The next phase of ePermitting is coming. Ultimately, the ePermitting umbrella will cover three electronic building permitting services: Basic Services (currently referred to as Quick Permits) Full Services (the ability to offer all building permitting services) and a link to the Minor Label program. In this next phase, the basic services option will be up and running.
The ePermitting team is keeping very busy. Software development is moving forward. The implementation team has visited several jurisdictions getting more information on the background of business policy practices of building departments to use in developing the software. The Building codes Division and Accela have teamed up to conduct "town hall" style meetings to several municipalities throughout the state, to demonstrate the new software's capabilities to potential customers.
The Business Process Workgroup met on October 8th for the first time to begin building the nuts and bolts outer shell of the ePermitting system the Accela, Inc. software will run. Just working on a universal set of terminology, along with the process a permit goes through, are challenges. The ePermitting project team is going to be working with this group and visiting local building departments around the state to add to the information they have and gain more insight into what the final system will look like.
18, 2008 ePermitting Kick-off meeting
The ePermitting project moved to a new stage with a kick-off meeting held on September 18. The gathering was planned to introduce Building Codes Division's new partner Accela. BCD invited jurisdictions from many parts of the state to participate in this event. Both BCD and Accela introduced their plans of what is coming next. The audience got a better idea of what the final product is going to look like. One of the main goals for the ePermitting team, made up of both state and Accela experts, is to provide an e-government solution that is 80 percent ready to go and 20 percent capable of being customized for individual jurisdictions. The meeting ended with a roundtable style question and answer session. You can take a look at the meeting notes to get some of the details of the kick-off meeting.