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Building permit fees going up

The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved increasing permit fees Tuesday to help offset the costs of some developments needing several building inspections.

The aldermen unanimously passed the increase during their regular meeting at City Hall.

Mayor Pat Patterson asked Building Official Randy Barber if he has received any feed back on the rate increase.

“Nothing,” Barber said.

Commercial developments will increase the most. Someone building a single-family house 30 days from Tuesday when the new fees go into effect, will pay $90 more than folks have paid previously.;

Projects valued under $50,000 will see an increase from $25 to $50 for a permit. Projects valued between $50,000 and $100,000 will increase from $319 to $369 for the first $50,000 and then an additional $5 for each additional thousand of the value. A home valued between $100,000 and $250,000 will go from $569 to $659 for the first $100,000 and $4 for each additional $1,000 assessed value.

Projects valued more than $500,000 will see the biggest leap in permit cost. Those projects will be charged $1,179 — up for the current $1,019 — for the first $250,000 plus $4 for each additional thousand.

For example, a $1 million project will have a $4,179 building permit fee. A $14 million project will pay $56,379, which is a jump from the current price of $29,019.

“Some of these large projects, inspectors aren’t just going to the site three or four times,” Barber said last month. “They’re going back 20 or 30 times. We needed to recount those costs but we didn’t want the single-family home builder to bare the burden.”

Also approved was a $250 fee developers for those who want the building department to review their plans to make sure they meet city codes before having them formerly presented to the Site Plan Committee or Oxford Planning Commission. The fee will be in addition to the building permits.