- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Ten municipalities are participating in a new initiative to offer permits for developers and property owners online.

State officials say the communities were selected to pilot a new statewide e-permitting initiative in an effort to modernize state and local permitting systems using an online portal.

Cranston, Newport, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Warwick, West Warwick, Westerly and Woonsocket were selected out of 26 municipalities that applied for the pilot.

The online software is scheduled to be launched in September 2015. Officials say they will first work on streamlining the process for trades permits, such as building, fire, electrical, mechanical and plumbing, across the communities. Gov. Lincoln Chafee budgeted $900,000 for this first phase.

The goal is to eventually implement the system statewide.

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