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Fee Appeals

Who may appeal?
Fee appeal process
Fee adoption rules
Fee appeal orders

Who May Appeal?

Two groups of people may challenge a local fee change or increase:

(1) 10 or more persons or

(2) an association with 10 or more persons.

An appeal of a local fee must occur within 30 days of the fee's adoption.

Fee Appeal Process

Once the division receives a request for an appeal and determines that the request is timely, the building official must send certain information to the division as follows:

  • An explanation of why the building inspection program fees are necessary at the level proposed.
  • A copy of the municipality's newly adopted fee schedule and, if needed, the prior fee schedule.
  • Revenue and expense information.
    • The municipality needs to identify their actual costs and income for 12 months and project their income and costs for the next 12 months.
    • The municipality also needs to provide the program's reserve and ending fund balances.
  • The municipality's cost allocation method(s) for expenses.
    • The municipality shows how they relate their costs to a revenue source they collect.
  • Reasons why the fee is reasonable.
    • Reasonableness of the proposed fees depends on several factors:
      • The municipality must include information that its fees are comparable to fees charged by other programs. To show this, the municipality needs to provide information on what jurisdictions of similar size and location charge for the same level of service.
      • The municipality must establish that it arrived at its result through the same or similar calculation methods used by other municipalities.
      • A municipality needs to explain that the fee itself is the same type as those charged by other municipalities for similar services.
      • A municipality must meet the procedural requirements in statute and rule in order for a fee to be "reasonable."
  • Expected changes to the municipality's program after the fee change.

The above information must be sent to the division within 15 days of the appeal. The division may request additional information, if needed.