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BUILDING AND PLANNING FEE STUDY 

The Community Development Department (CDD) is in the process of updating its operational fees.  These are fees that a customer pays to have plans reviewed for a building permit or to submit a planning application for a new development project.  These do not include impact fees. Operational fees were last updated in 2013. The operational fees pay for staffing, facilities, and supplies necessary to provide the service.

The City’s consultant, Management Partners, has conducted an independent analysis and proposes changes to both Planning fees and Building fees.

Highlights of the proposed changes include the following:

  • No new fees are proposed.
  • Of the 132 fees reviewed, approximately 38 are proposed to be eliminated.
  • Most fees are proposed to be increased or reduced to reflect updated operational costs.
  • Some Planning fees are proposed to be transitioned from being paid on deposit to a flat rate for service. 
  • Proposed is a reduction of the Building permit fees for minor permits to encourage compliance and for projects with a valuation over $10 million.
  • Overall, the changes will result in a more streamlined fee schedule.

To update and inform revisions to the staff hourly rate, Management Partners met with staff and reviewed a variety of documents including:

  • Department budget and financial reports, including the Citywide Cost Allocation Plan;
  • Planning’s and Building’s three-year revenue and expenditure histories for FY2014/15 through FY2017/18;
  • Approved revenue and expenditure budgets for FY2018/19, including line items for salary, benefits, and other department expenditures;
  • Department fee permit data;
  • Planning and Building activity data;
  • Staffing levels; 
  • Organization structure and service delivery model;
  • Building and Planning process maps; and
  • Peer agency information.

Two workshops were held to provide information:

Workshop #1: The February 22nd meeting was held at New City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento, in room 1119 at 9 a.m.  An overview presentation of the fee update was presented. 

Workshop #2: An additional meeting was held March 19th at 300 Richards Boulevard in room 221 at 9 a.m. The presentation reviewed scenarios, which included examples of individual fees proposed to change. Handouts also provided additional details. 

The Budget and Audit Committee report will be presented on April 30 at 3:00 p.m. and City Council public hearing on May 21 at 2:00 p.m. These dates are tentative and may change, please see the Meetings and Agendas page for more information.

To answer some potential questions, please view the Building and Planning Fee Study Summary FAQs.

For more information, please contact:
Kim Swaback, Program Specialist
kswaback@cityofsacramento.org 
(916) 808-8367