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DIVISION CHIEF:  David Yamamoto

HOURS OF OPERATION: 7:45AM - 4:30PM, Monday-Friday

FRONT DESK CLERK ASSISTANCE 7:45 AM-3:30 Monday-Friday, except Wednesday in Hilo and Thursday in Kona  to noon.

EAST HAWAI‘I: Aupuni Center, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 7, Hilo, HI 96720

PHONE NUMBER:  (808) 961-8331

FAX NUMBER:  (808) 961-8410

WEST HAWAI‘I: 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Bldg E, 1st Floor, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

PHONE NUMBER:  (808) 323-4720

FAX NUMBER:  (808) 327-3509

EMAIL: cohbuild@hawaiicounty.gov

DESCRIPTION:  

The Building Division is responsible for administering and enforcing the building, plumbing, sign, and electrical codes.  In addition to these codes, the division also enforces the outdoor lighting ordinance.  The Building Inspection Section performs residential and commercial plan reviews for all building, electrical, sign, and plumbing permit applications and reviews these documents for compliance to current, applicable codes.

Janitorial and/or grounds maintenance aside from Parks and Recreational facilities is administered by the Building Division.


BULLETINS

PERMITS

Papa Aukahi Building Online Application, Payment, & Tracking System| Magnet InstructionsPhotovoltaicElectrical | Plumbing Building  

Search for Permits Issued

Request for Permits Issued Prior to 1980

Request for Copies of Permit Applications

2006 Sample Non-Residential Energy Code Certification

2006 Residential Energy Code Certificate

Building Permit Worksheet

Residential Building Permit Information: Permit Guidelines |Checklist | Plan Review Guidelines ( 28 pages)

ADA Certification (SUBMIT WITH BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION FOR NON RESIDENTIAL)

Electrical Permit Application  (print on green paper)

Plumbing Application (print on buff paper)

Sign Permit Application ( print on blue paper)

State Historic Property Requirements (SUBMIT WITH BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION FOR PROPERTIES OVER 50 YEARS OLD)

Special Inspection Request Form

INFORMATION

Building Permit Q & A  (posted on facebook.com)

Contact the Building Division to check on permits issued

Guidelines for Permitting a Residential Photovoltaic Roof Mounted System & Q&A  effective 1.1.2013
Installation in High Risk Flood Zones (DLNR - Wai Halana, April 2012 ed.)

Number of Building, Plumbing, Electrical and Sign Permits Issued

New Building Code Chapter 5, Building Valuation data, links to State Approved Building Code & IBC, and Hawaii Wind Map

Information and forms to apply for exemption from the solar water heater mandate

What’s Your Sign? A brochure on legal and illegal signage

County Code - see Chapter 3 - Signs (PDF) and click for new codes: Chapter 5 - Building (PDF), Chapter 9 - Electricity (PDF), and Chapter 17 - Plumbing (PDF)

Hiring a Licensed Contractor, Owner Builder Permit 

Application for solar water heater

Installation of solar water heater tank on the roof of structure

Solar Water Heater drawing requirements are as follows:

  1. Solar water heater should be identified on the floor plan.
  2. Panels on the roof should be shown on the elevation drawings.
  3. Panels on the ground should be located on the site plan and complete drawings would be required for a structure.
  4. If both water tank and panels are to be placed on the roof, elevation drawings shall show location. Structural support details are required. Plans for tank on the roof require an Architect or Structural Engineer’s approval.

If a variance from the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) requirements has been obtained, please remit a copy of the approval with your submittal. If a variance request is pending approval from the DBEDT office, note next to the proposed water heater, “Pending approval of solar water heater variance from DBEDT.

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