AGENDA MEMORANDUM

 

 

MEETING DATE:   January 28, 2008        

 

From:                          Bill Wiley, AICP, Interim Community Development Director

 

Subject:                      Resolution  Adopting the  Amended Building Division Fees

 

 

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends approval of the resolution for the proposed amended fees (Exhibit A).

 

Background:

The City of Leesburg Commission adopted the current building permit fees by resolution in 2003. There has been a significant increase in development activity and expansion of the City over the last three years. Building Codes have been updated in response to natural disasters, State contractor enforcement regulations have been strengthened to meet public needs, rental housing has increased dramatically in our area and due to annexation our jurisdiction has grown dramatically. Servicing a larger area with a larger population, updated building codes, increased statutory regulation and new city codes addressing rental properties and other issues derived from our growth and progress has increased the costs of running our division. All of these actions have resulted in better development within the City; however, the cost of doing business has increased but the fees to cover those costs have not.

 

The following summary provides highlights of the recommended draft fee schedule with regard to significant changes to the current city fee schedule. Currently, the City has the lowest building permit fees in the study.   Leesburg does not charge plan review fees or contractor registration fees.  In addition, other existing fees which are recommended for changes are also shown in the referenced table. The proposed fees represent the average fees for processing comparable applications by local cities and others within the Central Florida area.

 

Analysis:

The staff’s approach to the analysis was to obtain fee schedules from various cities in or near Lake County similar to Leesburg in size and the services provided. Selected jurisdictions were located in Lake County or in the surrounding counties. Staff selected and reviewed current fees from other municipalities in addition to Leesburg’s fees and developed an Excel spread sheet to compare the fees for each jurisdiction. Also, information was gathered for each jurisdiction indicating their permit charges and fee formulas. Jurisdictions were chosen based on population, size and fee structure. Some jurisdictions were not chosen for the study such as Clermont because they issue permits through the Lake County Building Department and Mascotte and Groveland were not comparable in jurisdiction size or services offered.  Fruitland Park’s department was not comparable with ours.  In the final analysis, staff looked at the fee structure for the cities of Mount Dora, Eustis, Tavares, Wildwood, Apopka and Ocala. These cities had departments, jurisdictions and services similar to Leesburg.  The fees for the selected cities were compared to the fees for the City of Leesburg. Based on the results of this analysis, staff developed a recommended draft fee schedule for review by city administration and consideration by the City Commission. To illustrate the proposed fees, staff developed the attached bar graph and applied the proposed fees to various types of actual projects in the city. The projects compare the current, proposed and average fee from the survey to each project. In addition, fees for the Fire Department were reviewed to assure  there was not a duplication of fees with the proposed building fees.

 


 

 

Options:

            1.         Approve the resolution for the revised fee schedule.

            2.         Disapprove the resolution for the revised fee schedule.

           

 

Fiscal Impact

Approval of the proposed Fee Schedule will increase the revenues generated by the Building Division and offset the cost to process permit applications.

 

 

Submission Date and Time:    1/24/08 2:02 PM____

 

Department:  Community Development

Prepared by:   Bill Wiley, AICP

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RESOLUTION  NO. __________

 

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE BUILDING PERMIT FEE SCHEDULE; REPEALING THE EXISTING BUILDING PERMIT FEE SCHEDULE ADOPTED VIA RESOLUTION NO. 6792; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

 

WHEREAS, certain fees are necessary for processing of permits for Administrative Fees; Commercial Building Permit Fees; Residential Building Permit Fees; Mobile Home Fees; Permit Renewal Fees; Re-Inspection Fees; Sign Permit Fees; Swimming Pool Permit Fees; and Other Permit Fees in conjunction with Chapter 7 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Leesburg, and

WHEREAS, Article II of Chapter 7 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Leesburg requires that such fees are to be established from time to time, by the resolution of the City Commission;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida;

Section 1

That the existing schedule of building permit fees, previously adopted via Resolution No. 6792, is hereby repealed, and that in its place the City Commission does hereby adopt the attached Exhibit A as the schedule of permit fees to be utilized within the City of Leesburg, which includes: Administrative Fees; Commercial Building Permit Fees; Residential Building Permit Fees; Mobile Home Fees; Permit Renewal Fees; Re-Inspection Fees; Sign Permit Fees; Swimming Pool Permit Fees; and Other Permit Fees.

 

THIS RESOLUTION shall become effective upon its passage and adoption according to law, March 1, 2008.

 

PASSED AND ADOPTED at the regular meeting of the City Commission by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, held on the 28th day of January, 2008.

