Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) -  Rochester residents will now have two new online services available to them. One is an online application to apply for a building permit, and the second will serve as a one-stop resource to view City department records.

According to a press release from the City of Rochester, the new online permit application is available on the City’s website. The second tool is called AgencyCounter and it is an online dashboard that allows residents to view the status of City planning records and building permits from 2013 to the present. It also provides access to rental housing records from 2007 to the present.

“We know that our community members lead busy lives and this new tool will provide them an easy and safe way to check on the status of a planning application, building permit or rental certificates while also saving them a trip to our office,” Community Development Director Cindy Steinhauser said. “This is another example of Rochester’s effort to provide proactive technology to benefit and engage with our residents.”

One of AgencyCounter’s features is it allows users to create alerts in two different ways when an application or permit is applied for. The first is based on known local areas such as Wards, neighborhoods, and the Destination Medical Center district. The second is a custom design option that allows community members to pick a number of boxes from a grid covering the City. As data is updated, notifications are generated matching the user-designed alerts and the notifications are made available in a users’ AgencyCounter account for review.

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