How the Program Works

The Expedited Building Plan Review Program was created to offer permit applicants a separate and optional processing method to expedite the county's review. The program's process is outlined below.

Step 1

A building owner or developer hires certified Peer Reviewers for their project from the Certified Peer Reviewer List.

  • For commercial projects, a Peer Reviewer must be obtained for each building component: building, mechanical, plumbing and electrical. However, many Peer Reviewers are certified in more than one discipline.

  • For residential projects, only a Peer Reviewer certified in residential is required.

Step 2

The construction documents are submitted to the Peer Reviewers for review. For a more thorough review and to save even more time, some clients involve their Peer Reviewers early in the project by submitting their plans periodically during the design phase rather than at design completion.

Step 3

The construction documents are thoroughly reviewed by the Peer Reviewers. If the Peer Reviewers have comments relative to code compliance, the appropriate corrections are made by the design team. Once the drawings meet the code requirements, the Peer Reviewers certify the drawings and recommend them for submission to the county.

Step 4

The construction documents are submitted to the county for review and permit issuance. Drawings submitted under the Expedited Building Plan Review Program are given the highest priority by county reviewers. Please note, in many cases, county reviewers may find additional code deficiencies or missing documentation.  Corrections submitted to address county review comments are not required to be peer reviewed.

Revisions after permit issuance

Alterations after the permit has been issued are revisions.  Revisions may be peer reviewed prior to submission which can reduce review time at the county.  Revisions are not required to be reviewed by the original peer reviewer.  Revisions may also be submitted directly to the county for a full review.  Please note, in many cases, county reviewers may find additional code deficiencies.

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