Berkeley Heights Upgrades to SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – March 5, 2018 – Berkeley Heights Township, of Union County, has chosen to upgrade to the SDL Enterprise License. The Enterprise License will allows Berkeley Heights usage of SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and SDL Citizen, in addition to their current use of the SDL Desktop software.

With SDL Mobile, town inspectors have the ability to start, update and complete inspections from in the field, while syncing all data in real-time to the SDL Desktop. The SDL Portal provides township administrators, employees and citizens instant and easy access to town data, maps and requests. Township citizens also have the ability to access data and submit requests from the newly released SDL Citizen app.

Berkeley Heights has been a client of SDL’s since 2003, when they chose to deploy the software throughout multiple municipal offices. Currently they will be utilizing the software within their Building, Land Use, Fire Prevention, Engineering, Assessor and Public Works Departments. We are thrilled to continue working with Berkeley Heights and we are looking forward to assisting them with this expansion.


SDL Mobile Update

SDL has just released the latest version of SDL Mobile (3.1.235). With this version, we are introducing the Land Use module, along with hundreds of other new features, fixes and improvements. Please note that you may need to uninstall the old version of SDL Mobile before using the new version.


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Core Updates

  1. New Homepage Button View
  2. New Search View
  3. New Statutes View
  4. New Calendar View
  5. Inspection Templates
  6. New Signature Capture
  7. Inspection Save Options
  8. Change Inspection Date and Inspector
  9. New Photo Watermark options
  10. New Checklist options
  11. New Inspections Map
  12. Improved Inspection Routing
  13. Improved Directions with Google Maps
  14. New Module – Land Use
  15. 100+ major and minor fixes


Module Updates


  1. New Permits View/Map
  2. Permit Attachments (Tech Cards etc)
  3. Arrival Notification Email
  4. Plan Review Status and Notes
  5. Change Inspector

Code Enforcement

  1. New Statutes View
  2. Statutes Quick List from Desktop
  3. Inspection Templates
  4. New Inspection – Spot or Area Wide
  5. Inspection Editing on by default
  6. Signature Capture for Report
  7. New UI for Add/Remove Violations/Statutes
  8. Save Options for Recurring, Reinspection and Abatement

Land Use

  1. Newest Module – Includes all Core Items
  2. Create and Edit Land Use Inspections
  3. Add Violations using LU Statutes
  4. Signature Capture for Report
  5. Zoning Applications View/Map
  6. Zoning Application Attachments

Fire Prevention

  1. New Statutes View
  2. Statutes Quick List from Desktop
  3. Units View/Map
  4. Edit Units Emergency Contacts
  5. Units – Permits and Invoices
  6. Inspection Templates
  7. New Notice of Violation Report
  8. Email to Agent/Owner/Tenant
  9. Save Options for Recurring, Reinspection and Abatement
  10. Signature Capture for Report


  1. New Chapter 24 Risk Based Report
  2. New Statutes View
  3. Signature Capture for Report

Public Works/Engineering/Water/Sewer

  1. New Time Tracking for Service Requests
  2. New Road Closings View/Map

Road Closings                                Statutes Search                             Time Tracking

SDL Portal: New Online Requests

The newest SDL Portal release includes two new requests, three new maps and a redesign of our online Building Permit request that will make it even easier for your citizens to apply online.

New Online Requests

Road Opening  Allow portal users to request a road opening permit online. All major information is required with optional contact information for a contractor or engineer to be configured.

Road Closing – Allow portal users to request a full or partial road, parking or sidewalk closing. All major information including dates, times, reason, closure direction and more are required. User can search for, start and end location, or just draw a route on the map. 

Topic Maps

We are introducing a new set of maps for the portal that, as a group, we are calling “Topic Maps”. Topic Maps are meant to be stand alone maps users can link to or embed on their town websites, as well as navigate to on the portal. The firs three to be released will be “Road Closings”, “Health Applications”, and “Issues”.

These maps can be enabled for SDL User and/or Public User access. Issues and your town complaints will also require enabling public access to complaints, and enabling which complaint types are allowed public access for data to display. Contact our Support team for more information on how to enable these features.

Building Permit Online Requests

Building permits can be a complicated process. Recently, we have redesigned the online permit request process to enhance clarity and usability, as well as added a few new features to help make it easier. Users can now save an in-process draft to their portal account, so that they can return at any time to complete the request process without needing to re-enter data. In addition, we have added an In Process summary screen, so users can see what they have entered so far.

