OpenCounter asks the right questions, in the right order, so business owners see the requirements, fees, and processing time that will apply to their planned use and location.
ZoningCheck is a simplifed tool that shows where a particular use is allowed. Just enter the type of use and the address, and the tool will tell you whether the use is allowed. Click the “Learn More” button and you can see additional information on the zoning for the property.
Building a successful company is a long journey. In Los Banos, we use the OpenCounter tool to help entrepreneurs get their businesses up and running more quickly and easily by providing an online interface to the permitting process at Town Hall.
Our OpenCounter tool also collects metrics on new business development activities to inform the Town’s economic development strategies, including which neighborhoods or districts have the most commercial activity and what kinds of businesses are starting.
We set up OpenCounter and ZoningCheck to help us establish a better working relationship with new small business owners. We hope that by offering an intuitive and beautiful interface to City Hall for small business owners, we can help entrepreneurs feel that the City is a partner and ally in their journey to opening day.