Coun­cil Re­vises Build­ing Per­mit Fees

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kutter

LIN­COLN — Lin­coln City Coun­cil sus­pended the rules and ap­proved an or­di­nance at its March 14 meet­ing to adopt re­vised build­ing per­mit fees.

The Coun­cil tabled the or­di­nance last month af­ter mem­bers ques­tioned whether the city should charge fees for home im­prove­ment projects, such as in­stalling new car­pet or hard­wood floors or painting a house. Word­ing in the ini­tial mea­sure made it seem to some al­der­men that home im­prove­ment projects would fall un­der the or­di­nance.

Un­der the new or­di­nance ap­proved last week, build­ing per­mit fees will not be re­quired for projects that do not in­crease the foot­print of a house.

“We cleaned up the ver­biage where there are no gray ar­eas,” said Mayor Rob Hulse.

The or­di­nance is called the 2016 In­spec­tion Fee Build­ing Per­mit Amend­ment.

Re­vised fees were ap­proved for a build­ing per­mit. The fee for a sin­gle fam­ily/du­plex struc­ture, for ex­am­ple, is 33 cents per square foot for the first 2,000 square feet and 30 cents per square feet above

2,000 square feet. Fees also ap­ply for multi-fam­ily units, com­mer­cial and pub­lic build­ings, in­dus­trial, and de­tached garages or other non-por­ta­ble struc­tures.

In­spec­tions are re­quired for foot­ing, plumb­ing, con­crete slab, elec­tri­cal, in­su­la­tion, me­chan­i­cal, dry­wall and fi­nal. In­spec­tion fees are $100 for each spe­cific in­spec­tion or re-in­spec­tion, re­gard­less of the num­ber of in­spec­tions per­formed in any one trip.

Ap­pli­cants for per­mits are re­quired to file a bond with the city, which will be re­tained un­til the fi­nal in­spec­tion has been con­ducted.

Coun­cil mem­bers also amended the city’s Per­son­nel Pol­icy. The changes limit the num­ber of va­ca­tion hours that an em­ployee can sell back to the city and states that the city of Lin­coln will fol­low the holiday sched­ule used by Wash­ing­ton County, in­stead of fol­low­ing the state’s sched­ule.

Janet Pet­ti­grew- El­liott with Lin­coln Pound and Paws ad­dressed the Coun­cil with an up­date on its pro­posal to help the city of Lin­coln with its stray an­i­mals. Dis­cus­sions will con­tinue on this. Hulse set up a meet­ing April 6 in the Coun­cil room to meet with Pet­ti­grew-El­liott and any­one else who would like to meet.

The City also sched­uled a spe­cial meet­ing 7 p.m., Thurs­day, March 31 to dis­cuss re­fi­nanc­ing bond is­sues.

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