After the easing of some restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Business License and Permit Center reopened its doors for the first time in almost two months on Monday, May 11 to service island residents.
Despite the heavy rain, dozens of people lined up at the Business License and Permit Center eager to get their taxes done and papers filed.
The multi-agency hub is offering assistance regarding building permit applications, business licenses, taxes, and more.
DPW Director Vince Arriola says that around 60 people came to the facility this morning and that the agency expects to serve an increased number of customers in the next two weeks.
“I think we’ve done a commendable job of moving the line even though we’re in the midst of taking precautionary measures because of this COVID issue. But the line is moving and people are very gracious and patient. I wanna thank the folks that are coming here and for just being good citizens in allowing us to work through this,” Arriola said.
Arriola says that the reopening does come with some precautions. Each of the facility’s booths has a plexiglass screen and all employees clean their stations daily. And only nine customers are allowed in the building.
He also adds that effective today, building plans will be reviewed online.
“So rather than get those 100 to 200-page plans, we’re requiring contractors, developers, and owners to submit it in printable PDFs and we’ll submit them to the different agencies for review and then it all comes back here,” Arriola said.
The Business License and Permit Center is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.