Chapter 4.36
BUILDING CODE REVIEW AND PERMIT FEES

4.36.000    Chapter Contents

Sections:

4.36.010    Building code review and permit fees.

4.36.020    Electrical inspection and permit fees.

(Ord. 6522 §1, 2008).

4.36.010 Building code review and permit fees

A.    The determination of value or valuation under any of the provisions of this code shall be made by the building official based on the valuation data established by the International Code Council under the provisions of building standards valuation data. The value to be used in computing the building and building plan review fees shall be the total of all construction work for which the permit is issued as well as all finish work, painting, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, elevators, fire extinguishing systems and other permanent equipment. Single-family and duplex dwellings of wood frame construction having an area of more than 2,500 square feet per unit shall be valued at "good construction" rate. All others will be valued at "average construction" rate.

B.    Payment of fees. A permit shall not be valid until the fees prescribed by law have been paid, nor shall an amendment to a permit be released until the additional fee, if any, has been paid.

C.    Schedule of permit fees. On buildings, structures, gas, mechanical, and plumbing systems or alterations requiring a permit, a fee for each permit shall be paid as required with the following Table 1-A.

D.    Plan Review Fees: When submittal documents are required a plan review fee shall be paid at the time of submitting the submittal documents for plan review. Table 1-A shall establish said plan review fee. The actual permit fees and related plan review fee shall be determined upon completion of the plan review and the balance owing shall be paid at the time of permit issuance.

The plan review fee shall be a separate fee from the permit fees specified in this section and are in addition to the permit fees.

When submittal documents are incomplete or changed so as to require additional plan review or when the project involves deferred submittal items, an additional plan review fee shall be charged at the rate shown in Table 1-A.

E.    Building permit valuations. The value to be used in computing the building permit and building plan review fees shall be the total value of all construction work for which the permit is issued, as well as all finish work, painting, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, elevators, fire extinguishing systems and any other permanent equipment. Contractor’s overhead and profit is also included. The Valuation factor will be used in assessing the building permit for installation of Sign and Commercial Landscaping permits (plan review for Signs and Commercial landscaping will be 65% of the permit).

F.    Investigation Fees: Work without a Permit.

1.    Investigation. Whenever any work for which a permit is required by this code has been commenced without first obtaining said permit, a special investigation shall be made before a permit may be issued for such work.

2.    Fee. An investigation fee, in addition to the permit fee, shall be collected whether or not a permit is then or subsequently issued. The investigation fee shall be equal to the amount of the permit fee required by this code. The minimum investigation fee shall be the same as the minimum fee set forth in Table 1-A. This fee is an additional, punitive fee and shall not apply to any Grading or Building Permit Fee that may subsequently be issued. Payment of the investigative fee does not vest the illegal work with any legitimacy, nor does it establish any right to a Permit for continued development of that project. If the work done remains illegal for 90 days after service of the Stop Work Order, it shall be considered hazardous.

3.    The payment of such investigation fee shall not exempt any person from compliance with all other provisions of this code nor from any penalty prescribed by law.

G.    Fee Refunds.

The building official may authorize the refunding of:

1.    100% of any fee erroneously paid or collected.

2.    Up to 80% of the permit fee paid when no work has been done under a permit issued in accordance with this code.

3.    Up to 80% of the plan review fee paid when an application for a permit for which a plan review fee has been paid is withdrawn or canceled before any plan reviewing is done. The building official shall not authorize refunding of any fee paid except on written application filed by the original permittee not later than 180 days after the date of fee payment.

H.    Fee Exempt Permits:

1.    Agricultural/deer fences up to eight (8) feet tall

TABLE NO. 1-A -- BUILDING PERMIT FEES

Building Permit Fees (based on valuation) 

Total Valuation

Fee

$1.00 to $500.00

$90.00

$501.00 to $2,000.00

$90.00 for the first $500.00 plus $5.30 for each additional $100.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $2,000.00

$2,001.00 to $25,000.00

$168.90 for the first $2,000.00 plus $16.80 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $25,000.00

$25,001.00 to $50,000.00

$555.30 for the first $25,000.00 plus $12.71 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000.00

$50,001.00 to $100,000.00

$873.05 for the first $50,000.00 plus $9.45 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000.00

$100,001.00 to $500,000.00

$1,345.55 for the first $100,000.00 plus $7.98 for each additional $1,000.00, or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.00

$500,001.00 to $1,000,000.00

$4,537.55 for the first $500,000.00 plus $7.09 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $1,000,000.00

$1,000,001.00 and up

$8,082.55 for the first $1,000,000.00 plus $5.93 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof

 

