March 16, 2007 – Orlando, FL—Behind the crane-dotted downtown skyline,
medical city emerging at Lake Nona and continued growth Citywide are the
building permits needed to make projects a reality. From business licenses to
construction permits, the City of Orlando’s Permitting Department is enhancing
existing services by adding a satellite office, new positions, online services
and a citizen permitting advisory committee.
To meet the needs of the 35,000 customers served each year through the City’s
Permitting department, 16 new positions including inspectors, planners and
transportation engineers are being filled. An Economic Development
Coordinator position has also been established to expedite and guide
customers who need extra assistance through the permitting process.
"As we strive to establish a vibrant City with balanced economy, it is
essential that we establish a dedicated, multi-disciplinary permitting team to
stimulate and guide that development," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
In addition, the City of Orlando has created a Permitting Advisory
Committee to address the needs of the building and development community.
This 16-member committee comprised of construction companies, architects,
engineers and developers will tap the expertise of permitting services users to
provide recommendations to streamline processes and create efficiencies, while
enhancing customer service within the Permitting Department.
"Forming this committee is a key step in developing permitting solutions that
will benefit the City and its customers," said Joe Robertson, chairman of the
City of Orlando Permitting Advisory Committee and an owner in McCree. "I hope to
use my past experiences working with the City’s Permitting Department to find
positive changes that will help everyone going through the process."
Significant economic development and residential projects are being planned
for the Southeast area of the City. In addition to the "medical city" emerging
at Lake Nona with the UCF Medical School, the Burnham Institute, and VA
Hospital, several residential projects including Vista East, Randal Park and
Villages at Moss Park are being developed. Due to this increase in activity, a
new Southeast Permitting Branch will open this summer providing easier
access to plan reviews, special use inspections and customer service needs while
serving as a base for the southeast area inspection team.
"Adding these state-of-the-art permitting services and personnel will allow
us to fulfill our mission of operating a permitting system that is unparalleled
in clarity, timeliness and customer service in order to ensure economic
competitiveness," said Tim Johnson, Permitting Services Division Manager.
For more convenient access to permitting services, residents and businesses
can now access information online including, case status, parcel information,
inspection requests and fee payments. The City of Orlando’s Permitting Services
is responsible for coordinating plans review for construction, renovations,
alterations and development. Permitting staff provides the following services,
pre-application meetings, plans submittal assistance, development and plans
review, variance procedures, inspection services, certificates of occupancy and
business licensing to the Orlando community five days a week.