Clark County Community Development will implement its new electronic plan review program on Sept. 19. The new ePlan system will allow applicants to submit building and development plans electronically rather than having to bring them to the county’s Permit Center in person. With ePlans, both the applicant and permit staff can see changes to the plans in real time.
Once ePlan is live, the county will only accept new applications and plans via electronic submission. Hard copies will no longer be accepted. Paper applications currently in the system will continue to be processed as is.
For a new residential or commercial development project there can be numerous plans to review including construction, transportation, stormwater, engineering standards and environmental.
“Our goal is to improve all aspects of the permitting process, making it faster and easier while still adhering to code and safety regulations in Clark County,” Community Development Director April Furth said. “That’s why we created the tag line, Saving trees and parking fees.”
Benefits of the new system include reduced paperwork, file management and plan scanning; efficient information exchange between staff and customers; ability to access plans in the field which improves inspection services; and the ability to work on plans concurrently with other programs.
County permit staff will be trained on the new software in August.
For more information, go to www.clark.wa.gov/eplan.