Updated: Flat-rate permit fee approved for some home improvements

By Susan Mustapich | Aug 20, 2019
Source: File photo

CAMDEN — A flat fee of $50 for permitting minor non-structural work, such as roofing, siding and window replacement was approved by the Select Board August 20.

Code Officer Steve Wilson proposed the fee, because the town's current permit fee schedule does not address permit requirements for minor non-structural work. The only applicable category is renovation, which assesses a permit cost of 40 cents per square foot, resulting in burdensome fees, according to Wilson.

At 40 cents per square foot, the permit fee for new roofing for a 26-by-40-foot ranch would be $416, and would cost more for a pitched roof. Siding for the same building with 8-foot-high walls would be about $490, he calculates.

These projects typically require one inspection, and have little impact unless improperly installed. Wilson reported to the Select Board in a recent memo that he has received three calls in August about improper installation of windows, roofing and siding.

He stated in the memo that a $50 flat fee would not be burdensome to homeowners.The benefit of the permit requirement, at a low cost, is that it would allow him "to be aware and monitor these issues," and "to make sure our property owners are getting the correct installation of these products."

The fee proposal went before the Select Board Aug. 20, and was approved along with other items on the consent agenda. The consent agenda typically contains a number of items requiring board approval, which are decided with a single vote. The expectation for consent agenda items is that discussion of the individual items is not required, and a single vote can be used to expedite matters. Board members can vote to remove an item from the consent agenda in order to discuss and vote on it separately.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.