New law reduces wait time for certain building permits
But there are specific requirements when it comes down to fast-tracking the application process.
A bill that is now law just cut-down the wait period for certain building permits. But there are specific requirements when it comes down to fast-tracking the application process.
"I want to see how it’s gonna go we’re willing to take the chance but we’re willing to try it because we wanna see how we can improve the permit process," Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.
Caldwell announcing he's on-board with Bill 64, a plan that reduces the permitting process for single and two family homes by making it into law.
Currently processing time with the Department of Planning and Permitting takes nearly four to six months. This arrangement which rallied unanimous support from the Honolulu City Council earlier in November shortens the time to within two months.
But to make it work, the mayor says... "Do your homework before you come to our doors and we will make sure we will accept a permit and do a better job on getting it through the process," he said.
In addition to the new law, the mayor rolled-out with seven initiatives to streamline permitting like using a third party.
"You bring your third-party review plans, we will stamp it and give you the permits specific to that review... They better make sure what they’ve done is correct because when our inspectors go out in the field and they find problems, they could be issued a stop work order," Caldwell said.
Caldwell added incomplete plans will be tossed out and to add to the permitting pressure, applicants are only allowed two rejections before starting from square one.
"If for some reason you’re in violation when you get these permits issued to you you can't apply for any more permit for 12 months," Caldwell said.
The DPP knows there's a lot of catching up.
"Everyone on this receiving area will be devoted to addressing the backlog and permits that we already have," Caldwell said.