City of Harrington, DE
Kent County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Harrington as last amended 10-15-2007 by Ord. No. 07-14. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Impact fees — See Ch. 175.
Fees for subdivision inspections — See Ch. 188.
The fees charges by the City of Harrington for the various municipal services provided by the City of Harrington shall be as stated in the tables attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference.
A. 
Various municipal fees.
[Amended 7-16-2007 by Ord. No. 07-09; 10-15-2007 by Ord. No. 07-14; 12-15-2008 by Ord. No. 08-07; 5-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-01; 6-21-2010 by Ord. No. 10-02; 6-20-2011 by Ord. No. 11-02; 9-20-2011 by Ord. No. 11-06; 3-5-2012 by Ord. No. 12-03; 4-16-2012 by Ord. No. 12-09; 6-4-2012 by Ord. No. 12-11; 8-6-2012 by Ord. No. 12-19; 10-21-2013 by Ord. No. 13-05; 6-16-2014 by Ord. No. 14-04; 8-18-2014 by Ord. No. 14-13; 9-16-2014 by Ord. No. 14-14; 1-5-2015 by Ord. No. 14-17; 6-15-2015 by Ord. No. 15-05; 8-17-2015 by Ord. No. 15-08; 10-19-2015 by Ord. No. 15-12; 3-21-2016 by Ord. No. 16-02; 5-2-2016 by Ord. No. 16-05; 7-5-2016 by Ord. No. 16-10; 6-19-2017 by Ord. No. 17-07; 10-16-2017 by Ord. No. 17-14; 2-20-2018 by Ord. No. 18-01]
City of Harrington Fee Categories
Base Fee
Escrow Account Amount
Total Owed
Subject to Professional Fees
General Fees, Fines
Administrative fee, per certified mail letter/notice
$25
$0
$25
No
Animals Chapter violations
$100
$0
$100
No
Copies, per page
$0.30
$0
$0.30
No
Disorderly premises
First offense, minimum fine
$100
$0
$100
No
Second offense, minimum fine
$300
$0
$300
No
Each subsequent like offense
$500
$0
$500
No
Maximum fine per offense
$1,000
$0
$1,000
No
FOIA request
Standard size copies/printout, black and white, per page
$0.30
$0
$0.30
No
Standard size copies/printout, color, per page
$1
$0
$1
No
Labor, materials, and other costs charged at cost
At cost
$0
At cost
No
Juvenile curfew violations fines
First offense by a parent
$5
$0
$5
No
Second offense by a parent
$15
$0
$15
No
Third and all subsequent offenses by a parent
$25
$0
$25
No
Personnel costs, per hour
$35
$0
$35
No
First offense by an operator
$100
$0
$100
No
Second offense by an operator
$150
$0
$150
No
Third and all subsequent offenses by an operator
$300
$0
$300
No
Parent knowingly provided false information
$100
$0
$100
No
Notary services, per stamp
$2
$0
$2
No
Open burning violations
$50
$0
$50
No
Property tax rate
$1.06/$100 on 100%
$0
$1.06/$100 on 100%
No
Returned checks
$30
$0
$30
No
Tax relief for senior citizens
5%
$0
5%
No
Transfer tax
1.5%
$0
1.5%
No
Vacant buildings
Vacant building inspection (yearly after first year)
$75
$0
$75
No
Vacant building registration
$75
$0
$75
No
Failure-to-register fine (monthly)
$50
$0
$50
No
City of Harrington Fee Categories
Base Fee
Escrow Account Amount
Total Owed
Subject to Professional Fees
Zoning & Building Fees**, Fines
Annexation application
$400 + $50/acre
$0
$400 + $50/acre
Yes
Board of Adjustment variances
$400
$0
$400
Yes
Board of Adjustment appeals
$500
$0
$500
Yes
Category A, Conceptual site plan review
$400
$0
$400
Yes
Category A, Preliminary site plan review
$400 + $50/1,000 sq. ft. new gross floor area
$0
$400 + $50/1,000 sq. ft. new gross floor area
Yes
Category A, Final site plan review
$400 + $50/1,000 sq. ft. new gross floor area
$0
