Pittsburgh may begin issuing permits online Pittsburgh may begin issuing permits onlinePermits should be online. The process should be as easy and effective as ebay too.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 By Timothy McNulty, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
City residents and businesses would be able to get zoning permits and other government approvals over the Web -- instead of cutting through bureaucracy Downtown -- under a $1.3 million proposal submitted by the Ravenstahl administration today.
The mayor's office is proposing a contract with San Ramon, Calif., tech firm Accela to provide Web-based permitting for the city. The firm was one of nine bidders for the project, which would take 12-18 months to complete. Council begins debate next week.
However, the cost seem way out of place.
Furthermore, I want to know if this is an open-source application. If it isn't -- I'd reject it fully.
Government should only invest in open-source software solutions.