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16.04.280 Permits and fees.
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A. Whenever any permit is required by the fire code, such permit shall be in addition to all other permits or licenses required by law or other ordinance.

B. Permit fees for permits required under IFC Section 105.7 shall be established in Chapter 17.08 VMC, Fees Table V Fire Fees, and VMC 20.180.080, Fire Fees.

C. All fees contained in this section will automatically increase by five percent on January 1, 2019, and by an additional five percent on January 1, 2020. Each such newly adjusted fee shall be rounded to the nearest whole dollar with $0.50 or more being rounded to the next higher dollar and $0.49 or less to the lower dollar.

D. The owner or occupant of buildings that have any of the existing occupancy types listed in this section shall pay a periodic inspection fee, according to fee schedule listed in this section. For the purposes of this section, “periodic inspection” means an inspection of the existing occupancy types listed in this section, according to the fire code official’s pre-set inspection schedule. A “periodic inspection” under this section is not related to any inspection associated with a construction permit, required under Chapter 17.08 VMC. For the purposes of this section, “special inspection” means any inspection of the existing occupancy types listed in this section to ensure compliance with newly adopted rules or regulations, compliance with a manufacturer’s recall, or any inspection related to a fire code enforcement investigation. There shall be no special inspection fee if a fire code complaint does not result in identifying a fire code violation.

Effective 01/01/2019:

First Code-Compliance Inspection

Occupancy Group Types B, M & R (Not Including R-3 Occupancies) & U

Occupancy Group Types A, E & LC

Occupancy Group Types F, H, I & S

0 - 500 sq. ft.

$38 (limited to type B & M occupancies only)

N/A

N/A

501 - 3,000 sq. ft.

$72

$97

$121

3,001 - 5,000 sq. ft.

$114

$139

$163

5,001 - 7,500 sq. ft

$151

$200

$259

7,501 - 10,000 sq. ft.

$163

$248

$362

10,001 - 12,500 sq. ft.

$182

$284

$386

12,501 - 15,000 sq. ft.

$206

$332

$404

15,001 - 17,500 sq. ft.

$217

$356

$423

17,501 - 20,000 sq. ft.

$230

$375

$441

20,001 - 30,000 sq. ft.

$248

$393

$459

30,001 - 40,000 sq. ft.

$278

$441

$471

40,001 - 50,000 sq. ft.

$296

$471

$489

50,001 - 60,000 sq. ft.

$314

$501

$501

60,001 - 70,000 sq. ft.

$332

$531

$531

70,001 - 100,000 sq. ft.

$344

$555

$555

100,001 - 150,000 sq. ft.

$369

$586

$586

150,001 - 200,000 sq. ft.

$411

$622

$622

Over 200,000 sq. ft.

$501

$652

$652

If the actual costs, (including, but not limited to, preparation, administration and inspection time) exceeds double the fee established in Section 1 of the fee table an additional hourly rate may apply.

$79 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$79 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$79 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

Where the inspectable portions of the building is less than 50% of the total building square footage; then an hourly rate may be applied in lieu of the fee established in Section 1 of the fee table.

$79 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$79 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$79 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

Second and subsequent reinspections

$79 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$79 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$79 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

Special inspections or other fire code inspections or fire code related activities

$79 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$79 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$79 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

E. Second inspections are at no cost, all subsequent compliance inspections shall be charged an hourly rate per the table above. Where authorized by the fire code official, the affidavit process shall constitute a second inspection at no cost.

F. Operational permits required by IFC Section 105.6. An applicant for an operational permit, required under IFC Section 105.6, shall pay a fee of $48.00 for each operational permit, except that the following sub-categories of operational permits are hereby created:

1. SPECIAL EVENT MASTER PERMIT –. Event producers shall obtain such permit for amusement buildings (IFC Section 105.6.2), organized carnivals and fairs (including festivals and concerts), (IFC Section 105.6.4), exhibits and trade shows (IFC Section 105.6.13), and etc. The fee for a Special Event Master Permit shall be: $84.00 for single use and $170.00 for multi use (includes fire permit and fire inspection).

Operational permits issued for the storage and use of LP-gas in structures with an aggregate quantity less than 125 gallons (water capacity) shall not be charged a fee.

G. Inspection, Testing and Maintenance Report Processing Under IFC Section 901.6. There shall be a review fee for reports submitted to the fire code official under IFC Section 901.6, according to the following schedule:

Effective 01/01/2020:

First Code-Compliance Inspection

Occupancy Group Types B, M & R (Not Including R-3 Occupancies) & U

Occupancy Group Types A, E & LC

Occupancy Group Types F, H, I & S

0 - 500 sq. ft.

$40 (limited to type B & M occupancies only)

N/A

N/A

501 - 3,000 sq. ft.

