The Development Services Department’s proposed Fiscal Year FY 2019-20 Budget includes an updated cost of service Fee Schedule which is the result of annual inputs into a fee calculator developed by Matrix Consulting in 2018. Annual fee fluctuations represent estimated increases in development activity, the volume of development permits, city-wide cost drivers, and organizational requirements.
In 2019, DSD converted from a General Fund department to an Enterprise Fund, which allows the department to track revenues and expenses separately from the General Fund. The fund includes a balance to mitigate against future economic declines. Approximately 13% of the Department’s budget is funded by the General Fund for items that cannot be recovered through cost of service fees, including telecommunication permitting, fee waivers, and the Urban Forestry program.
Over the next fiscal year, DSD will focus on third party contracts and temporary staffing to assist with stabilizing costs, and focus on process enhancements, including changes to development regulations triggered by State legislation, the new Land Development Code, adoption of the 2021 International Building Codes, and the move to a new facility in June, 2020.
The updated cost of service fee schedule, which will become effective on October 1, 2019, sets fees at full cost of service.
The Development Services Department is responsible for coordinating development plan review, building permit issuance, and site and building inspection services.
View a comparative fee analysis between current and proposed fees. For further information, call 3-1-1.