Burnham PermitMapper

The Burnham PermitMapper is a new web application that allows users to easily get permit and construction details at specified locations in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

Features of the PermitMapper: 

  • A heat map to display construction happenings in a specific area
  • Geo-tagging your location to find details around you
  • Easy filter search options including by borough, issue date and permit type
  • On-site information and contact details and look up
Burnham PermitMapper Tablet and Mobile


The biggest piece of the Burnham PermitMapper project was integrations.

  • Easily Accessible Information

    The PermitMapper integrates three different government permit databases. This data is currently available but was difficult to sort through. The PermitMapper makes the information easily accessible and useful to individuals.

  • Lead Generation

    This tool shows Burnham’s strength in knowing all things permits. Additionally, the PermitMapper is a lead generation tool for Burnham. People are asked to give information such as their name and email to access the PermitMapper. There is also integration with the Burnham HubSpot site to track things like CTA clicks, form submissions and more.


Building the PermitMapper required significant geocoding work.

  • Designing a Consistent User Interface

    The data was inconsistent but the Duo team was able to present it in a way that was consistent for users consuming it. Designing a single user interface across data sources that were inconsistent was definitely the challenge here.

  • Mobile First Design

    Because the PermitMapper is meant to be used on-site in many situations, this meant the site needed to be designed with mobile in mind. Wireframes and designs were thought of with mobile first.

Burnham PermitMapper Mobile Maps

“Our goal is to to make the permit and construction process seamless and to simplify it on all levels.”

-Carson Kyhl, President of Burnham Nationwide