Planning to no longer accept paper plans requiring building permits

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Planning to no longer accept paper plans requiring building permits

LĪHU’E – The Planning Department is announcing that it will no longer be accepting paper plans for any project requiring a building permit, effective Feb.1, due to the county’s transition to 100 percent Electronic Plan Review (EPR) services.

Projects requiring building permits must first be administered by the Building Division before further processing. Additionally, the County Department of Public Works will require electronic copies of construction documents (drawing sets) requiring a building permit.

As a reminder, a zoning application and commensurate fee must still be submitted in person to the Planning Department to initiate the office’s EPR.

However, the only exception will be those projects that do not require a building permit; only those requiring a zoning permit such as:

1) Perimeter fencing;

2) Retaining walls (not retaining more than 4 feet of fill/grade material);

3) Accessory structures under 200 square feet (Storage sheds); and

4) Concrete pads on residential parcels.

In this instance, the applicant is required to complete a zoning permit application and must pay the applicable fees. The department may require additional information to supplement the submittal.

Further, zoning permit applications requiring Planning Commission approval prior to plan submittal, those projects shall maintain present requirements.

However, any construction plan review related to these Planning Commission zoning permits and requiring a building permit from DPW must submit through the EPR process to receive Planning Department review and approval.

The EPR process is a web-based solution that allows plans for building permits to be submitted electronically, which will be replacing the traditional paper-based review method.

For more information about the County’s EPR process, please visit