City of Port Jervis, NY
Orange County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Port Jervis 12-8-1986 by L.L. No. 8-1986; amended in its entirety 5-8-2000 by L.L. No. 4-2000 (Ch. 18 of the 1981 Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 11-23-2009]
A. 
The City of Port Jervis shall charge a service fee of $25 when requested to produce any of the following documents or reports from the indicated departments:
(1) 
A street report from the Director of Public Works.
(2) 
A certificate of occupancy letter, floodplain certification and/or violation search from the Building Official.
(3) 
Any fingerprinting service for any application, other than a permit to be issued by the City, for each set requested. This fee will be waived for residents of the City of Port Jervis upon proof of residency.
(4) 
Requests for Fire Department violation search.
B. 
Tax searches.
(1) 
Fee charges for tax searches on parcels of property within the City of Port Jervis: $250 (effective December 1, 2020).
[Amended 12-14-2015; 2-26-2018; 8-24-2020]
(2) 
A set of delinquent tax lists for county, City and School taxes will be printed and supplied to any party requesting such at the fee of $75. Said lists will not be updateable and are not certified for use in real estate or title transactions as a substitute for a full tax search.
[Added 9-2-2015]
C. 
Notary service.
[Added 12-10-2012]
(1) 
City employees who are also notary publics shall, pursuant to Section 136 of the New York State Executive Law, limit their charges to fees as set forth in Section 136 of the New York State Executive Law per notarization.
[Amended 8-12-2019 by L.L. No. 9-2019]
(2) 
Proof of residency within the City limits will be required for City residents to receive free notary service.
[Amended 2-26-2007 by L.L. No. 2-2007]
The fee for any check presented to the City of Port Jervis for payment of any tax, water rent, fee or service that is dishonored or returned by a bank for insufficient funds or otherwise shall be $20. The payment of this charge and the original amount of the payment must be made by cash, certified check or bank check.
A. 
All fees imposed by this chapter shall be paid to the City Clerk-Treasurer's office.
B. 
No document for which a fee is imposed by this chapter shall be provided unless and until a receipt for the fees is attached to the application.
[Added 3-14-2005 by L.L. No. 1-2005]
A. 
Legislative findings. The Common Council of the City of Port Jervis hereby finds that there is a present need for park and recreational facilities in the City and the maintenance and expansion of existing facilities, based on projected population growth to which all residential construction will contribute. The Common Council has determined that a system of parks and recreational facilities to meet the needs of the residents of the City is preferable. Therefore, the Common Council determines that it is a proper case that each new residential dwelling contribute recreation fees. The Common Council determines that the provisions of this section are consistent with the purposes of General City Law § 33 and that to the extent, if any, that this section may hereinafter be determined to be inconsistent, this section shall, as provided in Article IX of the New York State Constitution and the Municipal Home Rule Law, supersede such provisions in reference to the City of Port Jervis.
B. 
There is hereby imposed a fee in lieu of parkland contribution to be assessed upon real property in the City of Port Jervis on which new residential building construction takes place. Such fees shall be levied and collected in accordance with this section. Such fees shall be called "recreation fees." The obligation to pay such fees shall be a lien against the property which shall attach to the new construction as of the time of approval and shall be satisfied as hereinafter provided. All moneys collected pursuant to this section shall be used by the City exclusively for park, playground, and recreational purposes, including the compensation of employees and the acquisition of property within the City of Port Jervis.
C. 
The City of Port Jervis from time to time shall establish the amount of such fees by resolution of the Common Council. At least once a year, at the time of the reorganizational meeting, the Common Council shall consider the adequacy, sufficiency and fairness of the fees to be charged.
D. 
Collection of fees.
(1) 
Each subdivision plat or site plan hereinafter approved shall contain a note indicating that any property on which new buildings may be constructed shall be subject to the lien of recreational fees to be calculated on the number of new dwelling units created.
(2) 
At the time of issuance of building permits, the applicant shall pay, in addition to such other fees that may be due, the recreation fees in the amount of $500 per new residential dwelling unit.
(3) 
In the event that such fee is not paid at the time of issuance of the building permit, the amount of such fee shall remain a lien against the property and shall accrue interest from such time at the rate of not less than 9% or the judgment rate then current, whichever shall be greater. No City official shall issue a certificate of occupancy or other report, certificate, consent or approval concerning such property unless such official has determined that the fees required hereby have been paid, that the parcel existed prior to the date of this section, that the parcel is shown on a plat or site plan approved prior to the date of this section or that the property is otherwise exempt from this section.
