Town of Woodbridge, CT
New Haven County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Woodbridge as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Stormwater management — See Ch. 370.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 375.
Building permit system — See Ch. A600, Art. I.
[Adopted 4-9-2003, effective 5-9-2003 (Ch. 5, Art. VIII, of the 1983 Code); amended 5-9-2007, effective 6-8-2007]

§ 225-1 Statutory authority.

In accordance with the authority granted in Connecticut General Statutes, § 8-1c, the Board of Selectmen hereby establishes a schedule of fees for the processing of land use applications to the Town Plan and Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.

§ 225-2 Application fees.

Application fees are established as set forth below to defray the various costs associated with land use applications to the Town Plan and Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. Such costs include, but are not limited to:
A. 
Expenses incurred for staff time spent undertaking or participating in the review, evaluation, and processing of applications from submission of an application until final action on the application.
B. 
Expenses incurred for, but not limited to, legal advertisements regarding hearings, decisions of land use agencies and other matters requiring publication in a newspaper, recording public hearings and composition of minutes of land use agency meetings relative to an application, abutter notices, staff salaries and overhead expenses.
C. 
Consultant expenses for the technical and regulatory review related to an application.

§ 225-3 Fees.

A. 
Fees are as follows:
(1) 
Subdivision/resubdivision application fees shall be computed as follows:
(a) 
Base fee of $250 or $25 per lot, whichever is greater, for mailing, notices, and general administrative expenses (this portion of the fee is nonrefundable); plus
(b) 
New road construction fee of $200 for every 100 linear feet, or any part thereof, of new roadway proposed to be constructed as part of the subdivision and intended to be deeded to the Town as a public right-of-way (for engineering review and inspections); plus
(c) 
Existing Town/state road fee of $50 for every 100 linear feet, or any part thereof, of existing or previously approved public rights-of-way of Town or state roadways abutted by the boundaries of the land contained in a proposed subdivision (for engineering review and inspections); plus
(d) 
Common driveways and driveways that service rear lots fee of $150 per 100 feet, or any part thereof, for new common driveways and/or driveways that service rear lots (includes all inspections); plus
(e) 
Lot fee of $300 per lot for each new lot to be created by the subdivision/resubdivision application; plus
(f) 
Erosion control fee of $50 per lot, for sedimentation and erosion control measures review; plus
(g) 
Additional application fees set forth in § 225-5 that by determination of the Town Plan and Zoning Commission may apply.
(2) 
Certification of sediment and erosion and/or stormwater site plan.
(a) 
Three hundred fifty dollars for initial review of plan (includes two inspections). If additional expert consultant review is required due to the complexity of the plans, or need for submission of revised plans, an estimate of the additional cost for such expert consultant review will be estimated by the land use staff, based on preliminary estimates from the expert consultant and said estimate, times 150%, will be paid to the Land Use Department prior to proceeding on the application. If the applicant fails or refuses to deposit the consultant's estimated fee, times 150%, the application for certification of the sediment and erosion control and/or stormwater site plan shall be considered to be incomplete and will be denied. Upon completion of the technical review and determination of the costs incurred, any excess will be refunded to the applicant. The applicant shall not be responsible for expert consultant review costs incurred in excess of 150% of the land use staff's estimate.
(b) 
Inspections in excess of the two provided for in the fee for the certification of the sediment and erosion control and/or stormwater management plan shall be assessed at a fee of $50 per inspection by the enforcement officer and an additional $100 per inspection if expert consultant inspection is also required. Such fees must be paid in full prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for any new or existing structure, or in the case of site work that does not include issuance of a certificate of occupancy, must be paid in full or will be deducted from the completion bond required to be posted by Section 6.56 of the Zoning Regulations of the Town of Woodbridge relative to soil erosion and sediment control.
(3) 
Copy of Subdivision Regulations: $15.
(4) 
Special permit for rear lot: $250 per lot, plus common driveways and driveways that service rear lots fee: $150 per any part thereof, for new common driveways and/or driveways that service rear lots (includes all inspections). At the Town Plan and Zoning Commission's determination, additional application fees set forth in § 225-5 of this article may be applied.
(5) 
Site plan and use permit for Development 1 or Development 2 District:
(a) 
First acre or fraction thereof: $150.
(b) 
Each additional acre or fraction thereof: $75.
(c) 
At the Town Plan and Zoning Commission's determination, additional application fees set forth in § 225-5 of this article may be applied.
(6) 
Change of use permit for Development 1 or Development 2 District: $150. At the Town Plan and Zoning Commission's determination, additional application fees set forth in § 225-5 of this article may be applied.
(7) 
Site plan and use permit for Business or General Business District:
(a) 
First acre or fraction thereof: $150.
(b) 
Each additional acre or fraction thereof: $75.
(c) 
At the Town Plan and Zoning Commission's determination, additional application fees set forth in § 225-5 of this article may be applied.
(8) 
Change of use permit for Business or General Business District: $150. At the Town Plan and Zoning Commission's determination, additional application fees set forth in § 225-5 of this article may be applied.
(9) 
Congregate community designed exclusively for occupancy by elderly persons: $250; each additional unit: $25. At the Town Plan and Zoning Commission's determination, additional application fees set forth in § 225-5 of this article may be applied.
(10) 
Affordable Housing District development: $250; each additional unit: $25. At the Town Plan and Zoning Commission's determination, additional application fees set forth in § 225-5 of this article may be applied.
(11) 
Active adult planned development: $250; each additional unit: $25. At the Town Plan and Zoning Commission's determination, additional application fees set forth in § 225-5 of this article may be applied.
(12) 
Flood hazard permit: $250.
(13) 
Excavation, removal, filling, grading and processing of earth products permit:
(a) 
First acre or part thereof: $150.
(b) 
Each additional acre or fraction thereof: $75.
(14) 
Special permit for residence office: $100.
(15) 
All other special permits: $100. At the Town Plan and Zoning Commission's determination, additional application fees set forth in § 225-5 of this article may be applied.
(16) 
Sign permit, residential: $10.
(17) 
Sign permit, commercial: $100.
(18) 
Zoning permit, residential: $50.
(19) 
Zoning permit, commercial: $100.
(20) 
Proposed regulation or zoning boundary change: $250. At the Town Plan and Zoning Commission's determination, additional application fees set forth in § 225-5 of this article may be applied.
(21) 
Copy of Zoning Regulations: $25.
(22) 
Copy of Zoning Map: $15.
(23) 
Application to Zoning Board of Appeals:
(a) 
For residential properties: $250.
(b) 
For all other properties: $500.
(24) 
Certificate of location for motor vehicle licensing: $500.
(25) 
Appeal of Zoning Enforcement Officer decision: $75.
(26) 
Copy of Town Plan: $25.
(27) 
Letter of zoning compliance: $50.
B. 
All applications to the Town Plan and Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals are required to also be accompanied by payment of the additional state fee established by Connecticut General Statutes, § 22a-27j, as amended from time to time.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
With the sole exception of the consultant's fee set forth in § 225-5 of this article, all applicable fees must be paid in full at the time that an application is filed with the Town Plan and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals or Building Department.

