How Much Will Your Permit Cost?
The cost of your permit is based on several factors:
- The size and complexity of your project
- The value of the work you are doing
- Additional permits required for your project
- How long it takes us to review your application and plans
- Inspection fees
Tools for Estimating Fees
Note: If your project qualifies as a Subject-to-Field-Inspection permit, you will only need to pay 40% of the plan review fee calculated in the Fee Estimator spreadsheet.
Tools for Estimating 2017 Fees
If you need help estimating your permit fees, you can use one of these sites to ask a fee-related question:
Be sure to provide detailed information for the best estimate of your permitting costs. You will receive a response from us via e-mail.
If you have more questions or if you need further assistance, please visit our Applicant Services Center for a free in-person 20 minute coaching session.
When Are My Fees Due?
When you need to pay fees depends on the type of permit.
This category includes all types of construction permits, demolition permits, and grading permits.
- If your permit requires plan review. You must pay 75 percent of the total plan review and permit fees when your permit application is accepted. We calculate your final fees, including hourly fees, after we complete our reviews. You must pay all final fees before we can issue your permit.
- If your permit is issued as a subject-to-field inspection. We issue some simple building permits with minimal review, on the day you apply. All plan review and permit fees are due when we issue the permit.
- If your permit requires inspections. Our final fees include building and site inspection costs, but not special inspection fees. Projects with special inspections have additional chargers.
Land Use Permits
- You must pay the minimum fee when your application is accepted. Minimum fees differ based on your land use permit type; see Land Use Application Requirements.
- We invoice regularly for hourly review fees that exceed the minimum fee; invoices are due when you receive them.
- We calculate final fees after we complete our reviews. You must pay all final fees before we can issue your permit.
This category includes boiler, electrical, elevator, mechanical, refrigeration, and side sewer permits. You can apply for these permits at the Applicant Services Center without an appointment. Most of these permits are issued on the day you apply. All plan review and permit fees are due when we issue the permit.