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Improved online permitting for local contractors begins October 7
Improved online permitting for local contractors begins October 7

Sarasota, County, Florida -- Beginning Oct. 7, local contractors will be able to save time and money by applying for building permits through Sarasota County Planning and Development Services Department updated online system at www.building.scgov.net. Current registered users will have full access to the new site; however contractor agents will need to create a new, one-time only free registration.  

By cutting down the time it takes to apply for and receive a building permit, we are helping contractors grow their business and create jobs.  

"Requests for building permits are up so the demand is out there and we want to make sure we have the proper resources to serve our customers," said Tom Polk, director, Sarasota County Planning and Development Services Department. "This upgrade will make it easier for local contractors to get back to building homes and businesses which is good for them and good for our economy."  

During the upgrade to the new and improved service, the current online permitting system and the Integrated Voice Response System (IVR) will be unavailable beginning Friday, Oct. 4, until Monday, Oct. 7. The Permit Centers located at 1001 Sarasota Center Blvd., Sarasota and 4000 South Tamiami Trail, Venice will be open for business on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 during normal business hours, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., with limited capabilities.  

Inspection requests may be made any time up to a week before the inspection date. We recommend that customers requiring an inspection on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 schedule inspections prior to the shutdown of the system on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Customers will still be able to request inspections by phone 941-861-3029 or 941-861-6678 on Friday, Oct. 4. Certificates of Occupancy (CO's) or Temporary Certificates of Occupancy (TCO's) will not be issued after 10 a.m. on Friday Oct. 4.  

New features will be available that allow electronic online permitting for all types of building permits 24 hours a day, payment of fees, scheduling of inspections and many more upgrades.  

For more information, please contact our Permit Centers at 941- 861-3029 or 941-861-6678.