I was in a small town today to get a building permit for a building in
a small apartment complex. They wanted $0.50 per s.f. for the
building permit -- $4,000. Ouch. Typically it is $700 or $800 in
It got me thinking about what do other people see as permit fees and
are they calculated on s.f. or $$$.
This was upstate NY (very far upstate).
If by very far upstate NY you are referring to Western New York, then I feel
your pain. Government in this area badly needs another "Boston Tea Party" to
remind them how outrageous their taxation policies have become.
WOW that's outrageous. Around here , NE OH between akron and canton the
permit amount is based on area of all floors. Just had a roof put on which
required a buildng permit but the roofer included that in the costs and
didn't disclose it to me since I was getting the discount job in the first
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What city charges for sq. ft area? For putting up a new building, yes, and
there are several different permits required, and the prices vary by sq.
For a roof, no. I know for a fact, Akron does not require a permit for a
roof, unless you are replacing wood. Then the price is $35.
Uniontown/Green/Hartville, does not require a permit for a roof. Canton's
fee is $50.
I've worked all those cities and every city up to Cleveland. Never has any
city based a roof permit on the area of all floors.
We built a new home in 2006. The cost of the building permit for the whole
smash was (are you ready for this?) $10.00. No shit............TEN U.S.
Dollars. This was in Rural Nebraska. Each community sets their own fee.
In our village, it's 10 bucks, weather it's a deck, shed, or house. It does
not matter what you're building. I agree that building permit costs are out
of control in most areas. The Gov is out of control.
I don't know how they calculated it, but when we built our house back in
2003/2004, it cost $340 to "apply" for the permit, and then another $690
when we picked up the approved permit. We're in Clark County, Washington
state, and our house is 1456 square feet.
However, we already lived in a mobile on the property, so we didn't have to
pay the "impact" fee. I get the feeling that's the part that hurts the
most, because another lady was getting a permit for her house when I was
there, and her impact fee was $20,000! Thankfully, we moved to our property
before they implemented the impact fees... :)
When I built my house in 2001 the fees were as follows in central
California. 3500 sqf 2 story.
School impact fee: 13,500
Fire impact fee
Police impact fee
Library impact fee
seemingly endless list of fees
just to get to the actual permit fees.
Total, out the door before I could drive a single nail
That was a painful check to write.
On Fri, 08 Jun 2007 17:27:42 -0700, Pat
Wow! Do they have the nerve to charge that outrageous "school impact fee"
even if you don't have kids, or do they assume "everyone" breeds? I thought
the obscene TAXES I pay were supposed to cover my "impact" on the community.
Yeah, like my $5,000/year school taxes when I never had kids and never will.
11 years of my taxes are the original purchase price of my house, so at 22
years here, I've paid for it 3 times now, and I'm not counting mortgage
interest! $35,000 for a permit???!!! Another reason to never live in CA.
They sure do have the nerve to charge that fee wheter or not you even
have children that will impact the school.
One of the reasone the fees were so high is the land had never been
built on before, if there had ever been another structure I would not
have had to pay any of the impact fees.
On Mon, 11 Jun 2007 18:38:41 -0400, <h> wrote:
Wow. The good news is, if there is any good news, that Impact Fees
are illegal in New York. They've ruled them out because it is looked
at as a "welcome neighbor tax". It's one of those "equal protection"
In this area, you could get a house for the cost of your impact fee.
There are 50 listings for homes between $30,000 and $40,000 including
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