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Tampa debuts same-day permitting processes

City program promises same day review for some residential and commercial projects.

TAMPA — The city’s Construction Services Department has launched a new way for developers, contractors and residents to get speedy approval for relatively minor tasks.

Dubbed “Fast Pass," the program promises professional plan reviewers will process plans the same day, electronically and by virtual GoToMeeting appointment on Thursdays, according to a city news release.

For residential construction, eligible plans include screen enclosures, pools, perimeter walls, generators, foundation stabilizers, alterations and driveways. Commercial plans include perimeter walls and antennae for existing towers.

The service is designed for projects that don’t require participation of other city departments or county, state or federal agencies.

To schedule a virtual appointment for same day plan review, the department requests that people call (813) 274-3100, option 1, or email FastPass@tampagov.net and request a Fast Pass virtual appointment.

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