On Tuesday evening, Common Council passed a resolution to purchase software to be used for code administration and enforcement. Spatial Data Logic (SDL) will be used by the Zoning, Code and Construction Office to manage plan reviews, the permitting process, inspections, violations, and certificates of occupancy. The new software will have an online component accessible to the public that will benefit the public and city staff by making the process more transparent.
Summit residents and business owners will now be able to follow the permit process every step of the way. For example, when their application passes electrical inspection, an email will go out to the applicant, the city and the contractor. The same applies if it fails. This will increase transparency, reduce frustration, and minimize trips to the City Hall service window to inquire about the status of permits.
This has been a long term priority of the council that was initiated in 2015 and termed “slaying the monster”, a metaphor for solving a chronic, complex problem for the city. The permitting process is necessary but can easily become complicated and slow to progress. By placing it largely online and outfitting inspectors with wireless reporting devices, we hope to speed up the process while simultaneously improving transparency, as all involved parties will be emailed with every permit approval and denial.
The permitting portal will allow the public to see any ongoing project requiring permits. Many thanks are due to Paul Cascais and his team at the department of Community Services and Michael Rogers, City Administrator for helping the council achieve its goal by bringing the online permitting process to the City of Summit.
Robert J. Rubino, MD
Councilman, City of Summit