West Burlington adjusts permit costs, makes pricing easier to find

WEST BURLINGTON — West Burlington has made it a little easier for residents to know how much they need to pay for city permits.

The city council approved a four-page fee schedule on June 2 that covers everything from installing a new roof to hiring a police officer for security purposes.

“Instead of a bunch of codebook fees and other fees set by policy or resolution, we’ve brought them all together in one resolution,” City Clerk Kelly Fry wrote in a memo to the council.

Fry said the council passed a resolution on compensation in 2011, which has been updated many times. Other fees were set by the city code. However, this is the first time that all fees have been brought together in one document.

Most of the rates remain unchanged. West Burlington staffers reviewed the rate schedule and determined which ones needed adjusting.

Living costs: sidewalk turns into mowing

City code requires anyone wishing to remove, reconstruct or install a sidewalk to be licensed and that the person agrees to follow the city code when it comes to work on their sidewalk. However, residents are not required to pay a permit to carry out work on their sidewalks.

Property owners can also apply for reimbursement of the cost of building a sidewalk to city standards. The fee is just under $7 per linear foot.

The municipality has also accepted a different compensation for mowing. If the city mows a property, it remains $150 per hour with a one-hour minimum. However, if the city outsources the work, the cost will be the cost of the actual contract or $150 if the contract is less.

Another change is the cost of installing a utility shed. A $25 permit is required for sheds less than 200 square feet. For barns, garages and other buildings larger than 200 square meters, a permit is charged based on the construction value of the building.

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Roofing and Commercial Work Permits

The city has introduced several new roofing permits depending on the work and size of the property.

Permits for roof work start at $25 and go all the way up to $500. The $25 permit is for installing shingles on a residential roof. Residents who want to completely replace their roof will have to pay $50.

Commercial spaces less than 30,000 square feet pay $250 for a roof permit; larger spaces pay $500.

There is also a $100 fee for electrical and/or plumbing work. This allowance is the same, whether it concerns residential or commercial premises.

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Which permits remain the same?

Virtually all public safety fees remain the same.

There is no charge for the first two false alarms, but a third alarm costs $50 and a fourth is increased to $100. Fire or police incident reports, background checks, and traffic accident reports cost $10. Police incident reports will be charged after 10 pages $1 extra per page requested.

Audio and video reproduction costs $25, except for digital photos, in which case any photo over $25 will cost an additional dollar. The cost of reproducing video or audio is the hourly rate of the person performing the reproduction, rounded to the next hour and billed in $5 increments.

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