March 6, 2012
The Phoenix City Council today approved creating a simple and streamlined process that will allow residents and businesses to submit their building plans electronically.
Called the Electronic Plan Review program, the benefits include: eliminating paper plans and in-person trips to City Hall; speeding up plan review by allowing simultaneous review of plans; streamlining corrections by allowing city and design professionals to look at and discuss marked up plans simultaneously; allowing the ability to overlay and track multiple versions of plans as corrections and changes are made; and reducing the frequency of plans being lost or misplaced within departments.
Planning & Development staff have been researching electronic plan submittal, review, tracking and storage to help streamline the development process as one of the recommendations of the 123-member Development Process Ad Hoc Task Force, chaired by Councilman Tom Simplot, District 4, and Councilman Sal DiCiccio, District 6, that began meeting in December 2011.
“I applaud the work of our residents, businesses and city government, who are all working together to move our economy forward through streamlined technology,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “Phoenix is gaining speed with jobs, the economy and innovation, and we have to keep pace and welcome more investment in Phoenix to move ahead toward a strong economic future."
“Our department is dedicated to making the development process as convenient as possible while continuing to uphold the highest standards for safety and quality development,” said Debra Stark, director, Planning & Development Department. “We will customize an electronic plan review process that best serves the unique needs of our customers and the sixth-largest city in the country.”
The Electronic Plan Review program is expected to be available for customers in 18 months.
For more information, visit phoenix.gov/development, call 602-262-7811 or follow @PlanPHX on Twitter.