$400 + $50/1,000 sq. ft. new gross floor area
Yes
Category B, Administrative plan review, R-1 and R-2 residential properties except in approved residential subdivisions
$350
$0
$350
Yes
Category B, Administrative plan review, all others besides R-1 and R-2 residential properties
$400
$0
$400
Yes
Category B, Administrative plan review, R-1 and R-2 properties in approved subdivisions
$200
$0
$200
Yes
Conditional use
$500
$0
$500
Yes
Demolition permit
Accessory structure
$40
$0
$40
No
Residential
$85
$0
$85
No
Commercial/institutional
$150
$0
$150
No
Impact fees*
Community impact fee
$1,000
$0
$1,000
No
Water impact fee, per EDU
$1,170
$0
$1,170
No
Major subdivision, conceptual
$400
$0
$400
Yes
Major subdivision, preliminary
$400 + $10/lot or dwelling unit
$0
$400 + $10/lot or dwelling unit
Yes
Major subdivision, final plat approval
$400 + $10/lot or dwelling unit
$0
$400 + $10/lot or dwelling unit
Yes
Minor subdivision
$400
$0
$400
Yes
Professional fees
Billable to applicant
Yes
Portable storage unit permit
Initial permit
$25
$0
$25
No
Permit renewal
$25
$0
$25
No
Violation, first offense
$25
$0
$25
No
Violation, second offense
$50
$0
$50
No
Violation, third offense
$100
$0
$100
No
Public open space contribution
$325/dwelling unit
$0
$325/dwelling unit
No
Rezoning
$500 + $25/acre
$0
$500 + $25/acre
Yes
Site inspection, per visit
$35
$0
$35
No
Street opening permit
10% of project cost
$0
10% of project cost
No
Temporary sign permit
$15
$0
$15
No
Utility review
$150
$0
$150
Yes
Zoning compliance certificate for lot line adjustment
$100
$0
$100
Yes
Zoning compliance certificate, residential
Project cost $5,000 and below
$25
$0
$25
Yes
Project cost $5,001 and above
0.5% of total project cost
$0
0.5% of total project cost
Yes
Zoning violations fines
First offense
Not less than $100
$0
Not less than $100
No
Second offense
$250
$0
$250
No
Third offense
$500
$0
$500
No
Fourth and subsequent offenses
$1,000
$0
$1,000
No
* See § 180-1E for the sewer impact fee step increase schedule. Applicants will also be billed for the current Kent County sewer impact fee.
** (See Subsections B and C for more permit and inspection fees)
City of Harrington Fee Categories
Base Fee
Escrow Account Amount
Total Owed
Subject to Professional Fees
Utility & Public Works Fees, Fines
Fire service connection
4-inch
$3,000 + actual cost to install
$0
$3,000 + actual cost to install
Yes
6-inch
$3,500 + actual cost to install
$0
$3,500 + actual cost to install
Yes
8-inch
$4,000 + actual cost to install
$0
$4,000 + actual cost to install
Yes
10-inch
$6,000 + actual cost to install
$0
$6,000 + actual cost to install
Yes
Food service facility FOG interceptor or trap
Inspection, per trap
$50
$0
$50
No
Reinspection, per trap
$50
$0
$50
No
Prohibited discharges violation fine, least serious offenses
$500 or more
$0
$500 or more
No
Prohibited discharges violation fine, moderately serious offenses
$3,000-$5,000
$0
$3,000-$5,000
No
Prohibited discharges violation fine, most serious offenses
$5,000-$10,000
$0
$5,000-$10,000
No
Food service facility FOG interceptor or trap, criminal penalties
§ 330-13B(1) per violation, per day
Up to $5,000
$0
Up to $5,000
No
§ 330-13B(2)
At least $5,000
$0
At least $5,000
No
§ 330-13B(3) per violation, per day
Up to $5,000
$0
Up to $5,000
No
§ 330-13B(4) per violation, per day
Up to $10,000
$0
Up to $10,000
No
Infrastructure inspection fee
4% of project cost
