BLDS eSubmit is an electronic document submission and review process which combines and leverages the capabilities of several digital platforms, including SharePoint, Bluebeam Revu, Box.com, and Microsoft Outlook, into a single process that streamlines not only the internal BLDS processes, but also the interface between HPD, the Department of Buildings (DOB), and our partners outside the agency.
Through the integrated use of these tools, external partners, including sponsors, developers, owners, and architects, are able to submit PDF drawings and documents to HPD-BLDS for review and approval purposes through the web. In addition, partners will receive automated email notifications through Microsoft Outlook and SharePoint during each status change and milestone of the review process.
As part of the system, BLDS has adopted the Bluebeam software —a PDF editing tool that allows for markups and comments to be added directly on the drawings—which is the same software used by the DOB. This will position the agency to better coordinate its reviews with the DOB to reduce plan processing times, eliminate unnecessary duplication of efforts, minimize delays, and enhance the customer experience.
As of September 1, 2015, projects requesting a design review of the initial submission of new construction projects should be submitted through BLDS eSubmit. This includes projects participating in any of the New Construction Finance loan programs (e.g. ELLA, Mix & Match, M2, NCP, and NIHOP), Supportive Housing Loan Program (SHLP), Senior Housing Affordable Rental Apartments Program (SARA), and Inclusionary Housing Program (IHP). Any new construction project that has already undergone a round of design review and/or is currently in review by BLDS should continue to follow the former procedure. BLDS eSubmit will soon be available for the submission of preservation projects as well. Stay tuned!