San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Thursday announced an expansion of the city’s online permitting portal, allowing homeowners and residential workers to apply for home repair and improvement permits online.
The city launched the OpenCounter portal in 2016 to streamline the process of obtaining permits for local businesses. With the new expansion, homeowners, contractors and builders will be able to complete the permitting process for projects like solar panel installation and the amelioration of building exteriors like roofs and windows.
“We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for San Diegans to get the permits they need for the home improvement projects they want,” Faulconer said. “Whether you want to install solar panels or build a new deck, this new online portal puts all the information you need at your fingertips.”
Since 2017, local businesses have launched more than 23,000 projects through the portal, city officials said. The expansion for residential projects is the portal’s third and will accompany the its zoning and business permitting services.
According to city officials, San Diego is the largest city in the U.S. to use an OpenCounter permitting portal.
“As a smart city in an innovation economy, we are continually looking for ways to give San Diegans state-of-the-art tools to make more informed decisions while saving time and money,” said Erik Caldwell, the city’s interim deputy COO. “Building on the successful technology of our OpenCounter business portal, the new residential portal does just that.”
–City News Service