Licensing Software

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Many organizations use licensing software to help them manage different aspects of permit and license processing. Commonly, state and local governments use geographic information systems (GIS programs) to help organize license information. In some cases, GIS programs can be used in concert with fund accounting software to completely automate application and fee processing functions.

Generally speaking, the basic function of GIS software is to organize and manage information according to geography. By placing demographic data and parcel and property information in a geographic context, GIS software allows a municipality centralized access to and control over many common municipal functions. Users can also customize some kinds of GIS software to account for local regulations and codes, bringing a further degree of usability and ease of use.

Licensing Software in GIS Packages

Many GIS software packages include licensing software as well as permit tracking software and code enforcement software. Licensing software's main function is to smooth license application procedures by allowing users to log applicant and parcel data and giving multiple departments access to important information. Users can even enter image and CAD data as part of the database.

Some licensing software can also automatically issue renewal notices and letters. Many types of reports can also be automatically generated, such as parcel reports, building permit activity reports, and CO status reports. In many cases, users can connect your GIS and licensing program to appraisal and tax management systems, as well.

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