When taking into account how online permitting saves paper as well as gasoline and drive time, it should be considered a green building practice.
Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD) is pioneering online permitting with its e-Permitting program. The ePermitting site is the nation’s first electronic statewide building permit system and enables customers to access building department services from multiple cities and counties at a single website.
Recently, BCD’s ePermitting website, BuildingPermits.Oregon.gov, won the Government to Business Award from the Center for Digital Government as part of its 2011 Digital Government Achievement Awards Program.
There’s more information on both e-Permitting and the Digital Government Achievement Award in the Connections newsletter for the Department of Consumer and Business Services.