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Despite debate, codes fees unchanged
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After meeting two weeks ago to debate closing the county’s Building and Environmental Codes Department, and deciding unanimously to keep it operational, a follow-up meeting was held to discuss possible changes to the fee schedule for building permits.Despite general agreement in the prior meeting the fee schedule needed to be changed, the county’s Policy and Personnel Committee unanimously decided to keep the fees that have been in effect since September 2010. The need for inspections and fees were viewed as a safety issue, ensuring buildings and other structures meet safety requirements to avoid injury and accidents.Said committee chairman Ken Martin, “Safety is what it all amounts to.”The fees will remain as follows:Total Construction Cost Fee$0 to $5,000…….……….………...$100$5,001 to $25,000……..…………..$200$25,001 to $100,000…….………...$350$100,001 to $150,000……………..$400$150,001 to $200,000……………..$450$200,001 to $250,000……………..$500$250,001 to $300,000……………..$550$50 for each additional $50,000 above $300,000 or fraction thereofAdditions to Existing StructuresAny addition with a minimum area of 30 square feet, including decks with a cost exceeding $1,000 require a building permit Pools$100 flat-rate permit fee for above-ground or in-ground pools In-Ground Storm Shelters$50 flat-rate permit fee Mobile homes and agricultural structures are exempt from building permits.The Board of Appeals for Building Code Disputes and Hearing Panel for Overgrown Vegetation mentioned in a previous meeting has not yet been put into place by County Executive Herschel Wells.The Policy and Personnel Committee is made up of Ken Martin, Carlene Brown, Wayne Copeland, Charles Morgan, and Tommy Savage. All were present, as well as codes director Nolan Ming and assistant Warren County attorney Robert Bratcher.Questions about fees, codes, and inspections may be directed to Ming at 474-2633 or wccodes@warrencountytn.gov.