DISCLAIMER

FINANCE COMMITTEE


08-0455R


RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION 07-0723 ADOPTING LICENSE, PERMIT AND FEE CHARGES FOR 2008; MODIFYING CERTAIN FEES AND CHARGES PERTAINING TO FIRE CODE ENFORCEMENT.

CITY PROPOSAL:

     RESOLVED, that pursuant to Duluth City Code Sections 21-6 and 31-6(a), Resolution 07-0723 adopting license, permit and fee charges for 2008 be amended to amend, add or eliminate the following fees:

Fire

License, Permit, Fee Name

2008 Fee

**Commercial use/occupancy permits (three year)

 

**Occupancy base fees (the minimum amount shown, or, if the inspection is performed by the city under a contract with the state or any other governmental agency, any amount that does not exceed the fee for the same service charged by the party with which the city has contracted, whichever is greater) Fees include initial inspection and up to two re-inspections.

 

**Assembly occupancy (per gross square foot) (minimum of $75)

$.014

*Business/mercantile occupancy (not otherwise requiring a permit) (per gross square foot) (minimum of $75)

$.014

**Combustible storage occupancy (per gross square foot) (minimum of $75)

$.014

*Educational (per gross square foot) (minimum of $75)

$.014

**Factory occupancy (per gross square foot) (minimum of $75)

$.014

**Fire sprinklers or alarms systems (not otherwise requiring a permit) (per gross square foot) (minimum of $75)

$.014

**Hazardous occupancy (per gross square foot) (minimum of $75)

$.014

*Institutional (per gross square foot) (minimum of $75)

$.014

Residential occupancy

 

R-1

$100.00

 

**Additional per unit

$7.00

*R-2

$200.00

 

*Additional per unit

$20.00

R-3

$100.00

R-4

$100.00

 

Additional per unit

$20.00

Other fees

 

*Correction orders, additional copy

$10.00

*Each failure to appear for third and subsequent re-inspections

$75.00

Inspections made in response to citizen’s complaint

-0-

Issuing new permit in conjunction with issuing a certificate of occupancy

$25.00

*Per unit investigation fee for each occupied rental unit being operated as rental housing that is not licensed

$200.00

**Reinspection upon request of any owner/occupant whose permit has been suspended or revoked

$150.00

**Reinstating a suspended or revoked permit

$500.00

Reissuing an existing permit with the name and address of a new owner for the remainder of permit period for an occupancy with a valid permit

$25.00

*Services rendered pursuant to a contract

as per contract

**Third and subsequent reinspection and/or any initial inspection requested by the owner/occupant of a structure or his/her authorized agent

$100.00

*Fire protection systems permits

 

*Fire pump - includes plan review fee and may be used for replacing existing pumps or when a new pump is added to an existing system

$500.00

*Inspections outside of normal business hours in addition to permit fee (minimum four hours) (per hour)

$50.00

*Permit fees

 

*Minimum fee

$50.00

*Per contract cost of:

 

*$1.00 to $1,200.00

$50.00

*$1,201.00 to $2,000.00 (for the first $1,200.00)

$50.00

 

*Plus for each additional $100.00, or fraction thereof, to and including $2,000.00

$3.36

*$2,001.00 to $25,000.00 (for the first $2,000.00)

$76.88

 

*Plus for each additional $1,000.00, or fraction thereof, to and including $25,000.00

$15.40

*$25,001.00 to $50,000.00 (for the first $25,000.00)

$431.08

 

*Plus for each additional $1,000.00, or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000.00

$11.11

*$50,001.00 to $100,000.00 (for the first $50,000.00)

$708.83

 

*Plus for each additional $1,000.00, or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000.00

$7.70

*$100,001.00 to $500,000.00 (for the first $100,000.00)

$1,093.83

 

*Plus for each additional $1,000.00, or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.00

$6.16

*$500,001.00 to $1,000,000.00 (for the first $500,000.00)

$3,557.83

 

*Plus for each additional $1,000.00, or fraction thereof, to and including $1,000,000.00

$5.23

*$1,000,000.00 and up (for the first $1,000,000.00)

$6,172.83

 

*Plus for each additional $1,000.00, or fraction thereof

$4.12

*Plan review fee when submittal documents are required

65% of permit fee

 

*Additional plan review required after start of initial plan review (per hour)

$50.00

*Re-inspection

$200.00

*Sprinkler recall replacement

-0-

* New license, permit or fee

**Change in license, permit or fee

      RESOLVED FURTHER, that the following fees are hereby eliminated:

Eliminated Fees

Fire

License, Permit, Fee Name

2008 Fee

Commercial use/occupancy permits (three year)

 

Occupancy base fees

 

Residential occupancy

 

R-1 - Additional per unit (100 or more units)

$8.00

R-3 - Additional per unit

$20.00


DFD/ATTY/CLK


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution amends, adds or eliminates certain license fees, charges and other fees established by the council by resolution which relate to Fire Code enforcement to more accurately and fairly reflect the city’s costs of code enforcement.


The switch from a flat fee to a per-square-foot fee is following a model used by the state of Minnesotan for educational occupancies. This will result in higher fees for larger occupancies with more time consuming inspections and lower fees for smaller less time consuming inspections.


In addition to the change in fee structure, several type occupancies have been added to the program. This includes E (educational occupancies), I (institutional occupancies), B/M without sprinklers (adds business/mercantile occupancies without sprinklers), and adds group homes licensed by the state of Minnesota. The educational occupancies are currently being inspected by the state. This change will have these inspections done by the fire prevention division eliminating the need for a state inspection.


A fire suppression system permit fee has been added to the program. Currently there is no plan review or permit required for a fire alarm system. The plan review and permit requirement will resulted in consistent code compliant installations.