We have also redesigned the entry point, so users are given more information up front about the types of permits that can be applied for online, and what those applications require. All enabled templates will be listed with their individual descriptions and instructions, as well as basic information regarding which subcodes, tech cards and documentation the permit request will include. Lastly, we have added more stock instructions to help users through each step.

New Features

  • Road Opening Request
  • Road Closing Request
  • Topic Maps – Road Closing, Health Applications, Issues (Complaints)
  • Building Permit – new UI format

Misc. Updates and Changes

  • “tiff” file added as allowed download for permit and property attachments
  • Added work-around for property search results with missing city/zip (for newer requests only)
  • Added additional check for allowed file types on requests uploads
  • For requests with “allowed attachments”, enabled AND additional forms or documents enabled. This will now display as one combined upload page in the requests UI instead of two.
  • Various enhancements to embedded UI requests

Bug Fixes

  • Per License Request – license renewal existing pet search using account primary town instead of account address town
  • Main map sidebar icon issue in IE fixed
  • Complaint Auto Create default status fixed
  • Tenant contact validation issue for Property Management fixed

SDL Citizen

The SDL Citizen app has been released!

  • Manage permits, schedule inspections, report issues and much more!
  • SDL Citizen and future portal updates are at the core of how we envision transforming the municipal-citizen relationship
  • Please contact SDL Support about preparing your town for app access (most features are turned off by default)
  • Much more information to come in the near future!


Lacey Township Selects SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – October 20, 2017 – Lacey Township, of Ocean County, has recently selected the SDL Enterprise License for use throughout their municipal departments. With the Enterprise License, Lacey will have access to all SDL Software, spanning across the four platforms: SDL Desktop, SDL Portal, SDL Mobile and the recently released SDL Citizen app.

SDL Desktop is the core of the SDL software, working in tandem with SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and SDL Citizen to provide municipal employees and citizens the most accurate data. SDL Mobile allows inspectors to update and complete inspections from in the field, while SDL Citizen provides the same mobile convenience to public users wishing to submit requests, forms or complaints.

Lacey will be utilizing the SDL Software within multiple departments, including Building, Code Enforcement, Land Use, Health and Pet Licensing. We are very happy to have Lacey as a new client and we look forward to assisting them with the implementation of the software.


New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management: 13th Annual Conference

SOMERSET, NJ – October 12, 2017 – Spatial Data Logic will be in attending the 13th annual New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management Annual Conference. The conference will be held at Bally’s Hotel & Casino, from Tuesday, October 24th through Thursday, October 26th.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Navigating the Waters of Change.” Stop by the SDL booth to see what has been changing with our software! Ask about the various updates to the SDL Mobile app and SDL Portal, and see a demo of our newly released SDL Citizen app!

Conference Details


When:       Tuesday, October 24 – Thursday, October 26

Where:               Bally’s Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, NJ

Click here to register for the conference!

SDL Portal Update – September 2017

Tenancy Management

Tenancy management has been included in SDL’s desktop software for many years. It deals with the management of units on any one property, and all of the data associated with them, such as:
  • Landlord Registrations
  • CCO/Rental regulations
  • Certificates of Habitability
  • Rental Agreements
  • Rent Leveling Applications
  • Tenant Roster
  • Room Dimensions
  • Emergency Contacts
  • In-County Agents
  • Fuel Providers
We now have the capability of managing this by your constituents through the SDL Portal. The SDL Portal Property Management system was built to manage a town’s landlord, rental and rent control registrations and updates. It is meant to work as a fully integrated system between portal users and landlords, tenants and property owners. With this system, there is no more need for paper forms or redundant data entry. SDL Desktop users on the portal will now be able to see a new SDL Portal Property Management section on the property page: this section is hidden from public users until you enable Property Management on the portal.
*Please contact our Support Team for more information on the release of SDL Portal Property Management.


Building Permit Plan Review

There have been some useful new enhancements added to the Portal, regarding the Plan Review status for building permits. There is now a new Plan Review section on the permit page, added in order to display when there is plan review data available for the select permit. Additionally, SDL Desktop users have the option to flag both general and reason for failure notes, which will also be displayed on this page of the Portal. Permit status update emails will provide a limited view of this section, with links to more information. Status changes for each plan review subcode  – not just the permit status overall updates – will now trigger a permit status update email.

