To whom it may concern,
I am writing to request permit records from Oakland, California on behalf of Buildzoom.
BuildZoom helps people hire the best local contractors, and we strive to give consumers a clear picture of contractors’ track records. In particular, we post information on building permits pulled by every contractor online as a free service to the public.
We do business in Oakland and would like to provide the service to its residents.
Can you please provide us with a report of all building permits processed by your department to date?
Such reports typically:
- Are referred to as a Permit Statistics Report or a Monthly Permit Summary.
- Cover at least the last ten years.
- Include all permits broadly related to work on new and existing structures, such as structural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, demolition, solar, HVAC, and gas permits, as well as any other kind of permit related to construction, renovation and maintenance.
We would like to request the records either via FTP or email delivery. An Excel or CSV format would be ideal, but a PDF or scanned file would also work.
We intend to ask for this data regularly: monthly for the prior month. What do you recommend as the best process to acquire this data?