Frequently Asked Questions

What does the county require me to do? »

You will need to apply for a building permit. This process will require three sets of completed plans. The permit will be active when your plans have been approved by the county and an inspector signs off on the project.

Where do I get a permit application? »

You can go to the county website (http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/planning.htm) or physically go into the County Planning and Building department, which is located at 976 Osos Street (Suite 200, San Luis Obispo). If you are working with KGM, we keep all of the necessary paperwork on file at our office in San Luis Obispo. If you are not building in San Luis Obispo County, KGM has had experience building in many other counties throughout California, including, but not limited to Kern, Kings, Lassen, Monterey, Plumas, Santa Barbara, and Santa Clara.

How long does it take for the county to approve my plans? »

It is important to get your plans into the county well before you plan to begin your project. Generally, it takes four to six weeks for your plans to completely cycle through all phases of the county. Following this process you may have to address and correct any revisions that are required. After the revisions are corrected, you will resubmit the plans. Revisions tend to make it through the process faster than the initial submission.

What type of fees will I encounter from the county? »

There will be administrative fees included when you obtain your permit. There will also be school fees that are determined by your project type and project size. The other fees will also vary based on your individual project. Each individual building will require a fee based on its characteristics. For example, a building that is defined as habitable (house or guest quarters) by the county will have higher fees than one that is uninhabitable (barn or agriculture building). If you're obtaining a permit for a commercial project, the fees will vary based on whether the project falls under the classification of tenant improvements, or if it is too large to be classified as such. The most simple answer to this question is that fees will be completely based on your individual project.

How accurate are construction bids? »

KGM Construction bids are accurate and detail oriented. We break down the bid into line items, rather than giving you one number. It's important for you to know where you are spending your money. You will also be able to see where you can save money on one part of the project and possibly spend it on another item. The bid will include everything from pad development to rain gutters. Feel free to contact us today for a bid on your project and let us help you understand the expenses.

When can I break ground on my project? »

As soon as the plans have been approved, the county will schedule an inspector to go out to the job site and sign off on your project. Once this inspection has taken place, the permit is active and the project may begin.

How long will it take for my project to be completed? »

Every project is different, but with KGM Construction on the job you can rest assured that you will not encounter any costly delays. We will establish a project timeline with you. This timeline will include where we need to be by specific dates, and also inspections that need to take place throughout the project.