Electronic plan review (eReview) FAQ
What is eReview?
eReview refers to a process where the Permitting Department accepts and reviews plan submittals electronically.
eReview started as a pilot project for electronic plan review of registered plans in October 2006, and in April 2009, has expanded to all new, single family residential permit applications. The Permitting Department hopes to expand electronic review to more permit types in the future. Participation is voluntary.
Electronic submission of plans is a generally accepted practice in the construction industry that saves customers hundreds of dollars in printing and storage costs and results in faster permit processing. The Permitting Department looks forward to using this technology to better serve our customers.
Can I apply for my residential building permit online and submit all documents electronically?
Only the plans can be submitted electronically. There are other required documents that need to be submitted and reviewed by other review disciplines and these need to be submitted in hard copy form through the Permitting Department Permit Center.
You will need to set up a permit application intake appointment to submit your building permit application. Please refer to the Permitting Department Customer Information Bulletin #9, Obtaining a Residential Building Permit: Submittal Requirements (PDF*, 1.4MB).
I want to set up a new register - do I have to participate in eReview?
No, at this time participation in eReview is voluntary and you may continue to submit as you have in the past.
Do I need any special software to participate in eReview?
Plans need to be submitted to us in a pdf format. Many CAD programs have the option of saving the drawing as a pdf file. With the plans being submitted in this format, we can add comments and notes without changing the underlying drawing.
To be able to read our comments and notes, you will need Adobe reader. To view a .pdf file, you first must have Adobe Acrobat Reader (the free plug-in software distributed by Adobe which lets you view .pdf files) installed on your computer. You can get a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader by visiting Adobe's Web site at www.adobe.com (external links) and following the instructions.
What are the submittal requirements?
There are specific submittal requirements regarding the electronic plans, naming of the pages, completing the required cover sheet, etc.
Please refer to Electronic Submission Requirements for Residential Registered Plan Review, available in PDF format, 111KB* or as a MS Word document, 192KB* for detailed information.
How do I get the required register cover sheet?
The required register cover sheet is available below. It comes in two sizes, 18" x 24" or 24" x 36".
The cover sheet is new and you are asked to download, complete, and submit it with your electronic package.
Only one cover sheet is required. Choose the cover sheet based on the size of your plans, either 18" x 24" or 24" x 36". Note that AutoCAD software is required to open the following CAD (.dwg) files:
*Note: To view PDFs, free software from Adobe is required. MS Word documents require Microsoft software. See helpful hints for assistance.
To request this information in alternate formats for people with disabilities, call 206-296-6600 or TTY Relay: 711.