A Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) Review Required for County Right-of-Way Permits

Effective December 2, 2013 the Permit to Work within the County Right-of-Way will require a plan review by the Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) prior to the County issuing a permit.

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DCAB suggests contractors plan between 4-6 weeks on an average for the plan review.

The requirement for a DCAB review is part of a state law, HRS 103-50, “Building design to consider needs of persons with disabilities.”  Effective January 1, 2013 the Disability & Communication Access Board was authorized to charge a fee for plan review services.

Although the project may not have accessibility features (manhole covers, re-roofing, machinery repairs, water tanks, etc.) a review is still required.   Construction documents must be submitted with the state HRS 103-50 Document Transmittal Form.  The form can be downloaded at http://www.health.hawaii.gov/dcab/facility-access/forms DCAB accepts “half-size” construction drawings that are to scale.

DCAB will assess a plan review fee based on the estimated construction cost.  Fees are paid directly to DCAB.  The plan review fee is four tenths of one percent (0.004) for the first $500,000 of the estimated construction cost plus two-tenths of one percent (0.002) of the estimated cost of construction costs greater than $500,000 up to and including $2,000,000 plus two one-hundredths of one percent (0.0002) of the estimated construction costs over $2,000,000 except as follows:

1.    The minimum review fee for plans and specifications subject to accessibility guidelines is $200.00.
2.    DCAB may limit the maximum fee for plans and specification for infrastructure projects or projects managed by private nonprofit entities to $3,000.
3.    There is a $50 review fee for projects with plans and specifications not reflecting elements subject to accessibility guidelines.

The Department of Public Works recommends contractors scheduling work to begin in December use the new right of entry form, dated 9/17/2013 and submit construction plans for DCAB’s review prior to December 2, 2013.  The forms are available at the Public Works offices in Hilo and Kona or, may be downloaded on the website: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/WebLink8/1/doc/66524/Electronic.aspx

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One Response

  1. Maybe this will prevent issues like the power pole in downtown Pahoa that sits smack dab in the middle of the sidewalk where no wheelchair could ever get around it.

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