The Tullahoma Planning and Codes Department is taking a new step into the 21st century, according to city officials.

At the May 13 meeting of the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen, City Administrator Jennifer Moody announced the city would be expanding its online services for contractors and homeowners who need various building permits.

Planning and Codes currently uses a software called iWorQ for the applications for building permits and codes enforcement, but Moody said the city will be expanding its agreement with iWorQ in order to allow for more online services from the department.

The expanded agreement will fund a “public portal application” that will allow contractors and homeowners looking to build or modify structures in the city to obtain and pay for permits online. The portal will also allow for online tracking of their projects, according to a memo provided to The News.

The memo, written by Planning and Codes Director Lee Lawson, states applicants will be able to upload image and PDF files through the app online.

In addition to an online portal available on the city’s website, the city will also make a computer with the software available inside the planning and codes office on North Collins Street for those without access to a device at home.

As part of the expanded agreement, iWorQ will provide all the necessary training, support and updates for the software at no additional cost to the city, according to the memo.

Additionally, all of the city’s data will remain the property of the city, according to the agreement.

According to the memo, the cost for the city is miniscule – a total of $1,700 annually for the expanded software access. iWorQ has also agreed to waive the one-time set-up fee of $1,700 due to the city’s existing relationship with the company, the memo states.

The board voted unanimously to approve the agreement.

Erin McCullough may be reached at emccullough@tullahomanews.com.