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A. A permit shall not be valid until the fees prescribed by Tables 20.02.155 A, B, C, D and E and the current city fee resolution have been paid, nor shall an amendment to a permit be released until the additional fee, if any, has been paid.

EXCEPTION: When an area of the city has been deemed a disaster area by either the local, state or federal authorities, any structures damaged by storms, floods, landslides, earthquakes, fires or other natural disasters shall have all permit and plan review fees waived for the purposes of repairing or rebuilding the damaged structures (with the exception of state surcharge fees).

B. On buildings, structures, gas, mechanical and plumbing systems or alterations requiring a permit, a fee for each permit shall be paid as required, in accordance with the schedule as established by the applicable governing authority.

C. When submittal documents are required by BMC 20.02.145, a plan review fee shall be paid at the time of submitting the submittal documents for plan review. The building official may have the option to charge a deposit in lieu of the full plan review fee if the full amount is not known at the time. Any plan review deposit shall be applied toward the total plan review fee owed. The actual permit fees and related plan review fee shall be determined upon completion of the plan review and the balance owing shall be paid at the time of permit issuance. The plan review fee shall be a separate fee from the permit fees specified in this section and are in addition to the permit fees. When submittal documents are incomplete or changed so as to require additional plan review or when the project involves deferred submittal items as defined in BMC 20.02.145, an additional plan review fee may be charged.

D. The city has established a basic plan program, the purpose of which is to allow for an expedited review process for plans that are intended to remain unchanged but used multiple times. Options are allowed to be submitted with the initial registering of the basic plan to accommodate a variation of building styles using the basic plan. When plans are submitted under the jurisdiction’s basic plan program, a plan review fee shall be paid at the time of application for a basic plan. The building official may have the option to charge a partial deposit in lieu of the full plan review fee. All portions of fees paid as a deposit amount shall be applied to the total plan review fees owed. The applicant shall be required to pay the balance of amount owed for the plan review.

Valuations used to compute the permit fees shall include all options submitted with a basic plan. When a basic plan consists of a number of plan options that can produce any number of similar but different buildings, the building official may charge plan review fees based on each different building configuration. Plan review fees shall be paid for at the time of application for a building permit. The building official may have the option to charge a partial deposit in lieu of the full plan review fee. All portions of fees paid as a deposit amount shall be applied to the total plan review fees owed. The applicant shall be required to pay the balance of amount owed for the plan review. The plan review fees specified in this subsection are separate fees from the permit fees and are in addition to the permit fees.

Once a basic plan and associated options are reviewed, approved and registered, changes or revisions to that plan are not permitted without requiring the plan to be resubmitted as a new registered plan and pay full new fees.

Once a permit is issued for a basic plan, no revisions will be permitted except for minor field changes. For the purposes of this section, the term “minor field changes” shall include the relocation of nonbearing partitions, relocated window openings, or other changes which do not include an increase in floor area, deviations to any structural elements, materials, or design components. Changes other than minor field changes will be considered major changes and require the permit holder to resubmit those changes as a new submittal and pay a revision fee.

E. The applicant for a permit shall provide an estimated permit value at time of application. The determination of value or valuation under any of the provisions of this code shall be made by the building official. The latest building valuation data, contained in the February or August edition of the Building Safety Journal publication, shall be used to determine building valuations for the various building types and occupancies noted in that table. Regional modifiers shall not be applicable. When a specific building type or occupancy is not noted in the valuation table, the building official is authorized to use any of the classification types noted in the table that most closely resembles the proposed type of building, or determine a valuation type independently.

F. Any person who commences any work on a building, structure, gas, mechanical or plumbing system before obtaining the necessary permits shall be subject to the special investigation fee in an amount as provided for in BMC 20.02.161, Special investigation fees.

G. The payment of the fee for the construction, alteration, removal or demolition for work done in connection to or concurrently with the work authorized by a building permit shall not relieve the applicant or holder of the permit from the payment of other fees that are prescribed by law.

H. The building official may authorize refunding of not more than 80 percent of the permit fee paid when no work has been done under a permit issued in accordance with this code. The building official may authorize refunding of not more than 80 percent of the plan review fee paid when an application for a permit for which a plan review fee has been paid is withdrawn or canceled before the plan review is commenced. The building official shall not authorize refunding of any fee paid except on written application filed by the original permittee not later than 180 days from the date of fee payment.