 

                                                                           

                                                                        THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA

 

 

                                By: ____________________________

                                                                                                     Mayor                                                                                            

ATTEST:                                                                   

 

 

______________________________

City Clerk

 

 

 

 

                                 PROPOSED BUILDING PERMIT FEES                    Exhibit A  

CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA

 

 

 

Administrative Fees:

 

 

Fee Title

Fee Schedule

Change of primary contractor

$50.00

 

Change of subcontractor

$30.00

 

Modifying construction plans after permit issuance

$50.00

 

Approve or re-stamp construction plans (after permit issuance)

$50.00

 

Pre-power approval forms for 1st 60 days

$60.00

 

Temporary / Conditional certificate of occupancy

$110.00

 

Replace building permit card

$5.00

 

Extensions of permits

10% of original permit fee or $50.00 whichever is greater

     (only one 90-day extension may be granted)

Permit amendment fee - other than contractor changes

$25.00

 

Change of building use / occupancy (inspection required)

$150.00

 

Special inspection fees, after hours, Mon. -  Fri. (min. 2 hours)

$55.00

per hour

Special inspection fees, after hours, Weekends & Holidays (min. 2 hours)

                           $100.00 per hour

 

 

 

 

Commercial Building Permit Fees:

 

 

Fee Title

Square Footage Rate (under roof):

(including building/plan review, inspections, administrative)

.68 per sq ft., $150.00 minimum

Warehouses: (does not include mini-warehouses)

1/2 of the sq ft rate

 

All building permits

Residential - $75.00 minimum

 

 

Commercial - 150.00 minimum

 

Marine

.16 per sq ft

 

Foundations (shell is still 1/2 sq ft rate)

.06 per sq ft

 

All alterations / renovations and shell only permits

one half of the sq ft rate:

 

 

Residential - $75.00 minimum

 

 

Commercial - 150.00 minimum

 

 

 

 

Mobile Homes

 

 

Manufactured Homes Permit Fees - includes set up, electric, plumbing and mechanical

$270.00

 

Fees for additions to manufactured homes shall be calculated the same as building permit fee/aluminum permit fee

Modular Home Permit Fee

same as manufactured home

 

Modular Buildings, DCA approved

same as manufactured home

 

 

 

 

Sign Permits:

 

 

Sign Permit Fees: for issuing each permit

$75.00

 

Sign permit  with electric

$100.00

 

In addition:  wall hung signs (per sq ft per side)

$0.25

 

Free standing signs (per sq ft) per side

$0.40

 

Swimming Pool Permit Fees:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spa (includes electrical, plan review, plumbing & gas)

$75.00

 

Private above-ground swimming pools (includes electrical, plumbing, plan review & gas)

$75.00

 

Private in-ground swimming pools (includes electrical, plumbing, plan review & gas)

$225.00

 

Commercial swimming pools (includes electrical, plumbing, plan review & gas)

$310.00

 

Other permit fees:

 

 

All Alterations, Renovations and Shell only permits

one half of the sq ft rate:

 

 

Residential - $75.00 minimum

 

 

Commercial - 150.00 minimum

 

Aluminum construction permit fees (does not include slab/foundation)

.15 per sq ft; $75.00 minimum

Aluminum construction permit fees (including slab/foundation)

.25 per sq ft; $100.00 minimum

Pool Enclosures (Does not include slab/foundation)

1/2 aluminum rate; $75.00 minimum

Pool Enclosures (including slab/foundation)

1/2 aluminum rate; $100.00 minimum

Greenhouse buildings

$75.00 minimum (incl. in roofing)

Roofing

.03 per sq ft; residential $100.00 min

Roofing

.03 per sq ft; commercial $150.00 min

Shade structure permit fee - pole and shade cloth (no plans review req.)

$75.00 for the 1st acre or portion

 

thereof and $3 per each acre or

 

portion of thereafter

 

Plumbing permit fees

.04 per sq ft; $75.00 minimum

Plumbing - warehouse

1/2 plumbing rate; $75.00 minimum

Gas piping / fixtures

.04 per sq ft; $75.00 minimum

Electrical permit fees

.04 per sq ft; $75.00 minimum

Electrical - warehouse

1/2 electrical rate; $75.00 minimum

Individual bases; each service installation

$75.00

 

Each distribution / sub panel / disconnect new or replacement

$75.00

 

Mechanical permit fees

.04 per sq ft; $75.00 minimum

Mechanical - warehouse

1/2 mechanical rate; $75.00 minimum

Mechanical Hood System

$150.00

 

Fence

$50.00

 

Permit Renewal Fees:

 

 

When renewing a building permit, the following percentage shall be used for the purpose of calculating the building fee - (the percentage represents the work not yet complete) This shall not include electrical service.

If the 1st inspection was never made, renewal must be at full current value

100%

 

Slab inspection approved and slab poured

80%

 

Lintel inspection approved

60%

 

Framing and rough all inspections approved

40%

 

Insulation inspection approved

20%

 

For final inspections only

10%

 

Electrical, Plumbing, Fire, Gas and Mechanical Permit renewal fee

Renewal of sub permits shall be the minimum permit fee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-inspection Fees:

 

 

Re-inspection fees

$50.00

 

 

 

 

Residential Building Permit Fees (one and two family dwelling & townhomes)

 

(includes administrative, plan review, & inspections

.42 per sq ft; $75.00 minimum

For preliminary inspection prior to the moving of any building or structure

$100.00

 

For the placement of any relocated structure or building

$100.00

 

For the demolition of any building or structure

$110.00

 

If any person commences any work on a building or structure before

$150.00 or double the permit fee;

obtaining a the necessary permit, the shall be subject to a penalty of:

whichever is greater