Bellingham to launch new permit system Nov. 18

The city is rolling out a new online system for building permits Wednesday, Nov. 18.

To make the transition, the permit center will have only limited service on Monday, Nov. 16, and will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 17. Inspections will be available on both days if scheduled online or through the automated phone system, according to a news release from the Planning & Community Development Department.

The new permitting system, called TRAKIT, is expected to improve access to building permit information. The new system will be better for users trying to track the progress of reviews for all their permits, said Kurt Nabbefeld, development services manager for the city. Regular users will be able to submit, pay and receive permits online, saving paper and travel time to the permit center.

“Our goal is to get the permitting portion up and running for applicants first, with future phases to include rental registration and safety inspection scheduling,” Nabbefeld said.