Category Archives: Permitting Software

Instant Permits – Over the Counter Permits – Express Permits

Citizenserve can help you deliver express permits or licenses to your constituents. Contractors can fill out a simple online form, pay online, and download their permit.

Citizenserve also supports remote inspections. Jurisdictions can accept contractor or homeowner created video recordings, uploaded photographs, or can perform the remote inspection using conferencing software such as Skype. Contact us to see how we can help you implement remote inspections, express permits, or other online solutions to support your municipality.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Integration Q&A

The following questions were included in a formal Permitting and Land Management System Request for Information from a city of about 62,500 residents.  Read our responses below for more information about some of the features included in Citizenserve's e-government software solution.

1.7     Geographic Information Systems

1.7.1. Describe the solution’s integration capabilities with ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute)-based GIS systems and services.

Citizenserve Response: Most Citizenserve customers have ESRI GIS with various layers and property information.  Two-way integration using web services allows ESRI GIS information to be incorporated into Citizenserve.

1.7.2. Describe features offered, ESRI solutions and versions supported.

Citizenserve Response: Mapping features are built into the software.  Wherever the map pin is available users can click on the pin icon to see their permitting, licensing, and case files on a map.  Reports can also be rendered as a map rather than a table and the information included in each file can be easily customized.  Citizenserve uses the Google Map API and all features available through the Google API can be incorporated into the software.  Most Citizenserve customers also have ESRI GIS with various layers and property information.  Two-way integration using web services allows ESRI GIS information to be incorporated into Citizenserve.  This short demonstration video provides a general overview of features:

https://www.citizenserve.com/portfolio-view/mapping/

1.7.3. Describe how the system allows real time access to the GIS services and associated databases in order to query the latest address, parcel, zoning, neighborhood, and other relevant datasets?

Citizenserve Response: We will set up two-way integrations to the City’s GIS rather than accessing the data downloads the City provides on its redmond.gov website, since the City is requesting real time access. We will use web services for the integration.

1.7.5. Describe the solution’s capabilities to provide geographically based analysis, data, and reports.

Citizenserve Response: Mapping features are built into the software.  Wherever the map pin is available users can click on the pin icon to see their permitting, licensing, and case files on a map.  Reports can also be rendered as a map rather than a table and the information included in each file can be easily customized.  Citizenserve uses the Google Map API and all features available through the Google API can be incorporated into the software.  Most Citizenserve customers also have ESRI GIS with various layers and property information.  Two-way integration using web services allows ESRI GIS information to be incorporated into Citizenserve.

Any of the data available from the Google Map API and/or the City’s ESRI GIS are available for reporting and analysis.

This short demonstration video provides a general overview of features:

https://www.citizenserve.com/portfolio-view/mapping/

1.7.6. Describe the solution’s integration capabilities to provide an interactive mapping component with the ability to create custom queries and reports.

Citizenserve Response: The end user reporting tool that is built into the software allows end users to create tabular reports, map reports, and merge reports that merge a list with a template like an expired permit notice.  Using HTML, the reports can be interactive with drill-down capabilities, etc.  The creation of unlimited custom reports is included in the Citizenserve subscription, and any user can request a report at any time and our support team will create the report definition and put it in the user’s reporting folders.  This video demonstration provides a short overview of reporting features in Citizenserve:

https://www.citizenserve.com/portfolio-view/reporting/

Citizenserve Document Markup Tool – On a PC

An in-depth review of the features included in Citizenserve's document markup tool.

  1. How to access the markup tool
  2. Create a new stamp
  3. Add stamps to all pages
  4. Edit Stamps
  5. Add Shapes (Rectangle, Circle, Arrow, Line, Free-Draw Tool)
  6. Tools
    1. Bookmarks
    2. Text Box
    3. Highlighter
    4. Measurement Tools
      1. Calibration Tool
      2. Measure area
      3. Measure a length
      4. Measure Distance (around a corner!)
  7. View other reviewer comments
  8. View/add comments
  9. Common comments book
  10. Undo/redo/eraser/zoom tools/display-hide item numbers
  11. Email markup
  12. Generate markup pdf
  13. View markup comments from the citizen portal
  14. Import comments from prior version

 

Electronic Planning and Zoning Software

Overview of Citizenserve Planning and Zoning module.

  • Overview of citizen portal
  • Apply for subdivision of land permit through online portal(5:18)
  • Online application payment through payment processor (9:55)
  • Review submitted application through portal (10:29)
  • Overview of Citizenserve application (14:30)
    • My Tasks
    • Metrics (15:33)
    • Overview of Permit Project file (16:31)
    • Unlimited support - submit Support Center Request (19:41)
    • My Recent Files (20:14)
    • My Links (20:27)
    • My Notes (20:32)
    • Home Page configuration (20:41)
  • Architectural plan review activity (21:36)
    • Electronic document markup tool (22:34)
      • Create a stamp
      • Add comment to stamp
      • Add comment to document
    • Review comments
    • Complete activity
      • Email review comments to applicant (27:40)
  • Review activity review comments from citizen portal (30:04)
  • Review workflow route status updates from Citizenserve (30:56)
  • Review initial reviewer document markup comments from the citizen portal (31:25)
  • Complete Engineering Plan Review activity (32:05)
    • Electronic document markup tool (32:55)
    • See multiple reviewer comments
    • Calibrate document to draw measurements
    • Calculate area on map and add comments from comment book to area shape
    • Draw rectangle and add comments
    • Draw arrow and add comments
  • Review document markup and review comments on citizen portal (39:00)
  • Design Review Team Meeting Agenda Creation (40:29)
  • Can we get a map report of the DRT Agenda sites? (42:17)
  • Can Citizenserve handle external (out of agency) reviewers?  (45:44)
  • Who owns the data if it's in Citizenserve? (48:55)
  • Managing communication between applicant and staff (49:59)