City of Detroit Launches ePlans, a Digital Review Plan for Contractors

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The City of Detroit’s Building Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) has launched ePlans, a new online system that allows contractors to electronically submit documentation for all conditional use hearings and building permits that require plan or site plan review.

The new system is part of an effort to improve the efficiency and user-friendliness of BSEED’s permitting operation through innovation and technology.

Projects that may be reviewed under the ePlans system include home remodels, new restaurant construction, and major downtown developments. Applicants were previously required to travel to Detroit with large rolls of printed diagrams and blueprints and present them for review, comment, and approval at multiple city offices.

“With all the new construction and home renovations being done now in Detroit, we want to make sure the permit approval process is as fast and as efficient as possible for those who are investing their money in our city,” says David Bell, BSEED’s director. “With this new easy-to-use technology, the city of Detroit is moving generations ahead.”

Customers who submit their plans through ePlans can check the status of plan reviews from anywhere through the web portal, including requests for modifications or comments. If alterations to the plans are required, a modified set can be uploaded for a second review and approval.

Bell expects the ePlans system to reduce application time by 40 percent, but notes that those still want to bring physical copies of plans to City Hall can do so.

More information about ePlans can be found here.

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