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Single-Wall Construction in Hawaii: What it Is, What it Looks Like, and Why it’s Still Around

The Breezy Island Aesthetic
The look of single-wall homes tends to be light, open, and breezy, with ample natural light and ventilation from jalousie windows and an indoor-outdoor lifestyle that’s hard to replicate. But it is possible to replicate that feel while maintaining many of the 21st-century comforts that contemporary homeowners expect.

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Understanding the Permit Process

Permits are an integral part of any building process. Building permits ensure that every building is constructed as per the building codes. They also ensure that the parties involved in the process understand what is needed before the work begins. This topic details the steps involved in obtaining building permits on the island of Oahu. […]


Ordinance for the Adoption of State Building Code, 2012 – Updated

In 2019, Chapter 16, the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu 1990 (Building Code), adopted by the State Building Code, the State Residential Code, and the International Existing Building Code. The Honolulu City Council also amended Article 14 (“State- and City-Owned High Occupancy Buildings’ Design Criteria for Enhanced Hurricane Protection Areas”). At the same time, the City […]


The Proliferation of “Monster Homes” in Hawaii

For several years, critics have aimed at what is called “Monster Homes” in Hawaii. In 2018, the Honolulu City Council Planning Committee advanced a measure calling for a moratorium on these vast homes. An average Monster home might include: 19 bedrooms 11 baths Structures built out to the street line It is not unusual to […]


Hawaii’s Coastal Zone Management Change

The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) and Senator Dela Cruz introduced a compilation of measures centered on natural resources, a growing sustainable economy, environmental protection, and conservation. Senator Cruz understands that Hawaii, situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, must take the lead in addressing climate change, protecting natural resources, and growing a […]


An Overview of the Building Permitting Process in Hawaii

When you undertake the process to construct dwelling units or remodel your residential unit on Oahu, it’s crucial to ensure you cover all steps. Getting a building permit ensures you’re in line with the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) and relevant construction agencies in Hawaii. Let’s take a look at the Honolulu DPP permitting […]


The ePlans Building Permit Submittal Process & Instructions

The City and County of Honolulu have a Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) that offers services and information on building permits, development projects, and planning activities in the Honolulu area. This site provides access to the Honolulu Internet Permit System and also allows for up-to-date status information and parcel research data. HONline Use HONline […]

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What Honolulu Building Permit and ePlan Tools are Available Online?

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series ePlans

Permits are required if construction plans are necessary.

construction project manager

7 Reasons to Hire a Project Manager for Your Home Construction Project

Whether you’re building your new home in Oahu, setting up an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), or renovating your home, having the right professionals eases the process. Construction projects are exciting but also frustrating. Ensuring proper artistry, meeting deadlines, settling disputes, and staying within budget are common challenges. Without the background, experience, or time, you may […]

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How to Solicit and Analyze Contractor Bids on Oahu

You have found the most exquisite property you could have imagined on the island of Oahu. You have engaged the best designers available, and your design has been completed and given your blessing. Now, there are a few more steps to take before you can begin construction. Let’s look at what these steps entail. Take […]



Building Permit Applications must be created ONLINE.

Building Permit Instructions

Building Permit Search (Your Permit Status)

Calculate your Building Permit Fee

Summary of DPP Permit Branch

ePlans Application instructions

Online GIS maps

Building Permit Forms – Building Permit, Demolition Permit, etc.


ESCP Certification Portal

Appendix B – Small Project ESCP Template

Appendix C – Small Projects Inspection Checklist

Flood Zones
Flood Hazard Assessment Tool (FHAT)
The FHAT is an informational mapping viewer that displays flood zones.

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