New technology makes Sioux Falls building inspectors more efficient

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - With record construction in Sioux Falls over the past five years, city building inspectors are keeping busy, and they now have some new technology to help them stay on top of it all.

The new "land management software" gets rid of huge binders of documents and forms that inspectors need with them on the job.

“Our inspectors now carry with them small mobile tablet devices and can do all of their documentation online," Mike Cooper, director of planning and building services, said in a press release Monday. "Then the property owners and contractors can see those results with the click of a button.”

The software is used by 11 different City of Sioux Falls departments and divisions to conduct business functions such as permitting, inspecting, professional and business licensing, land development and code enforcement.

The City said the system contains more than 1.5 million records including plans, permits and code cases.

The software not only helps the City, but also the public. The Customer Self Service (CSS) website is where contractors and property owners can apply for certain permits, schedule and track inspections, make payments, and apply for conditional use and rezoning plans.

Additionally, CSS allows rental property owners to obtain rental registration permits online and to search all active code cases.