Login to ePlan
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|
ENGINEERS: TWO 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
- 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
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.
item has been electronically signed and sealed by [Licensee, RA, or LS] on the
Date and/or Time Stamp shown using a digital signature.
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
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.
Internet Explorer Users:
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.