I can’t believe I am writing this month’s blog with snow falling outside my office windows. If you are like me, you have that one family member who insists on playing holiday music before the turkey is cold on Thanksgiving. These two things remind me the year is coming to a close, but I want to hold on to certain aspects of 2018 because it was a good year for Allen County builders.
Based on the number of permits and values, we are equally as strong as last year when we hit one billion dollars in permit values. The building department intends on being staffed to accommodate this “new norm” into 2019. With our permitting records now 100 percent digital we have been able to regain space once occupied by rows of filing cabinets. I encourage you to stop in to see our newly renovated public area.
You will soon be receiving license renewals in the mail. When sending in payment for licenses, it would be helpful for our staff if you sustained from sending an “e-check”. These are the checks issued through a bill pay service your bank may offer that are only valid for 90 days. While I suspect we will be able to improve upon the amount of time it took last year to process these payments, there are more than 7,000 licenses being renewed annually by this department. I am working on being able to renew licenses online in 2020 and keep all records digitally for all contractors. This may change the way journeymen and superintendent cards are issued, meaning that individuals would be responsible for their own renewals instead of companies renewing on their behalf.
Sent with the renewals will be some proposed changes in the rules and regulations. Please review the changes or contact a building department board of directors’ member before the January meeting with any questions.
There is still time for discussion and I welcome your input. From the office staff and inspectors, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.