On Thursday 23rd January, 2020, the government agencies involved in the construction permitting process reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the Automated Construction Permitting System (ACPS), branded DevelopTT.
The Town and Country Planning Division (TCPD) of the Ministry of Planning and Development edges closer to its awaited DevelopTT launch and the meeting was seen as a big step towards that end as the readiness of the various agencies was assessed.
DevelopTT is Trinidad and Tobago’s online portal for development and is an undertaking of the Ministry of Planning and Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
At last Thursday’s meeting, Minister of Trade and Industry, the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Port of Spain Deputy Mayor, Hillan Morean, and top officials from the TCPD met with the various agencies in the construction permitting process to establish their readiness for DevelopTT’s impending implementation.
Over the course of the past few months, the TCPD has been engaging its stakeholders in DevelopTT “Train the Trainer” workshops which were geared to familiarizing these said stakeholders with the functionalities of the system before its launch. The piloting of the DevelopTT system is set to start next month, and digital planning permission applications within the boundaries of the Port of Spain City Corporation will be accepted through the system. After the first month, DevelopTT will also start to accept applications which fall within the boundaries of the Diego Martin and San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporations.
The DevelopTT pilot phase will run for three months and will be subsequently followed by the nationwide implementation of the system. Minister Gopee-Scoon, along with TCPD Director Marie Hinds, sought feedback from the representatives of the varying agencies as their commitment readiness for the pilot phase was discussed. The agency reps assured the Trade Minister and the TCPD that they are totally on board with the implementation of the online system and are putting the necessary measures in place to ensure that all goes according to plan.
Meanwhile, some agencies suggested that they would require additional DevelopTT training for key staff members and the TCPD assured that this will be facilitated in a timely manner.
The construction permitting system in Trinidad and Tobago involves over 20 government agencies, along with the 14 Municipal Corporations. Through DevelopTT, the development application and approval processes are transformed from paper-based to an online system. Applicants will be guided through the process of obtaining permissions across these multiple agencies in a seamless approach, thereby enhancing the overall efficiency of the process.
Please visit the DevelopTT website at www.developtt.gov.tt for information on how to register.