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Yorktown Board Discusses Permit Renewal Fee Change

YORKTOWN, N.Y. — The Yorktown Town Board discussed changing the town’s price for renewing building permits on Tuesday.

Currently, when a permit expires, after one year the applicant must pay 25 percent of the originally paid amount, after two years, 50 percent, and at year three, the total amount is due again.

Supervisor Michael Grace suggested the idea of a flat renewal fee, of what it actually costs to review and renew the plan in regards to administrative costs. Unless code revisions are involved, and more work is needed that might be a different fee.

Grace asked that Building Inspect John Winter, who was present for the discussion, and Town Attorney Jeanette Koster review how much it costs per hour for an employee of the town to review and renew someone’s permit for the plans to come up with a set price.  Winter estimated permits usually cost $3,500 for projects, but Council member Terrence Murphy said that at times, costs are $7,000 when a resident tries to get work done and then if the project is held-up, the applicant has to repay 100 percent of that money.

“I think what we should do is for renewals, it should be an administrative fee, and a feasible renewal fee, I don’t think it’s necessary that they should expire unless there are code revisions that require a revision of the entire plan,” Grace said. “Other than that I think you need to do a reasonable set fee, because the bottom line is if we make it so expensive to do it within the law they’re going to do it outside the law,” Grace said.

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