$0
4% of project cost
Yes
Public works service fee
Normal business hours (8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
$50
$0
$50
No
After hours and weekends
$100
$0
$100
No
Backhoe, per hour
$85
$0
$85
No
Dump truck, per hour
$75
$0
$75
No
Public Works rate, per hour
$50
$0
$50
No
Sewer connection fee
4-inch service
$1,700
$0
$1,700
Yes
6-inch service
$2,600
$0
$2,600
Yes
Road restoration/additional pipe, beyond 20 feet
Cost + 15%
$0
Cost + 15%
Yes
Water connection fee
1-inch service
$1,250
$0
$1,250
Yes
2-inch service
$3,600
$0
$3,600
Yes
Road restoration/additional pipe, beyond 20 feet
Cost + 15%
$0
Cost + 15%
Yes
Water meter
5/8 inch
Cost
$0
Cost
No
1 inch or larger
Cost
$0
Cost
Yes
Water meter pit and lid
Cost
$0
Cost
No
Irrigation water meter permit
$50
$0
$50
No
Water meter antenna replacement
$125
$0
$125
No
Water meter calibration
$50
$0
$50
No
Utility rate, in-City users, quarterly
Sewer base fee, per EDU
$80
$0
$80
No
Sewer usage fee, per 1,000 gallons*
$5.76
$0
$5.76
No
Trash
$51.70
$0
$51.70
No
Water base fee, per EDU
$35
$0
$35
No
Water usage fee, per 1,000 gallons
$3.25
$0
$3.25
No
Sprinklers (as fire suppression), 2-inch
$125
$0
$125
No
Sprinklers (as fire suppression), 4-inch
$200
$0
$200
No
Sprinklers (as fire suppression), 6-inch
$250
$0
$250
No
Sprinklers (as fire suppression), 8-inch
$300
$0
$300
No
Utility rate, out-of-City users, quarterly
Sewer base fee, per EDU
$106.40
$0
$106.40
No
Sewer usage fee, per 1,000 gallons*
$7.66
$0
$7.66
No
Water base fee, per EDU
$46.55
$0
$46.55
No
Water usage fee, per 1,000 gallons
$4.32
$0
$4.32
No
Utility late payment fee, per month
2%
$0
2%
No
* In addition to the sewer usage fee, users will be billed for a Kent County treatment fee approved by Kent County. As of 2014, Kent County approved rate is $2.34 per 1,000 gallons.
City of Harrington Fee Categories
Base Fee
Escrow Account Amount
Total Owed
Subject to Professional Fees
Licensing Fees, Fines
Business license
All other trades, businesses or occupations
$50
$0
$50
No
Distributors and manufacturers, 1-49 employees
$250
$0
$350
No
Distributors and manufacturers, 50 or more employees
$500
$0
$500
No
Gas, light, power, cable, TV, telephone, satellite companies
$825
$0
$825
No
Hotels and motels, per room
$10
$0
$10
No
Hotels and motels, per suite
$15
$0
$15
No
Mobile home park, per space
$25
$0
$25
No
Railroads
$825
$0
$825
No
Contractor license
$100
$0
$100
No
Duplicate license
$7.50
$0
$7.50
No
Failure to obtain license fine, per month
First month
$100
$0
$100
No
Second month
$200
$0
$200
No
Third and every month thereafter
$300
$0
$300
No
Failure to obtain a rental inspection fine, per month
First month
$50
$0
$50
No
Second month
$100
$0
$100
No
Third and every month thereafter
$150
$0
$150
No
Manufactured home registration sticker
$225
$0
$225
No
Manufactured home annual license
$225
$0
$225
No
Manufactured home license, fine for failure to renew, per month
10%
$0
10%
No
Manufactured home park operator fines
Allowing placement of manufactured home without registration sticker, doubled if not paid within 10 days
$100
$0
$100
No
Allowing manufactured home to remain in park without license, doubled if not paid within 10 days
$100
$0
$100
No
Peddler/solicitor license
$50
$0
$50
No
Rental license
$75
$0
$75
No
City of Harrington Fee Categories
Base Fee
Escrow Account Amount
Total Owed
Subject to Professional Fees
