City says building permits could take up to four months to process

Julie Reichle

Technology updates will soon make a trip to City Hall for permits and other service requests unnecessary.

In an April 12 email from Piedmont’s Planning and Building Department, the city says significant increases in building permit applications coupled with a COVID backlog and the rollout of a digital permit system have led to longer permit processing times. The emails says residents should now expect “up to a 16-week processing time” for building permits.

In early April 2022, two new part-time staff members joined the City to help with building inspections and plan review, and we are in the initial phases of major technology improvements. New technology will be completed in a multi-phased approach. Software upgrades require development time, implementation, and changes to City procedures in each phase. Once these improvements are in place, permits will be submitted online through a portal accessible by residents and members of the public. Application progress and the ability to schedule inspections will be available online to significantly improve customer service.

We are in the initial phases now. The City is processing all building permit applications digitally. Please submit PDF’s of building permit applications, drawings, and materials to  

Piedmont Planning and Building News, April 12, 2022

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