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Electronic Plan Review Coming in January 2021

As part of Buncombe County’s 2025 Strategic Plan, Permits & Inspections and Planning & Development will be implementing electronic plan review over the next few months. The first phase of this implementation will begin in January 2021.

Building and Planning Permit Review is Moving Online

We are currently in Phase One, which includes:

  • Planning & Development will implement a new permit case type called ‘Site Plan’ review (SPR) for all permit types (commercial, residential, etc.). Any development where there is new construction, or changes to the footprint of an existing structure will require an SPR. The SPR permit must be approved prior to applying for your building permit.
  • All commercial building plans must be submitted to the Building Permit Department in an electronic format, and will be reviewed using electronic plan review software.

Phase Two will include:

  • The requirement that SPR permits and commercial building plans be submitted through the Accela Citizen Access website.
  • Please register for an account on the Buncombe County Development Permits and Licensing portal. Registration is required before submitting applications on our website.

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