Permits in store for Sunnyvale
- By Eric Kulisch
- Dec 03, 2000
The time-consuming process of acquiring building, electrical, plumbing
and other permits can delay new construction and home improvement projects.
In Sunnyvale, Calif., officials understand that for contractors, lost time
is lost money.
By this time next year, the city's chief information officer, Shawn
Hernandez, wants to establish partnership agreements with local home improvement
retailers to set up Internet kiosks so customers can pull permits when they
shop for supplies.
Fix-it-uppers and contractors would be able to apply for, pay for and
receive building-related permits, as well as schedule inspections.
"What I'm hoping for is that suppliers see the potential there for
more business," Hernandez said.
Hernandez said he has discussed the idea with some suppliers but still
needs to target the right decision-makers at outlets such as The Home Depot
Inc. and Orchard Supply Hardware. "If Home Depot does it on a trial basis,
it will explode on its own," he said.