CALBO Member Highlight
Central Valley Adopts Electronic Platforms


We cannot deny that COVID-19 has changed the way we conduct everyday tasks in both our personal and professional lives. Building Departments are not immune to this ever-changing landscape, and many jurisdictions are developing new processes in order to accommodate their communities. In addition to keeping our members updated on current events, CALBO wants to bring positive stories of local accomplishments and news of members working together to overcome some of these new challenges.

CALBO Board Member Mike Brinkman, and CSG Consultant’s Central Valley Inspection Services Manager, recently shared how local jurisdictions are improving local processes in his region. Central Valley cities including Newman, Gustine, and Los Banos have recently shifted to digital submittals with the help of CSG Consultants. Many jurisdictions are facing the challenges of closing their counters and having limited access to building department facilities. CSG Consultants, along with other firms, are helping their local communities make the move to digital platforms so that these jurisdictions can continue conducting business. According to Director Brinkman, “CSG prides itself on the ability to go completely paperless, if desired. We have helped many jurisdictions navigate and develop new electronic submittal procedures to allow them to keep the department open.”

In addition to helping local jurisdictions transition to electronic platforms, CSG has developed an Inspection Protocol worksheet. This document outlines safety protocols for in-person and digital inspections. This document is especially helpful since safety is all our number one concern at this time.

CALBO wants to continue to encourage safe practices during this time and encourages open communication within our membership. If you have a story to share about your jurisdiction’s recent accomplishments during the COVID-19 pandemic, please submit your story to our office. We look forward to hearing more about the positive outcomes of this crisis, and more importantly staying in touch with our members state-wide.

Stay safe and healthy!