Pittsburgh Launches New Permit and Code Tracking Website
Pittsburgh this week launched Buildingeye, "a free website that tracks and maps building permits, planning applications, business license activity and code enforcement within the city limits," reports Adam Smeltz.
The new system means Pittsburgh residents "can now check up on a neighbor’s construction project or new business venture without calling or visiting city hall," adds Smeltz. Mayor Bill Peduto calls the new system a victory for transperancy with the potential to revolutionize government operations. Smeltz adds more on the costs and benefits of the new system:
Making such information accessible online should help to reduce the hundreds of phone calls that city workers process every business day for permit, license and similar inquiries, said Maura Kennedy, who directs the Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections. The city will pay $66,000 for a first-year subscription to Buildingeye, with renewals priced at $15,000 per three months, according to the administration.