Buckhorn Announces Streamlining of Permitting System

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced that the City of Tampa will be investing in a new fully automated, electronic permitting system Accela Automation. This will provide businesses with easy and convenient online access to permitting, licensing, and asset information and activities.

"It is important to focus both on attracting new business and helping our existing business community. For the homeowner renovating her house or the developer building a high rise, this permitting system will result in quicker permits, less hassle, and more money saved in lost time. Tampa is open for business," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

Accela Citizen Access, a component of the software package, will allow businesses the access to apply and pay for permits, submit electronic construction plans, schedule inspections, check the status of a permit or inspection, and print an approved permit directly on the internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from the convenience of their home, office, or jobsite.

Accela Citizen Access will also enable our residents and businesses the ability to access maps and permitting services from their smart phone devices, such as the iPhone and iPad.

The software will be paid for in large part by permit fees through the Construction Services Enhancement Fund.

Revising the permitting process has been a focus of the Mayor’s Economic Competitiveness Committee, a task force of community leaders with the mission of reviewing and streamlining government processes and regulations.

For more information regarding the Accela Automation software, please contact Thomas Snelling, Acting Growth Management and Development Services Director, by phone at (813) 274-8577 or by email at Thomas.Snelling@TampaGov.net.