Why are governments switching to online building permit software?
There are numerous benefits for local governments that switch from paper and PDF-based processes (and older technology platforms that aren't built for online applications, online payments, and online staff review and approvals). Some of the best reasons to move to a cloud-based permitting software platform like CityGrows include:
One way to understand the benefits and process of switching to cloud-based permitting software is to dig in to one of our case studies:
One of the benefits of transitioning your government's building permits to a digital permitting software platform is reducing fraud, waste and abuse. Digital applications make it easier for people to submit necessary permits, increasing compliance. And increased, automatic transparency makes it harder for people to avoid filing for the permits they're required to obtain. And online payments reduce the potential for "leaking" of cash-based permit fees.
Read more about reducing fraud, waste, and abuse in the building permitting process.
Issuing Building Permits is one of the most important functions of local government. Building permits help to insure the safety of local communities, ensure compliance with local regulations, and help ensure that a community's goals for housing and commercial development are met.
The CityGrows team put together this guide to understanding the building permit process and building permit software for local government staffers who are ready to upgrade their technology. We hope that the below resources are helping as you begin process of moving from paper and PDF-based workflows to offering online building permitting to improve the permit process for your residents, businesses, and staff.
A building permit is an important requirement for cities and counties to ensure buildings and structures are safe, with sound engineering, foundations and construction techniques. Building permits are how local governments evaluate construction, renovation, demolition, or alteration plans and assess their compliance with standard building codes and local regulations. Usually the permitting process also ensures that contractors and builders are licensed and insured professionals.
There are national and international organizations that have developed a series of best practices for building permit processes for local governments. It's important to take these best practices into account when developing: