Chapter 5.74
FEES AS REIMBURSEMENT

Sections:

5.74.010    Purpose.

5.74.020    Fee schedule established for payment to the city of Kirkland costs of certain services rendered by the city.

5.74.030    Fees not refundable.

5.74.035    Concurrency review and appeals.

5.74.040    Fees charged by the public works department.

5.74.045    Utility/lien search fees for property closings.

5.74.050    Returned check fee.

5.74.060    Recovery of collection costs.

5.74.070    Fees charged by planning and building department.

5.74.080    Repealed.

5.74.090    Expedited review.

5.74.100    Conflicts.

5.74.010 Purpose.

The provisions of this chapter shall be deemed an exercise of the power of the city to obtain reimbursement for certain costs incurred and be consistent with the provisions of Article 8 Section 7 of the Constitution of the state. (Ord. 2439 § 1 (part), 1979)

5.74.020 Fee schedule established for payment to the city of Kirkland costs of certain services rendered by the city.

Persons seeking and obtaining the following services as provided by the city shall pay the following amounts for each instance such service is provided:

(1)    Police department, fingerprinting: five dollars;

(2)    Applicants for all entry level positions requiring qualifying examinations whether such positions are covered by civil service or otherwise shall reimburse the city for the per capita cost charged to the city by the appropriate testing agency for the giving of such qualifying examinations. Qualifying examinations may include physical agility testing or similar performance testing as well as written examinations. The fee shall be paid to the city at the time of filing application; provided, that a declaration of indigency by the applicant under this subsection shall excuse the imposition of the fee. (Ord. 3897 § 1, 2003: Ord. 2591 § 1, 1981: Ord. 2439 § 1 (part), 1979)

5.74.030 Fees not refundable.

No portion of any fee requested to be paid pursuant to this chapter shall be refunded or refundable, provided that a fee may be refunded when a refund request is made to the city prior to the city having incurred any cost or expended effort in complying with the request for that service giving rise to the fee. (Ord. 2591 § 2, 1981)

5.74.035 Concurrency review and appeals.

Fees for concurrency management review and appeals shall be as set forth in Section 5.74.070 of this chapter. (Ord. 3830 § 2, 2002: Ord. 3675 § 5, 1998)

5.74.040 Fees charged by the public works department.

(a)    The schedule below establishes permit and administrative fees charged by the public works department.

Fee Type

Fee Amount

Water—Meter installation

 

(Each fee includes a $50.00 administration charge)

 

3/4" meter

$156.00

1" meter

$184.00

1-1/2" meter

$199.00

2" meter

$383.00

Greater than 2"

Time and materials

Water—Billing

 

Customer-requested service shutoff during business hours

$30.00

Customer-requested service shutoff during nonbusiness hours

$80.00

Water service shutoff or turn-on for unpaid user bill before 3:00 p.m. on business days

$40.00

Water service shutoff or turn-on for unpaid user bill after 3:00 p.m. on business days

$90.00

Service calls if broken water line was caused by owner/occupant

$20.00

Special water meter reading

$40.00

Alternate billing

$10.00

Cut lock fee

$60.00

Shutoff tag

$20.00

Water restrictions penalty

Up to $50.00/day

Sewer—Permits

 

New or replacement side sewer inspection

$436.00

Side sewer repair (< 10 feet) inspection

$60.00

Side sewer cap inspection

$60.00

Septic system abandonment inspection

$60.00

Side sewer stub fee (for city-installed stub)

$1,091.00 min. or as documented

Sewer—Discharge regulation

 

Penalty for late discharge report (late after 30 days)

$25.00/day for first 20 days, then $100.00/day, for a maximum of $1,000.00 total

Penalty—Discharge compliance, incomplete actions

$100.00/day for 60 days max.

