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Point, click and permit
SNOQUALMIE - The city of Snoqualmie is looking to connect to its residents more efficiently with the help of a modem.
Sometime early next year, Snoqualmie hopes to make online permitting available to residents who are required to file permits with the city for minor property repairs and improvements.
The service will be handled through a Web site called www.mybuildingpermit.com and would be used for repairs that don't require any new designs, such as rebuilding a roof or installing a new water tank.
The interface of the Web site will be similar to many other commercial sites with spaces that need to be filled out by a contractor or property owner in order for a permit to be processed.
Once the information is sent and verified, a permit is e-mailed to the user.
The whole process can happen in a matter of minutes.
"We realize our constituents are customers and we are trying to bring a service to them," said Snoqualmie Building Official and Code Enforcement Officer Jim Tinner.
The Web site will be maintained by the E-City Alliance, an alliance of cities in east King County that now includes Snoqualmie, Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Kirkland, Sammamish, Bothell, Kenmore and Woodinville. As many as 22 cities on the Eastside may eventually become part of the alliance.
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