New service to save time and money
Fife Council has launched a new eBuildingStandards system which streamlines planning applications through one web portal to make it easier to apply for building work on commercial developments, as well as individual home improvement projects.
eBuildingStandards follows the launch of the improved ePlanning service in January and, according to the Council, signals the latest development in streamlining public services in the digital age. It says this new service makes it quicker and easier to apply for building work both on individual home improvement projects and for larger commercial developments.
The portal enables:
The electronic submission to local authorities of building warrant applications and completion certificates
Electronic payment of associated fees directly to the local authority
Submit digital copies of supporting documentation, eliminating the need to print and post.
Together, the two portals offer applicants and local authorities an opportunity to save in cost and time with every application made online. This could see savings of over £73 million over the next five years to customers and local authorities.
Robin Presswood, head of Economy, Planning and Employability Services, Fife Council, said: “Online applications have significant customer benefits. They are simple, save applicants time and money and are delivered to us swiftly, so enable us to start considering applications sooner.
“The new eBuildingStandards.scot portal provides an easy-to-use way to submit applications for building warrants, completion certificates and other related forms.
“As a pioneer and early adopter of ePlanning, the ePlanning service launched in January 2016 has already helped us to further drive business efficiency, improve performance and increase community engagement.
“The eBuilding initiative is another step forward in ensuring that Fife Council is best placed to meet the needs of businesses and increase sustainable economic growth.”
Cllr Lesley Laird, Fife Council’s depute leader, said: “Fife Council always works to interact efficiently and effectively with our clients in submitting documents, such as building warrant applications.
“As with the new ePlanning service, we welcome the eBuildingStandards initiative and see it as an opportunity to further develop the efficiency of the services that we deliver to local people, communities and businesses.”
Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart said: “In today’s world we know that customers want to engage digitally with local and central government.
“The drive to expand to eBuildingStandards came from customer feedback. We listened and responded to this and will continue to do so. This is our second eDevelopment service, following on from launch of the refreshed ePlanning service earlier this year.
“The new service went live as planned, and has already been a clear hit with customers. In its first week, over 500 applications were submitted – exceeding our predictions.”