Penalty—Nonmaintenance of FOG systems

$500.00 + city maintenance costs. Second year: $1,000.00 + city maintenance costs

Penalty—Inaccurate or incomplete report

$100.00 for first offense

Sewer—Billing

 

Sewer service call (customer problem)

$20.00

Right-of-Way

 

Permit to work in ROW—Standard

$382.00

Permit to work in ROW—Basic

$109.00

Street cut fee 1—50 sq. ft.

$412.00

Street cut fee 51—100 sq. ft.

$823.00

Street cut fee 101 sq. ft. or larger

$823.00 + $823.00 for each additional 100 sq. ft.

Street cut administration fee

$35.00

Temporary parking permit

$20.00 + $12.00 for each additional day

Bike share permit and administrative fee and abatement costs

$2,032.00 annual permit review fee + $35.00 annually per each permitted bike share bicycle + reimbursement for any documented costs incurred by the city in connection with failure to meet permit requirements (e.g., repair or maintain public property or remove bikes from public rights-of-way)

Storm Drainage (Surface Water)

 

Surface water drainage plan check fees

 

(see PW pre-approved plans and policies for description of review types):

 

(a) Basic review

$385.00

(b) Simplified review

$1,327.00

(c) Targeted review

$1,623.00

(d) Full review

$3,245.00

(e) Roof/driveway drain connection inspection

$654.00

(f) Surface water adjustment process (see PW pre-approved plans and policies for full description)

$154.00 for up to 2 hours of process, and then $120.00/hour thereafter

Miscellaneous Review and Inspection Fees

 

When the public works department provides engineering review or inspections services, and a fee for such service is not published, the applicant shall pay the following rate for such services

$120.00 per hour

Impact fee—Independent fee review

$205.00, plus $120.00 per hour of review

Right-of-way nonuser relinquishment review fee

$600.00 for up to 5 hours’ process, and $120.00/hour thereafter

(b)    Whenever any construction work, public improvement or other activity is required or permitted to be performed upon any public right-of-way, or within or upon any property which, upon completion of said work or activity, is to be conveyed or dedicated as public right-of-way or public easement, the city shall not accept for maintenance or otherwise such work, improvement, facility or activity until there has been paid to the city by the person required or permitted to perform such work or activity an amount equal to ten percent of the estimated cost of construction of such work, improvement, facility or activity as and for reimbursement to the city for its cost of review and inspection of such work, improvement, facility or activity. In addition, prior to the release of any permit for construction of storm drainage collection and conveyance on private property, the permit applicant shall pay a fee equal to ten percent of the estimated cost of construction of such work, improvement, facility or activity as and for reimbursement to the city for its cost of review and inspection of such work, improvement, facility or activity. Estimated cost of construction shall be determined by the director of the department of public works. Whenever such a review and inspection fee is required, the public works department is authorized to collect up to one-half of the fee at permit application with the remainder being due at permit issuance.

(c)    This section shall not apply to:

(1)    Work performed under public works construction contracts let by the city pursuant to Chapter 3.85; or

(2)    So much of such work performed under a developer’s extension agreement (Chapter 35.91 RCW facilities agreement) as is determined by the director of public works to be for the benefit of the Kirkland water or Kirkland sewer system rather than for the benefit of the property being concurrently subdivided, developed or improved by the signors to the developer extension agreement.

(d)    The director is authorized to interpret the provisions of this chapter and may issue rules for its administration. This includes, but is not limited to, correcting errors and omissions and adjusting fees to match the scope of the project. The fees established here will be reviewed annually, and, effective January 1st of each year, may be administratively increased or decreased by an adjustment, rounded to the nearest dollar, based upon either the current published annual change in the Seattle Consumer Price Index for Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, the city’s actual experience with materials and labor costs during the preceding year, or the most recent Construction Cost Index published by the Engineering News-Record as needed in order to maintain the cost recovery objectives established by the city council.

(e)    MyBuildingPermit.com Surcharge. In addition to the fees listed in this section there shall be a three and five-tenths percent surcharge collected to pay for the city’s MyBuildingPermit.com membership fees and to help offset the cost of the enhancements and maintenance of the MyBuildingPermit.com and permit tracking software.

Exception: The MyBuildingPermit.com surcharge does not apply to the following:

(1)    Water meter installation.

(2)    Water billing.

(3)    Sewer discharge and penalties.

(4)    Sewer billing.

(5)    Street cut fees.

(6)    City trees or civil penalties. (Ord. 4690 § 1, 2019: Ord. 4655 § 1, 2019: Ord. 4603 § 1, 2017: Ord. 4546 § 1, 2016; Ord. 4463 § 1, 2014: Ord. 4283 § 2, 2011; Ord. 4268 § 1, 2010; Ord. 4244 § 1, 2010: Ord. 4215 § 1, 2009: Ord. 3987 § 1, 2005: Ord. 3816 § 3, 2001; Ord. 3675 § 1 (part), 1998: Ord. 2785 § 1, 1983)

5.74.045 Utility/lien search fees for property closings.

For each request for service received by the city of Kirkland the following listed fee(s) shall be charged and imposed:

Services

Fees

1. Electronic utility and lien search

$25.00

2. Manual utility and lien search

$30.00

(Ord. 3992 § 1, 2005)

5.74.050 Returned check fee.

Whenever a check presented to the city is returned for a reason such as insufficient funds, or an order for stop payment, the maker shall be charged a fee of twenty-five dollars. Any license or application paid for with such check is invalid, and any penalty paid for with such check is still outstanding. The twenty-five-dollar fee and any costs in excess of twenty-five dollars actually incurred in collecting checks of this nature shall be added to the amount required to be paid. This provision is in addition to any remedy the city has against the maker of the check personally. (Ord. 3724 § 1, 1999: Ord. 3459 § 1 (part), 1995: Ord. 3044 § 1 (part), 1987)

5.74.060 Recovery of collection costs.

Whenever this code or an ordinance or regulation of the city provides that a person is to pay a certain fee or charge, in the event of nonpayment for thirty days after the amount is due and owing, such person shall also pay the city’s reasonable costs of collection and ten percent per annum interest on the delinquent amount. The collection costs and interest will be added to the original amount due which will not be considered paid until the new total is paid in full. (Ord. 3459 § 1 (part), 1995: Ord. 3044 § 1 (part), 1987)

5.74.070 Fees charged by planning and building department.

(a)    The schedule below establishes fees charged by the planning and building department. The entire fee must be paid before the review or processing begins, except as otherwise specified.

FEE TYPE

FEE AMOUNT

Preliminary Project Review

Pre-submittal Meeting, Integrated Development Plan, and/or Pre-design Conference

No fee for second pre-submittal meeting if for Integrated Development Plan.

$534.00

Planning and Building Department Decisions

Accessory Dwelling Unit (not required if reviewed concurrently with a building permit)

$438.00

Administrative Design Review

 

If application involves new gross floor area (new buildings or additions to existing buildings)

$2,193.00

Per square foot

$0.15

No new gross floor area

No fee

Per residential unit

$200.00

Design Review Approval Extension

$439.00

Design Review Approval Modification

$1,111.00

Forest Management Plan

$317.00

Historic Residence Alteration

$876.00

Integrated Development Plan Modification per KZC 95.30(6)(b)(1)

$556.00

Integrated Development Plan Modification per KZC 95.30(6)(b)(2)

$876.00

Master Sign Plan Approval Modification

$876.00

Multiple Private or ROW Tree Removal Permit

$211.00

Noise Variance

$556.00

Off-Site Directional Sign Approval Modification

$556.00

Parking Modification (additional public works fees may be required per Section 5.74.040)

$556.00

Personal Wireless Service Facility Planning and Building Department Decision

$8,845.00

Personal Wireless Service Facility Subsequent or Minor Modification

$876.00

Rooftop Appurtenance Modification

$876.00

Critical Area Planning Official Decision

$2,193.00

Critical Area Determination

$534.00

Shoreline Area—Alternative Options for Tree Replacement or for Vegetation Compliance in Setback

