City Councilman Sal DiCiccio speaks during the Protecting Arizona's Resources and Children (PARC) meeting about the South Mountain Loop 202 Freeway expansion at Pecos Community Center.

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On Nov. 4 the city of Phoenix launched a new program that will further its mission of being the best city to do business in — Electronic Plan Submission (EPR).

Gone are the days of driving downtown and waiting in line for hours to turn in stacks of forms and paper plans. All plans can now be submitted online, reviewed online, approved online, and paid for online.

The streamlined process will allow simultaneous review of plans by all city professional and trade disciplines and provide the customer a complete list of corrections, directly on the electronic plans, with electronic links to the page location.

This idea was approved a year ago with several recommendations a subcommittee, co-chaired by Councilman Sal DiCiccio, submitted for cutting red tape. It has taken time to get the program tested and launched. In January, the city hopes to launch video conferencing between designers and the city for meetings that today all have to be done in person.

The new program allows for less paperwork and less driving, but the city may still take some time to review plans. Plans won’t be approved automatically online.

The program adds to the city’s 24-hour permits, 24-hour inspections and 1-, 5- and 21-day site plan approval.

“These are all big, none of them are small, but they’re all part of a plan to make the city of Phoenix the best place to do business,” DiCiccio said. “It’s all about cutting red tape and making it more convenient for the customer.”

Paper plans will still be accepted by the city. For more information on EPR, call (602) 534-9624 or visit phoenix.gov/epr.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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