October 20, 2008 – Richmond, Louisiana: The Town of Richmond, Louisiana has awarded an agreement to Louisiana IBTS to provide full building code department services, including:
- Building Code Department implementation and operation
- Ordinance writing assistance
- Permit approvals
- Residential and commercial plan reviews
- Residential and commercial building inspections
- Certificate of Occupancy approvals
- Providing public outreach education workshops
- Grant writing assistance
The Town of Richmond is looking to IBTS to develop, implement and operate its Building Code Department. IBTS has also agreed to function as the parish Building Official in order to provide for technical and administrative assistance with the new Uniform Construction Codes. This agreement will enable IBTS to serve Richmond’s citizens in a cost-efficient way, as they will also be a part of the North Louisiana Building Department (NLBD) which is operated by IBTS. Richmond will share resources with other surrounding parishes such as Madison, Tensas, Franklin, Caldwell and others that are also members of the NLBD.
To assist with the Building Code Department workflow process, IBTS has partnered with Praeses LLC of Shreveport, LA to provide Jurisdiction Online – Building Code Enforcement (JO-BCE) software for efficient tracking of all the required departmental documentation. JO-BCE is state-of-the-art software that is being used within the NLBD to track all activities. The software is Web-based, enabling secure access to registered users of the building department’s system from anywhere in the world that has Web access.
IBTS has appointed Greg Blount, Louisiana Branch Manager, and Larry Walters, CBO, to function as the primary staff for this project. Mr. Walters will act as the Certified Building Official for all Richmond’s plan reviews and inspections. Mr. Blount will be responsible for policy, client satisfaction and overall management of the contract.