building permits

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 […]

Building Permits in Hawaii

Why Double the Time for Building Permits in Hawaii

Building Permits in Hawaii Hawaii’s builders, contractors, and designers continue suffering under the significant slowdowns in the building permit processing. Permits for accessory dwelling units (ADU), which according to the laws of Hawaii must be in the hands of the builder within 60 days, are taking double that amount of time, said Marshall Hickox, president of […]

Building Permit Delays Continue in Hawaii

What’s Going On? Building Permit Delays Continue in Hawaii

Building Permit Delays Continue in Hawaii The delays involved in receiving a Honolulu DPP building permit continue to slow down building and remodeling projects in Hawaii. The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) issues approximately 20,000 building permits, annually, but contractors complain the department takes such a long time to review and release many permissions. In […]

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What Does It Take to Get a Building Permit on Oahu?

Need a building permit to build a single family residence, accessory dwelling unit (ADU) or Ohana unit on Oahu? An awareness of all relevant regulations and requirements is important. Precise planning increases the chances of a project that smoothly proceeds from conception to completion. Although the permitting process may present a challenge on occasion, it important […]