Building special permit points gives applicants a better chance in the random drawings. Each special permit category has a separate drawing.

The special permit drawing system is similar to pulling tickets out of a barrel. Building points gives an applicant more tickets. The system also squares points. That means a person with one point ends up with one entry (1x1=1) and a person with 10 points ends up with 100 entries (10x10=100).

The system randomly pulls out all these tickets in order. At the end, each application will keep and use the lowest number it drew. Lower numbers are better in this case, as an application assigned the number one earns the first overall pick. With more points, an application has a better chance of drawing a better pick.

- How does the special permit drawing work? I heard you square points. Does that improve my drawing odds?
- When I check my drawing results online, why do I see "Points Used" even though I did not draw a special permit?
- If I apply with a group, how many points does our group application enter with for the special permit drawing?

**Last Updated**

28th of December, 2015