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Friday, August 23, 2013

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




The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) beginning October 1 will require that building permit applications for new residential and commercial buildings be submitted through the department’s Electronic Plan Review (ePlans) system.


Currently, applicants have the option of submitting plans for review via ePlans, or with the traditional hard copy paper plans.  But starting in October, plans for new buildings will have to be submitted to DPP through the computer-based ePlans program.  The requirement will not include plan submittals for master tract homes.


“ePlans simplifies and improves the plan review process,” said George Atta, DPP Director. “But we understand that anything new will cause some confusion so we wanted to give people ample notice so they can prepare for the change.”


To prepare for the conversion to ePlans, the DPP will hold two public workshops to explain the submittal process.  The first will be held on September 4, 1:30-3 p.m., at the Mission Memorial Auditorium.  The second workshop is set for September 5, 9-10:30 a.m., also in the Auditorium.


The DPP processes an average of 40 new residential building permit applications and 10 new commercial permit applications each month.  There are no additional fees for using ePlans.


In July 2012, DPP implemented ePlans on a voluntary basis to provide a more transparent and efficient permitting process, and to save the public and City time and money.  ePlans eliminates the time-consuming practice of going to the permit counter to submit building plans because applicants can file the plans from their computer at their convenience.  The system also eliminates the need to provide multiple sets of plans, and reduces the cost of producing and storing the large rolls of paper.


More information about the workshops and ePlans is available at the DPP website,