The free and easily accessible information portal helps the public understand property history and development opportunities.
By Symone Strong
Symbium—a 2019 Hive 50 intel honoree—has launched a new property information portal that enables the public to freely access information about properties and the built environment around them.
Previously, data about properties was either unavailable, difficult to access, or expensive to obtain, says the company. This reality meant that, in some cases, a digital copy of property information could only be accessed by filling out a paper form. Symbium aims to alleviate these bottlenecks.
“Our mission is basically to streamline the regulatory aspects of residential construction,” explains Leila Banijamali, Symbium co-founder and CEO. “Homeowners, planners, developers, and real estate agents are starting to become the primary users of this service.”
Launching first in California, Symbium’s property portal features a novel search engine that compiles all publicly available government data about properties to make it easy for the public to access information and streamline construction project applications. Specifically, Symbium will allow the public to:
- Visualize data about any property, including different structures on a lot and applicable land uses;
- Evaluate possible additions or changes to existing buildings;
- Download planning, building, and assessor forms; and
- View submitted permit applications and permit history.
“We’re basically allowing people to understand what’s possible on a property by performing complex searches and having a new type of experience when it comes to data, search, and services,” continues Banijamali. “The services that we do really well is what we call Complaw services, computational law, which is taking the regulations, the planning, the zoning codes, and turning them into something really visual that you can interact with and understand.”