We would like to change the way Indianapolis processes driveway replacement permits.

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Right now, the City of Indianapolis - Department of Business and Neighborhood Services issues contractors permits for various projects taking place within the City of Indianapolis. The permitting process as a whole has been plagued for years, decades even, with inefficient and counterproductive requirements and what can only be described as high turnover in employees. (as seen from the outside looking in) This problem can be more narrowly described as it pertains to homeowners wanting to fix or replace items around their now aging homes in a “like for like” manner. For driveway and patio contractors, concrete contractors, and anyone that *replaces* existing hard surfaces around a home, they can be asked by the people at the department of neighborhood and business services for information varying from “plot plans” to “topographical surveys with flow lines”. First issue: these homes are commonly owned by people that are anywhere from the second to fourth owners of a single property. It is extremely rare to have any of these original documents like plot plans on hand. (Shouldnt this information already be in file in city archives?) Second issue: Contractors are not always engineers, and same can be said as engineers are not always contractors. To require a licensed contractor to have an engineering firm draft a plot plan or survey a property and map out to simply repair or replace a previously paved area is nearly impossible to comprehend. Third issue: The turnover in employees at the department of business and neighborhood services has only caused confusion as to what is required when filing different permits. It leads to only a feeling of discouragement for contractors and homeowners as they wait weeks only to hear conflicting information from the “powers that be” It is not as cut and dry as it should be. When compared to other *thriving* suburbs like Carmel, Avon, Greenwood, Fishers and many more, Indianapolis stands as a good example of what *not* to be when you are trying to convince your populace and local contractors to fix uo their homes and increase neighborhood curb appeal. The cost is not the issue (although it is also extremely high) as much as the ridiculous requirements and maddening misinformation and requirements that seemingly change more often than not.

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