Inspection & Permitting Initiative (IPI)

The Inspection & Permitting Initiative (IPI) Program creates, maintains, and supports the technology utilized for the inspection and permit processes of the City’s property and public way services functions.  The departments responsible for these business functions include Transportation, Buildings, Planning and Development, Public Health, Fleet and Facilities Management, Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Fire Prevention Bureau, and Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.  Business processes included in the property and public way services functions relate to:

  1. Applying, reviewing and issuing building and public way permits
    1. Web purchase of permits not requiring plans
    2. Web intake of applications for permits requiring plans (new construction, renovation)
    3. Web intake of Public Way Permits
  2. Applying and renewing trade licenses for general contractors and the various trades
    1. Validation of trade licenses when a permit application is taken
  3. Tracking, scheduling, and recording results of inspections
    1. Permit inspections
    2. Certificate of Occupancy inspections
    3. Annual inspections
    4. Business License inspections
    5. Complaint inspections
    6. Re-inspections
  4. Billing of annual inspections and elevator permit inspections
  5. Tracking violations recorded in the inspection results
    1. Creates a case that will be sent to Administrative Hearing or the Department of Law for prosecution in the Circuit Court
  6. Tracking the status of vacant building complaints and displaying the action the City has taken as authorized by ordinance to remedy the complaint of the vacant building
  7. Providing a website to register vacant buildings as required by ordinance

This function is primarily supported by the Infor (Hansen) Public Sector software.

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