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Building plan review fee charge?

Discussion in 'Plan Review Topics' started by Pcinspector1, Feb 20, 2018.

  1. Pcinspector1

    Pcinspector1 Platinum Member

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    Curious how other municipalities charge for plan review?

    Percentage of the project cost valuation?
    Flat fee?
    By the hour?
    Other?
     
  2. mtlogcabin

    mtlogcabin Sawhorse

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    65% of the building permit for commercial and fire sprinklers and alarms
    $50.00 flat fee for IRC buildings
    $0.00 for mechanical, plumbing and electrical, commercial or residential projects
     
  3. cda

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    Slidinb scale for permit based on cost of the job

    Than 65 % of that amount for permit fee
     
  4. fatboy

    fatboy Administrator

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    Anything valuation over $25K, 55% of building permit fee.
     
  5. Builder Bob

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    used to be 50 % Building Permit Fee of the projected cost of project ( evaluation data or contractor cost, whichever is higher) . This also started the clock for 180 days before project was cancelled - no more sliding in permits before code changes occur, and then project sitting in the shadows for a year to a year and a half.
     
  6. jpranch

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    Ne fees for anything residential. Commercial: $100 for the 1st review, $200 for the 2nd, $1,125 for the 3rd and $1,500 for a 4th review. A 4th review is very rare.
     
  7. cda

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    2 chickens and one pig
     
  8. Flexo

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    65% of the building permit unless the review is minimal.
     
  9. conarb

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    If you are in California (and some other states), nothing more than the actual cost of delivering the service.
     
  10. fatboy

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    What is minimal?

    Welcome if if I haven't said already...........
     
  11. ICE

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    That’s the way it’s supposed to work. The truth is that there is no correlation between the fee and the actual cost.
     
  12. conarb

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    This is a 2004 article, cities keep losing and go right back overcharging, we need criminal penalties.

    ¹ http://articles.latimes.com/2004/apr/30/local/me-fees30
     
  13. Mark K

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    Actually it is a little more nuanced in California. The total charged in building permit fees for all projects cannot exceed the total expenses of the department. I am told that some years may be out of balance as long as over a ten year period they average out. This is to prevent the building permit fees from being a source of income for the general fund.
     
  14. Francis Vineyard

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    Plan reviews are free of charge. However to my knowledge some localities charge an overtime rate for expedited (building) reviews done after regular business hours.
     
  15. conarb

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    Mark:

    Do you know where that came from, a court decision or a law? What I'm seeing them doing is combining other departments within the Building Department, notably the Housing Department, that way the rich man pays for the poor man.
     
  16. Rick18071

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    That is the law here but a private inspection company is allowed to make a profit.
     
  17. RJJ

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    Boy I need to raise my prices. I could have retired by now. Does anyone charge for dealing with stupid?
     
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  18. cda

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    Longer plan review time
     
  19. Mark K

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    Conarb

    The need to balance is in the statutes. The 10 year average was from a Building Official who implied that there was a court ruling to back it up.
    Given the variations in the dollar of construction it is likely impossible to balance out each year, thus implying that it can be spread over several years.

    Yes by combining several related departments there is potential for abuse.
     

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