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Real Estate Development: Approvals and Permits


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Course Objectives
  • Identify the role of approvals and permits in the real estate development process
  • Recognize the natural tension that exists between approvals, permits, and various agencies
  • Describe the complexities of the approval process with numerous agents and agencies
  • Identify communication and negotiation techniques of the approvals/permits process
  • List and define the various types of approvals and permits needed at the federal, regional, state, local, and private level

Course Description

Course Description

This course emphasizes the importance for developers to obtain the right permits and approvals that are needed within each stage of real estate development process. In this course, Mark Van Ark, CCIM, shares his experiences with the approval and permitting process, identify the challenges of working with multiple stakeholders in the development process, and provide examples of approval and permits required by various entities.

Continuing Education (CE) Disclaimer 

CE credit for courses by The CCIM Institute is granted through local commissions and national governing entities. It is available on a state-by-state basis for broker and sales real estate renewal as well as select appraisal and finance renewals. Our state approval schedule is updated on a monthly basis.  

If you have questions, please email

Learn about CE requirements and courses available in your state 

To obtain CE credit, during course registration you must:  

-Purchase CE credit for each course that needs CE credit or you will not be able to access the CE certificate through your CCIM My Account. 

Before the course starts: 

-Complete your The CCIM Institute profile with your CE license information under the Professional Licenses tab in My Account. Enter the license type, number, state, and expiration date. 

Please Note: All forms and requests must be submitted within 3 days of the course completion to ensure it complies with state requirements and deadlines. If forms and requests are not submitted within 3 days, your CE will not be processed.  

If your real estate commission requires it, you must pass the course with the qualifying score. 

Tech Requirements
Tech Requirements

This course may require the use of a laptop or desktop computer with full Excel capabilities. Mobile devices, like iPads, tablets, and cellphones, will not run The CCIM Institute's macro-enabled spreadsheets.

PC: Microsoft Office 2000 or higher is necessary to run The CCIM Institute macro-enabled spreadsheets.

Mac: Mac versions of Microsoft Office 2004, 2011, 2016, or 365 are required to run The CCIM Institute macro-enabled spreadsheets.

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Online January 1, 2024 Online - Self Paced Register
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