City allows for online permits

23 May 2014 4 views No Comment

Dear Residents:

I am happy to announce that Englewood will have the first fully-digital Code Enforcement Department in the entire State. This will also benefit merchants who are locating to Englewood.

Please see article below in yesterday’s Suburbanite.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

ENGLEWOOD – The city is now home to the first fully-digital Code Enforcement Department in the state with the recent launch of an online permit system.

City administrators launched a cloud-based ePermitting and eCode Enforcement system on May 13 that allows residents to electronically submit permit requests or applications for building projects to the Code Enforcement Department online.

Through a “Citizen Portal” located on cityofenglewood.org, residents can register to apply for permits and track the process of their application during the process.

Construction Official Walter Deptuch believed the move to digital would make the inspection and permit application process “much more efficient” for residents.

“The major part of this is real time,” Deptuch said. “You won’t have to wait to find out where your inspection was.”

City Manager Tim Dacey said work on digitizing code enforcement began about a year-and-a-half ago. The City Council initially approved spending $54,761, through a state cooperative, for the initial development, installation and necessary training in April 2013.

One of toughest hurdles when trying to implement the system was getting state approval to have code enforcement go fully digital, Dacey said. It took about six months to gain this approval, since the state usually requires municipalities to keep multiple paper copies of documents.

“When we approached the state it was something different for them to think about,” Dacey said.

Dacey believed the move to digital would improve efficiency in code department, since employees will conduct more inspections thanks to the use of an iPad.

In the past, an inspector would come to a house, write the results of an inspection on paper, go back to their office, and then input the data into a computer, according to Dacey. Now, inspectors will input the results of an inspection into an iPad on-site, making the resident instantly aware if the inspection passed or failed through an email.

Mayor Frank Huttle III believed the new system would benefit merchants who have decided to move their business to the city.

Newark-based Bright Star eSolutions, a company that implements high tech cloud-based solutions for federal, state, and local government, brought the cloud system to the city. Dorothy Nicholson, CEO of Bright Star, employs veterans to install the system into government agencies to give them job opportunities after leaving the military.

Dacey said he approached Bright Star knowing that the company gives job opportunities to veterans around the area.

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