When I took office the building department was totally out of control. It could take as long as six or seven months to get a building permit. The department would charge for permits that were not needed.
“There was a saying that the plans were going to be perfect no matter how long it took the bureaucrats to achieve it.”
A part of the problem is the perfection on the paper doesn’t translate to perfection on the job site. The inspection process is still in need of improvement.
Contractors and the council had workshops to come up with a way to improve the process. Council directed the building department staff to all get the certifications required for their jobs. I inquired about this several times over the years but the staff has ignored the council’s direction.
My opponent was an impediment to these changes. It has taken a lot longer to achieve the results we have.
We were able to create a building liaison committee comprised of local builders, architects, and engineers, that meet on a monthly basis to discuss better ways to help improve the building process.
The results are that the building permit process is usually less than 30 days. The number of contractors complaining to me has dramatically improved.
There is still more that can be done.