City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday, Jan. 28, to approve a list of changed recommended in those fees.
Most of the fees are related to city services involving utility and construction projects.
However, the previous fee of $500, required to register an eight-liner machine that will be used within the city limits, will now be $1,000.
Interim City Manager Marvin Townsend had previously recommended doubling that fee, saying that enforcement of law regarding eight-liners is expensive.
All of the fee changes approved by the council will take effect immediately.
City Building Inspector Albert Vilches said he was recommending that two fees related to inspections be rounded off to $25 to make them simpler.
Those included a $24.75 fee for utility reconnection inspections and a $24.25 fee for other types of inspections.
Vilches also asked the council to change the fee for a building plan review from $67.50 to one half the cost of the permit.
Contractors and property owners who failed to obtain a required permit before beginning work on a project will have to pay double the normal fee.
In addition, if a permit needs to be extended because work was not completed within the allotted time the project was approved, that will require a payment of $75, or 25 percent of the permit fee, whichever is higher.
The fee for renewing an expired permit will be $75 now.
In addition, a $50 fee will be charged any time the city us required to conduct a re-inspection of a project that was previously inspected.
The three permits previously required no fees.
Three other services that had not required a fee will not have a fee attached.
That will include a $7 fee for the reconnection inspection of two to four natural gas outlets and an additional $1.50 fee for the inspection of each additional gas outlet over four.
Also, the city will now charge a $25 fee for pressure testing a natural gas line.
A number of the fees now being levied will either disappear entirely or be reduced.
Vilches recommended reducing the city’s current $275 certificate of occupancy to $150. He said that fee is charged to anyone moving into a new location.
Vilches told the council that a number of new business operations had complained about the amount, saying it makes it hard to start a new business when the owners are already paying fees for other services.
He recommended dropping that fee to $150, which he said is more common.
City residents will see the fees dropped completely for garage sales, either with or without a permit.
The city also will drop its current $2.50 solid waste billing fee completely.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.