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February 27, 2022, 6:30 a.m. HST
* Updated February 26, 6:54 p.m.

The Hawai’i County Department of Public Works is amending its previous communication which extended the time to March 7, 2022 to complete construction under any permit that had previously expired pursuant to Section 5-5-4 of the county code as follows:

Section 5-5-4. Expiry.
(a) Permits expire and become null and void:
(1) Permits issued to contractors – three years from date of permit issue;
(2) Permits issued to owner-builders – five years after the date the permit was issued;
(3) 180 consecutive days after the date of issue, if the work authorized by the permit has not begun on that date; Where
(4) If the work authorized by a permit is suspended or abandoned for a
period of 180 consecutive days or more at any time after the date of issue.
(b) Upon expiration of a permit, all work shall cease and not be resumed until a new permit is obtained.

Permits issued on or before March 27, 2012 will be expired from June 1, 2022.
• Work that has been inspected and approved will be honored according to the code for which it was authorized.
• Work that has not been inspected and approved will need to be included in a new permit application. The expired permit number must be mentioned in the description section of the new permit application.

Permits issued on or before March 7, 2017 will be expired from September 7, 2022.
• Further extensions for these permits will be considered on the basis of written requests detailing the causes of the delay, the effect on the execution of the works, the length of time the works have actually been suspended and the part(s) of the project affected. .
• Transfer of ownership, contractor and/or sub-contractor of an existing permit will not constitute an extension of the permit
• Work that has been inspected and approved will be honored according to the code for which it was authorized
• Work that has not been inspected and approved will need to be included in a new permit application. The expired permit number must be mentioned in the description section of the new permit application.

This update is due to the multitude of changes, improvements and communications around the Building Code and permitting process that have taken place from July 2021 to date. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to provide clear communications about the Building Code and the permitting process.

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Any questions can be directed to DPW Information and Education Specialist Sherise Kana’e-Kāne at [email protected] or 808-961-8499.