This is a new pilot program initiated by the Clark County Building Department (CCBD) to cut red tape in the process of issuing building permits. The normal process of plan checking by the building department typically takes two weeks to one month or longer for a permit to be issued.
Under the new program, Small is authorized to do the “Plan check” himself, cutting the CCBD work time down to one day. “It is a big time-saver for business customers and will result in private business doing plan checks instead of expanding the bureaucracy further,” said Small in an interview with the Tribune.
This program has been successful in other cities, such as Phoenix and Chicago, where local officials are working hard to attract and keep new businesses.
Up until the existence of this program, the architect collected the architectural drawings and drawings from consultants, including civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural engineers. The plans were then taken to the building department where many different plan-checkers reviewed the plans according to the trade installing
Under the new program, Small, an architect with over 25 years of experience, will review the entire plan set and notify the CCBD that the plans have cleared plan check. The county will then take 24 hours to calculate the fees, do other items and issue the permit.
Under the pilot program, “Permit Now” professionals” will be able to help clients avoid the building department review process on most kinds of architectural projects that are typical for CCBD. The pilot program excludes a list of more complicated projects like casinos, hospitals and stadiums. The building department will expand the system
to more kinds of projects over time.
Other local building departments are looking at how the pilot program goes to see if they will give it a try also. The Permit Now professional architect will have to be the architect of record on the project and may not approve the plans of other architects.