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Electronic recording of Development Services Department documents with Tarrant County pilot to launch soon

Posted Sept. 3, 2020

The Development Services Department’s Contract Management and Platting sections are participating in a pilot program for electronically recording documents in Tarrant County. New software launches in September, making it easier and more efficient for documents to be recorded in the county.

The new software will lead to a more effective system for electronic recording. Some of the documents that can be electronically recorded are encroachment agreements, unified sign agreements, maintenance agreements, stormwater facilities maintenance agreements and plats.

These improvements will allow customers and city staff to record documents online instead of in-person, which is a tremendous benefit in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Software enhancements will include:

  • PDF documents are now accepted for electronic recording so city staff is no longer required to convert documents to a TIFF format.
  • The new system automates steps that were previously handled manually, such as notification of documents uploaded for recording and trailer pages received by the city.
  • Manually authorizing escrow payments for service has been eliminated; this process is automated through the new system.
  • Reduction in email communications with Tarrant County due to new system automation.

Tarrant County and the City of Fort Worth aim to continuously improve processes and systems for customers and staff. The launch of this pilot program is expected to be another important step in accomplishing that goal.

To learn more, contact Development Support Services at 817-392-2222.

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