Mayor Ravenstahl announces his 5-step strategic plan to streamline the City's building plan review process and permit issuance that took full effect this past June.
The Mayor has implemented same day and expedited permitting programs within the BBI that are attracting leading building review engineers and making Pittsburgh a more business-friendly city.
The Mayor's Residential Same Day Permitting Initiative went into effect in February. Single family homeowners and contractors are now able to receive same day and over the counter building permits for minor repairs, alterations, additions and extensions of single family dwellings. To qualify, applicants must apply Monday, Wednesday or Friday and receive approval from the Zoning Administrator.
Since March 2007, the Mayor's Small Commercial Projects Same Day Permitting has been expediting the plan review and permit issuance process for small/ commercial projects. Plan examiners are now available by appointment every Thursday to push through the paperwork for construction projects, drastically reducing the review and issuance process from one month to a matter of days. To qualify, project drawings must be no more than 15 sheets in length.
Two additional initiatives, the Third Party Agency (TPA) initiative and the International Code Council (ICC) Review/ Approval initiative, took effect in June of this year. The TPA process gives contractors, owners and design professionals who cannot afford to wait in the BBI's plan review queue for 30 working days, the opportunity for same day processing. TPA applies to building permit applications that do not require certificates of occupancy. The ICC initiative expedites the review process for large-scale, time sensitive projects to within 15 working days. Permit applications that require a certificate of occupancy are eligible for ICC review.
The Mayor's Evaluation and Enhancement of the Plan Examine Engineers Positions Initiative is a proactive measure to attract, employ, certify and maintain a full complement of Plan Examination Engineers (something that is difficult in todays market where in-house plan review engineers are in high demand) - a measure that went into effect this past April. The hiring of two plan review engineers to fill vacancies incurred in November 2006 and February 2007 is anticipated. When fully staffed, the BBI's Plan Examination division has demonstrated the ability to perform its responsibilities as a professional, effective and efficient plan review division second to none.
"By removing the red tape from the permit review and issuance process with my 5-step plan," said Mayor Ravenstahl, we are making Pittsburgh a City that businesses and homeowners will want to call home.
Friday, July 6, 2007
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