Plumbing, gas fee increases OK’d in Newburyport | Local News

NEWBURYPORT – The city council approved increases in plumbing and gas rates Monday evening.

For residential plumbing, fees increased from $20 to $40 for permits, from $30 to $45 for inspections, from $5 to $10 for each fixture, and from $30 to $60 for water heater replacement.

For commercial plumbing, fees increased from $30 to $40 for permits, from $30 to $45 for inspections, and from $40 to $75 for water heater replacement. The cost for each fixture remained at $10.

For domestic gas, fees increased from $20 to $40 for permits, from $30 to $45 for inspections, and from $30 to $60 for water heater replacement. The cost for the device is still $5.

For commercial gas, fees increased from $30 to $40 for permits, from $30 to $45 for inspections, and from $40 to $50 for water heater replacement. The cost for the device remained at $10.

For all domestic and commercial plumbing and gas needs, the council agreed to add a new $45 re-examination fee if something fails and needs re-examination.

The first reading of these increases took place at the June 28 council meeting, where councilors voted 8 to 1. Councilor Joseph Devlin voted against the increases. Councilor Afroz Khan and council chairman Jared Eigerman were absent from the vote.

On Monday, the council voted 10-1 to approve the increases, with Devlin voting against the measure.

The ordinance was sponsored by Councilor Charles Tontar.

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