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Residential Design and Drafting Services for Hawaii Homeowners and Contractors

To summarize, if you are a homeowner or contractor in Hawaii in need of residential design, swimming pool design or drafting services, then we at Owner Built Deign are here to help. We have over 30 years of experience helping our clients with all aspects of their residential projects, from the initial design and planning stages all the way through to permitting and ESCP coordination during construction . So whether you need help with your home’s floor plan or want to add a beautiful pool to your property, we have the knowledge and expertise to make your vision a reality.


Oahu Permit Updates

Honolulu building permits are taking longer than ever to process now so I’m preparing this post for […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Proliferation of “Monster Homes” in Hawaii

For several years, critics have aimed at what is called “Monster Homes” in Hawaii. In 2018, the […]


Hawaii’s Coastal Zone Management Change

The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) and Senator Dela Cruz introduced a compilation of measures centered […]


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 […]


The ePlans Building Permit Submittal Process & Instructions

The City and County of Honolulu have a Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) that offers services […]

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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.


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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