POSTED: Monday, April 16, 2012 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 16, 2012 - 12:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Beginning today, Monday, April 16, city-parish building inspectors will begin posting their results of their inspections on the city web page from laptop computers in the field. The new computer system will notify contractors immediately via email or phone message with the results of the inspection.
It’s part of the latest effort by the Department of Public Works to go high-tech with the Permit and Inspection Division using the Internet in order to expedite the processing of building permits and inspections.
Last fall, the Permit and Inspection Division implemented the first phase of the new system that allowed contractors to request inspections through the division’s website as well as have complete online access to all project information.
City-Parish Building Official Carey Chauvin said the initial phase of the new system, implemented in October, allows contractors greater flexibility in requesting building inspections.
“The contractors used to have a deadline of 4 p.m. to request an inspection on the following day,” Chauvin said. “Under the new system, they can make those requests right up until midnight, and still get an inspection the next day. So if they get busy and it slips their mind in the afternoon, they can still submit a request later that evening.”
The second phase of the new system, set to go online Monday, will allow the city-parish inspectors to file their inspection reports from the field using laptop computers, Chauvin said. Once the report is filed, the system will notify the contractor via email or phone message with the results of the inspection.
Contractors can then log into the new system (MYPERMITNOW.ORG) through the Permit and Inspection Division’s web page at www.brgov.com/dept/dpw/inspections  and review the detailed results of the inspections, Chauvin said.
The third and final phase of the new system will allow designers, contractors, and owners to file permit applications online instead of physically filing the paperwork at the Division’s office at 300 North Tenth Street.
Chauvin said the new online system was developed with input from the Capital Region Builders Association and the American Institute of Architects.