§ 154.540  SCHEDULE OF FEES.
   (A)   The following schedule of fees as established by City Council shall apply to matters pertaining to this chapter:
      (1)    Zoning certificate; residential:
         New dwellings:  $25 per dwelling unit
         Building additions, garages, accessory structures, fences, swimming pools:  $25
      (2)   Zoning certificates; commercial and industrial uses (excluding multi-family housing):
         New construction:  $50
         Additions:  $50
         Use changes:  $25
      (3)   Zoning certificates; signs
         For total site signage of:
            50 square feet or less:  $50
            51-200 square feet:  $100
            Greater than 200 square feet:  $150 + $0.10/square foot
      (4)   Development permits.  For all commercial and industrial projects or multifamily dwellings with more than three dwelling units/building:  $100 + $0.04/square foot of building area
      (5)   Application fees:
         Conditional zoning certificates:  Oil and/or gas well application or for brine disposal well:  $1,000
         Planned unit developments, multifamily projects and senior housing:  $250 + $10/lot or dwelling unit
         All other CZC applications:  $100
         Zoning map amendment:  $250
         Zoning variance/appeal:  $100
         Parks fee per dwelling unit for land acquisition pursuant to § 153.053(D) of the city's subdivision regulations if such fee is applicable in lieu of land dedication and has not been previously collected:  $400
         Recreation tax for new residential units:  As provided for in § 34.41
   (B)   Until all applicable fees, charges and expenses have been paid in full, no action shall be taken on any application or appeal.  Building permits shall not be issued until applicable zoning certificates and development permits have been issued.
   (C)   If land has not been dedicated or a fee has not been collected in lieu of land dedication pursuant to § 153.053(D) of the subdivision regulations, because the proposed residential development did not require land subdivision (or for any other reason) then the entire fee in lieu of land dedication, or any portion not previously paid, shall be paid by the developer at the time a building permit is issued. The fee shall be in addition to the fees required in § 34.41.
   (D)   Engineering plan review.
      (1)   At the time plans, profiles and specifications are submitted for Engineering review, the Director of Public Service should prepare an estimate of cost for office checking of all improvements  based on the schedule in § 154.540(F) and § 154.540(G)(2). The hourly rate for engineering will be determined by the Director of Public Service by January 31 of each year. The applicant should thereupon deposit an amount of money equal to such estimated cost, and all work done by the Engineer in connection with checking, computing and correcting such plans of improvements should be charged against such deposit. If, during the progress of the work, it should appear that the cost thereof will exceed any amount so deposited, the Director of Public Service should notify the applicant of this fact and should do no further work in connection with such review until the applicant has deposited such additional sum of money necessary to cover the cost of the work.
      (2)   The approving agency should, within 30 days of receipt of a plan, indicate its approval or disapproval to the applicant. Indication of disapproval should include the plan deficiencies and the procedure for filing a revised plan.  Earth-disturbing activities may be allowed to proceed in accordance with conditions outlined by the approving agency pending the preparation and approval of the revised plan. A plan, once approved, may be amended by the approving agency at the request of the applicant, if such amendment satisfies the requirements of this chapter.
   (E)   Inspections. The City Engineer or his or her designee should make inspections during the installation of improvements to ensure conformity with the approved plans and specifications as contained in the applicant's contract. Prior to construction, the Director of Public Service should prepare an estimate of cost for inspection of all improvements based on the schedule in § 154.540(F) and § 154.540(G)(2). The hourly rate for inspection will be determined by the Director of Public Service by January 31 of each year. The applicant should thereupon deposit an amount of money equal to such estimated cost, and all work done by the Engineer in connection with inspection of improvements should be charged against such deposit. If, during the progress of the work, it should appear that the cost thereof will exceed any amount so deposited, the Director of Public Service should notify the applicant of this fact and construction of all improvements requiring inspection will be ordered to cease until the applicant has deposited such additional sum of money necessary to cover the cost of the work. The applicant should notify the proper administrative officials when each phase of the improvement is ready for inspection.
   (F)   Engineering and Inspection Hourly Schedule. The following schedule should be used to determine the hours for each phase of a multi-family, commercial, or industrial development submitted for review and inspection, required in § 154.540(D)(1) and § 154.540(E)(1):
      (1)   Multi-Family Developments Estimates.
         (a)   Engineering:  50 hours + 2.5 hours per ground floor unit.
         (b)   Inspection: 50 hours + 2.5 hours per ground floor unit.
      (2)   Commercial and Industrial Developments Estimates.
         (a)   Engineering:
            1.   Up to 20,000 square feet (sf) of proposed structure(s): 50 hours + 2.5 hours per 1,000 sf.
 
            2.   Greater than 20,000 square feet:  75 hours + 2 hours per 1,000 sf.
         (b)   Inspection: 
            1.   Up to 20,000 square feet of proposed structure(s):    35 hours + 2.5 hours per 1,000 sf.
            2.   Greater than 20,000 square feet: 75 hours + 2 hours per 1,000 sf.
   (G)   (1)   The Director of Public Service may reduce from the above schedule due to the installation
of required public improvements constructed in prior phases upon recommendation of the City Engineer.
      (2)   For developments that require off-site improvements, a fee estimated by the City Engineer will be charged for engineering and inspection for such off-site improvements. The City Engineer shall also reduce deposit fees associated with projects which include public improvements which are the responsibility of other jurisdictions, or projects that are determined by the City Engineer to require minimal plan reviews or inspections.
      (3)   The following schedule should be used to determine the hours for any offsite utility improvement submitted for review and inspection:
         (a)   Engineering:    10 + 0.5 hours per 100 linear feet (l.f.)
         (b)   Inspection:    50 + 1.5 hours per 100 l.f.
      (4)   For developments that are located out of the city that require sanitary sewer improvements, a fee estimated by the City Engineer will be charged for engineering and inspection.
      (5)   The Director of Public Service may reduce from the schedule in § 154.540(F) due to the complexity and scope of the project. To determine this reduction, the above schedules will be used as the baseline calculation for the deposit.
      (6)   The Director of Public Service may reduce from the schedule in § 154.540(F) and § 154.540 (G)(2)(a) due to the complexity and scope of the project. To determine this reduction, the schedules in (F) and 154.540 (G)(2)(a) will be used as the baseline calculation for the deposit. 
      (7)   The City Engineer will then determine if any of the ten possible baseline deductions as defined in the Engineering Rules and Regulations apply to the project. Nine of these baseline deductions have a 5% value each and the last baseline deduction-stormwater management will have a 40% reduction value.  A maximum 85% deduction to the baseline deposit could be obtained if the City Engineer determines that all ten baseline deductions apply.
   (H)   Non-Payment of Engineering Review & Inspection Fees.  If the applicant, subject to any of the engineering fees imposed by §154.540(D), (E), (F) and (G), fails to pay said fees as required, the City Auditor may pursue a civil action to collect said fees.  In addition, the use of such plans, profiles and specifications subject to the fees and for which the fees have not been paid, shall be deemed disapproved until all fees are paid in full and the plans, profiles and specifications are approved by the appropriate agency.
(‘65 Code, § 1305.08)  (Am. Ord. 48-93, passed 7-20-93; Am. Ord. 99-95, passed 10-17-95; Am. Ord. 04-126, passed 1-18-05; Am. Ord. 05-054, passed 6-28-05; Am. Ord. 06-018, passed 3-21-06; Am. Ord. 06-110, passed 11-21-06; Am. Ord. 08-012, passed 3-5-08; Am. Ord. 12-052, passed 10-16-12)