The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) is responsible for the City and County of Honolulu’s long-range planning, community planning efforts, administration and enforcement of ordinances and regulations governing the development and use of land, various codes pertaining to the construction of buildings, and City standards and regulations pertaining to infrastructure requirements.
The Department is comprised of seven strategic groups:
The Department also provides administrative support for various commissions, boards, and committees.
- The Planning Commission holds public hearings and makes recommendations through the Mayor to the City Council on proposals to adopt or amend the General Plan, Development Plans, and Zoning Ordinances. The Commission holds public hearings, makes recommendations on state land use district boundary amendments for parcels of 15 acres or less (other than conservation districts), and approves state land use special use permit applications for changes of land use on agricultural land.
- The Zoning Board of Appeals hears and determines appeals from actions of the Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting (Director) in the administration and enforcement of zoning, shoreline, subdivision ordinances and regulations.
- The Building Board of Appeals (Board) hears and determines appeals from actions of the Director in the administration and enforcement of Building, Electrical, and Plumbing codes, appeals from actions of the Fire Official in the enforcement of the fire code. The Board also hears and determines requests for variance from provisions in the building and related codes.
- The Design Advisory Committee comments on design issues related to major project proposals in special districts.
Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) Administrative Rules
To view and download our administrative rules.
A more detail explanation of what we do can be found here. Or, you can download our organizational chart.
To contact us..
Please see our departmental phone listing by division and branch.