How to automate assigning a "permit" number to multiple parcels with one owner?

Discussion created by tompki04 on Mar 20, 2012
Latest reply on Apr 5, 2012 by bsieg-esristaff
I have a shapefile in which I would like to assign one permit number to cover one owner including all of his/her parcels...I would like to be able to calculate this in field calculator if possible? Essentially, I want to be able to assign all parcels owned by this individual the same number value. I realize I can do this manually and have been doing it that way already, but I simply don't have the expertise to automate this task.