NetClerk streamlines online permits
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Jan 07, 2001
A company that provides building contractors with customized online permit
applications in more than 1,200 cities has streamlined its system even further.
NetClerk Inc. has unveiled CityCentral, a system that enables municipalities
to securely review, manage and approve permits online.
"We have a whole mechanism where the city and contractors can communicate,"
said Jon Fisher, the company's co-founder. "It's a collaborative structure
we've erected here."
The company launched a Web-based permit-application process, PermitCentral,
more than a year ago. It created a central online location where construction
industry professionals, such as electrical, plumbing and roofing contractors,
can fill out permits based on a municipality's specifications. NetClerk
then submits the application to the municipality by e-mail, fax or courier.
Fisher said providing municipalities an online venue for those applications
was the next phase. To use CityCentral, a city needs a Web browser and 15
minutes to get set up, he said.
Cities can view online permits in real time; approve, reject and track
applications; and return approved permits to the contractor. Data is encrypted
and the system can be set up so only one computer within a city department
can be used to view the online permits.
The company is offering the service to its 1,200-city network. A handful
of cities, including Denver, use the CityCentral system now. The company
also is working with several cities to allow electronic signatures.