Some Information That Can Be Useful

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS SUPPLIED AS A COURTESY ONLY 

AND DOES NOT REPRESENT ‘LEGAL ADVICE’. 

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Everyone wants to know about Hawaii's permitting rules. Admittedly these are a bit complex. Many people will expound on the items in the exclusion list found in Chpt 18 of Revised Ordinances of Hawaii (Permitting) and some unwittingly face difficulties.

While some items found on this list may apply to your particular situation, there are other sections of the code (that will tend to nullify exclusions) found in the total permitting code where the Honolulu Planning and Permitting Department (HPPD) does rigorously enforce.


These additional sections describe some simple rules:  

>for work over $1000 (materials and labor combined) then the work needs to be permitted.

>Also, if the work includes any plumber work over $1000 in a 12 month period on your property or any electrical work over $500 in a 12 month period then either work (materials and labor) must be permitted.

>Finally, any contractor performing work over $1000 (materials and labor) must secure an approved building permit PRIOR to starting any work. The Regulated Industries Control Office (RICO) requires all contractors to be 'good citizens' (my interpretation) abiding by the law.


You should beware of those who propose 'no need to get permit'. Take a moment to review the 'ABOUT' page and the benefits available to home owners who secure a building permit. 


The Fire Department is very keen on Smoke Alarms as the early warning device for saving lives. So the plan reviewers will be checking what is shown and stated on the drawings about smoke alarms and if the smoke alarms are shown in the proper locations on the drawings. See the section below about smoke alarms for more information.


Note: as of August 2017 special new rules apply to properties if the work will alter the grounds in any way. 


Two resources are listed that could be helpful. Each will take you to a State web address so you can view and download if you wish.

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Events

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Permit Code


Chtr 18 of ROH

Complete State HI Permit Code



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Plans Req'mts


Building Permit Plan Format Checklist

This is what I follow when making your plan set.



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Excerpt From International Building Code Chpt 9: Smoke Alarms

Single Family Homes are 'R-3'.

Condo's, Townhouses are considered 'R-3'

and Highrise Condo's are typically 'R-2'


[F] 907.2.10.1.2 Groups R-2, R-3, R-4 and I-1.

Single-or multiple-station smoke alarms shall be 

installed and maintained in Groups R-2, R-3, R-4 and

I-1, regardless of occupant load at all of the following

locations:

1. On the ceiling or wall outside of each separate

sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of bed

rooms.

2. In each room used for sleeping purposes.

3. In each story within a dwelling unit, including

basements but not including crawl spaces and

uninhabitable attics. In dwellings or dwelling

units with split levels and without an intervening

door between the adjacent levels, a smoke alarm

installed on the upper level shall suffice for the

adjacent lower level provided that the lower

level is less than one full story below the upper

level.

[F] 907.2.10.3 Interconnection. Where more than one

smoke alarm is required to be installed within an individual

dwelling unit in Group R-2, R-3 or R-4, or within an

individual dwelling unit or sleeping unit in Group R-1,

the smoke alarms shall be interconnected in such a man

ner that the activation of one alarm will activate all of the

alarms in the individual unit. The alarm shall be clearly

audible in all bedrooms over background noise levels

with all intervening doors closed.

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