In an effort to continue to provide efficient and effective government services to its constituents, the City of the Chicago decided to move all licenses and permits on-line to reduce time spent handling paperwork and to advance the quality of customer service. As part of the mayor of Chicago’s Paperless Process Initiative, the City engaged Clarity Partners, LLC to review and re-engineer the following permitting processes, run by various departments, to maximize efficiencies and allow for a customer-centric experience:
Sign Permit Applications
Public Way Use Permits, including sidewalk cafes
Fire Pump Annual Inspections
Private Benefit Sign Permits and Annual Billing
Case Processing of Violations
Special Event Permit Applications
Because the city’s decision to move to a paperless permitting system, the focus of this project was not on enhancing current technology, but on streamlining current processes to maximize the benefits of a future paperless system.
Solution: Create and Implement Key Processes for Paperless Initiative
In working with the City of Chicago, Clarity implemented a proven methodology to ensure the successful delivery of refined permitting processes to eventually support a future technology solution.
Project Discovery: Clarity identified and analyzed current processes and pain points that inhibited the move to the paperless system.
Created and Validated Recommendations: Clarity helped create a set of detailed, workable recommendations to help the city maximize business process efficiency and effectiveness by consolidating and/or eliminating redundant processes, identifying technological improvements, streamlining processes, and making various recommendations to yield the greatest value to the city.
Final Report — Clarity worked to combine and refine the process change documentation, analysis, and recommendations from the prior phases into a report to help the city effectively implement the recommendations.
Impact: Numerous Client Benefits
Client satisfaction (internal and public)
Improved accuracy and timeliness of process workflows
Higher quality and reinforced accountability
Performance improvements in speed, cost and quality