E. 
Exemptions. The Common Council may, by resolution, exempt any property from payment of the recreation fees required by this section upon a determination that the property owner has dedicated or donated to the City property of equal or greater value than the estimated recreation fees which would otherwise be payable or where a residence has been destroyed by fire or other catastrophe and a new residence will be constructed. The Common Council's determination shall be final.
F. 
The neglect or failure of the City to collect such recreational fees at the time when such fees are due shall not waive the City's right to collect such fees, together with interest thereon.
G. 
In the event that the Common Council determines such fees are due and owing but have not been paid, the Common Council shall, after notice to the property owner and the provision of an opportunity to be heard, assess such recreational fees, together with interest and costs related to such assessment, against such real property. Notice by certified mail to the address shown on the City's latest assessment roll at least 10 days prior to the date of the hearing shall be deemed good and sufficient notice. Such assessment shall be levied on the annual state, county and town real property tax bill.
[Added 2-26-2007 by L.L. No. 2-2007]
Value of Work
Fee
$1.00 to $499.00
$20.00
$500.00 to $1,999.99
$20.00 plus $2.50 per each $100.00 or fraction thereof over $500.00
$2,000.00 to $24,999.99
$65.00 plus $7.00 per each $1,000.00 or fraction thereof over $2,000.00
$25,000.00 to $49,999.99
$230.00 plus $5.00 per each $1,000.00 or fraction thereof over $25,000.00
$50,000.00 to $99,999.99
$400.00 plus $4.00 per each $1,000.00 or fraction thereof over $50,000.00
$100,000.00 to unlimited
$650.00 plus $3.00 per each $1,000.00 or fraction thereof over $100,000.00
[Added 2-26-2007 by L.L. No. 2-2007]
The fee for all demolition permits will be computed as set forth in § 280-5 above (i.e., fee calculated based on value of work just as for building permits).
[Added 2-26-2007 by L.L. No. 2-2007; amended 11-25-2019]
Project Cost
Fee
$1 to $9,999
$25
$10,000 to $19,999
$50
$20,000 to $49,999
$60
$50,000 to $99,999
$80
$100,000 to $149,000
$100
Over $150,000.00
$150
[Added 11-25-2019]
Fees
$200 First 500 square feet base fee
$50 each additional 100 square feet up to 1,000 square feet
$500 First 1,000 square feet base fee
$100 each additional 1,000 square feet up to 10,000
$2,500 base permit fee btw. 10,000 and 100,000 square feet
$5,000 base permit fee buildings over 100,000 square feet
New building construction: Base fee plus $0.60/square foot first 100,000 square feet; plus $0.45/ square foot over 100,000 square feet
Existing building renovation: Base fee plus 1% of construction cost supported by signed proposals/contracts
Utility/nonbuilding projects: Base fee plus 1% of construction cost supported by signed proposals/contracts
Site improvement construction oversight: The escrow should be 4% of cost of the site improvements. Any remaining escrow funds would be returned to the applicant at the conclusion of the project.
[Added 2-26-2007 by L.L. No. 2-2007; amended 8-23-2010; 10-25-2010; 5-22-2017 by L.L. No. 8-2017; 4-9-2018; 11-25-2019]
Service
Fees
Sign permit
$100
Reclamation fee for sign removed by City
$25 per sign
Record search for lot coverage information
$50
Combined mailing list and record search where the lot coverage information is the same as the mailing list
$50
Combined mailing list and record search where the lot coverage information is different from the mailing list
$40 for lot coverage information and $25 for mailing list
Application for Senior Citizen Affordable Housing District
$500
Inspections by Building Official, Department of Social Services or other agency
$200 for initial inspection and $150 for each additional inspection; $20 will be retained by the City in the case of canceled inspections
Copy of Zoning Map
$5
Zoning Board of Appeals
$275 minimum
Planning Board
$275 minimum
Commercial or industrial fee
To be determined by the Board based on the nature and complexity of the application with a minimum charge of $275 per above
[Added 2-26-2007 by L.L. No. 2-2007; amended 5-26-2009 by L.L. No. 5-2009; 10-25-2010; 6-27-2011; 10-15-2013; 12-9-2013 by L.L. No. 9-2013; 2-26-2018; 1-1-2019; 8-12-2019 by L.L. No. 9-2019; 11-25-2019; 1-1-2020; 8-24-2020; 12-14-2020]
Section
Fee For
Amount
Marriage ceremony fee
At least one party is City resident: no fee
At least one party is NYS resident: $50
Both parties are not NYS residents: $100
Marriage license
$40 fee set by NYS
