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New efficiency for King County's residential permit process


DDES now accepting electronic plans for all single family home applications


King County's Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES) has reduced the cost of preparing residential permit applications by implementing an eReview process. eReview refers to acceptance, review and approval of plan submittals electronically. eReview started as a pilot project with registered plans in October 2006 and is now expanding to all new, single family residential permit applications.

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. DDES is pleased to use this technology to better serve customers and also reduce costs in the wake of this difficult economy.

Stephanie Warden, DDES Director said, "At DDES we are continually looking for ways to bring efficiency to the permit review process in order to deliver permits faster and reduce costs for both the government and our customers.

"The public expects all industries to use technology in a way that improves systems and service. Time really is money in the construction industry, so it is important for DDES to meet that expectation."

Electronic plan submittal for residential projects can now replace the requirement for submitting two paper copies of building plans. Electronic plans need to be submitted to DDES in a PDF format. (Many CAD programs have the option of saving the drawing as a PDF file). DDES can then add comments and notes without changing the underlying drawing. Please see the DDES Web site at for additional technical guidance.

For additional information or assistance with the DDES eReview process, please contact Chris Ricketts, Building Review Supervisor, at 206-296-6750, or Paula Adams, DDES Public Information and Records Officer, at 206-296-6682.