Breaking Down NJ's Electronic Permitting Law: 3 Critical Compliance Keynotes

In an era where technology continues to reshape traditional processes, New Jersey Electronic Permitting Bill A1145 aims to bring positive changes to building officials statewide. This groundbreaking legislation seeks to streamline and modernize the permit application and approval process, bringing about efficiency and transparency. Let's delve into the 3 key compliance points of the law and explore how it is poised to reshape the landscape of permitting in the Garden State.

Requirement 1: Provide the ability to submit requests for on-site inspection of a project.

Here, the law mandates municipalities to accept inspection requests digitally. By transitioning to digital permitting software, the state aims to reduce the time and resources traditionally spent on physical documentation. A digital platform aims to simplify the submission process, making it more convenient for businesses and individuals to comply with regulations. This shift not only benefits applicants but also ensures that regulatory bodies can handle a higher volume of permit requests without compromising on accuracy. The paperwork reduction and streamlined processing translate to a more cost-effective and efficient system for everyone involved.

Municipalities that use Spatial Data Logic already have online inspection request capabilities. Applicants can request and confirm inspections through the SDL Online Portal. These online forms can be incorporated into backend workflows for easy tracking.

Requirement 2: Provide continuous, 24-hour accessibility for the submission of both scheduling requests, and the materials necessary for permit application review.

With an online portal, individuals and businesses can submit permit applications, check the status of their requests, and receive notifications—all from the comfort of their homes or offices. The digital platform facilitates seamless interactions, enabling authorities to request additional information promptly and applicants to respond in a timely manner. This dynamic exchange expedites the permitting process and fosters a more transparent and collaborative relationship between all stakeholders.

Spatial Data Logic currently offers the SDL Online Portal, an internet-based solution that is hosted in Google Cloud, which meets FedRamp, StateRamp, and HIPPA compliance standards. It acts as a digital extension of your building, allowing 24/7 access to permit applications, submissions, and inspection requests with real-time updates. 

Requirement 3: Provide the ability to submit the materials necessary for application review.

Lastly, the law requires that online portals have the capability to collect application materials. The SDL Online Portal supports the submission of required UCC application materials per sub-code. Robust encryption protocols and secure authentication mechanisms are implemented to safeguard sensitive data, instilling confidence among applicants that their information is protected throughout the application and approval process.

New Jersey's Electronic Permitting Law is pivotal in the state's commitment to embracing technology. By prioritizing efficiency, accessibility, and collaboration, the law sets the stage for a more streamlined and transparent permitting process. As stakeholders adapt to this digital transformation, the benefits are anticipated to extend beyond mere convenience, fostering a regulatory environment that is both responsive and forward-looking. 

Have any questions? Spatial Data Logic is hosting a webinar on February 27 at 10:00 am EST. During this session, we'll review the three main aspects of the regulations and cover commonly asked questions. You'll leave understanding the details of the regulations and what you must do to stay compliant. Click here to join.