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Apple Valley Unveils Express Plan Check Program

Express Plan Check saves time for builders

Apple Valley, CA – January 14, 2008: 

In line by 9:30, in construction by noon. 

That’s the goal of the new Express Plan Check program for the Town of Apple Valley.  Beginning in February, a building inspector and a planner will be available for over-the-counter plan checks and rechecks every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Town Hall.

“The Town Council established Customer Service as a core value of the organization when we adopted Vision 2010,” said Timothy Jasper, Mayor.  “Express Plan Check is the latest in a long list of tools the town offers to streamline the Economic and Community Development process.”

The program applies to small projects such as patio covers, detached garages, room additions of less than 1000 square feet and any rechecks on other small residential and commercial projects.  Permits for these projects can be issued immediately, as long as other agency and/or department review and approvals have been completed or are not required.

While the Town has been particularly successful in attracting large commercial and industrial projects, the Express Plan Check program is targeted towards local developers, contractors and investors.  “Helping local businesses get their projects approved as quickly as possible is a win-win situation for both the applicant and the community”, Mayor Jasper said.

The Town’s development services divisions - Planning, Building & Safety and Engineering – are housed in one department of Economic and Community Development, creating a one-stop shop for developers of all size.  This efficient structure has enabled the Town to review and approve over 2.5 million square feet of commercial retail projects over the last two years. 

Further evidence of the Town Council’s commitment to business-friendly ideals include a recent action to double the size of commercial and industrial buildings, from 25,000 to 50,000 square feet, that require only the approval of the Director of Economic and Community Development.  The Council also adopted the North Apple Valley Industrial Specific Plan, a 5100 acre industrial zone with permitted uses and development standards already in place, allowing a project to go from submittal to construction in as little as 120 days, a time frame unheard of in today’s industrial development climate.

For more information about the Express Plan Check program, please call 240-7000 x 7200, or visit the Town website at


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