Cary adjusts building permit fees for commercial buildings

CARY – In a move to help spur economic development, building permit fees for commercial projects in the village have been reduced.

Fees for $10,000 alterations to commercial buildings were reduced by the village board by 50 percent; commercial addition permit fees were reduced by 25 percent; and the new building permit fee was reduced by 25 percent. The changes were approved on Monday by the Village Board.

Village staff began looking at fees in town and in surrounding communities to see how the municipality compared, Director of Community and Economic Development Chris Stilling said.

Permit fees for new construction of a commercial or office building now are 56 cents per square foot, and 14 cents per square foot for new industrial buildings.

A permit for adding onto an existing commercial or office structure now costs 58 cents per square foot, and 20 cents per square foot for an industrial building.

Permit fees for altering a commercial building are based on the value of the project's labor and materials. A permit fee for a commercial alteration that costs more than $10,000 was cut in half to 1 percent of the total valuation.

Reducing the commercial fees is a way to help expanding and new businesses, Stilling said.

"It's a testimony to our board's commitment to economic development and assisting the community in future project needs," Stilling said.

Permit fees help cover the cost of inspections and plan reviews, Stilling said.

Staff recommended no changes to residential permit fees, as village costs for those projects exceed the revenue from those permits, according to village memos.

The village also changed how it charges other taxing bodies for permits for their projects.

Under the new rules, government agencies and taxing bodies that need a permit from the village for a project will be charged a permit fee based on the actual time and material costs incurred by the village, or the cost of a commercial permit fee, whichever is less, Stilling said. The village also will be reimbursed for any outside professional service fees.

Previously the village charged taxing bodies the full permit fee amount. The change comes after the Cary Protection Fire District requested a reduction in permit fees for its addition to the station on Cary-Algonquin Road.

The board agreed to that request, and decided to have a blanket policy for other taxing bodies, such as the park district and library district, Stilling said.


Road work awarded

The Village Board on Monday also awarded its 2013 capital improvement projects to Berger Excavating Inc. of Wauconda for $1.96 million. The company's bid was 10.2 percent lower than the engineer's estimate of $2.18 million.

As part of the work, road resurfacing is set for West James Way, West Margaret Terrace, Alicia Drive, Wooded Knoll Drive, Carl Sands Drive, East James Way, Claire Lane and Bell Drive.

Watermain and storm sewer will take place on West James Way and on West Margaret Terrace.

Work is expected to begin by the end of the month and run through November, Public Works Director Cris Papierniak said.

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