Mesa Mayor John Giles unveiled a self-certification program at a recent State of the City Breakfast. The program allows approved engineers and architects to take responsibility for and certify a project’s compliance with building codes, standards and ordinances, according to a press release.
“Self-certification is another way we are making business easy with the city of Mesa,” Mayor Giles said in the release. “We are ‘open for business’ and next up is a new online plan review system that will save our customers even more time and money.”
The major benefits are reduced review time for developers and contractors which will give city of Mesa staff more time, in the long term, to work on other projects. Self-certified permits will be issued within five days of application. The current average turnaround time for permits is 18 business days.
The self-certification program only applies to projects involving single family homes and certain types of commercial tenant improvements and remodels. A city building official will determine if a project is eligible for self-certification. Phoenix, Surprise and Peoria are other valley cities currently using the program.
The idea for self-certification stemmed from INNOV8, a program designed to challenge city departments not only to increase the value of services offered to Mesa residents, but also to collaborate the delivery of such services while using existing resources.
For more information on Mesa’s self-certification program, visit the city’s website.
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