Online permitting, a convenience for residents obtaining "simple" permits for several years, is now expanding to include some permits that require plan review. Residents and building professionals in Burien, Kirkland, Bellevue and Snohomish County can now apply for mechanical, electrical, plumbing and reroof permits that come with plans at MyBuildingPermit.com.
The eCityGov Alliance, which manages MyBuildingPermit, aims to provide online plan review for building, fire, right of way, utilities and land use permit types by the end of 2012.
"Expanding services to include permits that require plan review is a huge step forward for MyBuildingPermit.com," said Samuel Anderson, CEO of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. "Customers will see direct benefits through reduced printing costs, fewer trips to city hall and faster permit review times."
The traditional permitting process requires the applicant to print multiple copies of the construction plans for each permit application. When revisions are necessary during permit review, new copies must be produced and submitted for final approval. For large projects, this can cost thousands of dollars, consume large amounts of paper and require multiple trips to city hall.
By making it possible to submit all permit documents and plan sets online, applicants will realize significant savings and have the added convenience of submitting documents at any time.
Matthew Steele of Moore Fire Protection, one of the first customers to use the new system said, "This is great news! We would love to submit our applications online and since we back everything up digitally, it's perfect. We will definitely be utilizing this system."
MyBuildingPermits.com was first created and launched in 2002 by a number of Puget Sound area cities in an effort to both save permit applicants and the cities time and money over a traditional approach in which each city would provide individual online permitting services. The portal has been a huge success and has issued over 60,000 permits since inception. It is the only multi-jurisdiction permitting portal of its kind in the nation.
The MyBuildingPermit.com member jurisdictions now include, Mill Creek, Kenmore, Bothell, Woodinville, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Issaquah, Renton, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Bellevue, Burien and Snohomish County, covering a total population of over 800,000 residents and businesses.
The eCityGov Alliance also provides the following regional service portals:
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