Code Enforcement Software

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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To meet with the increasing demands of municipal governments and other city organizations, code enforcement software and other specialized software is undergoing many changes. Though many municipalities and other small government bodies have been using computers as data organization tools for as many as 15 years, truly effective hardware and software has remained elusive. As personal computers become more affordable, and as the Internet becomes more widespread, many municipalities are looking towards modern code enforcement software and tools.

There are many challenges that face designers of code enforcement software. Through simple database programs may suffice for organizing hard data, they don't offer the flexibility demanded by inspectors and other regulatory bodies. Reports and other time consuming paperwork, such as licenses and permits, are still commonly handled by hand.

Advances in Code Enforcement Software

Modern code enforcement software can consolidate many types of relevant data into a single source. Many different report types, such as health permits, violations, and parcel reports can all be generated with the help of the software, significantly speeding up processing. Some GIS and code enforcement programs can also store images, blueprints, or CAD files for easy, instant access.

Since many modern versions of municipal software are created with connectivity in mind, different departments can all access the same information, instantly updating databases with project status and other information. Officers can direct their reports to any department they choose, and run searches to find properties with similar parameters or legal qualities. It is also possible to produce hearing and report schedules, and create and search detailed historic records.

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