§ 225-4 Supersession of fees.

In accordance with Connecticut General Statutes, § 8-1c, the foregoing schedule of fees shall supersede any specific fees set forth in the general statutes, or any special act, or set forth in the Zoning Regulations for the Town of Woodbridge and the Subdivision Regulations for the Town of Woodbridge, or as may have been otherwise heretofore established pursuant to § 8-26 of the Connecticut General Statutes. Fees for applications not specifically enumerated above shall not be affected by this article.

§ 225-5 Additional application fees.

Application filing fees may include additional costs incurred by the Town of Woodbridge, including but not limited to the expense of retaining experts to analyze, review and report on areas requiring a detailed, technical review in order to assist the Town Plan and Zoning Commission in its deliberations Upon receipt of an application by the Town Plan and Zoning Commission, the Commission may determine that, in order to fully and properly review and evaluate the application, such expertise would assist the Commission. In that case the following procedure shall apply:
A. 
Upon five business days' notice to the applicant identifying the names of the expert and the expert's estimated proposed fee(s), the Commission may retain one or more consultants, whose fees times 150% shall be paid by the applicant.
B. 
If the applicant fails or refuses to deposit the consultant's estimated fee times 150%, the application shall be considered to be incomplete.
C. 
At its next regularly scheduled meeting the Commission shall note in its minutes that the application is considered incomplete.
D. 
The fact that the application is considered incomplete shall be sufficient ground for denial of the application.
E. 
The Commission may, but shall not be required to, deny the application without prejudice, if equitable circumstances exist that have prevented or excused the payment of the consultant's fee in accordance with this article.
F. 
Upon completion of the technical review and determination of the costs incurred, any excess will be refunded to the applicant.
G. 
The applicant shall not be responsible for costs incurred in excess of 150% of the Commission's estimate.

§ 225-6 Doubling of fees.

Permit fees shall be doubled if an application is submitted as the result of a zoning enforcement action, and/or site or building work, which has commenced without required Town of Woodbridge zoning permits and approvals.

§ 225-7 Waiver of fees.

[Amended 3-3-2009, effective 4-3-2009]
The Board of Selectmen shall have the right to waive the payment of any land use fee enumerated above for any application filed by any board, commission, department, subdivision, quasi-town agency funded in whole or in part by the Town, regional entity of which the Town is a member, or officer or official of the Town of Woodbridge, provided any waiver to an officer or official shall only be granted when such individual is acting in his or her official capacity.