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Town plans e-permitting system

Wareham plans to install a new electronic system to improve the efficiency of its permitting and licensing system, with the help of a recent $66,900 state grant.

The town was among 45 municipalities awarded funding totaling $2 million through the state’s Community Compact Information Technology grant program, which helps cities and towns modernize their technology systems and deliver service to their residents more efficiently.

Officials said the e-permitting system Wareham plans to implement will enable the town to better track the 12,000 permits and licenses it issues annually, and make up-to-the-minute status updates to them.

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It will also allow for a coordinated review and signoff on permits and licenses by multiple town departments, reducing wait times for residents and businesses seeking approvals.

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The new system will also enable inspectors to be more efficient in their work by providing them with access to real-time information when they are in the field, according to town planner Kenneth Buckland.

He said the town hopes to have the new system in place within the next few months.

John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler@globe.com.