MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County Administrative Director of Building and Permitting Ed Koconis provided an update on the all-online electronic permitting system implemented in October 2022 at Wednesday’s Board of County Commissioner’s meeting. Koconis says the system has dramatically increased review times, and the department is meeting target timelines 95 percent of the time.
Today, the review process takes about five business days for smaller permits, like fencing, and about 12 business days for all other permit types, if changes are not needed, because departments can review plans simultaneously. Previously, the review time could take 40-plus business days with paper plans for the permits to go through each department’s process.
The department has also received more than 900 public records requests, often requiring scanning permits and plans to meet the requests. With electronic permitting, the timeline to respond to public records requests is significantly shortened due to plans and permits after October 2022 already being in the system.
“Of course, we have had some hiccups, but overall it continues to be a success,” said Koconis. “We have a hands-on working relationship with the program developers, which makes it quicker and easier to tailor the system to the public’s needs.”
For additional information on the online permitting system, visit www.monroecounty-fl.gov/permitting.
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