00-0743R

RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING HOUSING CODE AND RENTAL HOUSING LICENSING FEES.

BY COUNCILOR STENBERG:

RESOLVED, that pursuant to the authorization of Chapter 29A of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, the following charges are hereby established for services provided for administration and enforcement of the city housing code and the rental housing licensing program provided for therein:

(a)  Fees:
(1)  Rental housing license--per building for a new license for an existing structure or renewal of an existing license; includes initial inspection and up to two re-inspections if necessary: $175
     (A)  Plus per unit fee for each dwelling unit or housekeeping unit: $   8
     (B)  Plus per bed fee for each bed within a rooming unit: $   5
(2)  Third and subsequent re-inspections and or any initial inspections requested by the owner of a structure or his or her authorized agent: $150
(3)  Re-inspection upon the request of any owner or his or her authorized agent of structure whose rental housing license has been suspended or revoked: $150
(4)  Issuing a new license in conjunction with issuing a certificate of occupancy: $  25
(5)  Reissuing an existing license with the name and address of a new owner and/or manager for the remainder of the licensing period for a structure with a valid license: $  25
(6)  A per-unit investigation fee for each occupied rental unit in a structure being operated as rental housing that is not licensed in accordance with the housing code: $100
(7)  For each failure of any owner or owner's authorized agent to appear at the date, time or place agreed to by said owner or agent for the purpose of conducting an inspection or re-inspection of a structure which is licensed or which the building official believes should be licensed under Article II of Chapter 29A of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended: $  50
(8)  Inspections made in response to citizen complaints:  - 0 -
(9)  Services rendered pursuant to contract: As per contract
(b)  Rebates:
(1)  Rebate to applicant if a nontemporary license under subparagraph (1) of paragraph (a) above is issued without requiring a second reinspection: $100

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The purpose of this resolution is to authorize a new fee structure for the administration and enforcement of the city housing code which promotes the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Duluth by establishing minimum acceptable standards for facilities that provide for health, sanitation, preservation of property, and fire and life safety within residential properties and includes provisions for a rental housing licensing program.  It is intended to correlate the cost of administration and enforcement to the fees being charged.