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City of San Diego enhances online services

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The city of San Diego Wednesday unveiled a new section of its website where the public can obtain online permitting and purchasing data.

The city's Development Services Department web pages use Google Maps to manage and track the city's land development permit processing functions.

A project tracking system uses a web-based format to display permit and code enforcement data, permit application information, project descriptions, project status, inspection outcomes, permit types needed, sign-offs from staff, expected fee amounts and staff contact information.

In December, businesses seeking San Diego permits will also be able use the OpenDSD web system to pay for and schedule inspections online.

The system will also allow community members to get a better understanding of past, present and future development activity in the community; to get involved earlier in the development process; to conduct research regarding neighborhood construction; and to verify or get status updates on neighborhood code enforcement issues, according to the city.

Property owners and designers will get up-to-the-moment status updates on events regarding their project and be able to monitor inspection activity; confirm development process timelines; research whether the design professional or contractor has pulled appropriate permits; and validate permits when selling property.

"My vision for this city is that local businesses, community organizations and residents do more innovative things with the city online," said Mayor Kevin Faulconer. "We're changing how the city of San Diego does business. We're telling local residents, civic organizations and businesses that San Diego is online, open for business and opportunity starts here."

Development Services will also extend business hours for plan checks and permit issuance of single-family homes, duplexes, additions and remodels. Counters will be open by appointment for plan check services on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and one Saturday a month from 8 a.m to 12 p.m.

The city will also expand those hours to a new Kearny Mesa site if there is enough demand.

The Purchasing and Contracting Department opened a web-based system called "PlanetBids," where vendors and suppliers can view and respond to requests for proposals and other city solicitations. City officials say bidders will save time and money, and will still be able to submit hard copies of proposals if they wish.

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