The Mornington Peninsula Shire in Victoria has become the first local council in Australia to adopt PelicanCorp’s cloud based system, PermitAccess that integrates Dial Before You Dig enquires with applications for access to the road corridor to carry out excavations following the DBYD enquiry.
When any contractor lodges a DBYD enquiry for a location that is within the road corridor in the Mornington Peninsula Shire an application for access to that location is automatically generated.
If the applicant is not planning an excavation but needs access for other purposes PermitAccess automatically directs them to another PelicanCorp cloud service, CorridorAccess to apply for that permit.
Once the application-to-excavate permit has been lodged PermitAccess enables the applicant and Shire staff to exchange any necessary documents such as terms and conditions, photos and traffic management plans, to viewprogress of the permit application and, if necessary, make changes.
PermitAccess also enables applicants to pay online for their permits, and enables council staff to view the location of each permit application in a map window.
Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor councillor Bryan Payne said deployment of PermitAccess had reduced the time taken to turn around an enquiry from five days to around 48 hours.
“This means our local contractors can get the job done quicker with less paperwork – a great result across the board,” he said.
Mornington Peninsula Shire manager project delivery Derek Rotter, said PermitAccess had given the council “greater clarity and foresight of impending and current works across the peninsula.”
The council is now organising face-to-face training for local contractors to help them make the most of PermitAccess.
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