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Today’s building permit issuance is mainly a manual, document-based process. It therefore suffers from low accuracy, low transparency and low efficiency. This leads to delays and errors in planning, design and construction. Several attempts have been developed to push forward the digitalisation of building permit procedures. But none of these have led to complete adoption of digital building permit processes within municipalities. The aim of CHEK is to take away barriers for municipalities to adopt digital building permit processes by developing, connecting and aligning scalable solutions for regulatory and policy context, for open standards and interoperability (geospatial and BIM), for closing knowledge gaps through education, for renewed municipal processes and for technology deployment.

The project ‘Change toolkit for digital building permit’ (CHEK) will do this by providing an innovative kit of both methodological and technical tools to digitalise building permitting and automated compliance checks on building designs and renovations in European urban areas and regions. Part of the toolkit will be: a reference modular digital process for building permitting; a virtual assistant for municipalities to adopt digital building permit; standards and tools supporting the use of (geo- and BIM) open standard data models in data requirements specifications and their interoperability and integration; a web APIs -based reference architecture for tools and microservices to enable cooperation of several applications and their flexibility; new checking tools for regulations based either on geoinformation or on Building Information Models; a common knowledge framework and technical-scientific-operational training. The results will be demonstrated in Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic and will be available for testing to any other interested country, involved in the Advisory Board or CHEK stakeholders community.

Impact of CHEK will be: increase of efficiency of building permitting, by saving time and resources needed, reducing resubmissions, increasing transparency and predictability; increase of quality of the checking and on the built environment, consequently, by avoiding errors and inaccuracies and enabling new advanced analysis supporting sustainability and other European priorities. A methodology to provide information requirements based on standard data models and procedures will be developed and tested as a basis for future adotions supporting automation. Modularity and standardisation of solutions will enable replicability in any country and context.

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