Certified copy birth/death/marriage
$10 a copy fee set by NYS
Fee for notary noncity resident
Fee per § 136 of NYS Executive Law
Delinquent tax list
$75, effective 9-2-2015
Tax search fee
$250, effective 12-1-2020
Parking permit December 1 to April 1
$40 before December 1
$100 after December 1
Daily use pass for restaurant/bars/hotel
$1 daily
Municipal violation search (Building Department)
$200
Administrative fee for all services provided for the purpose of snow removal, lawn mowing, removal of debris and all other items related to property maintenance
$100, effective 4-1-2018
All invoiced City services/charges
5% late fee/penalty per month
Copying records (FOIL requests)
$0.25 per page for photocopies not exceeding nine inches by 14 inches
Alarm business license
$75 per year
215-9A
Domestic animal license
Each spayed or neutered dog or cat
$11
Each unspayed or unneutered dog or cat
$23
Purebred license for more than 25 dogs or cats
$100
215-9H
Impounded dog release, first offense
$275
Impounded dog release, subsequent offenses for the same dog
$275 plus an additional $25 for each subsequent impound
215-30B
Application for dangerous dog license
$50
1 dangerous dog
$100 per year
2 dangerous dogs
$250 per year
3 dangerous dogs
$500 per year
220-7A
Auction license
$100
220-22A
Auctioneer license
$100
231-16
Operating permit inspection
$100
Fire safety inspection - commercial
$125
Fire alarm inspection
$100
Fire sprinkler inspection
$100
Kitchen hood system
$100
267-16
Electricians licenses
Master Electrician Class A
Initial fee
$300
Renewal fees
$100
If continually licensed prior to June 27, 2011
$100
Port Jervis residents
$200
Orange County, New York, residents
$300
New York State residents
$400
Out-of-state residents
$500
Master Electrician Class B
Initial fee
$300
Renewal fees
$100
If continually licensed prior to June 27, 2011
$100
Port Jervis residents
$200
Orange County, New York, residents
$300
New York State residents
$400
Out-of-state residents
$500
Master Electrician Class C
Initial fee
$300
Renewal fees
$100
If continually licensed prior to June 27, 2011
$100
Port Jervis residents
$200
Orange County, New York, residents
$300
New York State residents
$400
Out-of-state residents
$500
Special Electrician
Initial fee
$300
Renewal fees
$100
If continually licensed prior to June 27, 2011
$100
Port Jervis residents
$200
Orange County, New York, residents
$300
New York State residents
$400
Out-of-state residents
$500
267-18B
Subsequent electrical examinations
$50
267-25B(1)
One-time electrician's license
1% of the estimated cost of work or $1,000, whichever is greater
280-4
Recreation fee new construction
$500
288-12B
Floodplain development permit application
$100; plus costs necessary for review, inspection and approval (deposit of no more than $500 for additional costs)
300-4
Games of chance license
$50
403-8
Peddler's permit
Annual peddler's permit
$1,500
City fire parade permit
$100
410-23
Plumber's examination
$300
Subsequent examinations
$50 each
410-29A
Renewal of plumber's certificate of competency
If continually licensed prior to June 27, 2011
$100
Port Jervis residents
$200
Orange County, New York, residents
$300
New York State residents
$400
Out-of-state residents
$500
410-31
Replacement of lost plumber's license
$5
410-32A(1)
One-time plumber's license
1% of the estimated cost of work or $1,000, whichever is greater
445-7B
Sewer permit and inspection
$50
Sewer base charge
$90 per quarter
451-4B
Shopping cart recovery
$10 per cart
457-15B
Garbage collection permit for nonmunicipal collectors
$1,500 per year
479-10
Taxi driver's license or renewal
$50, plus processing fees
479-17
Taxi license or renewal
$100 per vehicle, plus processing fees
479-24C
Duplicate taxi/driver's license or permit
$20
486-4
Restricted towing license
$50
486-5A
Unrestricted towing license
$150 per year
520-19
Wireless telecommunications application
$5,000; extension/renewal: $2,500
520-39
Small cell tower
$500 each for the first five on an existing tower and $100 each after the first five; $1,000 for any new pole installation; if the pole is owned by the City there will be an annual attachment fee of $270
535-34C(3)
Application for Senior Citizen Affordable Housing District
See § 280-8
535-62K(4)(c)
Reclamation fee for sign removed by City
See § 280-8
535-91J
Various functions and services
See §§ 280-5 to 280-8
535-91M
Inspections
See § 280-8
A615-10B
Use of fire hydrant
$100 minimum
[Added 2-26-2007 by L.L. No. 2-2007]
Fees charged by the City of Port Jervis may be established or amended by the Common Council by resolution from time to time.
