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Building/Development Permit Technology Surcharge Adopted
Over the past six years the Department of Community Development has placed a strong emphasis on enhancing customer service by providing online access to permit services. Through, the City has been able to offer online permits for plumbing, mechanical, and reroof permits. is currently working to implement a feature called ePlan that would allow applicants to electronically submit plans for review and issuance. This service would be available for proposed development applications (such as subdivisions) as well as building permits for structures and Rightof-Way use permits.

The ability to submit permits online benefits both the City and developers by:

  • Reducing both costs and time associated with the management and production of large volumes of paper documents and plan sets, 
  • Eliminating many vehicle trips to City Hall, and 
  • Streamlining the permit review and issuance process.

Providing online permitting services requires the City to be a member of, payment of annual fees for permitting software maintenance and tech support, and other software upgrades. These expenses amount to approximately
$30,000 in the 2013/2014 biennium. On January, 8, 2013, to help offset a portion of these technology expenses, the City adopted a 3 percent technology surcharge, which will be added to both building and development permits. The surcharge was actively supported by the Master Builders Association and is expected to recover approximately $20,000 of the City’s costs over the biennium.