Crestview to consider revising building permit fees

Fee schedule

Crestview building official Jonathan Bilby addresses a question from city Councilman Thomas Gordon, right, during a workshop to consider permit fees.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 06:59 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Explaining that Crestview's building permit fee schedule does not cover actual expenses, building official Jonathan Bilby presented proposed revisions to the fee schedule to the city council.

Speaking at a Monday afternoon workshop, Bilby said there is an annual shortfall of more than $62,000 between fees taken in by the city's Building Division and the actual cost of reviewing plans and doing inspections.

The shortfall is covered by tax dollars, Bilby said.

"We have to go back to the general fund and every taxpayer is having to help cover this," Councilman Mickey Rytman said.

Bilby asked the council to revise the city's fee ordinance and use the Florida Building Code instead.

He also recommended taking a processing fee when a developer first applies for permits to cover administrative costs. Under the current procedure, if the developer cancels the project, the Building Division cannot recover any expenses it had already incurred.

Bilby also recommended rounding fees to the nearest dollar to make it easier to estimate fees for developers. Under the current fee structure, for example, a 200-square-foot home addition would incur total fees of $282.58.

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