PreQualification is tailoring the permit process to the applicant. Applicants who are prequalfied because of training and/or experienced who prepare document and design packages that are better organized, more complete, and include information which facilitates quick understanding and review, have access to a plan check process from those applicants who are not pre-qualified.
PreQualification can be based on license status; experience, or training. There is tremendous potential in the area of PreQualification as this means of streamlining has not been well used or considered.
One method of creating a PreQualification based program: An AIA Component works with local regional juridictions to develop a series of classes that cover preparation of documents in accordance with a well developed standard; example standards this program from Florida. The Classes would be a win – win: a source of non-dues revenue to the component; a competitive advantage for those architects willing to invest the time and money in training; and improved economic conditions in the community resulting from more efficient and effective permit processes.
Florida Technical Guides is an excellent and comprehensive set of tools for establishing permit document packages that are easy to plan check.