Hammond explores increasing fees for building permits and other licenses

2013-03-11T21:00:00Z 2013-03-11T23:55:04Z Hammond explores increasing fees for building permits and other licensesBy Chelsea Schneider Kirk chelsea.schneider@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | Costs for building permits may soon go up in Hammond as the City Council explores changes to the fees.

The changes are part of a package of proposed ordinances that also would double the cost for a building contractor's and HVAC license and set an exam fee for certain licenses.

Councilman Bill Emerson, D-4th, said the goal for the ordinances is to bring the fees to current times, explaining some of the fees hadn't been reviewed since the 1970s. He told council members the ordinances also would make the fees uniform and consistent.

“Really we're just trying to be on par with other communities basically,” Emerson said.

The City Council introduced the proposed ordinances Monday and sent them to committee for further review.

The proposal sets the building permit fee for $500 to $1,000 worth of work at $50, which is a $20 increase from the existing ordinance. Costs for wrecking permits also would go up.

The annual fee for a building contractor's and HVAC license would increase to $200, and the on-time renewal fee would be set at $100.

Fees for obtaining a building, electrical or HVAC permit after a stop work order is issued would be set at $250 under the proposed ordinance.

The ordinances also set an initial exam fee for electrical contractor, HVAC and building contractors licenses at $100.

Councilman Dan Spitale, D-at large, said the exam fees are necessary because sometimes the city sets up a test for people who don't show up.

“This way they put up a fee and then show up,” Spitale said.

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