Stonington — The town has announced that beginning Monday residents and contractors can apply for building permits online.

The town said its has partnered with OpenGov “to provide building permitting software to drive efficiency for staff and improve the quality and convenience of services for community members.”

While the online service will begin Monday, the town said the Building Department will continue to accept paper applications for two months. But the town “strongly urged” people to use the online service as those who file paper applications may experience processing delays.

“We are excited that OpenGov will help our staff be more effective within the Building Department. The integrated system will allow our team to reinvest saved time and resources to focus on service delivery to our constituents and improve value and results,” said Building Official Lawrence Stannard in a statement. “We project the OpenGov software will produce a time savings in building permitting and the inspection process.”

Residents and contractors will need to create an account to access the online permitting system, which will allow them to apply for a permit or check the status on an existing one. A public kiosk will also be located outside the Building Department in Town Hall for people needing to access the system during business hours.

“This has been a great collaboration among staff from different departments, all working together to help improve the delivery of services for those living or doing business in Stonington,” said First Selectwoman Danielle Chesebrough.

More information about the system can be found at http://www.stonington-ct.gov/building-official%20or by calling

860-535-5075.