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City Launches Online Tool to Share Real-time Building & Planning Application Info

Search and track building and planning permits and applications via buildingeye

Post Date:11/13/2015 12:16 PM

For Immediate Release
November 13, 2015

Media Contact:
Meghan Horrigan, City Manager's Office


Redwood City, Calif.--The City of Redwood City announced today a new online resource for residents and businesses to monitor and search building and planning permits and applications. The new, interactive tool is offered through buildingeye, a third party application. Complementing the City's other online resources, the tool uses data from the City's web-based GIS and permitting system to provide a fully searchable and user-friendly resource for building and planning permit and application information, accessible 24 hours a day.

The tool also allows the public to create alerts that will send email notifications when a building or planning permit or application in a specific neighborhood or area is added. This feature will help connect residents and business owners to development and project activity in their neighborhoods.

"This new online resource will ensure that the public has community development information at their fingertips 24 hours a day," said Melissa Stevenson Diaz, city manager of Redwood City. "This adds a new level of transparency to the City's building and planning application process, and will make it easier for Redwood City residents and businesses to participate in that process."

This new web-based tool supports the City's goals to build a virtual city hall and share real time information with the public about building and planning permits and applications. The tool's user-friendly map simplifies searches and includes icons to provide quicker access to specific building and planning permit and application information. The interface also connects the public directly with pertinent project details, including basic information about each application and contact information for each project planner. Filters allow users to search applications by keyword, permit number, date received, application type, and status (e.g., "under review" or "completed").

buildingeye is a local San Francisco start-up with a growing number of local municipal clients including Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Alameda.

To access Redwood City's new online building and planning applications tool, visit:


About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco shoreline to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with over 84,000 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at, or follow @RedwoodCity on Twitter and



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