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The City of Modesto’s Building Safety Division and Fire Department are collaborating to offer a new streamlined permitting program to our customers to expedite smaller, less complicated indoor retail and office type tenant improvements.

In the past, this permitting process could sometimes take weeks to get plans approved, due to back-and-forth cycles of comments and plan corrections. The new collaborative process is intended to circumvent that process, so that permits may be issued without transmittal and communication delays. The “Tenant Improvement Tuesday” program makes staff available on Tuesdays between 9 a.m and 3 p.m. for in-person appointments to review plans together, allowing adjustments on the spot and possible staff approval. The program goal is to expedite initial permit approval to within an hour. There are no extra costs or fees for using the Tenant Improvement Tuesday program. Of course, applicants can continue to use the standard permit application process, making appointments with staff as needed.

This program is based on the success of similar programs in other cities, and feedback from local designers to further improve the program. The Tenant Improvement Tuesday program formally went into effect June 1, 2017. If you know designers and contractors engaged in tenant improvement projects, please let them know about Tenant Improvement Tuesday.

To schedule a Tenant Improvement Tuesday appointment or talk with the Building Safety Division about the Tenant Improvement Tuesday program, please call 209.577.5232 ext. 0.