SDCI will soon implement a new plan review process using the Bluebeam software application. We will stop sending out standard letter-based corrections for plan-based reviews and begin providing marked-up documents created using Bluebeam. This transition aligns us with many of our neighboring jurisdictions in regard to plan reviews. Here are a few updates on the effort:
- We expect to launch the new process on December 7. We are finishing the last technical pieces and are starting to train our review staff.
- Our short video, SDCI New Review Process, provides an overview of the new process.
- Under the new process, you will still:
- Receive notifications that a review has been completed.
- Find review summary reports by discipline in the Seattle Services Portal as they are completed.
- Submit updated plan sets after all reviews have been completed.
- What changes under this process:
- When all reviews are completed, you will receive a marked-up plan set which contains the comments from ALL the review disciplines.
- Instead of preparing responses to each individual correction letter as you do today, you will be asked to reply to the comments directly in the marked-up plan set using either Bluebeam (requires a license) or Adobe Acrobat (free).
- As we transition to delivering marked up plan sets, you may receive both letters and marked up plan sets with our corrections documented. As a rule, please respond to any letter you receive with a letter and any marked up plan set by embedding your responses in the marked up plan set.
Help us perform reviews more efficiently! As we have worked on this transition, many of our reviewers indicated that they rely on bookmarks to navigate the (sometimes lengthy) plan sets that we receive from applicants. We can work more quickly when applicants include a good set of bookmarks in every plan set they submit. Please follow the requirements for submitting pdf documents, outlined in Tip 106, General Standards for Plans and Drawings, to include a good set of bookmarks in every plan set you submit. This helps us review your plan set more quickly. For information on how to add bookmarks to your pdf documents, please refer to the following links for Bluebeam documents and Adobe documents.