PermitZone democratizes process of attaining building permits in US

By Oliver Griffin March 22, 2017

PermitZone provides a powerful, building permit search tool for anyone who needs information about building permits. Simply enter the address where construction work will be performed, and the platform will pinpoint the corresponding building department and provide contact information free of charge. Users can also upload plans and pull permits online by filling out a short application which PermitZone reviews for errors and submits on your behalf, even if local authorities don’t make it available online.

“At PermitZone we believe that permit information and requirements should be made uniformly accessible and the process of getting a permit should be easier and quicker for contractors and do-it-yourself pros,” says PermitZone founder and CEO Ray Antonino. “We are democratizing the process of searching and obtaining permits, helping builders and DIY enthusiasts in turn.”

PermitZone has built a lookup tool that correctly identifies the building department assigned to any address and provides free access to contact information of the right municipal authorities. Similarly, only 12 percent of the USA’s 19,000+ building departments offer the chance to obtain a construction permit online. This is a huge hassle. PermitZone allows users to complete a standardized permit application for all of their permit needs. PermitZone then works with the building department to get the permits ‘pulled’ and customers receive automated communications throughout the process.

Each year, more than 30 million building permits are ‘pulled’ or granted by building departments across the US. While common costs for permit expeditors can hit as much as $2000, PermitZone charges just $49 per permit application. PermitZone provides permitting data that is available before a project is completed or even approved. The platform can even inform companies using sub contractors if a permit is needed, if one has been issued and when a permit has successfully closed out with the building department.

PermitZone also helps municipalities to get online without having to sign up to costly contracts. The platform provides a solution for municipalities that want to offer online permitting without disrupting existing workflows while simultaneously providing contractors with uniformed access to permit information and the ability to pull construction permits online using a standard application for all the places they service.

“We will change the way people pull permits and make the process more efficient for all involved,” Antonino continues. “We have the passion, and the nous, behind us to do it. We want to make permit applications quicker and easier than ever before, in order to put an end to drawn out and costly planning processes.”


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