DPIE Connect — Mini Preliminary Design Review Meeting
Effective May 1, 2022, DPIE is encouraging small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to participate in our new DPIE Connect program. DPIE Connect will bring agency experts together with entrepreneurs aspiring to open businesses in one-hour Mini Preliminary Design Review meetings (PDRM). Staff from DPIE’s Permitting and Licensing Division, Building Plan Review Division, Inspections Division, and Business Development Section (BDS) will participate. Topics of discussion include application requirements, permits, licenses, inspections, fees, and plan review code-related questions covering building/structural, electrical, mechanical, fire & life safety, health and ADA accessibility. The scope of projects applicable for DPIE Connect include:
1. Projects requesting straight U&O — no construction; 2. Projects with change of occupancy — no construction; 3. Projects with interior alterations not exceeding 3,000 sq. ft. in area; or 4. Projects not more than one story in height.
Items discussed during the virtual meeting do not constitute a plan review or approval; the plans will be reviewed for compliance when submitted.
Staff will not provide consultation services. The staff will answer questions or ask questions related to plan review. If the project involves design, it is recommended that a Professional Architect or an Engineer be present.
DPIE Connect meetings are limited to 1 hour in duration.
The applicant/owner shall take meeting minutes/notes and send to DPIE staff for confirmation within five business days of the meeting.