City of Vancouver commercial, multifamily, industrial development permits going digital

Transition set for May 13; free training available May 7-10

VANCOUVER — On May 13, the city of Vancouver’s Development Review Division will take the next step towards going 100 percent digital when it starts requiring commercial, multifamily, industrial (CMI) development permits be submitted to the city electronically.

This means that if you want to submit a CMI development permit application to the city of Vancouver, you must use the ePlans electronic plan review software provided by the city.

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

“We’re excited to advance to the next phase of our paperless goal, as we start to make our building platform fully digital. Submitting electronically improves efficiencies and streamlines our plan review process. This saves our customers time and money” 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 May 7-10. 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, 415 W. Sixth St.

Dates and times available:

  • Mon., May 7 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers
  • Mon., May 7 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers
  • Tue., May 8 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Aspen Conference Room
  • Tue., May 8, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Aspen Conference Room
  • Wed., May 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Council Chambers
  • Thu., May 10, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Aspen Conference Room
  • Thu., May 10, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Aspen Conference Room

To reserve your spot, please 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 the city of Vancouver.


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