New self-certification law in Honolulu promises to cut building permit delays


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Jul 9, 2023
If you are in the building industry in Honolulu you will want to continue reading. A new professional self-certification law has been passed that will help to tackle long delays in the permit-building process. The law, which at the moment is temporary and will sunset in four years, allows licensed engineers and architects to self-certify projects that comply with all relevant codes. This will mean that you will be able to bypass the usual Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) approval for certain projects you have. This could be a game-changer considering the current backlog which sees permits that could take over a year to be issued.

Not all projects will qualify, however. The self-certification applies to smaller apartment projects, commercial tenant improvements, affordable housing, DHHL projects and mixed-use developments which are known as Bill 7 projects. Not just any professional can self-certify and that is important to note, you will need proper training, insurance coverage and a solid track record.

Whilst most see this as a last resort and prefer the traditional DPP approval, the new law could speed up the process for eligible projects significantly.

You can read more details on how this may affect you and your projects in the following article here.
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
The new professional self-certification law in Honolulu seems to address a significant challenge in the building industry—the prolonged delays in the permit-building process. As with any regulatory change, the success of this law will likely depend on its effective implementation, monitoring, and adjustments over time. It offers an alternative path for those in the building industry, and its impact on efficiency and timelines will be closely observed as it unfolds over the next four years