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Get ready to pay more for permits
Part of effort to wipe-out future budget deficits
The City of Manteca may soon start recovering most of the cost it incurs reviewing plans and inspecting construction and development projects including home repairs - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin
Replacing a residential electrical service may soon cost you $148 in municipal building inspection fees.

That is on top of a $72 administrative fee for processing the actual permit.

It is just one of hundreds of new - or increased fees - the Manteca City Council will consider adopting when they meet Tuesday to adopt the 2010-11 municipal spending plan. The fees are part of a cost recovery strategy aimed at helping balance the $29.6 million general fund that is in addition to other restricted municipal spending plans including a $12.9 million redevelopment agency budget and a budget of $73.6 million for other operations such as sewer, water, and garbage service.

The general fund is being balanced for the next 12 months with just over $3 million in reserves. The cost recovery fees are aimed to help reduce future deficits by making fees pay for the actual costs of services provided. The fees are all either close to 100 percent recovery or reflect a significant amount of the actual cost.

The goal is to make the Community Development Development self-supporting off of the fees they collect for performing various services.

The City Council instructed staff to devise fees that can be justified as required under state law while being careful not to scare away business investment or make it cost prohibitive for individuals to make safety improvements and such to their homes.

In some instances, such as state-mandated fire inspections for certain businesses as well as fire sprinkler inspections the city was one of the few cities that hadn’t been charging such fees.

Day care providers, depending upon their size and scope of operation, could face fees of $60 to $200 for mandated state fire inspections. Apartment complexes, hotels, and motels will face annual fees for similar inspection as well ranging from $85 to $200 depending upon the number roof units.

The same is true of places of assembly such as churches that will see fees ranging from $670 to $100 annually for state mandated expenses.

Replace a water heater and it will cost you the base permit administrative fee of $72 plus $99 for the actual inspection.

Want to put in a fireplace insert or erect a flag pole over six feet? Then get ready to pay for inspection frees of $363 and $330 respectively.

An inspection fee on a new 2,400-square-foot home will now be $2,646 for a custom home or master plan home and $1.391 for a repeat production home. If you want to try and change the zoning of your property - whether you are a developer or want to try to convert a small parcel to another use - it will cost you $6,204 to process the general plan amendment.

Developers will also have to pay a fee on top of picking up the cost of the consultant the city selects to do environmental impact reports. That fee is $17,109. It reflects the most expensive planning fee per se. The most expensive new construction building inspection fee is for any hotel or motel consisting of 200,000 square feet or more. The fee is proposed for $59,036.

And if you want to be green it will cost you a bit of green in fees. The permit for a reclaimed gray water system will cost you $72 plus $247 for the inspection.