Going Digital with ePlans

APA Hawaii Chapter


Thursday, September 21, 2017
3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m. HST

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Since the launching of the Honolulu ePlans for building permits in 2012, the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) has since expanded improvement of its permit application processes into the electronic submission and review of construction and grading Plans. One of the objectives of ePlans is to improve DPP’s building permitting and construction review approval services by achieving business process efficiency which will also facilitate the internal processing of building and construction projects of organizations, communities, and industries as a whole.  Through the digital process, ePlans is able to enhance project member collaboration, communication, and transparency, and project status reporting.  During this session, an overview of the challenges of manual processes and how the newly upgraded system has been used to address them will be provided.  Examples of potential cost and time savings that can be realized by companies who participate in this digital process will also be discussed, as well as information on digital standards, electronic signatures, and system requirements.


Ken Schmidt

Administrator of the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) Honolulu Land Information System (HoLIS). Oversees the management and operations of the DPP permit tracking and management system (POSSE), and the City’s Geographic Information System (GIS). 30 years of experience in developing and managing Geographic Information Systems and related computer ... Read More

Mark Leoncio

Mark has over 16 years of experience in analyzing and bridging engineering review, permitting, and conducting inspections for the Site Development Division. As a civil engineer, Mark assisted in the reviews of construction plans with a focus on site grading and work within public right-of-ways, as well as in administering ... Read More

Moses “Moke” Ramos-Kia Tupua

Moses “Moke” Ramos-Kia Tupua joined DPP’s Permit Issuance Branch in 2008 as a permit clerk. Moke quickly gained knowledge on the permitting process and requirements, and permitting programs such as POSSE, CityView and now plays a major role in the development and day-to-day activities of the ePlans system. Due ... Read More

Contact Info

Renee Espiau, respiau@honolulu.gov