of that time and effort. But I have no time to think and nothing clever comes to my tired brain. A good day to all.