Good morning! With this being the end of our fiscal year, there is a lot going on. This week I’ll be publishing two blog posts. This one includes some important updates, so please take a moment to review the following information.

The first update is regarding the process for submitting applications for sign permits. Effective July 1, all applications for sign permits must be submitted to the DSCSC electronically, by mail, or in person. An intake sign specialist will ensure that the package is complete, including all submittal requirements as described on the signs webpage, before accepting it for review and assigning it a transaction number. Once the reviewer has made comments, customers will be able to view them via the Online Development Center.

The contact person will receive the comments via email once the review cycle is complete. The first review cycle may take up to 5 business days, and subsequent reviews, if required, may take up to 3 business days per cycle. Customers will be notified when all trades have reviewed the application and/or permits are ready for pick up. Payments will be accepted at that time.

Another change coming this fiscal year is concerning business licenses. As many of you following the news have heard, the privilege license tax method has been repealed effective July 1. As a result, all of our forms and applications that refer to the business license requirement are being changed to reflect this. There are too many to list specific forms here. Therefore, my suggestion for those that have forms saved to their computer is to delete them and bookmark the forms on our website after July 1. Also, please note that the Recorded Map Checklist has recently been edited (item #24) for clarification.

And lastly, there are a few changes to report with regard to some of our commercial review processes. We have a new signature block for Concurrent Review, and a new signature block for Infrastructure Construction Plans. There are some changes to the Concurrent Review process, adding new resubmittal requirements and clarifying the expected processing time for revisions. And although this is not new, it was not listed on the web so we’ve added it – 4 full sets of plans are required for Commercial Standard Review (or 5 sets if there is a food service component).

If you have any questions about any of these changes, please contact Bradley Kimbrell, DSCSC Manager, or leave a comment here and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Have a wonderful week! Stay cool!

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