Property Maintenance Fees, Fines
Administrative fee, prohibited weed growth violations
$100
$0
$100
No
Property maintenance violations
First offense
$25
$0
$25
No
Second offense
$50
$0
$50
No
Third offense
$100
$0
$100
No
Abatement of property maintenance violations
Contractor service fee + 10% ($25 total minimum)
$0
Contractor service fee + 10% ($25 total minimum)
Yes
Property maintenance ticket
Property maintenance ticket
$50
$0
$50
No
Formal appeal to City Manager
$200
$0
$200
No
Formal appeal to City Council
$500
$0
$500
No
Show-cause hearing
$100
$0
$100
No
Property maintenance criminal penalties
First conviction
$250-$1,000
$0
$250-$1,000
No
Second conviction
$500-$2,500
$0
$500-$2,500
No
All subsequent convictions
$1,000-$5,000
$0
$1,000-$5,000
No
Street and sidewalk violations
First offense
$25
$0
$25
No
Second offense
$50
$0
$50
No
Third offense
$100
$0
$100
No
Abatement of street and sidewalk violations
Contractor service fee + 10% ($25 total minimum)
$0
Contractor service fee + 10% ($25 total minimum)
Yes
B. 
Building inspection permit fees.
[Added 12-7-2009 by Ord. No. 09-09; amended 6-21-2010 by Ord. No. 10-02; 2-22-2011 by Ord. No. 10-04[1]]
(1) 
Residential new construction.
(a) 
Residential base unit.
[1] 
Types of units and fees.
Type of Unit
Standard Brick
(per square foot)
Brick
(per square foot)
One-story
$55
$58
One-and-one-half story
$50
$54
Split and bilevel
$50
$54
Two-story
$50
$54
Townhouse
$48
[2] 
Above values include crawl space foundation and one bathroom.
(b) 
Foundation only.
Type of Foundation
Standard
(per square foot)
Basement
$13
(c) 
Extras in new dwellings.
Type of Extras
Standard
(per square foot)
Brick
(per square foot)
Full bath
$1,200 flat rate
Half bath
$850 flat rate
Prefab fireplace
$1,250 flat rate
Masonry fireplace
$3,250 flat rate
Finished basement
$4.50
Open deck or porch
$8.50
Porch with roof
$13
Porch enclosed (unfinished)
$19
Renovations (nonstructural)
$4.50
Attached garage
$13
$16
Detached garage
$16
$19
(d) 
Residential building inspection permit fees for new construction are calculated as follows:
[Amended 3-21-2016 by Ord. No. 16-02]
[1] 
For a valuation ranging from $0 to $1,000, the applicant shall pay a fee of $50.
[2] 
For a valuation not exceeding $1,000,000, the applicant shall pay a fee of $10 for each $1,000 valuation or fraction thereof.
[3] 
For all costs exceeding $1,000,000, the applicant shall pay a fee of $3 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof.
(2) 
Residential alterations/additions, accessory structures and fences.
(a) 
Alterations and additions.
Type of Residential Alteration/Addition
Standard
(per square foot)
Additional room
$50
Finished basement/bonus room
$4.50
Bath (additional plus square feet)
$300 lump sum
Siding/roofing
$3
Open deck or porch
$8.50
Porch with roof
$14
Porch enclosed (finished)
$22
Porch enclosed (unfinished)
$19
Renovations (structural)
$25
Renovations (non-structural)
$4.50
Fireplace prefab/wood pellet
$1,250 flat rate
Fireplace masonry
$3,500 flat rate
Chimney
$1,000 flat rate
(b) 
Residential accessory structures.
Accessory Structure
Standard
(per square foot)
Agricultural building
$30 flat rate
Attached garage
$13
Detached garage
$16
Pole structure with floor
$10
Pole structure-no floor (carport)
$6
Shed (less than 300 square feet)
$7
Shed (more than 300 square feet)
$10
(c) 
Residential fences.
