City of Oakland Selects Accela Cloud Platform Boost Efficiency, Transparency, Ease of Access

City of nearly 400,000 is third major Bay Area city to choose Accela in recent months

OAKLAND, Calif., July 18, 2012Accela, Inc., the leader in solutions for government-citizen interaction, announced today that the City of Oakland, Calif., has awarded the company a more than $3.5 million contract to deploy Accela Automation® enterprise software in the City’s Department of Planning, Building & Neighborhood Preservation (DPBNP). The new system, to be hosted in the Accela Cloud, will increase transparency, improve public access, and streamline processes for planning and zoning, building permits, and code enforcement.

The contract with Oakland marks Accela’s third with a major Bay Area city in recent months. The company last October announced it had added the City and County of San Francisco’s departments of Planning and Building Inspection to its customer roster, and in June the City of Berkeley’s Department of Planning & Development.

Serving a population of nearly 400,000 people covering approximately 56 square miles, the City of Oakland intends to leverage technology for far-ranging operational improvements, with the system targeted to go live in the summer of 2013. Accela Automation and a range of add-on applications will replace the existing legacy green-screen system with innovative functionality designed to:

“The Bay Area has always been home to people who look toward the future and envision new ways to do everything better,” said Maury Blackman CEO and President of Accela. “As a Bay Area-based leader in technology for e-government, Accela is a product of this environment. We’re proud to work with local cities, like Oakland, which share the same philosophy.”

Accela Automation is deployed by hundreds of governments of all sizes and populations as a complete solution for automating critical tasks associated with permitting, licensing, code enforcement, community development and planning, inspections and investigations, infrastructure asset management, emergency response, and more. The software also is used by the Port of San Francisco, as well as numerous Bay Area governments, such as Contra Costa County, and the cities of Alameda, Concord, Los Gatos, Palo Alto, Pleasanton, and many others.

The Accela Automation platform offers numerous capabilities to address the City of Oakland’s needs.

About the Department of Planning, Building & Neighborhood Preservation

DPBNP improves the physical and economic environments of Oakland through sustainable development that embraces three core principles: healthy environment, economy, and equity. Key focuses for the department include: promoting sustainable development and a vibrant, urban city; making it easier for Oakland residents to live and work in the city; improving code enforcement to keep Oakland residential and business neighborhoods safe and healthy; providing responsive, timely and accurate customer service; streamlining processes and improving communication with residential and business communities; and improving Oakland’s overall livability through well maintained streets, sidewalks, parks, trees and facilities. Further background is available at

About the Department of Information Technology

The City of Oakland’s Department of Information Technology provides the timely delivery of strategic, responsive, cost-effective technology solutions and quality services to meet the goals defined by the Mayor, City Council and Oakland’s citizens. Details are available at: