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Section 08.02.031
 

Title 08 Taxation and Revenue

Chapter 08.02 Fees and Charges

Article III. Building and Construction Permits

Section 08.02.031 Building Code
  1. Building Permit.

Building permit fees are based on the value of the work to be done as follows:

VALUE OF WORK

(in dollars)

FEE

(in dollars)

1 – 500

28.00

501 - 2,000

28.00 plus 3.00 for each 100 over 500

2,001 - 25,000

73.00 plus 13.00 for each 1,000 over 2,000

25,001 - 50,000

372.00 plus 10.00 for each 1,000 over 25,000

50,001 - 100,000

622.00 plus 7.00 for each 1,000 over 50,000

100,001 - 500,000

972.00 plus 5.00 for each 1,000 over 100,000

500,001 - 1,000,000

2,972.00 plus 4.00 for each 1,000 over 500,000

1,000,001 - 99,999,999

4,972.00 plus 3.00 for each 1,000 over 1,000,000

  1. Valuation.
    1. The value of construction for purposes of calculating the amount of the fee is determined by using the:
      1. most current building valuation data from the International Code Council (ICC) as published and updated by the ICC twice annually; or
      1. contract valuation, whichever is greater.
    1. “Gross area” when used in conjunction with the ICC building valuation data to determine valuation of a project is the total area of all floors, measured from the exterior face, outside dimension, or exterior column line of a building, including basements and balconies but excluding unexcavated areas.
    1. The fee is based on the highest type of construction to which a proposed structure most nearly conforms, as determined by the building official.
    1. For roofing permits, the value is determined to be:
      1. one hundred fifty dollars per square for recovering roofs;
      1. two hundred dollars per square for roofing projects when existing layers of roofing are torn off and a new layer is installed;
      1. two hundred fifteen dollars per square for roofing projects when existing layers of roofing are torn off, new sheeting is installed, and a new layer of roof is installed;
      1. or the contract valuation if it is greater.
  1. Building Plan Review.
    1. Plan review fees are sixty-five percent of the building permit fee as calculated from the table rounded up to the next whole dollar amount for:
      1. all commercial building permits;
      1. all industrial building permits;
      1. all mixed use building permits; and
      1. new multi-family residences with three or more units.
    1. Plan review fees are one hundred percent of the building permit fee as calculated from the table for fast-track projects.
    1. Plan review fees are twenty-five percent of the building permit fee as calculated from the table rounded up to the next whole dollar amount for new:
      1. single-family residences; and
      1. duplexes.
    1. Plan review fees are twenty-five dollars for:
      1. new buildings that are accessory structures for single-family residences and duplexes to include garages, pole buildings, greenhouses, sheds that require a permit, etc.; and
      1. additions to existing single family residences and duplexes to include living space, garages, sunrooms, decks, etc.
    1. Plan review fees for additional review required by changes, additions, or revisions to plans are seventy-five dollars per hour or fraction thereof.
    1. The building official may elect to assess plan review for remodeling single family residences and duplexes when required. This amount will be not be higher than the twenty-five percent of the building fee as calculated in the table rounded to the nearest whole dollar charged on a new single-family residence or duplex.
  1. Demolition

Demolition permit fees are:

    1. Single-family residence, duplex and accessory structures: Thirty-five dollars each.
    1. Other structures: Thirty-five dollars for every thousand square feet, to a maximum fee of three hundred fifty dollars.
    1. The processing fee is twenty-five dollars.
    1. For historic landmarks and contributing buildings within an historic district or located within the Downtown Boundary Area: five hundred dollars.
    1. All demolition permit fees received by the city are to be deposited in the historic preservation incentives fund established by SMC 07.08.152.
  1. Fencing.
    1. The permit fee is twenty dollars per one hundred linear feet, or fraction thereof.
    1. The processing fee and review fee is twenty-five dollars.
  1. Grading.
    1. Grading permit fees are as follow:

VOLUME

(in cubic yards)

FEE

(in dollars)

100 or less

28.00

101 - 1,000

28.00 plus 12.00 for each 100 over 100

1,001 - 10,000

136.00 plus 10.00 for each 1,000 over 1,000

10,001 - 100,000

226.00 plus 45.00 for each 10,000 over 10,000

100,001 and more

631.00 plus 25.00 for each 10,000 over 100,000

  1. Grading plan review fees are as follow:

VOLUME

(in cubic yards)

FEE

(in dollars)

50 or less

None

51 – 100

20.00

101 - 1,000

25.00

1,001 - 10,000

35.00

10,001 - 100,000

35.00 plus 17.00 for each 10,000 over 10,000

100,001 - 200,000

188.00 plus 10.00 for each 10,000 over 100,000

200,001 and more

288.00 plus 5.00 for each 10,000 over 200,000

    1. Failure to obtain a grading permit is a class one infraction under SMC 1.05.150.
    1. The processing fee is twenty-five dollars.
  1. Sign Permits.
    1. Sign permit fees are:
      1. thirty dollars for each wall sign, projecting sign and incidental sign; or
      1. seventy-five dollars for each pole sign, including billboards and off-premises signs.
    1. The building services plan review fee is fifty dollars and is in addition to the sign permit fee for pole signs in excess of one hundred square feet or more than thirty feet high.
    1. The planning services review fee is fifty dollars for all signs.
    1. The processing fee is twenty-five dollars.
  1. Factory-built Housing.
    1. The installation fee for factory-built housing is fifty dollars per section.
    1. A foundation or basement requires a separate building permit.
    1. Decks, carports and garages require a separate building permit.
    1. The development services review fee is fifty dollars.
    1. The processing fee is twenty-five dollars.
  1. Manufactured (Mobile) Home.
    1. The installation fee for a manufactured (mobile) home is fifty dollars per section.
    1. A basement requires a separate building permit.
    1. Decks, carports and garages require a separate building permit.
    1. The development services review fee is fifty dollars.
    1. The processing fee is twenty-five dollars.
  1. Temporary Structures.

Permit fees for temporary structures are:

    1. One hundred dollars for the first one hundred eighty days; and
    1. Five hundred dollars for the second one hundred eighty days.
    1. No third session will be allowed.
    1. The development services review fee is fifty dollars.
    1. The processing fee is twenty-five dollars.
  1. Relocation.
    1. The fee for a building relocation inspection for bond determination is seventy-five dollars.
    1. The development services review fee is fifty dollars.
    1. The processing fee is twenty-five dollars.
    1. Any repairs or alterations required for relocation are handled by various building permits and the fees for such building permits are in addition to the relocation permit fee.
  1. Early Start and Fast Track Approval.

The fee for an early start or fast track building permit approval is twenty-five percent of the building permit fee rounded to the next whole dollar amount and is in addition to any other required fees.

  1. Certificate of Occupancy.
    1. There is no separate fee for the issuance of a certificate of occupancy following final inspection under a permit so long as the fee for the permit is at least fifty dollars; otherwise, the minimum fee for a building permit and certificate of occupancy is fifty dollars plus a twenty-five dollar processing fee.
    1. The fees for the issuance of a certificate of occupancy not resulting from work done under permit are as provided in SMC 8.02.060.
    1. The building official will assess a fee not to exceed one hundred percent of the building permit fee for the issuance or extension of any temporary certificate of occupancy. The minimum fee will be:
      1. two hundred twenty-five dollars plus a twenty-five dollar processing fee when the building permit fee exceeds this amount;
      1. equal to the amount of the building permit fee when the building permit fee is less than two hundred fifty dollars.
  1. Swimming Pools.
    1. The building and plumbing permit fee for a swimming pool is:
      1. seventy-five dollars for those accessory to a single-family residence; and
      1. one hundred dollars for all others.
    1. The planning services review fee is twenty-five dollars.
    1. The processing fee is twenty-five dollars.
    1. Mechanical, electrical and fence permits are additional.
  1. Parking Lot and Site Work Permits.

