Risk Management Services

A Unit of the Business Affairs Division

Construction & Renovation Permits

Construction and renovation in UA facilities is managed by one of three units: Planning Design & ConstructionFacilities Management, or Real Estate Administration. Individual departments may not arrange for or perform construction and renovation activities without prior coordination with one of the above listed units.

Code compliance and permits for construction and renovation of university owned buildings is under the jurisdiction of the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Risk Management Services (RMS) is designated as the university's liaison to the State Fire Marshal, and coordinates the process for review of plans and specifications to obtain state approval and permits prior to starting construction.

A detailed written procedure (PDF format) was adopted in May 2002 by the UA Construction Procurement Coordinating Council. Units participating in the development and adoption of the Procedure included the Associate Vice President for Business Affairs, University Attorneys Office, Risk Management Services, Facilities Management, Planning Design & Construction, Real Estate Administration, and Procurement & Contracting Services.

Key points of the procedure include:

  • The Procedure is applicable to UA owned buildings and renovations, regardless of funding source or construction management/delivery method employed.
  • The project manager has the primary responsibility to prepare and submit to RMS the information necessary to conduct plan review of the project.
  • Projects may not commence until a permit is issued. Projects that commence prior to issuance of a permit will be shut down. Work already performed without a permit may have to be dismantled if necessary to perform State Fire Marshal or RMS inspections.

The complete Construction and Renovation Permitting Procedure is available as an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) document. Copies of the procedure may also be requested from RMS.