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(Tuesday, August 7, 2012) The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) and the Building Industry Association (BIA) will hold a series of seminars in August and September to improve the quality of permit applications. The goal of this program is to reduce the delays in reviewing and approving permits for construction and development projects.


            "It's crucial to shorten the time it takes to approve a permit application in order to provide significant savings to both businesses and residents," Mayor Peter Carlisle said. "This is a great example of the public and private sectors working together to improve government services."


            The "how-to" classes are being offered as an educational opportunity for planning, design and construction professionals, as well as the public, to learn more about the City's planning and permitting process. DPP processed nearly 22,000 building permit applications last fiscal year, and many of these permits required multiple reviews before they were finally approved. In a joint effort to streamline and speed up the issuing of permits, the DPP and BIA are collaborating to ensure applications and construction drawings are as accurate and complete as possible to maximize the efficiency of the review process. 


            The topics will include general planning, land use permits, engineering and subdivision permits, building permits, and general permitting. The first session will be held August 28-30 and the same set of classes will be repeated September 17-20, 2012.  All classes will be conducted at the Building Industry Association-Hawaii center at 94-487 Akoki St. in Waipahu.


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Media contact: Curtis Lum, Public Information Officer, Department of Planning and Permitting, 768-8284.