Remove affidavit requirements to ease building permit delays

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City Council on July 10, 2024.

July 10, 2024, 10 a.m.
Honolulu Hale

To: Honolulu City Council
      Tommy Waters, Chair
      Esther Kiaʻāina, Vice-Chair

From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
           Ted Kefalas, Director of Strategic Campaigns


Aloha Chair Waters, Vice-Chair Kiaʻāina and other members of the Council,

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its support for Bill 39 (2024), which would remove the affidavit requirements for individuals and businesses applying for building permits.

Current law requires an affidavit that shows ownership of the lot where the building permit would be used and paperwork that states the owner has no outstanding fines or liens payable to the city.

These rules can make it more difficult for some owners, such as businesses or individuals who own multiple lots, to receive a building permit.

Some applicants might struggle to obtain an affidavit in a timely fashion. For others, an outstanding fine on one property could prevent them from receiving a building permit to do work on another.

Removing this bit of red tape would be a step toward making the building permit process more efficient.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify.

Ted Kefalas
Director of Strategic Campaigns
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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