Bill creating processing deadline for permits becomes law

HONOLULU — A measure requiring building permits for one- and two-family dwellings on Oahu to be processed within 60 days was allowed to become law without the mayor’s signature.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell allowed the measure to become law Wednesday, noting that it could exacerbate issues at the Department of Planning and Permitting.

Caldwell says he is introducing seven initiatives that aim to allow the department to streamline the permitting process.

The initiatives include allowing incomplete permit applications to be rejected immediately and allowing all permit applications utilizing third-party review to be accepted without rechecking or spot-checking.

Caldwell says he would have preferred that these initiatives were allowed to be implemented and tested before the council passed the bill.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser,

  1. Alexis November 29, 2018 3:39 am Reply

    Without Permit timelines and time limits everyone suffers memory fatigue of the research and agreed understandings if facts that support all sides.

  2. Charlie Chimknee November 29, 2018 8:02 am Reply

    Aloha Kakou,

    1.) Rejecting an incomplete building permit application is certainly reasonable. A set of instructions should accompany the application to prevent a rejection from happening.

    2.) Having an outside 3rd party REVIEW of ones plans at a reasonable cost to make the permitting process only a few days is a very good idea. And it would mean a new source of income for those reviewers who would need to pass a competency evaluation so that both Permit Applicant and County are assured as to the integrity of the plans.

    The actual come out to the job site Building Inspectors would ensure all construction meets code and safety issues.

    This would mean 1 year + waits for a permit would be reduced to days; and those not in a rush could let their plans follow the available existing permit process.



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