County celebrates one year of Electronic Plan Review services

LIHUE — The County of Kauai celebrated one year of the county’s transition to 100 percent Electronic Plan Review services on Friday.

“I commend the Building Division and its staff for implementing this system, which creates added efficiency of the plan review process and reduces costs and waste associated with building permits and development approvals,” said Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami.

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

  1. WestKauai February 5, 2019 1:07 pm Reply

    And yet, It still takes months for them to process a simple permit! The system is counter-productive at best…

  2. kapaaa February 5, 2019 5:45 pm Reply

    probably makes it easy for the county personnel who have been taught how to use this system, however, to builders, this nonintuitive, cumbersome way of dealing with drawings requires hours of trying to learn how to use this software and/or paying an architect who deals with their system regularly. they do not offer any help nor websites where builders can learn how to use this.

  3. Charlie Chimknee February 6, 2019 12:29 am Reply

    Aloha Derek, the county may be celebrating but the people trying to get permits are not.

    Some people are waiting almost a whole year already for a permit on a small 1 story 2bedroom 1 Bath home.

    The electronic plan review is a good idea, but the county has the wrong soft ware. People are paying interest on loans that equals the cost of their building to be built.., Lose money, and a smal home could have been built by now and be paying the county property tax instead of the bank interest on loans.

    All candidates ran on pledge of affordable housing but the delays make that not happening.

    Derek,like the motor vehicle take a number speed up, please do something for the people needing permits.

    Oahu made it so if you have an outside plan review stamp, like an architect or engineer, if you do not have your permit in 2 months you are automatically approved and can build.

    Kauai needs to permit that way, after all it’s obvious an architect or engineer can certify the plans as complete. It seems that checklists are not in place, and the county staff are overworked with the new system.


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