The City of Boston’s first-ever civic hackathon is August 9-10 at District Hall in Boston. Mayor Walsh, the Department of Innovation & Technology and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics want your ideas for how technology can improve Boston’s permitting process. From business-owners to home improvement projects, tech-friendlier permitting supports a more transparent and accessible city government.
Which Permits Do I Need?: A single project may require multiple permits. Applicants need a clear, intuitive, and enjoyable guide that will help applicants identify the permits they need to start working.
What’s my Address of Record?: Every project needs to be linked to an address in the City’s master database. In the current system, finding your address is tougher than it should be. Our new online system needs a clear way to search addresses and suggest alternatives, getting it right the first time.
Can I Apply for that Permit Online?: With September 1st weeks away, developers will try their hand at a challenge to provide a very practical solution using the City’s new API - creating a simple online and/or mobile application for Street Occupancy permits required to block space for a moving truck.
Where am I in the Approval Process?: Complex building projects can take months to review and permit, even if the process works correctly. Residents needs a clear way to track all permits associated with their project, which helps them understand how close they are to getting underway.