Posted: Oct 22, 2012 9:39 AM by AP
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Fee increases for building permits will be among the items up for debate at this week's Lafourche Parish Council meeting.
The Courier reports the revisions to the parish's building-code fees were first proposed in July and were put off multiple times as Councilman Daniel Lorraine and Parish President Charlotte Randolph planned to meet and work disagreements over the proposed increases.
The two never met. Both say attempts to do so were unsuccessful. Lorraine proposed several amendments to Randolph's revision of the permit fees; the council will ultimately hash out the differences at Tuesday's meeting.
The increases are measured with respect to how much work goes into a particular type of inspection, according to Randolph.
"If it is technical, then there is a higher cost to that type of inspection," Randolph said.
Randolph's revisions leaves the fee on new residential construction unchanged. Lorraine's amendment lowers the price from 45 cents per square foot to 30 cents. Lorranie's amendment also lowers the fee for residential accessory structures by 3 cents per square foot, where Randolph's revisions keep it the same and adds a $100 electrical trade fee, if necessary.
Randolph also seeks to add flat fees for camps, farm structures and commercial and residential generators. Lorraine's amendments wouldn't remove these new fees, but it would reduce the associated charges.
Randolph's proposed amendments will also see fees go up on electrical, plumbing trade permits by $50 for residential applications and $150 for commercial applications. Prices for mechanical and gas trade permits will be reduced by $25 for residential applications and increased by $75 for commercial applications.
A $150 fee will be assessed for RVs, while the fee for mobile homes increases by $100 under Randolph's proposal.