DPIE Under Construction Newsletter - Special Edition

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Special Edition — October 1, 2020

Momentum Online System to Improve DPIE Processes

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Technology to Go Live in
October 2020

DPIE is beginning its modernization initiative with the implementation of Momentum, the County’s new online one-stop shop for permitting, licensing, inspections and code enforcement. Momentum’s technology will help the County continue to spur economic development by expediting functions related to business and construction. It will also ensure the safety of our citizens and business partners during the pandemic and protect the environment.

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“Momentum is a state-of-the-art system that will provide a faster, more organized and safer way for customers to do business with the County within the current COVID-19 social distancing mandates,” said DPIE Director Melinda Bolling. “Momentum is the best tool in the County’s effort to continue to encourage economic growth, a priority of County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. The County Executive has also implemented several green initiatives. Momentum is paperless, so it allows us a more environmentally responsible way to perform these operations.”

Momentum will roll out in mid-October with Phase I – licensing, which will focus on business licenses, as well as single-family, multifamily and short-term rental licenses. The new system will allow customers to submit applications, upload documentation and make payments online. When the applications have been reviewed and approved, customers will be able to print their licenses at work or at home.

The system will allow DPIE to handle twice the volume the current technology allows and features safeguards that will track compliance with licensing requirements. For example, if a certificate of insurance expires for a building contractor’s license before the term of the license ends, the Momentum system will automatically place the license on hold until an updated certificate is provided. Such information is tracked manually with the current technology.

Phase 2 of Momentum will focus on the DPIE Enforcement Division and the Health Department. The Enforcement Division is responsible for protecting the lives, safety and welfare of our citizens and the County’s aesthetic value through enforcement of property maintenance standards. Momentum will allow the Health Department to assist customers with functions related to everything from food safety to septic systems and wells. Phase 3 will modernize functions in DPIE’s Inspections, Site/Road Plan Review and Building Plan Review divisions and the Department of the Environment (DoE), which will be able to perform stormwater management, sustainability and waste and recycling operations.

For questions regarding Phase I:

Business Licensing

Rental Licensing

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2020 Census

By law, every 10 years the U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. Your participation determines representation and how billions in federal funds are distributed. If our community is undercounted, friends and neighbors miss out on an estimated $18,250 per person over a 10-year period. Statewide, that’s a total of $26.6 billion over a 10-year period.