$76

$102

$127

3,001 - 5,000 sq. ft.

$120

$146

$171

5,001 - 7,500 sq. ft

$159

$210

$272

7,501 - 10,000 sq. ft.

$171

$260

$380

10,001 - 12,500 sq. ft.

$191

$298

$405

12,501 - 15,000 sq. ft.

$216

$349

$424

15,001 - 17,500 sq. ft.

$228

$374

$444

17,501 - 20,000 sq. ft.

$242

$394

$463

20,001 - 30,000 sq. ft.

$260

$413

$482

30,001 - 40,000 sq. ft.

$292

$463

$495

40,001 - 50,000 sq. ft.

$311

$495

$513

50,001 - 60,000 sq. ft.

$330

$526

$526

60,001 - 70,000 sq. ft.

$349

$558

$558

70,001 - 100,000 sq. ft.

$361

$583

$583

100,001 - 150,000 sq. ft.

$387

$615

$615

150,001 - 200,000 sq. ft.

$432

$653

$653

Over 200,000 sq. ft.

$526

$685

$685

If the actual costs, (including, but not limited to, preparation, administration and inspection time) exceeds double the fee established in Section 1 of the fee table an additional hourly rate may apply.

$83 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$83 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$83 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

Where the inspectable portions of the building is less than 50% of the total building square footage; then an hourly rate may be applied in lieu of the fee established in Section 1 of the fee table.

$83 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$83 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$83 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

Second and subsequent reinspections

$83 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$83 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$83 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

Special inspections or other fire code inspections or fire code related activities

$83 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$83 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

$83 per hour (actual costs, including, but not limited to, preparation, administrative, and inspection time)

H. Second inspections are at no cost, all subsequent compliance inspections shall be charged an hourly rate per the table above. Where authorized by the fire code official, the affidavit process shall constitute a second inspection at no cost.

I. Operational permits required by IFC Section 105.6. An applicant for an operational permit, required under IFC Section 105.6, shall pay a fee of $50.00 for each operational permit, except that the following sub-categories of operational permits are hereby created:

1. SPECIAL EVENT MASTER PERMIT. Event producers shall obtain such permit for amusement buildings (IFC Section 105.6.2), organized carnivals and fairs (including festivals and concerts), (IFC Section 105.6.4), exhibits and trade shows (IFC Section 105.6.13), and etc. The fee for a Special Event Master Permit shall be: $88.00 for single use and $179.00 for multi use (includes fire permit and fire inspection).

Operational permits issued for the storage and use of LP-gas in structures with an aggregate quantity less than 125 gallons (water capacity) shall not be charged a fee.

J. Inspection, Testing and Maintenance Report Processing Under IFC Section 901.6. There shall be a review fee for reports submitted to the fire code official under IFC Section 901.6, according to the following schedule:

Effective 1/1/2019:

1.

Each Commercial Cooking Maintenance (Includes Suppression Systems and Hood Cleaning Reports)

$48 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

2.

Each Fixed Chemical System (Fixed Chemical Systems Include All Systems Defined in the IFC and Paint Booths and Clean Rooms)

$48 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

3.

Fire Sprinkler

$48 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

4.

Fire Alarm

$48 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

5.

Fire Pump

$48 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

6.

Emergency Generator

$48 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

7.

Standpipes

$48 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

8.

All Other Fire Protection Systems

$48 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

Effective 1/1/2020:

1.

Each Commercial Cooking Maintenance (Includes Suppression Systems and Hood Cleaning Reports)

$50 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

2.

Each Fixed Chemical System (Fixed Chemical Systems Include All Systems Defined in the IFC and Paint Booths and Clean Rooms)

$50 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

3.

Fire Sprinkler

$50 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

4.

Fire Alarm

$50 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

5.

Fire Pump

$50 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

6.

Emergency Generator

$50 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

7.

Standpipes

$50 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

8.

All Other Fire Protection Systems

$50 per initial fire protection system type and $5 per additional system of the same protection type

(Ord. M-4247 § 2, 2018; Ord. M-4164 § 7, 2016; Ord. M-4138 § 26, 2015; Ord. M-3957 § 18, 2010; Ord. M-3882 § 1, 2008; Ord. M-3768 § 1, 2006; Ord. M-3659 § 1, 2004)

(Ord. M-4247 § 2, 2018; Ord. M-4164 § 7, 2016; Ord. M-4138 § 26, 2015; Ord. M-3957 § 18, 2010; Ord. M-3882 § 1, 2008; Ord. M-3768 § 1, 2006; Ord. M-3659 § 1, 2004.)

Administrative Increase of 5% 01/01/2017; ACM CPI Increase 11/23/2016; CPI Increase 12/31/2015.

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