Other Building Inspections and Fees 

Inspections outside of normal business hours

$125.00 per hour* (minimum charge - two hours)

Reinspection fees

$125.00 per hour*

Inspections for which no fee is specifically indicated

$125.00 per hour* (minimum charge - one-half hour)

Additional plan review required by changes, additions or revisions to approved plans

$125.00 per hour* (minimum charge - one-half hour)

For use of outside consultants for plan checking and inspections, or both

Actual Costs*

Certificate of occupancy inspection not related to building permit and as required by Section 110

$125.00 per hour* (minimum 2 hours)

Inspections requested on expired permits

$125.00 per hour* (minimum charge - two hours)

Additional inspectors required on expired permits

$125.00 per hour* (minimum charge - one hour)

* Or the total hourly cost to the jurisdiction, whichever is the greatest. This cost shall include supervision, overhead, equipment, hourly wages and fringe benefits of the employees involved.

** Including administrative and overhead costs.

Building Plan Review Fees 

 

SF Plan Review

65% of building permit fee

Tree removal permit

$25.00 per tree up to $250.00 total

Commercial Review

65% of building permit fee

Addition/remodel SF, duplex

65% of building permit fee

 

65% of building plan review fees

Mobile/Manufactured Housing Permit Fees 

Temporary use (single wide)

$150.00

Temporary use (double wide)

$175.00

Permanent use (single wide)

$200.00

Permanent use (double wide)

$225.00

Permanent use (triple wide)

$250.00

Add-a-room (premanufactured addition)

$150.00

Temporary commercial use (single)

$200.00

Permanent commercial use (double)

$225.00

Permanent commercial use (triple)

$250.00

Plan check fee of 65% of permit fee will be required for commercial use only.

Electrical Permit and Inspection Fees 

See OMC 4.36.020.

Mechanical Permit Fees 

Permit Issuance Fee

 

For the issuance of each permit

$90.00

Single Family Residential

$225.00

Unit Fee Schedule

Note: The following does not include permit issuance fee.

Furnaces

 

For the installation or relocation of each forced-air or gravity-type furnace or burner, including ducts and vents attached to such appliance

$35.00

Appliance Vents

 

For the installation, relocation or replacement of each appliance vent installed and not included in an appliance permit

$35.00

Repairs or Additions

 

For the repair of, alteration of, or addition to each heating appliance, refrigeration unit, cooling unit, absorption unit, or each heating, cooling, absorption or evaporative cooling system, including installation of controls regulated by the Mechanical Code

$35.00

Boilers, Compressors and Absorption Systems

For the installation or relocation of each boiler or compressor

$95.00

Air Handlers

 

For each air-handling unit to and including 10,000 cubic feet per minute (4,720 L/s), including ducts attached thereto

$35.00

Note: This fee does not apply to an air-handling unit which is a portion of a factory assembled appliance, cooling unit, evaporative cooler or absorption unit for which a permit is required elsewhere in the Mechanical Code.

 

For each air-handling unit exceeding 10,000 cubic feet per minute (4,720 L/s)

$35.00

Evaporative Coolers

 

For each evaporative cooler other than portable type

$35.00

Ventilation and Exhaust

 

For each ventilation fan connected to a single duct

$35.00

For each ventilation system which is not a portion of heating or air conditioning system authorized by a permit

$35.00

For the installation of each hood which is served by mechanical exhaust, including the ducts for such hood

$35.00

Incinerators

$125.00

Miscellaneous

 

For each appliance or piece of equipment regulated by the Mechanical Code but not classed in other appliance categories, or for which no other fee is listed in the code

$35.00

Permit fees for fuel-gas piping shall be as follows:

 

For each gas piping system

$35.00

Other Inspections and Fees

 

Inspections outside of normal business hours, per hour (minimum charge - two hours)

*

Reinspection fees

$125.00*

Inspection for which no fee is specifically indicated, per hour (minimum charge - one-half hour)

$125.00*

Additional plan review required by changes, additions or revisions to plans or to plans for which an initial review has been completed (minimum charge - one-half hour)

$125.00*

* Or the total hourly cost to the jurisdiction, whichever is greatest. This cost shall include supervision, overhead, equipment, hourly wages and fringe benefits of the employees involved.

