Revised permitting fees expected to make department self-sufficient

Published: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 01:42 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The City Council has unanimously taken the first step to adopt an ordinance that will bring the permitting fee structure up to date.

The new fee schedule, adopted Monday, is expected to make the Permitting Division self-sufficient, freeing up an estimated $40,000 from the tightly trimmed proposed city budget.

To put the new ordinance in place, the council must repeal Chapter 14 of the city code and replace it with the revised schedule, which building official Jonathan Bilby has been working on for more than a year.

"The language in Chapter 14 has not been revised since the mid-'90s and has not kept up with state law," Bilby said during Monday’s City Council workshop.

The "base code" used in Crestview's new ordinance is modeled closely on Florida Building Code, Bilby said. The new code includes a provision to assure taxpayers no longer pay to have other people’s projects inspected.

"If the permit fee does not cover the cost of required inspections, a trip charge of $30 shall be added for each inspection not covered by the permit fees," the new ordinance states.

Bilby reviewed the proposed ordinance with the local Building Industry Association chapter, which found the new fee schedule acceptable.

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