This past Wednesday, REBIC and representatives from the Cabarrus Chapter of the Greater Charlotte HBA met with Cabarrus County Planning staff to discuss a recent proposal to increase planning, zoning, and some building inspection fees. The increases would impact both commercial and residential zonings in unincorporated Cabarrus County, as well as construction projects countywide.
Staff has proposed that these new fees will go into effect starting January 1, 2020. Along with changes in the cost of permit fees, staff is also proposing changing new construction permits to a single permit. Many of the changes result from a shift from a fee structure based on estimation of cost per project, to one based on square footage.
In 2018, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted new regulations regarding the costs of fees that may be charged by jurisdictions for services. The direction in GS 153A-354, Section C. is that fees should not exceed the costs to provide the service.
In response to this legislation, and due to the length of time it has been since Cabarrus County examined its fees, the Cabarrus County Planning and Development staff has been working with Wohlford Consulting to produce a comprehensive analysis of costs of services in order to produce an updated fee schedule.
The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners will discuss the proposed fees at their work session on Monday, July 1st.