Fences
(per linear foot)
36 inches
48 inches
72 inches
84 inches
Vinyl
$5
$7
Rail fence
$2
$3
Chain link
$3
$5
$6
Wood
$5
$7
(d) 
Residential building inspection permit fees for alterations, additions, fences and swimming pools are calculated as follows:
[Amended 8-6-2012 by Ord. No. 12-19; 3-21-2016 by Ord. No. 16-02]
[1] 
For a valuation ranging from $0 to $1,000, the applicant shall pay a fee of $50.
[2] 
For a valuation not exceeding $1,000,000, the applicant shall pay a fee of $10 for each $1,000 valuation or fraction thereof.
[3] 
For all costs exceeding $1,000,000, the applicant shall pay a fee of $3 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof.
(3) 
Commercial/institutional/multifamily new construction.
(a) 
Commercial/institutional/multifamily primary structures: Standard fees for all commercial, institutional, and multifamily buildings, including but not limited to retail, warehouse, pole buildings, restaurant, office, medical clinics, hotels/lodges, fit-outs and all other commercial, institutional and multifamily buildings shall be determined per square foot (s.f.) using the Marshall & Swift Valuation.
(b) 
Commercial/institutional/multifamily fences.
Fences
(per linear foot)
36 inches
48 inches
72 inches
84 inches
Vinyl
$5
$7
Rail fence
$2
$3
Chain link
$3
$5
$6
Wood
$5
$7
(c) 
Commercial/institutional/multifamily storage sheds or pole structures shall be determined per square foot (s.f.) using the Marshall & Swift Valuation.
(d) 
Commercial/institutional/multifamily signage shall be determined by the actual cost of all sign materials used to include the base and/or any support materials.
(e) 
Commercial/institutional/multifamily new construction, fences, storage shed or pole structure building inspection permit fees are calculated as follows:
[Amended 3-21-2016 by Ord. No. 16-02]
[1] 
For a valuation ranging from $0 to $1,000, the applicant shall pay a fee of $50.
[2] 
For a valuation not exceeding $1,000,000, the applicant shall pay a fee of $10 for each $1,000 valuation or fraction thereof.
[3] 
For all costs exceeding $1,000,000, the applicant shall pay a fee of $3 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof.
(4) 
Reinspection fees and fines (residential and commercial).
(a) 
Reinspection fees:
[Amended 3-21-2016 by Ord. No. 16-02]
[1] 
First reinspection: $125
[2] 
Second reinspection: $150
[3] 
Third reinspection: $175
(b) 
Fines for zoning violations shall include the following:
[1] 
Number of offenses.
[a] 
First offense: not less than $100.
[b] 
Second offense: $250.
[c] 
Third offense: $500.
[d] 
Fourth and subsequent offense: $1,000.
[2] 
Repeat offenders shall not receive warnings. Each day that any violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. $100 minimum fine is mandatory and not subject to suspension.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided an effective date of 7-1-2010.
C. 
Building plan review fees.
[Added 6-21-2010 by Ord. No. 10-02; amended 2-22-2011 by Ord. No. 10-04; 3-21-2016 by Ord. No. 16-02]
(1) 
Residential new construction plan review fee shall be a flat fee of $150 for each plan review.
(2) 
Residential alteration and addition plan review fee shall be a flat fee of $75 for each plan review.
(3) 
Commercial/institutional/multifamily new construction, storage shed, pole building, alterations and additions shall be calculated at a rate of $0.003 for each dollar value, with a minimum of $200 for each plan review.
D. 
Credit card fees.
[Added 6-20-2011 by Ord. No. 11-02]
(1) 
Tax-related (virtual terminal, over the counter/standard web deployment).
(a) 
2.65% for all credit card transactions.
(b) 
2.65% for all MasterCard-branded debit card transactions.
(c) 
$3.95 for all Visa-branded debit card transactions.
(d) 
$1.49 for all e-check/ACH transactions.
