WARREN, NJ - Residents can now pay township Construction Office fees with credit cards. The acceptance of credit cards  are part of enhancements to the department that began in 2012 with the installation of a new software system, and brings the township a step closer to the ultimate goal of having integrated building permit and inspection records online."The credit card charges are a step towards that," Township Administrator Mark Krane said. Warren Construction Official Jeff Heiss said "This is like watching a flower bloom, its just getting out of the ground."
           

Credit card charges are optional. the Building Department will continue to accept checks (no cash) and charges will be processed through MuniciPay, with applicants paying 2.45 percent of the permit fee as a "courtesy fee" ($3 minimum).Some building charges will now be payable online, such as permits for small projects not requiring plans or site review. 

Improvements have streamlined the process for obtaining building permits and inspections."Our usual turnaround on a permit is usually eight to 10 days," Heiss said. According to Heiss, the Building Department is also considering rotating hours to accommodate working residents.
 
 
Building  inspectors now use iPads allowing for instantaneous updates and the software program can track what department the permit is currently in. "If you pass your inspections, you can call within half and hour and we'll have it ready for you," Heiss said.
 
The Building Department has seen increased activity within the last two years with a 25% increase in the number of permits in the last six months with more than 1000 generator permits issued  alone. That , combined with the economic incentive initiated last year by Township Committeemen George Lazo and fellow Committeman Mick Marion for new businesses, and the upturn in tenant spaces rented "are critical because this office is so much more busy," Lazo said.

 
Mayor Vic Sordillo commended Lazo and Marion for bringing twenty first century creativity and technology to the Township.