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STEP 1:   Submit an application (Staff will process your application and you will be emailed log in credentials.)


STEP 2:    Before attempting to use ePlan for the first time, please read the corresponding User Guide below in its entirety.  

Building Division ePlan Information and Guide   

Land Development Division ePlan information and Guides

STEP 3:     Decide which signature method will be used on plan sheets.

a. Hard Copy Wet/Raised Seal and Signature – If you choose to print, sign and seal final approved plan sheets, each sheet must contain the County’s Approved Sheet logo which is affixed during the ePlan approval process. Each sheet must also contain an original engineer/architect signature and seal. Copies of signatures and seals are not acceptable. Two sets of plans adhering to the above criteria must be submitted to the county for final sign off and approval by staff.

b. Digital Signature - If you plan on uploading digitally signed/sealed drawings or plans, Polk County adopted new requirements for State Licensed Design Professionals such that each licensee’s digital signature appearance be accompanied by language that coincides with requirements adopted by the Florida Board of Professional Engineers on November 3, 2015. This language must be present when the digital signature is applied to any document or drawing that requires signing and sealing by any Florida State Licensed Design Professional. The purpose of this additional requirement is to ensure certainty in how a file was originally signed and sealed and to show that the file is not valid for re-filing as an original document. For additional details, see the Digital Signature Appearance Requirements table below.

As with paper plans, each plan sheet must contain an original verifiable digital signature. Scanned copies of digitally signed plan sheets are not acceptable.  (This option is only available to Building Division permitting customers at this time.

*Digital Signature Appearance Requirements for State Licensed Design Professional Disciplines    Guide to Digital Signatures

 License Type  and Requirements
 

PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERSTWO signing options are available:

 

OPTION 1: [RECOMMENDED OPTION]

Signing with a digital signature issued to you by a 3rd Party Certification Authority that is accompanied by a digitally created image of your seal and required language (see bulleted sentences below). Signing information should be placed where an original signature would appear if the item were being physically signed, dated and sealed. The seal and sentences can be part of the digital signature custom appearance available in the signing tool, or they can be placed on the document outside of the digital signature block. If part of the custom digital signature appearance, you must ensure that the seal meets the size requirements of the Florida Board of Professional Engineers.

  • This item has been electronically signed and sealed by [Licensee, PE] on the Date and/or Time Stamp shown using a digital signature.
  • Printed copies of this document are not considered signed and sealed and the signature must be verified on any electronic copies.
 

ARCHITECTS AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

 

Signing with a digital signature issued to you by a 3rd Party Certification Authority. Place a digitally created image of your seal and the following sentences where an original signature would appear if the item were being physically signed, dated and sealed. The sentences can be part of the digital signature custom appearance available in the signing tool, or they can be placed on the document outside of the digital signature block.

  • This item has been electronically signed and sealed by [Licensee, RA, or LS] on the Date and/or Time Stamp shown using a digital signature.
  • Printed copies of this document are not considered signed and sealed and the signature must be verified on any electronic copies.
 

Governing Boards and Florida Statutes:

FS 668 Electronic Signature Act of 1996

61G15-23 PE Rules FAC

FS 471 Engineering FS

61G1-16 Architects Rules FAC

FS 481 Architects and Landscape Architects FS

61G10 Landscape Architects Rules FAC


STEP 4:    Installation: ePlan (ProjectDox) works best with earlier versions of Internet Explorer, IE9 or earlier. Internet Explorer10 and IE11 customers usually find that accessing ePlan through the Chrome browser is easier.

ePlan Review will run on all browsers utilizing HTML 5. For Internet Explorer users, Compatibility View must be enabled on IE 10 and higher, and ePlan components must be installed. The base ePlan Program, ProjectDox, is designed to be utilized with Internet Explorer for robust viewer functionality.  ePlan Review is only compatible with Windows XP*, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.  

*Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. Users choosing to run ePlan on Microsoft XP may experience issues that cannot be supported or resolved.

The Electronic Plan Review Components must be installed on your computer and pop-up blocking disabled PRIOR to using ePlan for drawings and documents to be opened and viewed.

Chrome Users:  

Internet Explorer Users:


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Polk County staff members will offer free training to customers wishing to submit plans and supporting documents electronically.  

For assistance, email or call Charlotte Fillmore at (863) 534-6488, or Rita Karacson at (863) 534-6794.

The Polk County Board of County Commissioners is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Polk County Board of County Commissioners

330 W. Church St.
PO Box 9005
Bartow, FL 33831-9005
(863) 534-6000

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