Procedure for Online Commercial Interior Plan Submittal
Howard County will start processing commercial ‘interior alterations’ online through Accela Citizen Access (ACA) and ProjectDox beginning May 1, 2012. This new technology will allow designers to submit drawings from their office for review. In order to be able to attach documents online, a login and password must be obtained. Please contact the Licenses and Permits Division at 410-313-2455 Option #4 to obtain the information needed to setup your access login. In accordance with Maryland State law, one copy of the drawings will be required to be signed, sealed and submitted to this office upon completion of the final review. This copy will be returned to the contractor at the time of issuance and will be used as the ‘field’ set for Inspections to use.
The first step in the process will be submitting an application online through Accela Citizen Access. Again, a login and password must be obtained in order to perform this function. Once your application is received, a case will be set up in ProjectDox and then you will be invited into the project through email. After receiving this invitation, drawings may be uploaded along with the appropriate affidavits from all the designers as well as the water and sewer information sheet. Once all the required documents and proper plan submittals are received, the review process will begin. Communication will occur as usual via phone, email or letter. When the drawings are able to be approved, Howard County will affix a stamp on the drawings and then the approved drawings will be moved to the approved drawing folder. The designer shall print one copy of the plans and submit it to our office with the original seals and signatures on all pages.
The Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits is excited to provide you with this opportunity to utilize this latest technology and hopefully provide an easier way of submitting building permit applications. Any feedback to this process will be greatly appreciated along the way so that it can be made more efficient for you and our staff. If you have any questions, please contact Don Mock at 410-313-3948. Click here for a copy of this policy Interior Alterations Submittal Online Effective May 1, 2012 .