 

Plumbing Permit Fees 

Permit Issuance

 

For issuing each permit

$90.00

Single Family Residential

$225.00

Swimming Pools

 

For each swimming pool or spa

$125.00

Plumbing Permits for New Single Family Residential

$225.00

Unit Fee Schedule

 

Note: The following does not include permit issuance fee

 

For each gas piping system

$35.00

For each plumbing fixture on one trap or a set of fixtures on one trap (including water, drainage piping and backflow protection)

$10.50

For each building sewer and each trailer park sewer

$25.00

Rainwater systems - per drain (inside building)

$10.00

For each private sewage disposal system/grinder pump

$75.00

For each water heater and/or vent

$14.00

For each industrial waste pretreatment interceptor including its trap and vent, except kitchen-type grease interceptors functioning as fixture trap

$21.00

For each installation, alteration or repair of water piping and/or water treating equipment, each

$5.25

For each repair or alteration of drainage or vent piping, each fixture

$5.25

For each lawn sprinkler system on any one meter including backflow protection devices therefor

$35.00

For atmospheric-type vacuum breakers not included in lawn sprinkler system

$35.00

Other Inspections and Fees

 

Inspections outside of normal business hours, per hour (minimum charge - two hours)

$125.00*

Reinspection fees

$125.00*

Inspection for which no fee is specifically indicated

$125.00*

Additional plan review required by changes, additions or revisions to approved plans, per hour (minimum charge - one hour)

$125.00*

* Or the total hourly cost to the jurisdiction, whichever is greatest. This cost shall include supervision, overhead, equipment, hourly wages and fringe benefits of the employees involved.

Grading Plan Permit Fees 

$250.00 base fee plus $.01 per cubic yard

Other Inspections and Fees

 

Inspections outside of normal business hours, per hour (minimum charge - two hours)

$125.00*

Reinspection fees

$125.00*

Inspection for which no fee is specifically indicated, per hour (minimum charge one-half hour)

$125.00*

*Or the total hourly cost to the jurisdiction, whichever is greatest. This cost shall include supervision, overhead, equipment, hourly wages and fringe benefits of the employees involved.

Grading Plan Review Fees 

65% of the permit fee

Other Fees

 

Additional plan review required by changes, additions or revisions to approved plans, per hour (minimum charge - one-half hour)

$125.00*

* Or the total hourly cost to the jurisdiction, whichever is greatest. This cost shall include supervision, overhead, equipment, hourly wages and fringe benefits of the employees involved.

(Ord. 6842 §10, 2013; Ord. 6832 §2, 2012; Ord. 6790 §2, 2011; Ord. 6610 §2, 2008; Ord. 6522 §1, 2008; Ord. 6310 §51, 2004; Ord. 6183 C1, 2002; Ord. 6153 §2, 2001; Ord. 5862 §3, 1998; Ord. 5800 §1, 1998; Ord. 5729 §1, 1997; Ord. 5666 §1, 1997; Ord. 5658 §5, 1996; Ord. 5577 §6, 1995).

4.36.020 Electrical inspection and permit fees

To calculate the inspection fees, the amperage is based on the conductor ampacity or the overcurrent device rating. The inspection fees shall be calculated from Sections I through V below. However, the total fee shall not be less than the number of progress inspection (one-half hour) units times the progress inspection fee rate from Section G-PROGRESS INSPECTIONS, below.

A.    RESIDENTIAL

1.    Single and 2-family residential (New Construction).

Notes:

[1]    Square footage is the area included within the surrounding exterior walls of a building exclusive of any interior courts. (This includes any floor area in an attached garage, basement, or unfinished living space.)

[2]    "Inspected with the service" means that a separate service inspection fee is included on the same electrical work permit and

[3]    "Inspected at the same time" means all wiring is to be ready for inspection during the initial inspection trip.

[4]    An "outbuilding" is a structure that serves a direct accessory function to the residence, such as a pump house or storage building. Outbuilding does not include buildings used for commercial type occupancies or additional dwelling occupancies.

a.

First 1300 sq. ft. or less

$88.00

 

Each additional 500 sq. ft. or portion thereof

$28.00

b.

Each outbuilding or detached garage - inspected at the same time as a dwelling unit on the property

$38.00

c.

Each outbuilding or detached garage - inspected separately

$75.00

d.

Each swimming pool - inspected with the service

$58.00

e.

Each swimming pool - inspected separately

$88.00

f.

Each hot tub, spa, or sauna - inspected with the service

$38.00

g.

Each hot tub, spa, or sauna - inspected separately

$75.00

h.

Each septic pumping system - inspected with the service

$38.00

i.

Each septic pumping system - inspected separately

$58.00

2.    Multifamily residential and miscellaneous residential structures, services and feeders (New Construction)

a.    Each service and/or feeder

Ampacity

Service/Feeder

Additional Feeder

0 to 200

$95.00

$30.00

201 to 400

$120.00

$58.00

401 to 600

$162.00

$80.00

601 to 800

$205.00

$110.00

801 and over

$295.00

$220.00

3.    Single or multifamily altered services or feeders including circuits

a.    Each altered service and/or altered feeder

Ampacity

Service/Feeder

0 to 200

$80.00

201 to 600

$120.00

601 and over

$177.00

b.

