File specifications

Documents uploaded to the the online permit portal shall follow the following specifications. Adherence to these standards is necessary for electronic document review (EDR) functionality and standard security practices. Submittals will be deemed incomplete if files do not meet the listed specifications, and review will not start until documents are correctly resubmitted.

  • File type: PDF (not PDF Portfolio)
  • Size: 1 GB or less
  • Filename: No more than 60 characters long; no unusual characters ("!", "#", "%", etc.); no periods (".") except for the filename extension (".pdf")
  • Plan sets: 
    • Created directly from a CAD program, as a vector-based file (i.e., not a scan of a printout or hand-drawn sheet, although this may be waived on a case-by-case basis for owner-builder projects)
    • Landscape orientation
    • Always comprehensive (i.e., on a resubmittal, provide the full plan set again, not just the modified sheets) 
    • Bookmarked by page number (e.g., "A1.1"), with the bookmark (also known as the "page reference") for any sheet remaining identical from submittal to submittal
    • Pages may be deleted or added as needed based on City direction, but page numbers shall not changed or be reused for different content (i.e., if you need to add a sheet between "A2.2" and "A2.3", create a new "A2.2.1" sheet; do not reuse an existing page's number or renumber other sheets, as that would limit EDR sheet tracking/comparison features)