Large City Querying Vendors for Licensing, Inspection Software

The municipal agency is looking into configurable, low-code solutions that would work for building permitting, inspection, code enforcement and professional licensing.

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A Los Angeles city government department is asking vendors for their insights into low-code application platforms that can be used by licensing and permitting agencies.

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) has issued a request for information (RFI) “to help understand the marketplace of vendors providing software solutions” that can be used in the building permitting, inspection, code enforcement and professional licensing domain. The city seeks low-code applications that can be rapidly configured and customized.

LADBS says it’s seeking “a target solution” with the following characteristics:

  • The solution leverages pre-built components for core licensing and permitting business capabilities;
  • The solution leverages pre-built components for horizontal platform capabilities used across business capabilities, such as workflow;
  • The solution is a product with ongoing support “and a road map of new features that anticipate needs and with future planned enhancements”;
  • The solution can rapidly extend functionality using a low-code application platform.
  • The solution has the ability to support agile implementation methodology, with an agile delivery cadence to demonstrate new functionality and facilitate rapid feedback loops.
  • The solution offers the technical and business staffs a platform to develop ancillary solutions that augment and integrate with the solution’s core licensing and permitting functions.
The city is inviting vendors to respond to this RFI and to outline how their offerings meet each of these six characteristics, and vendors are advised to read Sections 3.1 and 3.2 of the RFI for details about how to format responses.

The department may contact respondents for more information and/or “structured demonstrations” of software capabilities. Any such discussions or demonstrations will be scheduled between May 21 and June 15.

“Vendors shall refrain from contacting any city personnel directly,” the RFI notes. “The contract administrator will contact vendors for any desired additional discussions or demonstrations.”

Dennis Noone is Managing Editor of Techwire.