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Proposal to make it easier to get building permits, inspects in New Jersey gets committee's support

Added 09-22-20 04:23:02pm EST - “The New Jersey Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced a bipartisan bill Monday that aims to allow construction companies and contractors to apply for permits and scheduled inspections online.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Proposal to make it easier to get building permits, inspects in New Jersey gets committee's support”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The New Jersey Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced a bipartisan bill Monday that aims to allow construction companies and contractors to apply for permits and scheduled inspections online.

The bill had the backing of numerous business associations including the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Apartment Association, the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA).

“Often when the legislature enacts meaningful legislation and the departments implement those legislations through regulations it imposes burdens on the business community,” said Ray Cantor, NJBIA’s vice president for government affairs in testimony to the committee. “Even though those burdens per regulation may be minimal over time, they do add up and the costs and the burdens become significant. We are very thankful that the legislature is taking a different approach and trying to make things more efficient, more cost effective and more timely.”

Sen. Steven Oroho, one of the bill’s sponsors, said the legislation is necessary to “bring the permitting process fully into the digital age.”

“It will bolster the entire process, from submission and review to scheduling, inspection and review, to approvals,” Oroho said. “The addition of an online, centralized digital system will simplify the complicated mechanisms and eliminate much of the frustration and inefficiencies that often delay important projects and cost money.”

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