Maintenance or repair of a meter or mast (no alterations to the service or feeder)

$50.00

4.    Single or multifamily residential circuits only (no service inspection).

Note: Altered or added circuit fees are calculated per panel board. Total cost of the alterations in an individual panel should not exceed the cost of a complete altered service or feeder of the same rating, as shown in Section A-RESIDENTIAL, table (3) (a), above.

a.

1 to 4 circuits (see note above)

$75.00

b.

Each additional circuit (see note above)

$7.00

5.    Mobile homes, modular homes, mobile home parks, and RV parks

a.

Mobile home or modular home service or feeder only

$75.00

 

b.

Mobile home service and feeder - inspected at the same time

$95.00

6.    Mobile home park sites and RV park sites

Note: For master service installations, see Section II-Commercial / Industrial

a.

First site service or site feeder

$75.00

b.

Each additional site service, or additional site feeder - inspected at the same time as the first service or feeder

$38.00

B.    COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

1.    New service or feeder, and additional new feeders inspected at the same time (includes circuits).

Note: For large COMMERCIAL / INDUSTRIAL projects that include multiple feeders, "inspected at the same time" can be interpreted to include additional inspection trips for a single project. The additional inspections must be for electrical work specified on the permit at the time of purchase. The permit fee for such projects shall be calculated from the table (1)(a), below. However, the total fee must not be less than the number of progress inspection (1/2 hour) units times the progress inspection fee rate from Section G-PROGRESS INSPECTIONS, below.

a.    Service/feeders

Ampacity

Service / Feeder

Additional Feeder

0 to 100

$95.00

$58.00

101 to 200

$115.00

$77.00

201 to 400

$220.00

$88.00

401 to 600

$258.00

$105.00

601 to 800

$335.00

$140.00

801 to 1000

$405.00

$170.00

1001 and over

$445.00

$238.00

2.    Altered services or feeders (no circuits).

a.    Service/feeders

Ampacity

Service or Feeder

0 to 200

$95.00

201 to 600

$220.00

601 to 1000

$335.00

1001 and over

$370.00

b.    Maintenance or repair of a meter or mast (no alterations to the service or feeder) $80.00

3.    Circuits only.

Note: Altered/added circuit fees are calculated per panel board. Total cost of the alterations in a panel (or panels) should not exceed the cost of a new feeder (or feeders) of the same rating, as shown in Section B -COMMERCIAL / INDUSTRIAL, from table (1) (a) above.

 

a.

First 5 circuits per branch circuit panel

$80.00

 

b.

Each additional circuit per branch circuit panel

$7.00

4.

Over 600 volts surcharge per permit.

$75.00

C.    TEMPORARY SERVICE(S)

Notes:

[1]    See WAC 296-46B-590 for information about temporary installations.

[2]    Temporary stage or concert inspections requested outside of normal business hours will be subject to the portal-to-portal hourly fees in Section I-OTHER INSPECTIONS. The fee for such after-hours inspections shall be the greater of the fee from this subsection or the portal-to-portal fee.

1.    Temporary Services, temporary stage or concert productions.

Ampacity

Service or Feeder

Additional Feeder

0 to 60

$55.00

$28.00

61 to 100

$65.00

$30.00

101 to 200

$75.00

$38.00

201 to 400

$88.00

$45.00

401 to 600

$120.00

$60.00

601 and over

$135.00

$68.00

D.

MISCELLANEOUS - Commercial/Industrial and Residential.

 

1.

Low-voltage thermostats controlling a single piece of utilization equipment.

 

 

a.

First thermostat - other than R-3 Occupancies

$45.00

 

 

b.

Each additional thermostat inspected at the same time as the first other than R-3 Occupancies

$15.00

 

2.

Low-voltage systems and telecommunications systems.

Note: Includes all telecommunications installations, fire alarm and burglar alarm, nurse call, intercom, security systems, energy management control systems, HVAC/refrigeration control systems (other than thermostats above), industrial and automation control systems, lighting control systems, stand-alone sound systems, public address, and similar low-energy circuits and equipment.

 

 

a.

First 2500 sq. ft. or less -- other than R-3 Occupancies

$75.00

 

 

b.

Each additional 2500 sq. ft. or portion thereof -- other than R-3 Occupancies

$15.00

 

3.

Signs and outline lighting.

 

 

a.

First sign (no service included)

$55.00

 

 

b.

