Value of the Work
Building departments may charge building permit fees based on the applicant’s estimated cost of construction. In such cases, the BP fee may not be required with the application submission. The estimated cost of construction or the value of the work may need to be included in the BP application. The site acquisition consultant may have a fair idea of what the BP fee will be (based on published rate information). The jurisdiction might not request BP fees until the BP application has been thoroughly reviewed by building officials and the final BP fee is determined, which may include additional incidental items not published in the rate schedule. Usually, the A&E firm or construction manager can provide a value-of-work estimate. The site acquisition consultant gets the final BP fee cost as soon as it is available and requests a check in a timely manner to keep the project moving without delay.