$211.00

Shoreline Substantial Development Exemption

$211.00

Temporary Use Permit

$224.00

Zoning Verification Letter

$211.00

Planning Director Decisions

Additional Affordable Housing Incentive—Density Bonus

$1,111.00

Binding Site Plan

$2,208.00

Lot Line Alteration

$1,111.00

Master Sign Plan

$3,100.00

Multifamily Housing Property Tax Exemption Conditional Certificate

$1,111.00

Multifamily Housing Property Tax Exemption Conditional Certificate Extension

$556.00

Multifamily Housing Property Tax Exemption Contract Amendment

$556.00

Off-Site Directional Sign

$1,111.00

Process I Approval Modification

$876.00

Process IIA, IIB or III Approval Modification

$1,111.00

Short Plat or Subdivision Approval Modification

$876.00

Variance Exception

$1,111.00

Process I Review

Historic Residence Designation

$1,125.00

Home Occupation

$1,125.00

Homeless Encampment Temporary Use with Modifications

$224.00

Innovative Short Subdivision

 

Base Fee

$7,163.00

Fee per lot

$1,023.00

Other Process I

 

Base Fee

$4,561.00

Fee per new residential unit

$531.00

Fee per sq. ft. new nonresidential GFA

$0.32

Short Subdivision

 

Base Fee

$3,510.00

Fee per lot

$1,064.00

Substantial Development Permit

 

Piers and Docks Associated with Multifamily Development and Marinas and Moorage Facilities Associated with Commercial Uses (new or enlargement of greater than 50% of the existing deck area)

$11,053.00

Other Shoreline Improvements, including boatlifts and boat platforms

$4,928.00

Personal Wireless Service Facility Process I Review

$11,495.00

Process IIA Review

Innovative Preliminary Subdivision

 

Base Fee

$11,432.00

Fee per lot

$1,111.00

Other IIA

 

Base Fee

$9,514.00

Fee per new residential unit

$540.00

Fee per sq. ft. new nonresidential GFA

$0.53

Personal Wireless Service Facility Process IIA Review

$21,404.00

Preliminary Subdivision

 

Base Fee

$11,347.00

Fee per lot

$1,367.00

Subdivision Alteration

$9,474.00

Process IIB Review

Historic Landmark Overlay or Equestrian Overlay

$1,111.00

Other IIB

 

Base Fee

$15,032.00

Fee per new residential unit (including short subdivisions reviewed through Process IIB per Section 22.28.030)

$553.00

Fee per sq. ft. new nonresidential GFA

$0.54

Personal Wireless Service Facility Process IIB Review

$30,877.00

Subdivision Vacation

$9,474.00

Hearing Examiner Review

Integrated Development Plan—Modification after Tree Removal per KZC 95.30(6)(b)(3)

$1,111.00

Design Board Review

Design Board Concept Review

$1,739.00

Design Board Design Response Review

 

Base Fee

$5,323.00

Fee per new unit

$244.00

Fee per sq. ft. new GFA

$0.24

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)

Review of Environmental Checklist

 

Base Fee

$956.00

Applications involving sensitive areas (streams and/or wetlands only)

$584.00

Estimated Number of PM Peak Trips

 

Less than 20 trips

$956.00

21—50 trips

$1,911.00

51—200 trips

$3,823.00

Greater than 200 trips

$7,648.00

Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

* The cost of preparing an EIS is the sole responsibility of the applicant. Kirkland Ordinance No. 2473, as amended, establishes the procedures that the city will use to charge for preparation and distribution of a draft and final EIS. The applicant is required to deposit with the city an amount not less than $5,000 to provide for the city’s cost of review and processing an EIS. If the anticipated cost exceeds $5,000, the city may require the applicant to deposit enough money to cover the anticipated cost.

