County to begin ePlans permitting system

Clark County Community Development is working on a project to implement an electronic plan review program. The projected go live date for the program is Sept. 19.
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Once ePlans review is implemented, the county will only receive electronic applications and plans; hard copies will no longer be accepted

VANCOUVER – Clark County Community Development is working on a project to implement an electronic plan review program. The projected go live date for the program is Sept. 19. 

Once ePlans review is implemented, the county will only receive electronic applications and plans. Hard copies will no longer be accepted. This will apply to new applications. Paper applications currently in the system will continue to be processed as is. 

The new ePlan system will allow applicants to submit building and development plans electronically as opposed to physically taking them to the county’s Permit Center. With ePlans, both the applicant and permit staff can see changes to the plans in real time. 

For a new residential or commercial development project there can be numerous plans to review including construction, transportation, stormwater, engineering standards and environmental. 

“Our goal is to improve all aspects of the permitting process, making it faster and easier while still adhering to code and safety regulations in Clark County,” said Community Development Director April Furth. “That’s why we created the tag line, Saving trees and parking fees.”

Benefits of the new system include:

  • Reduction of paperwork, file management and plan scanning
  • Efficient information exchange between staff and customers
  • Ability to access plans in the field which improves inspection services
  • Ability to work on plans concurrently with other programs

County permit staff in August will be working on training to use the new software. 

For more information on the upcoming ePlan review system visit the county’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/eplan. CVTV recently featured the ePlan review system in this Clark County Close Up video.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.


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