BR Metro Council proposing raises in residential permit fees, number could reach thousands

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Increases could soon be coming for anyone wanting to get a permit for their home or a commercial building.

The Metro Council will meet this evening to discuss an item to increase the commercial plan review fee along with the commercial and residential permit fees.

The minimum residential permit fee is $60, but according to Councilman Matt Watson is average runs around $500. If approved, that number could rise to around $2,300.

The current rates are:

  • For valuations less than or equal to $100,000.00, the fee shall be $3.00 per thousand dollars.
  • For valuations greater than $100,000.00 through $500,000.00, the fee shall be $300.00 plus $2.00 per thousand above $100,000.00.
  • For valuations greater than $500,000, the fee shall be $1,050.00 dollars plus $1.50 per thousand above $500,000.

Watson says the purpose of the increase would be to improve the failing permits and inspections department.

He added the increase would likely have no net increase in funding for the department due to a budget deficit going into 2020.

Watson feels the municipality should privatize most of the departments and not throw away good money.

If that increase passed it would go into effect immediately.

The meeting is set for 4 p.m. For more information about residential permits, click here.

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