Each additional sign inspected at the same time, on the same building or structure

$20.00

 

4.

Berth at a marina or dock.

Note: 5 berths or more shall be permitted to have the inspection fees based on appropriate service and feeder fees from Section B-COMMERCIAL / INDUSTRIAL, table (1)(a), above.

 

 

a.

Berth at a marina or dock

$75.00

 

 

b.

Each additional berth inspected at the same time

$38.00

 

5.

Yard pole, pedestal, or other meter loops only.

 

 

a.

Yard pole, pedestal, or other meter loops only

$75.00

 

 

b.

Meters installed remote from the service equipment - Inspected at the same time as a service, temporary service or other installations

$15.00

 

6.

Emergency inspections requested outside of normal working hours.

 

 

a.

Regular fee plus a surcharge of:

$110.00

 

7.

Generators.

Note: For permanently installed generators, refer to the appropriate residential or commercial new service or feeder section

 

 

a.

Portable generators - Permanently installed transfer equipment for portable generators

$82.00

 

8.

Electrical annual permit fee.

Note: See WAC 296-46B-900 (14)

 

 

a.

For commercial/industrial location employing full-time electrical maintenance staff or having a yearly maintenance contract with a licensed electrical contractor. Note, all yearly maintenance contracts must detail the number of contractor electricians necessary to complete the work required under the contract. This number will be used as a basis for calculating the appropriate fee. Each inspection is based on a 2- hour maximum.

 

 

 

 

Inspections

Fee

 

 

 

1 to 3 plant electricians

12

$2,100.00

 

 

 

4 to 6 plant electricians

24

$4,200.00

 

 

 

7 to 12 plant electricians

36

$6,300.00

 

 

 

13 to 25 plant electricians

52

$8,400.00

 

 

 

More than 25 plant electricians

52

$10,500.00

 

9.

Permit requiring ditch cover inspection only.

 

 

a.

Each 1/2 hour, or portion thereof

 

$50.00

E.

CARNIVAL INSPECTIONS.

 

1.

First carnival field inspection each calendar year.

 

 

a.

Each ride and generator truck

$22.00

 

 

b.

Each remote distribution equipment, concession, or gaming show

$8.00

 

 

c.

If the calculated fee for first carnival field inspection above is less than $100.00, the minimum inspection fee shall be:

$110.00

 

2.

Subsequent carnival inspections.

 

 

a.

First 10 rides, concessions, generators, remote distribution equipment, or gaming shows

$110.00

 

 

b.

Each additional ride, concession, generator, remote distribution equipment, or gaming show

$8.00

 

3.

Concession(s) or ride(s) not part of a carnival.

 

 

a.

First field inspection each year of a single concession or ride, not part of a carnival

$73.00

 

 

b.

Subsequent inspection of a single concession or ride, not part of a carnival

$48.10

F.

TRIP FEES.

 

1.

Requests by property owners to inspect existing installations. (This fee includes a maximum of 1 hour of inspection time. All inspection time exceeding 1 hour will be charged at the rate for progressive inspections.)

$95.00

 

2.

Submitter notifies the department that work is ready for inspection when it is not ready.

$95.00

 

3.

Additional inspection required because submitter has provided the wrong address or incomplete, improper or illegible directions for the site of inspection.

$95.00

 

4.

More than 1 additional inspection required to inspect corrections; or for repeated neglect, carelessness, or improperly installed electrical work.

$95.00

 

5.

Each trip necessary to remove a noncompliance notice.

$95.00

 

6.

Installations that are covered or concealed before inspection.

$95.00

G.

PROGRESS INSPECTIONS.

Note: The fees calculated in Sections A through E shall apply to all electrical work. This section will be applied to a permit where the permit holder has requested additional inspections beyond the number supported by the permit fee calculated at the rate in Sections A through E.

 

1.

On partial or progress inspections, each one-half hour

$50.00

H.

PLAN REVIEW FEE.

 

1.

Fee is 65% of the electrical work permit fee including a plan review submission fee of:

$75.00

 

2.

Supplemental submissions of plans per hour or fraction of an hour of review time

$88.00

 

3.

Plan review shipping and handling fee

$ Actual Shipping Cost

I.

OTHER INSPECTIONS.

 

1.

Inspections not covered by above inspection fees must be charged portal-to-portal per hour.

$175.00

J.

REFUND PROCESSING FEE.

 

1.

All requests for permit fee refunds will be assessed a processing fee equal to 20% of the original permit fee.

 

(Ord. 6832 §3, 2012; Ord. 6790 § 3, 2011; Ord. 6522 §2, 2008).