(2) 
Miscellaneous payments (virtual terminal, over the phone and basic bill presentment): $2.65 for all credit card and branded debit card transactions).
(3) 
Residential utility payments.
(a) 
Virtual terminal-over the phone: $6.99 for all credit card and branded debit card transactions.
(b) 
Standard web deployment: $6.99 for all credit card and branded debit card transactions.
(c) 
Basic bill presentation: $7.25 for all credit card, branded debit card and ACH transactions.
(4) 
Commercial utility payments.
(a) 
Virtual terminal, over the counter: $1.49 for ACH transactions.
(b) 
Standard web deployment: $1.49 for ACH transactions.
(c) 
Basic bill presentment: $1.49 for ACH transactions.
E. 
Sewer impact fee step increases shall be as follows:
[Added 7-5-2016 by Ord. No. 16-10]
Sewer Impact Fee Step Increase Schedule
Fiscal Year
Sewer Impact Fee per EDU
2017
$1,260
2018
$1,260
2019
$1,575
2020
$1,890
2021
$2,205
2022
$2,520
2023
$2,595
2024
$2,647
2025
$2,700
2026
$2,755
2027
$2,810
2028
$2,866
2029
$2,923
2030
$2,980
F. 
Plumbing inspection fees.
[Added 5-21-2018 by Ord. No. 18-08]
(1) 
Residential.
(a) 
Additions, alterations, and single-family dwellings: $75.
(b) 
Multifamily structures of three dwelling units or more fall under commercial work as regulated by the International Building Code. [See § 180-1B(3).]
(2) 
Commercial.
(a) 
For a plumbing valuation ranging from $0 to $10,000, the applicant shall pay a fee of $100.
(b) 
For all plumbing valuation exceeding $10,000, the applicant shall pay $100 plus $5 for each additional $1,000 of plumbing valuation or part thereof in excess of $10,000.
(3) 
Reinspection fees (residential and commercial).
(a) 
First reinspection: $125.
(b) 
Second reinspection: $150.
(c) 
Third reinspection: $175.
G. 
Electrical inspection fees.
[Added 5-21-2018 by Ord. No. 18-08]
(1) 
Residential new construction.
Type of Dwelling
Fee
Single-family, maximum 200 amp service*
$110
Single-family, over 200 amp service*
$125
Modular dwelling, service and final only
$100
Modular dwelling, with additions
$120
Manufactured (mobile homes), service only
$85
*
Includes rough-in with service equipment and final inspection (one trip each, two trips total).
(2) 
Residential alterations/additions, swimming pools/hot tubs, and other.
Type of Service
Fee
Alterations/additions, maximum of 30 devices
$85
Alterations/additions, more than 30 devices
$100
Services/feeder equipment, up to 400 amp
$75
Temporary construction service
$75
Swimming pools/hot tubs, 1 trip
$75
Swimming pools/hot tubs, 2 trips
$120
Alternate power sources, maximum 25 KVA
$120
Generators, maximum 30 KVA
$75
Reintroduction of power/survey
$100
(3) 
Commercial.
Type of Equipment
Fee
Rough wiring
1 to 50 devices/outlets
$55
Each additional 25 devices/outlets
$15
Finals
1 to 50 devices/outlets
$55
Each additional 25 devices/outlets
$15
Equipment
First outlet of maximum 30 KW
$55
Each additional outlet
$15
Heat pumps
$55
Service equipment
Maximum 400 amp
$75
Over 400 amp to 1,000 amp
$100
Over 1,000 amp
Quote
(4) 
Calculation for commercial electrical inspection fees if not listed in § 180-1G(3). Commercial electrical inspection fees may be quoted using the most recently published ICC Building Valuation Data Tables per the following formula:
BVD value based on Occupancy Classification and Construction Type
X    Square footage of occupancy/structure
X    Locality multiplier (standard 0.001)
Inspection fee
(5) 
Reinspection fees (residential and commercial).
(a) 
First reinspection: $125.
(b) 
Second reinspection: $150.
(c) 
Third reinspection: $175.