Building official: permitting fee overhaul would fix shortfall

Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 14:23 PM.

The proposed new fee schedule is "a more fair, across-the-board fee structure," he said, and represents the median of regional fees.

Councilman Thomas Gordon questioned the wisdom of raising fees.

"If we're trying so hard to encourage businesses to come in, do we want to raise permit fees?" he said.

Council President Robyn Helt said she wondered whether the city is needlessly requiring permits for small projects "that don't amount to a hill of beans."

She cited an $81 permit she purchased to put a prefabricated shed in her backyard to house her lawnmower.

"Are there other things like that that we're charging for that could be eliminated and save city inspectors a burden and the resident the burden?" Helt said.

Bilby agreed to review the small home improvement permits, but cautioned that eliminating them might cause problems, such as an improperly secured shed blowing into a neighbor's home during a hurricane.



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