As part of its continuing efforts to enhance building and permitting services for customers, Sarasota County Planning and Development Services is offering a new feature starting today, May 1.

The county will now send an email to an applicant when the requested building permit is ready to be issued. The email also will list the amount due and a reminder to bring the Notice of Commencement and other forms, if applicable, to the permitting office at either the Sarasota County Operations Center, 1001 Sarasota Center Blvd., Sarasota, or the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice.

Applicants can make payments through the county’s Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system by calling 941-861-6441, or online if they are registered users of the county’s permitting Web page.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 (TTY: 711 or 1-800-955-8771), or visit the Sarasota County website at