NYC app gives instant info on building sites

February 22, 2011 01:02PM

sample QR code

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today the use of Quick Response, or QR, codes on all Department of Building permits, providing New Yorkers with instant access to information related to buildings and construction sites throughout New York City.  He was joined by Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith and DOB Commissioner Robert LiMandri. QR codes grant smartphone users immediate access to data by scanning the displayed code with their device. By downloading a free application on a smartphone, New Yorkers will be able to scan the QR code of any construction permit and instantly learn details about the ongoing project, including the identities of the property owner and complaints and violations related to the location. Users will also be able to click a link that will initiate a phone call to 311 to make a complaint. “The QR codes will provide more efficient access to government data, help the public know what’s being built in their neighborhoods and it will allow people to make more informed decisions about things from renting an apartment to making a complaint,” Bloomberg said. Since 2002, detailed permit and property information about the city’s buildings has been available on . Construction permits will have QR codes added to them as they are replaced at the 975,000 building and construction sites in New York City and all permits are expected to have QR codes by 2013. TRD