Tampa Opens One-Stop Permitting Shop

Originally published by: Tampa Bay Business JournalApril 4, 2012

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Tampa opened a new one-stop permitting shop for the Planning and Development Department at 1400 North Blvd. on Wednesday.

The city is merging all departments and staff doing permitting and site plan review.

The city also is using new Accela software, which allows users to check on a permit status from their smartphones or at home.

“This consolidation and creation of the one-stop permitting shop brings us another step closer to changing Tampa’s economic DNA. We will make sure everyone knows Tampa is open for business,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in a statement.

The Development Services Center includes staff from the Planning and Development Department, as well as Solid Waste, Parks and Recreation, Transportation, Storm Water, and Technology and Innovation.

In February, Buckhorn appointed Thomas Snelling as the director of Planning and Development, and he will oversee the Development Services Center. Snelling reports to Bob McDonaugh, the administrator for Economic Opportunity.

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