We highly encourage users to add custom Help questions and answers for next steps for citizens, for instances when a Plan Review fails or is in a pending status. Contact our Support team for help adding custom FAQs for your building permits and plan reviews.

Property Page – New Sections

We have added two new sections to the property page – one features links to Tax Map sheets for the select property, while the other features a list of Attachments/Files associated with the property. Tax Maps associated with a property will be displayed for all public users. Attachments will only be displayed when an SDL Desktop user has flagged that file for Portal display. Two permission options are available for this feature – one will display the attachments for SDL users only, and the other will display for all users, public included. Links to open or download those attachments are available for only select file types at this time: pdf, jpg or png. You will see the new attachment section on the permit pages as well, but they will only  display attachments specific to that permit.

New Features

  • SDL Portal Property Management released
  • Permit plan review status section added to property page and permit email when applicable
  • Permit plan review status change triggers permit update email
  • Property page – Link to tax map sheets added
  • Property page – Link to attachments added
  • Permit page – Link to attachments added

Misc. Updates and Changes

  • QR code mobile landing page
  • Certificate Web Request – Added alternate label for property owner and tenant fields
  • Updates to Help widget text formatting for better usability
  • Inspection Requests – Update to subcode and type selection for better usability
  • Search – Added search spinner/indicator to auto complete searches for better usability

Bug Fixes

  • File upload file name conversion for desktop fix
  • Permit email status icon fixes are added
  • Permit page with status label error fixed

Maplewood Township Selects SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – September 6, 2017 – The Township of Maplewood, of Essex County, has recently selected the SDL Enterprise License for use in their Building and Code Enforcement offices. The Enterprise License provides Maplewood with use of the SDL Desktop software, in addition to the SDL Portal, SDL Mobile and recently released SDL Citizen app.

With SDL Mobile, municipal inspectors have the ability to schedule, edit and submit inspections while in the field. SDL Portal and SDL Citizen give public users access to predetermined town data, forms and requests. All platforms sync in real-time with the core SDL Desktop software, providing users with the most up-to-date information at all times.

We are thrilled to have Maplewood as a new client and we look forward to assisting them with the implementation of SDL Desktop, SDL Portal and SDL Mobile.

Happy 20 Year Anniversary SDL

Since its inception, Spatial Data Logic has continued to evolve, striving to provide municipalities with an efficient way of automating their different departments. Throughout its history, there have been countless updates and ad­­ditions to the software system now seen across the state of New Jersey.

In 1997, SDL discovered the need for a dynamic municipality management solution that could be easily updated and accessed by multiple types of users. Working to fill that void, SDL utilized a robust Geographic Information System to create the SDL Municipal Management Software.

At the time, SDL catered to a handful of New Jersey municipalities. In addition to Municipal Management Software, SDL began providing several mapping services to municipalities, intending to have the most accurate information possible for the GIS.

In addition to GIS mapping for utility systems and municipal assets, SDL has continued to provide services for other mapping projects as well, including Digital Tax Maps, Digital Parcel Maps, Zoning, Fire Districts and DPW Zones.

After two decades, SDL now serves over 120 different municipalities, spanning across 19 counties of New Jersey. What began as the idea for a municipality management solution has grown into ­a multitude of different platforms continuously developing to fit the needs of New Jersey’s local government.

“SDL has revolutionized the way in which permit management and tracking is handled throughout the state,” stated Steve Jones, Construction Official of Millburn Township and Florham Park Borough. “The integration of the various modules across the entire platform of municipal departments is invaluable in providing high quality and reliable in services to members of the public.”

Because SDL’s client base is currently comprised entirely of New Jersey municipalities, stringent New Jersey regulations have been kept in mind from the beginning. As the software has continued to develop, specific New Jersey state codes, statutes and regulations have been written in to the way the program functions.

“As a Fire Official, I really appreciate how the software is tailor-made to the unique NJ-specific requirements,” stated Matthew Lubin, Fire Official for the Township of Cranford.

Throughout the process of updating the SDL Software, there has always been a high priority to optimizing the functionality. Designed for municipal employees and citizens with varying degrees of computer experience, every update strives to improve upon the ease of use.

“There isn’t anything I don’t like about [SDL Software],” stated Thomas Delia, Zoning Officer for Long Hill Township. “I like the ease of the way you can change information in workflow. I like how easy it is to access my zoning permits and the information attached to them. You can figure [the software] out by just playing with it for a few minutes. We’ve only had it for a year or so and I love it, it’s so easy.”

