WHY MERITAGE SYSTEMS
Delivering the features you need to succeed…
THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
In addition to directly serving communities across the U.S., Meritage provides the online software that is the backbone of one of the largest contract building services companies in the nation. With their backing and our dedicated team, you get the strength and financial stability of a larger company and the personalized and responsive support you deserve.
20 YEARS OF PROVEN EXPERIENCE
Our management team, our technical team, and our carefully selected partners combine to bring a unique perspective that combines key elements of both technology and municipal services. The result is a group of people who understand building department processes as well as technology.
DESIGNED BY FORMER GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
Meritage Systems was designed by people who do the work in building departments – permit technicians, inspectors, and plans examiners. Our solutions were designed specifically for local governments to meet your unique challenges.
Everyone always asks, and it’s a great question! Meritage is a combination of the words “merit” and “heritage”. The word was originally created as a mark for a high-quality blend of top vintage wines. In our case, we’d like to think that Meritage means a high-quality blend of top vintage minds.
WHY COMMUNITYCORE SOLUTIONS
Get the cost-effective solution you need to simplify and organize your projects, with fees scaled to fit your needs.
Configure your workflows to your specific goals, requirements, and preferences.
Implement solutions with a background of success. Our Communtiy Core Solutions provides a comprehensive suite of reliable daily tools for over 150 jurisdictions nationwide, including one of the largest community development service providers in the U.S.
Always Secure, Always Accessible
Access data from anywhere with a safe and secure cloud-based system.
Get up and running with Meritage Systems using our expert setup services, and maximize your benefits with our ongoing training and support.
Use iOS and Android apps to view workloads, write notes, take pictures, and communicate efficiently while in the field.
Powder Springs, GA
On September 21, 2009, the Atlanta area was hit by a flood that was declared “off the charts,” “epic,” and “stunning” by the U.S. Geological Survey. In an area that normally receives 50 inches of rain a year, some locations recorded 20 inches of rain within a 24-hour period.
The City of Powder Springs had many neighborhoods impacted by the floodwaters. SAFEbuilt and Powder Springs used the Meritage Software to capture all flood damage assessments as flood inspections under a specially created Flood Permit. Assessment forms were scanned into the system and attached to these permits. As property owners came to the city to pull permits, these flood permits were issued for any repair work. If the owner took this opportunity to upgrade or add on to the building, the flood permit was closed out and the information was cloned to create a new building permit.
This allowed City and SAFEbuilt staff to track the progress of rebuilding efforts and identify abandoned structures that required more City involvement. The result was that every structure was rehabilitated or demolished in a timely, efficient and owner-friendly manner.
According to the 2010 census, the Town of Firestone was the fastest growing community in Colorado as a result of more than 50 combined residential, commercial, and mixed use developments.
The Town needed a building department solution to help them manage the volume and complexity of their development activity. By implementing Meritage Integrated Permitting in 2009, Firestone has been able to generate, track and report building permit activity, permit fees, and inspection results with precision and confidence.
Some of the features they have found most useful include the ability to have access to all files and records in one, easy to find place; look at the permit history from submittal date to closing date; follow the inspection history; and breakdown fees, permits, and CO’s issued for their monthly reports and for balancing their general ledger.
They have also found it fast and straight fowared to add new permit types or fees.
Firestone has also seen the benefit sharing permit information with several of their departments – the Water Department is able to verify that a permit has been issued before setting a meter; the Public Works Department verifies that a permit has been issued prior to releasing a water tap; Administration can manage contractor registration, business licenses, and sales tax licenses in the same program; and Code Enforcement officers have the ability to search the permit database from the field, allowing them to know immediately whether a construction project has been permitted.
The Town of Windsor, a fast-growing community of nearly 20,000 residents located in Northern Colorado, has used our software since early 2009 to issue permits, calculate fees, track inspection results, and reconcile receipts and payments at the end of the day.
In 2010, they implemented our on-line permitting module, which has allowed residents and contractors to apply and pay for permits on-line for those projects that don’t require a plan review (i.e., water heater replacement, A/C installation, siding, re-roof, etc.).
One of the special needs Meritage met was to define a custom workflow allowing the town to track public information requests and information delivered pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act.