(March 3, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City is continuing to expand the online services offered to our citizens by allowing citizens, contractors and business owners the opportunity to apply for building permits (plumbing, electrical and mechanical) and business or rental licenses online. Beginning March 3, the new online services will be available by visiting the town’s website.
By simply going online, contractors and citizens will now be able to complete the most common steps in the building permit process including applications, payments and scheduling inspections. In addition, the online program will improve access to permit information by allowing citizens and contractors to perform inquiries directly from the Internet.
“We are very excited to offer an online option to our property owners and contractors,” said Ocean City Planning and Community Development Director, Matt Margotta. “This will vastly improve the permit process, speed up the scheduling of inspections and will allow users to check the active permit review status. Not only will this service be a large benefit to our customers, but it should reduce inquiry calls from the public and allow the resources of our building department personnel to be maximized.”
Along with the building permits, the new online services option allows for businesses to complete routine tasks associated with business licenses. Citizens can search for licenses, renew licenses and pay for licenses, as well as perform “what if” scenarios to determine the impact of changes on a license.
“Having an online service for business and rental licenses is an exciting option to offer our community,” said Michael Sherman, Licensing Inspector for the Town of Ocean City. “This will allow businesses and property owners to renew a license and pay any associated fees directly online. We hope that it will make their life a little bit easier and will be a more effective way to maintain the town’s business and rental licenses.”
While there is some limited functionality with the service, the town is confident that the new tools will be an extraordinary benefit to the citizens of Ocean City. For questions or inquiries, citizens should visit www.oceancitymd.gov or email email@example.com for building permits or firstname.lastname@example.org for business or rental licenses.