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Plans Examiner - May/June 2015 Issue

The Plans Examiner 2015 - May / June Issue

  • Spring 2015 Landlord Training Program

    The Landlord Training class helps income property owners and managers build a foundation of partnership with their tenants and with city agencies, to create safe communities and residences.

  • Fee Change Update

    BDS collects fees under various fee schedules to fund inspections, plan review, permit issuance, land use review, customer assistance, and other functions.

  • BDS Budget Update

    This is a busy time for the bureau as we plan for the next fiscal year (FY 2015-16), and changes have been made to the Requested Budget BDS submitted in early February.

  • Bureau Assessment Update

    The assessment will encompass a review of the bureau’s overall health and culture as well as its organizational structure, with the goals of strengthening morale and teamwork, enhancing operational effectiveness, and aligning the bureau’s structure with staffing and service delivery goals.

  • DRAC Happenings

    DRAC Happenings highlights the activities of the City’s Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC). The DRAC is the City’s primary advisory body regarding development review.

  • Residential Inspections Posting Daily Inspection Schedules Online, Increasing Inspection Efficiencies

    On May 1, 2015, the Bureau of Development Services Residential Inspections launched an online customer inspection notification system that replaced daily telephone calls residential inspectors.

  • ITAP and GIS

    The Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP) is the City’s technology initiative to move the City's development review process to a paperless system. The paperless process will allow online access to the City bureaus' permitting and case services.

  • BDS Webpage Updates

    Recent updates to the BDS Webpages and Informational Documents

  • Bureau of Planning and Sustainability continues “Regulatory Improvement” projects

    RICAP 7, RICAP 8 and Accessory Structure Amendments are all in the pipeline.

  • Holiday Closure: Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015

    All Bureau of Development Services and Interagency Offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of Memorial Day.