News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 05/15/2013
Subject :

Once Static Permit Data Now Available in Near-Real Time
New Data Set Available through Palo Alto's Open Government Initiative
Contact : Peter Pirnejad, Development Services Director    650-329-2349
Palo Alto, CA – The City of Palo Alto announced today their open permit data set now operates on an almost real-time basis, with updates posted to the open data site on a daily basis. A once static set, the new platform continues the City's commitment to transparency and is designed to engage developers and innovative thinkers to explore and share this valuable public data.

This release joins Palo Alto's existing open data sets at, and the award-winning site for City budget information, Open Budget, available by visiting the follow website:

"This latest addition to our open data platform continues to propel our advances in open government," said City Manager, James Keene. "It is civic innovation like this that drives collaboration between City staff and developers, and fosters a deeper level of interaction with our community."

The recently launched open permit data set allows public review of permit data. The data is refreshed daily and the Development Center has the first data set on the City’s open data platform that is updated in near-real time. Furthermore, Palo Alto is the first city to release permit data for both those in review and issued. This set makes data more readily available for civic innovators and application developers and enhances greater connectivity to the community. 

Development Services Director Pirnejad said, “By providing public permit data on our open data set we are encouraging innovative thinkers that wish to create pioneering new applications that add value to our citizenry and construction community.”

Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer, added, “It is exciting to see yet another data set loaded onto our open data platform. What sets this data apart is that it is regularly updated with fresh data keeping the content near-real time. Publishing data as soon as it is available has to be a goal for as many of our sets as possible. Current data is exponentially more valuable than old, static data.”