| Effective January
1, 2014 municipalities administering and enforcing
a building inspection program may only assess
fees for work commencing without a permit
as specified in House
Bill 2978 (2013).
A portion of HB 2978 standardizes current
state and local government policy for assessing
investigative fees for work started without
the required permit across all program areas.
The bill caps investigative fees at the actual
or average cost of investigation to ensure
compliance with the state building code.
These requirements preempt any existing code language, rule or local ordinance
requirements regarding “double permit” fees. Municipalities may need to update their forms,
computer plans and operating plan to reflect the changes.
Additionally, the bill specifies that permits for emergency repairs obtained within five
business days after commencement of the repair are not subject to investigative fees.
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