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October 12, 2004






            Mayor Jeremy Harris signed into effect a new set of administrative rules today (Tuesday, October 12) designed to significantly reduce the waiting time for permit applications involving large and complex projects, such as high-rise buildings, commercial projects and certain residential projects.


            The new initiative is called “Third Party Review,” or 3PR for short. 


Under the program, the City’s Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) will register qualified private licensed architects and engineers to review building code plans and specifications prepared by other architects and engineers.  Once a set of plans is submitted to DPP, stamped by a 3PR-registered professional as being complete and in compliance with the code, DPP could issue the permit on the same day.


            “We estimate that this may save as much as three to four months in the processing of certain permit applications,” the Mayor noted.  “Projects will be able to begin sooner, saving developers potentially thousands of dollars in interest costs.”


            The initiative will apply only to building permits, not discretionary, conditional or zoning-type of permits.  Plans submitted under the 3PR program must be prepared by licensed architects or engineers, and approvals must already be obtained for any required discretionary permits.


            “This new process will significantly reduce the backlog of pending permits which has grown due to the unprecedented increase in construction volume on our island,” said DPP Director Eric Crispin. “Other jurisdictions on the Mainland have successfully implemented similar initiatives and we believe this will be well-received in Honolulu.”






Tuesday, October 12, 2004

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