A. 1. The City Council shall by resolution establish or modify fees relating to the codes adopted herein. Upon application to the City Manager, the City Manager may waive or reduce said fees if such action will further the economic goals of the City as set forth in Section 3.26.010 of the Lakewood Municipal Code. Said finding shall be made in writing.
2. The government of the United States of America, the State of Colorado and its political subdivisions, school districts and the City of Lakewood, shall be exempt from the payment of fees for work performed on buildings, structures, or equipment owned wholly by such agencies or departments and devoted exclusively to government use.
B. Permit Fees. Permit fees shall be paid prior to permit issuance.
C. Plan review fees. When submittal documents are required, a plan review fee shall be paid at the time of submitting the documents for plan review. The plan review fees specified in this section are separate fees from the permit fees and are in addition to the permit fees.
1. The estimated determination of value or valuation under any of the provisions of this code shall be made by the Building Official. The value to be used in computing the building permit and building plan review fees shall be the total value of all construction work for which the permit is issued, as well as all finish work, painting, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, elevators, fire-extinguishing systems and any other permanent equipment.
2. The Building Official may use as guidelines for determining value or valuation, the building valuation data published by the International Code Council.
E. Audit of fees. Fees remitted to the City prior to building permit issuance shall be subject to adjustment in the manner provided in Chapter 3.01 of the Lakewood Municipal Code within three years from the date of the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy for the project or the date of the final inspection by the City of the project if the actual valuation is either less than or greater than the estimated valuation upon which fee calculations were based.
F. 1. Work commencing before permit issuance. Whenever any work for which a permit is required by this Building Code has been commenced without first obtaining said permit, a special investigation shall be made before a permit may be issued for such work.
2. An investigation fee, in addition to the permit fee, shall be collected whether or not a permit is then or subsequently issued. The investigation fee shall be equal to the amount of the permit fee as otherwise required.
(Ord. O-2018-6 § 1, 2018; Ord. O-2011-10 § 1, 2011)