Vancouver fire, grading permit applications going digital April 1

Free training available beginning March 25

VANCOUVER — On April 1, the city of Vancouver’s Development Review Division will take the next step towards going 100 percent digital when it starts requiring all fire and grading permit applications be submitted to the city electronically.

This means that if you want to submit these types of applications to the city of Vancouver, you must use the ePlans electronic plan review software provided by the city.

Fire and grading permit applications join a growing list of development review documents that the city now only accepts and processes electronically.

“Now that our entire land use platform is electronic, we’re excited to advance to the next phase of our paperless goal, which will also make our building platform 100 percent digital,” said City Development Review Manager Jason Nortz.

Electronic submittals reduce the need for physical trips to Vancouver City Hall to drop off or pick up plans or make payments, and reduce the need to print hard copies. It reduces review times and customers can check the status of their submittals or review at any time.

Customers can visit to learn more and get started.

Training available

The city is offering free ePlans training courses to its customers March 25-28. Each class will cover the basics of how to use the ePlans platform to submit applications, upload plans and documents, respond to correction notices and check the status of a submittal.. All the classes will be held at Vancouver City Hall in the Aspen Conference Room, 415 W. 6th St.

Fire Permit Applications Training Classes:

  • Mon., March 25 from 8 to 9 a.m.
  • Tue., March 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thu., March 28 from 11 a.m. to noon

Grading Permit Applications Training Classes:

  • Mon., March 25 from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Wed., March 27 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thu.,
  • March 28 from 9 to 10 a.m.

To reserve your spot, send an email to Lisa Eruhow-Hagan at with the date of the class you wish to attend and the number of people who will attend.

Not able to attend any of the classes? City staff is also available to visit local companies to provide ePlans training to small groups by request. Email Lisa Eruhow-Hagan to set that up (see paragraph above for email address).

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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