Originally titled Geologic, the SDL Software has expanded to accommodate the needs of municipal employees, inspectors and citizens alike.  The 16 modules of the software encompass municipal departments spanning from administration and building, to safety and utilities. While SDL Desktop works as the hub of the software, the SDL Portal and SDL Mobile app act as extensions designed to be utilized by municipal citizens and inspectors.

“My town has been using Spatial Data Logic since 2004; we use the building, fire, tax, land use, code enforcement, public works and engineering,” stated Debbie Timko, Technical Assistant for the Borough of New Providence. “It’s a wonderful program, very user friendly, and it is always being updated to make it more efficient.”

A crucial component of the SDL Software is the ability to access different information across departments. As the software has transitioned, SDL has optimized the way that municipal departments can view and request specific information from one another.

“We [were] very excited to be implementing the Fire Prevention module,” said Lubin. “We’ve been using SDL to coordinate with our Building Department for several years, and now we will have a seamless solution to work with them on a daily basis.”

Just as Geologic transitioned into SDL Desktop, the current SDL software is always evolving. In addition to the continual updates to the existing software, SDL is currently working to develop new tools for users. Currently, SDL is in the processes of releasing SDL Citizen, an app designed to complement the SDL Portal and for the exclusive use of municipal citizens. SDL is also working on releasing a more limited online platform of the SDL Desktop software and a Sever Hosting service available for the use of clients.

“SDL has set the standard for integrated data management for all aspects of municipal services.  Their innovation and delivery of reliable information is essential for municipalities to accurately gauge the effectiveness of service provided to their residents,” Jones concluded.


Mountainside selects SDL Enterprise License

logoSOMERSET, NJ – October 28, 2016 – The Borough of Mountainside, of Union County, has selected the SDL  Desktop Software for use throughout their municipality. Mountainside decided to take advantage of SDL’s multi-year licensing deal, choosing a five-year contract for the SDL Enterprise License.

With the Enterprise License, Mountainside will have access to the SDL Portal and SDL Mobile app, in addition to the Desktop software. Mountainside will be utilizing the software throughout multiple departments, including their Building, Land Use, Health and Clerk departments. We are delighted to have Mountainside as a new client.

Berkeley Township: A Year with SDL

In the spring of 2015, Spatial Data Logic welcomed The Township of Berkeley, of Ocean County, as a new client of the SDL Software. When they came on board with SDL, Berkeley decided to utilize the software in their Building Department, and chose to utilize the Enterprise License. With the Enterprise License, municipalities have access to the core SDL Desktop software, as well as the SDL Mobile app and the SDL Portal. After just over a year of implementing the use of these three platforms, officials of Berkeley Township have remarked upon the significant difference the SDL Software has made to their office workflow and efficiency.

SDL Portal

The SDL Portal is a cloud-based platform that allows municipal citizens access to relevant information. “The Portal and Mobile features are my favorite features of the software,” stated Berkeley Township Construction Official, Anthony Cirz. “The [portal] takes a huge amount of phone calls in to our office.” Currently, Berkeley’s Portal page allows for public users to view a number of different filters over their town map. These filters include property class, property value, last property sale price, vacant properties and all current and past building permits.

The above map shows Berkeley’s property classes, net                        The above map shows Berkeley’s building    assessed value, last sale price and vacant properties.                  permits for the day, week, month, quarter and year.



Schedule Inspections

While all aspects of SDL’s Municipal Management Software are designed to help increase efficiency and workflow within offices, the Portal has been able to help eliminate many of the added interruptions of office walk-ins and phone calls. In addition to township map filters, Berkeley’s Portal page also allows for users to log on and schedule inspections.

The above image demonstrates the process of completing an inspection request through the SDL Portal.

“The Portal has simplified our office’s daily operation, since it alleviates customer interaction in the office and excessive phone calls,” Cirz said.  “I have experienced a more efficient permitting process due to the availability of any person to log on to the portal and research whatever information that is necessary for them,” he continued. “The ability for customers to request inspections, check permit plan review status and to be notified of every action pertaining to their permit has significantly reduced phone calls in our office.”



Currently, Berkeley’s Portal page allows for users to visit their municipal website, view township maps, schedule inspections, make requests, view township data and search for permits. With the permit search feature, users can search with either a permit number or a control number, in order to find the status of a specific Building Permit.