I. Green Building Permit Fee Rebate. A percentage of the building permit fees set forth in Table 20.02.155 A shall be rebated to applicants who achieve and provide verification of green building certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, National Green Building Standard, Built Green (Three Star level or higher), or other certification programs as approved by the community development director, as follows:

1. At least basic or lowest level of certification, or at least Three Star level of Built Green, rebate 10 percent of permit fees;

2. Highest level of certification, rebate 50 percent of permit fees.

TABLE 20.02.155 A – BUILDING PERMIT FEES 

TOTAL VALUATION1

FEE

$1.00 to $500.00

$28.50

$501.00 to $2,000

$28.50 for the first $500.00 plus $3.65 for each additional $100.00, or fraction thereof, to and including $2,000

$2,001 to $25,000

$83.00 for the first $2,000 plus $16.80 for each additional $1,000, or fraction thereof, to and including $25,000

$25,001 to $50,000

$470.00 for the first $25,000 plus $12.00 for each additional $1,000, or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000

$50,001 to $100,000

$772.50 for the first $50,000 plus $8.40 for each additional $1,000, or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000

$100,001 to $500,000

$1,192.50 for the first $100,000 plus $6.75 for each additional $1,000, or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000

$500,001 to $1,000,000

$3,878.50 for the first $500,000 plus $5.75 for each additional $1,000, or fraction thereof, to and including $1,000,000

$1,000,001 and up

$6,730.50 for the first $1,000,000 plus $4.50 for each additional $1,000, or fraction thereof

Other Fees3 and 4:

1. Inspections outside of normal business hours (per hour)5

$163.00

2. Reinspection fee4, 5

$163.00

3. Inspection for which no fee is specifically indicated (per hour)5

$163.00

4. Additional plan review required by changes, additions or revisions (per hour)3

$163.00

5. Re-roof (single-family residence)

$125.00

6. Use of outside consultants for plan checking or inspections: Actual costs2, 4

Hourly

7. Mobile home replacement/installation

$291.00

8. Moved building (pre-move inspection)

$259.00

1Valuation is determined based on the estimated cost submitted by the applicant, or the data contained in the latest edition of the Building Safety Journal, whichever results in a higher valuation.

2Actual costs include fees for consultant services, plus administrative and overhead costs.

3Plan review fee is equal to 65% of the permit. It includes the initial plan review and two re-reviews. Any subsequent reviews after the third review will result in a $163.00/hour charge for additional review services.

4For all permits, plan reviews, revisions, reinspection fees, and other inspections, a five percent technology surcharge is applied to the total fee for services.

5Inspection services include one initial inspection for each type of inspection and/or area to be inspected (if inspected in phases/sections), and one reinspection to address items requiring correction during the initial inspection. If items are not completed at the reinspection, the inspector may issue a reinspection fee for any subsequent inspections necessary to address the remaining items. The inspector may also issue a reinspection fee if a project has requested an inspection and is not ready at the time of inspection. In instances where reinspection fees have been assessed, no additional inspection of the work shall be provided by the city until the required fees are paid.

TABLE 20.02.155 B – MECHANICAL PERMIT 1

1See Res. 1383, adopting the 2019 fee schedule.

TABLE 20.02.155 C – PLUMBING PERMIT FEES 1

1See Res. 1383, adopting the 2019 fee schedule.

TABLE 20.02.155 D – GRADING PLAN REVIEW FEES 1

1See BMC 18.05.200 and Res. 1383, adopting the 2019 fee schedule.

TABLE 20.02.155 E – GRADING PERMIT FEES 1

1See BMC 18.05.200 and Res. 1383, adopting the 2019 fee schedule.

(Ord. 2304 § 2, 2019; Res. 1383 § 1, 2018; Ord. 2269 § 14, 2018; Ord. 2052 § 2 (Exh. B), 2010; Ord. 2028 § 1 (Exh. B), 2009; Ord. 1986 § 1, 2007; Ord. 1926 § 4, 2004).