Hillsborough County continues to streamline and improve how it does business with the launch today of a new electronic submittal and review system for building plans. The system, called ProjectDox, will greatly improve the efficiency and ease of use for customers and County staff during the submission and review of construction projects.
ProjectDox is a web-based electronic plan and document workflow system that creates a virtual workspace for customers and County staff to initiate, communicate, review and approve construction plans.
“This has taken a manual process and turned it into a technology-driven process,” said Dave Ford, interim director for The Center for Development Services.
Customers are given a special login for their projects that allows them to submit plans and documents and review the status of their projects from their own computers. County staff from various departments and agencies that need to review the plans also can log in from their computers to view documents online and mark them up as needed for everyone else to see and provide further input.
The system, which will be integrated into the Department’s current online permit application and inspection request service, also will allow users to pay their plan submittal and review fees online.
The department is starting first with building plan submittals for this new system and plans to expand it to site and subdivision plan submittals by the end of the calendar year. County staff tested the system with local builders and contractors for several months before this launch. Additional training will soon be available for contractors and builders on how to use the new system.
Development Services already has implemented several other technology improvements before this newest project. The department has allowed residents and contractors to apply for permits, schedule their inspections, and check the status of their permits and inspections online for several years. The department’s PGM Store, accessible from the County’s website, also has allowed customers and County staff to check the status of zoning requests and access documents and information. Additionally, in 2009, Development Services started the first phase of electronic plan submittal, when it implemented a system for developers and engineers to submit their plans on flash drives, rather than bringing in bundles of paper plans and documents.
For more information and to access the electronic plan submittal service, visit the County’s website at: www.hillsboroughcounty.org/center/ and click on the “Online Services” link on the page. On that page, click on the “Online Permitting and Plan Submittal System” link. For additional assistance, users also can call The Center for Development Services at 813-272-5600.
Avolve Software Corporation is the maker of ProjectDox, and is a leading provider of ePlan review and project collaboration software solutions for cities, counties and states nationwide.