The fee for a site work permit is charged in accordance with the fee table in subsection (A) of this section.

  1. Reinspections.

The fee for reinspections for work that was not ready, or corrections previously identified but remain uncorrected, or site not accessible is seventy-five dollars per incident.

  1. Inspections Outside Normal Inspector Working Hours.

The fee for inspections outside normal inspector working hours is seventy-five dollars per hour or fraction of an hour. A minimum of two hours is payable at the time the request is made and before an inspection can be scheduled.

  1. Work Done Without a Permit/Investigation Fees.

Where work has commenced without first obtaining the required permit(s), a work without permit fee equivalent to the greater of:

    1. twice the inspection fee, or
    1. the permit fee plus one hundred fifty dollars,

must be paid prior to the issuance of the permit(s).

  1. Safety Inspections.

The fees for safety inspections are:

    1. Commercial Buildings: Seventy-five dollars per hour or fraction of an hour with a prepaid minimum of one hundred fifty dollars.
    1. Single-family Residence – Electrical only: Seventy-five dollars.
    1. Single-family Residence – Two or more trade categories: One hundred fifty dollars.
    1. Two-family Residence: One hundred seventy-five dollars.
    1. Multifamily – Three to six units: Two hundred fifty dollars.
    1. Multifamily – Seven to fifty units: Two hundred fifty dollars plus twenty-five dollars for each unit over six.
    1. Multifamily – Over fifty units: One thousand three hundred fifty dollars plus ten dollars for every unit over fifty.
    1. Electrical Service Reconnect - Residence - Twenty-five dollars
    1. Electrical Service Reconnect - Commercial - Fifty dollars
    1. Processing fee: Twenty-five dollars.
  1. Recording Fee Use of Public Right-of-way and Large Accessory Building Agreement.

The property owner shall be charged a pass-through fee equal to the amount assessed by Spokane County when erecting a fence, retaining wall or other structure in a public right-of-way. This is a recording fee for the acknowledged agreement whereby the property owner covenants to remove the encroachment upon notice by the City. An additional twenty-five dollar processing fee is required when a permit is not issued in conjunction with the recording.

  1. Expired Permits Over Six Months.
    1. Building Permits.
      1. No inspections have been made: Permits require full resubmittal, and if a commercial project, plan review. Original valuation shall be contained in description of new permit.
      1. Footings and foundations only have been inspected and approved: Minimum of seventy-five percent of the original assessed permit fee plus new processing fees. Original valuation shall be contained in description of new permit.
      1. All rough-in inspections approved: Minimum of twenty-five percent of original permit fee plus new processing fees. Original valuation shall be contained in description of new permit.
      1. Additional work done not on original permit: New valuation shall be calculated based upon either square footage if new construction, or valuation if remodel.
    1. Plumbing Permits.
      1. No inspections: A full new permit for all fixtures is required.
      1. Partial inspections approved: If water tests, top outs and ground plumbing have been approved, then twenty-five percent of the original itemized permit fees plus new processing fee.
    1. Mechanical Permits.
      1. No inspections: A full new permit is required.
      1. Partial inspections: If all rough-in inspections and air tests have been approved, then twenty-five percent of the original permit fee plus new processing fee.
    1. Electrical Permit.
      1. No inspections: A full new permit is required.
      1. Partial inspections: If all rough-in inspections and service inspections have been approved, then twenty-five percent of the original fees plus new processing fee.
  1. Processing Fee.

In addition to all of the fees identified in SMC 8.02.031, the processing fee for each permit is twenty-five dollars, unless specifically stated otherwise.

 

Date Passed: Monday, May 11, 2020

Effective Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020

ORD C35899 Section 1