The City of Greenville released the following statement this week regarding its staffing levels in Building Codes Administration, and a planned fee increase:

“Due to the unprecedented growth that the city of Greenville is experiencing, and the resulting increase in construction activity, the City of Greenville’s 2014-2015 budget included funding for three additional positions in the Building and Property Maintenance Division. The new positions included two inspectors and a plan routing technician, and were created as part of the City’s efforts to meet the increased demand for services and streamline the permitting and inspection processes. Additional plans include utilizing technology to increase inspectors’ productivity and time in the field, and expanding the current data management system to provide the public with real-time inspection results, online permitting and access to project plan review management. To that end, the City’s budget also included a 10 percent increase in fees for building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits, which will be effective January 1, 2015.”

Buddy Skinner, Building Codes Administrator, also reports that the city will be moving to a new, web-based permitting system called Click2Gov during the first quarter of 2015.  With the new program, permit requests, inspection results and payment will be conducted online.

Buddy Skinner will be our guest speaker at the next Builder Breakfast, date to be determined but in late January or early February, to demonstrate the new system to builders.  Stay tuned for more information.