[Added 9-22-2008]
An escrow account is to be established to cover review fees at the time of application.
New Construction and/or Additions
(addition space only)
Size
(square feet)
Fee
Less than 5,000
$2,000
5,000 to 10,000
$2,500
10,000 to 20,000
$3,500
20,000 to 50,000
$10,000
Above 50,000
$15,000
Alterations/Renovations (altered space)
with Change of Occupancy
Size
(square feet)
Fee
Less than 5,000
$2,000
5,000 to 10,000
$3,000
10,000 to 20,000
$5,000
20,000 to 50,000
$7,500
Above 50,000
$10,000
Alterations/Renovations (altered space)
with No Change of Occupancy
Size
(square feet)
Fee
Less than 5,000
$1,000
5,000 to 10,000
$1,500
10,000 to 20,000
$2,000
20,000 to 50,000
$3,000
Above 50,000
$5,000
[Added 10-18-2009; amended 12-14-2020]
Fees for use of Riverside Park are:
A. 
Residents:
(1) 
Seventy-five people or less: $100.
(2) 
More than 75 people: $125.
B. 
Nonresidents:
(1) 
Seventy-five people or less: $125.
(2) 
More than 75 people: $150.
C. 
Additional charge over five hours: $25 per hour or portion thereof.
[Added 5-28-2013]
Fees for parking shall be as follows:
A. 
West End Beach.
(1) 
Parking of a vehicle at West End Beach by City staff for nonresidents of the City of Port Jervis: $10 per car.
[Amended 12-14-2020]
(2) 
Proof of residency within the City limits will be required for City residents to receive free parking.
B. 
Overnight parking.
[Added 12-14-2015]
(1) 
The City shall immediately have the right to permit hotels, motels, restaurants, bars, microbreweries, microdistilleries, brew pubs, breweries, wineries and tasting rooms, as well as other establishments selling beers, wines and liquors to secure from the City of Port Jervis and distribute to customers of these establishments one-night parking passes to permit customers/patrons to park overnight in City-owned parking lots under the previous rules/regulations/legislation whereby the City established annual overnight parking permits for a portion of each calendar year. The administration of these one-night/overnight parking passes shall be under the jurisdiction of the City Clerk-Treasurer's office in conjunction with the office of the Mayor and the Port Jervis Police Department.
(2) 
The fee to be charged for a daily overnight parking pass shall be $1.
[Added 12-28-2015]
[Added 10-15-2013]
A. 
Fees for marriages performed by the Mayor of the City of Port Jervis shall be as follows:
(1) 
Ceremony fee if at least one party is a City resident: $0.
(2) 
Ceremony fee if at least one party is a New York State resident: $50.
(3) 
Ceremony fee if both parties are residents of another state/country: $100.
B. 
The fee is to be collected upon verification of scheduling and/or before the ceremony by the City Clerk/Treasurer.
[Added 8-11-2014]
The fees set forth in § 415-10 shall be changed according to the following schedule:
A. 
The initial fee shall be increased from $250 to $1,200.
B. 
The fee in § 415-10A(1) shall be increased to $2,200; A(2) to $3,200; A(3) to $4,200; A(4) to $5,200; A(5) to $6,200; A(6) to $7,200; A(7) to $8,200; A(8) to $9,200; and A(9) to $10,200.
C. 
In addition, the City may add interest to any unpaid fees, monthly, at the maximum legal rate permitted by law, in the event fees are not received within 30 days after they are due.
[Added 7-14-2014 by L.L. No. 9-2014]
Proposed fee schedule for parking permits and Metro North parking:
Suggested
Fee
2 Vehicles at 1 address
12-month
$240
$350
6-month
N/A
3-month
N/A
1-month
N/A
Metro North Parking Rates:
Permits
Base Fee
12-month
$235
6-month
$137
3-month
$74
1-month
N/A
[Added 11-28-2016 by L.L. No. 16-2016]
From time to time, for good cause or reason, the Common Council has been asked to waive fees set, established or amended by the Council set forth in Chapter 280 of the Port Jervis Code or elsewhere within the Code. The Common Council may waive any such fees previously set, established or amended by a majority vote of the Council upon proper request for waiver based upon an appropriate or equitable reason or reasons as determined by the Common Council in its sole discretion from time to time.