Have you used our Online Development Center? If so, tell us what you think of it!

It is not new - in fact, the Online Development Center (ODC) has been around since 2006. And with all of its features, it is no wonder why the ODC has become one of the best resources for our customers.

Most contractors like using the ODC because it enables them to manage their active permits and inspections online. Once an account has been established and Terms of Use have been accepted, contractors can log in and purchase e-permits, schedule inspections, pay re-inspection fees, and view inspection records. It is important to note that e-permits can only be issued for minor electrical, plumbing or mechanical alterations or repairs. The ODC is intended for stand-alone permit types, so any project requiring a building permit or a complete permit package will need to be submitted to the DSCSC for a detailed review.

If you are not a licensed contractor, you do not need to establish an account to use the ODC. Customers can get information about development plans and public improvement projects, view and print Certificates of Occupancy, search the permit history of an address, and read plan-review comments before a review cycle is complete.

The ODC is pretty intuitive and easy to use. You can browse the database to locate a project of interest, or narrow your search by keying in the CAC district, Planning district, owner name, major street name, or file/case number. Your search will yield a report with all the cases matching your search criteria. Some basic information will appear when you click on the case number, including the developer’s name and contact information, the type of development, the number of acres affected, the CAC district, and the Planner in charge.

If you are seeking more than the basic information, I would suggest jotting down the case number and visiting the City’s Development Approvals webpage for more details. On that webpage, scroll down to the appropriate year and project type, then click on the case number for the file you wish to view. This is where you’ll find copies of all staff reports, administrative actions, conditions of approval, location maps, and surveyed drawings.

If you have any questions, or need help navigating the ODC, please leave a comment and I will get back to you. If you are a contractor and would like to establish an account, please call the DSCSC at 919-996-2500.

Have a great week and enjoy this spring-like weather!

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