Permit mapping tool now up and running in Pittsburgh

Permit mapping tool now up and running in Pittsburgh

An interactive map of city development projects  is now up and running in Pittsburgh. The tool was approved earlier this year and created in partnership with buildingeye, a firm that has built similar applications for other cities.

Clicking on the dots on a city map gives users more information on the permit, license and code enforcement actions filed in that location, including relevant dates, contact info and license or case number. Users can search for documents associated with specific addresses, neighborhoods or ZIP codes; a filter tool sorts documents by reference numbers, dates and business type.

“This website is an important tool for citizens of Pittsburgh to engage with their neighborhoods,” Permits, Licenses and Inspections Director Maura Kennedy said in the announcement. “It’s another step towards making Permits, Licenses, and Inspections a more transparent, accountable, and predictable department.”

Since the data that PLI manages is all location based, it made sense to make it available in a map format, Kennedy told GCN earlier this year. This application combines data that was available in multiple online locations with additional information that wasn’t available online and displays it in one location, she said.

"We have been committed to improving the way the public interacts with local government, and buildingeye is the latest example of this innovative work," Mayor William Peduto said in a statement. "This tool will provide residents better transparency on city permits and neighborhood development."

About the Author

Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.

Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

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