City development pre-applications going digital starting June 1

Press Release Date:
Thursday, May 18, 2017
A City Permit Center employee shows a digital plan on a computer monitor

The City of Vancouver’s Development Review Division is going 100 percent digital by the end of this year.

The City began its digital evolution last year with the introduction of its ePlans platform. Over the next seven months, the City will incrementally require all permit types be submitted electronically. The next phase of this initiative starts June 1, when the City will require all pre-applications be submitted electronically.

Electronic submittals reduce the need for physical trips to Vancouver City Hall to drop off or pick up plans or make payments, and reduce the need to print hard copies. It may also potentially reduce plan review turnaround time because reviewers at the City will be able to make electronic comments and markups on the same document at the same time, instead of one at a time as they currently do.

“We’re looking forward to continuing to find ways to improve and simplify our plan review process for our customers to save them time and money,” said Development Review Division Manager Jason Nortz.

Currently, the City’s ePlans platform allows customers to submit development applications, commercial and residential building permits, grading permits, and fire alarm/sprinkler protection applications online. Applicants can also check the status of their submittals or review at any time.

Customers can visit to learn more and get started.

Jason Nortz, Development Review Division Manager