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County launches building permit, by-law portal

Residents in most municipalities of Lambton County can now submit and monitor building permit applications and by-law reports through an online software called Cloudpermit.

The county officially launched the online tool last week. 

Through the cloud-based software, residents can apply for a building, plumbing, and septic permit, or by-law report online. Applicants will also be able to monitor the progress of their submitted item, communicate with the Building Services Department, request changes, and receive results online.

Building inspectors and by-law officers will also be able to use the tool to have immediate access to up-to-date information while conducting on-site visits.

"With this program, our staff can update and review reports and applications while they are on-site, saving time for staff, ensuring the most up-to-date information is used, and reducing wait times for responses to applicants,” said Chief Building Official Corrine Nauta in a media release.

The online system is available for residents of Brooke-Alvinston, Dawn-Euphemia, Oil Springs, Petrolia, Enniskillen, Plympton-Wyoming, Point Edward, St. Clair Township, and Warwick.

Sarnia and Lambton Shores residents will still be required to contact their local building departments directly for permit and by-law reporting services.

However, Sarnia and Lambton Shores residents can apply for plumbing and septic permits and submit septic by-law reports online through the county, but should first contact their local building department.

While the use of Cloudpermit is encouraged, paper applications and inspection requests by phone will still be accepted.

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