Miscellaneous

Appeals and Challenges

 

Appeals

$219.00

Challenges

$219.00

Note: No fee for code enforcement hearings

 

Concurrency Application—Estimated Number of PM Peak Trips

 

Less than 20 trips

$562.00

21—50 trips

$786.00

51—200 trips

$1,575.00

Greater than 200 trips

$2,025.00

Final Subdivision

 

Base Fee

$2,193.00

Fee per lot

$219.00

Short Subdivision Recording Review

$1,011.00

Sidewalk Cafe Permits

 

Base Fee

$693.00

Fee per sq. ft. of cafe area

$0.78

Street Vacation

 

Base Fee

$8,845.00

Fee per sq. ft. of street

$0.43

Miscellaneous Review and Inspection Fees

When the Planning and Building department provides planning review or inspection services, and a fee for such service is not published, the applicant shall pay the following rate for such services.

$120.00 per hour

Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Text Amendment Requests

Request for property-specific map change

 

Initial request

$1,000.00

If request is authorized by city council for review

$10,000.00

Request for city-wide or neighborhood-wide policy change

No fee

General Notes:

1.    Fee reduction for applications processed together: When two or more applications are processed together, the full amount will be charged for the application with the highest fee. The fee for the other application(s) will be calculated at 50% of the listed amount.

2.    Projects with greater than 50 dwelling units or 50,000 sq. ft. nonresidential GFA: The per-unit and per sq. ft. fee for all units above 50 and all GFA above 50,000 sq. ft. shall be reduced by one-half.

3.    Note for Sensitive Areas permits:

a.    In cases where technical expertise is required, the Planning and Building department may require the applicant to fund such studies.

b.    Voluntary wetland restoration and voluntary stream rehabilitation projects are not subject to fees.

4.    Construction of affordable housing units pursuant to Chapter 112 KZC: The fee per new unit and fee per square foot new GFA shall be waived for the bonus or additional units or floor area being developed.

5.    Note for Historic Residence permits: An additional fee shall be required for consulting services in connection with designation and alteration of historic residences.

(b)    The director of finance and administration is authorized to interpret the provisions of this chapter and may issue rules for its administration. This includes, but is not limited to, correcting errors and omissions and adjusting fees to match the scope of the project. The fees established here will be reviewed annually and, effective January 1st of each year, may be administratively increased or decreased, by an adjustment to reflect the current published annual change in the Seattle Consumer Price Index for Wage Earners and Clerical Workers as needed in order to maintain the cost recovery objectives established by the city council.

(c)    MyBuildingPermit.com Surcharge. In addition to the fees listed in this section there shall be a three and five-tenths percent surcharge collected to pay for the city’s MyBuildingPermit.com membership fees and to help offset the cost of the enhancements and maintenance of the MyBuildingPermit.com and permit tracking software.

Exception: The MyBuildingPermit.com surcharge does not apply to the fees for comprehensive plan and zoning text amendment requests. (Ord. 4613 § 1, 2017: Ord. 4559 § 1, 2017; Ord. 4491 § 3 (part), 2015; Ord. 4463 § 2, 2014)

5.74.080 Schedule for payment of fees and other charges for processing certain development applications.

Repealed by Ord. 3675. (Ord. 3553 § 1, 1997: Ord. 3422 § 1, 1994; Ord. 3317 § 2, 1993)

5.74.090 Expedited review.

Upon the request of a permit applicant, the planning and building department may approve expedited processing of an application. An expedited processing schedule may be approved only if no other permit application will be delayed. The planning and building department may contract for permit review services to prevent such delays. Any additional costs incurred by the city due to expedited processing shall be paid by the permit applicant as an increase in the permit application fee. (Ord. 4491 § 3 (part), 2015; Ord. 3675 § 6, 1998)

5.74.100 Conflicts.

This chapter will control over all previous rules, ordinances, or resolutions that conflict with the fees as established in this chapter. (Ord. 3675 § 7, 1998)