The Spokane County Building and Planning Department will expand it’s hours starting in January 2011. Effective Monday, January 3 the Building and Planning Department will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. as well as Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

Planning Director John Pederson says it’s a matter of customer service. A survey of their customers found that approximately 65% of those who responded were inconvenienced by the department’s Friday furlough policy. Since business volume improved slightly in 2010, the Building and Planning Department is able to stay open half a day on Fridays.

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