Permit Streamlining: Architects as Change Agents
Using case study examples, this program will inspire and empower attendees to engage local and regional code officials in moving their community toward more efficient and effective permit processing. National studies have documented significant positive impacts from properly designed and implemented permitting improvements:

  • Time and money savings for design professionals and their clients
  • Increased consistency in code interpretation and application
  • Enhanced protection of public health, safety, and welfare in the built environment 
  • Higher performing buildings consistent with modern energy, sustainability, and design goals

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate permit streamlining programs for maintenance of critical Health, Safety and Welfare objectives, while at the same time being more efficient and effective. 
  2. Develop and help implement strategies for permit streamlining tailored to local communities which create significant economic stimulus for the benefit of the community while preserving checks and balances that protect public interests.
  3. Explore options that can improve cooperation and dialogue between plan review professionals and design professionals to reduce timelines while also increasing code conformance.
  4. Learn methods by which architects can serve as a catalyst in bringing increased consistency, transparency and customer service to multiple building jurisdictions in a region with resulting benefit to community economic development and the public welfare.

Presenter: Michael F. Malinowski, FAIA    
Learning Units: 1.5 HSW

Date: October 19, 2017

Check-in: 11:45 AM
Presentation: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

4100 Birch Street, Suite 300
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Cost: Members - Free
$20 Non-members (plus service fee)

An active AIA member for 40+ years, Michael F. Malinowski is principal of Applied Architecture in Sacramento, California, 2016 President of the 11,000 member AIA California Council, and a member of the AIA National Code and Standards Committee. Mike’s history of public pro-bono service also includes service as Chair of Sacramento’s Development Oversight Commission - which moved the City from dead last to number one in regional permit customer surveys.  

Twelve years ago, Mike founded the AIA Central Valley Code Conversation Program, forging links between design professionals and code professionals. Expanding on these connections, Mike led the development of the innovative PASS Permit Streamlining program in 2014, in use today by 16 cities and counties in California’s Central Valley, covering an area of over 2.6 million people. In 2014 Mike also created the website PermitStreamline.Com to share his extensive research into best practices in Permit Streamlining from around the country, and he founded and leads the Streamline Institute, a 501c3 nonprofit devoted to shaping more efficient and effective regulatory processes in shaping our built environment.