As used herein, "residence", "residential" and "business" shall be defined under Chapter 3, Section 3.2 of the International Building Code, 2000.
Before any individual may occupy or reside within or about any newly constructed building or improvement, the builder or owner of such building must first obtain a Certificate of Occupancy from the City.
The fee for the Certificate of Occupancy shall be included in the cost of the building permit.
Before the City may issue a Certificate of Occupancy, the building and public improvements serving the building and the lot on which it is constructed or erected shall be inspected by the Building Inspector and/or the Construction Inspector on behalf of the City of Republic. If the Building Inspector and/or the Construction Inspector determine(s) that there has been non-compliance with any applicable ordinance, regulation or code adopted by the City of Republic, then no Certificate of Occupancy shall be issued.
Any person who occupies or resides within or about any newly constructed building or improvement used for residential or business purposes, and for which a Certificate of Occupancy has not been issued; or anyone who encourages or permits another to occupy or reside in a building for residential or business purposes for which a Certificate of Occupancy has not been issued, shall be, upon conviction, punished as provided in Title V, Chapter 500, Section 500.030 of the Republic Code of Ordinances.
[Ord. No. 17-08 § 1, 3-7-2017]
Plans shall be required for submittal as determined by the adopted building codes and by policy adopted by resolution of the City Council of the City of Republic, Missouri.
[Ord. No. 00-09 §1, 3-27-2000; Ord. No. 03-40 §1, 6-9-2003; Ord. No. 06-17 §1, 3-13-2006; Ord. No. 06-90 §1, 12-26-2006; Ord. No. 07-08 §1, 2-26-2007; Ord. No. 07-59 §1, 9-10-2007; Ord. No. 08-81 §1, 12-8-2008; Ord. No. 09-11 §1, 4-11-2009; Ord. No. 10-09 §1, 3-22-2010; Ord. No. 18-06, 1-16-2018]
Validity Of Permit Applications.
Applications for permits required by the City of Republic's building codes or land use regulations shall only be accepted as valid upon the receipt of completed and properly authorized application documents by the Community Development Department. All application documents shall be signed by the property owner or an appropriately authorized designee or representative before they are valid. Valid applications shall be deemed to have been abandoned one hundred eighty (180) days after the date of filing if the application has not been otherwise denied or permitted in accordance with this policy and the regulations of the City.
The validity of applications may be extended by the Community Development Director and/or their designee for a period not-to-exceed an additional one hundred eighty (180) days. Such an extension shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause or evidence of good faith in pursuing the permit shall be demonstrated by the applicant before an extension may be granted. The Community Development Director and/or their designee may exercise discretion in determining whether the extension is justified as well as to what length of time the validity shall further extend.
Issuance Of Permits. Permits shall not be issued except upon the proper signature of the Community Development Director and/or their designee as well as the applicant and/or their authorized representative. The Community Development Director may withhold the issuance of a permit for the following reasons:
Validity Of Permits.
Unless otherwise expressly authorized by the Community Development Director and/or their designee upon the permit document, the validity of a permit issued pursuant to this policy shall be for one hundred eighty (180) days from the date the permit is issued by the Community Development Department and signed by the applicant and/or their authorized representative.
If the work authorized on the site by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of one hundred eighty (180) days after the time the work is commenced, the permit shall be deemed invalid. Work shall be deemed to have been suspended or abandoned if continuous and substantial progress is not made under the terms of the permit during any one hundred eighty (180) day period. Substantial progress is determined by one (1) or more of the required inspections being passed.
The validity of building permits, unless otherwise expressly limited by the building permit, shall automatically extend for periods of ninety (90) days upon the passing of required inspections from the date of that same inspection.
The Community Development Director and/or their designee are authorized to grant, in writing, one (1) or more extensions of time for periods of not more than one hundred eighty (180) days each. The extension shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause must be demonstrated to allow for the granting of an extension. In no event shall there be more than three (3) one hundred eighty (180) day extensions granted for a project unless substantial facts can be shown to justify an extension beyond three (3) extensions. The burden is on the permit holder to present substantial evidence of a hardship not caused by the actions or inactions of the permit holder to justify an extension beyond three (3) one hundred eighty (180) day extensions.
Validity Of Occupancy Certificates. Certificates of Occupancy properly issued by the Community Development Department in accordance with the provisions of the adopted building codes shall remain effective until such time that:
Permitted work commences and is completed and all necessary inspections are passed, after which a new Certificate of Occupancy shall be issued that supersedes any previous occupancy certificates.
A Change in Use or Occupancy occurs that invalidates or is otherwise incongruent with the existing occupancy certificate, including changes in business licensees conducting business or other uses within the building.
Permit Fee Schedule.
Local Multiplier. The local multiplier variable employed within the formulas contained herein shall be recommended annually to the City Council by the Community Development Director. The multiplier shall be determined according to careful evaluation and projection of the ensuing fiscal year in order to determine a multiplier that, based upon projections, will adequately fund the Building Services program of the Community Development Department.
Square Foot Construction Cost. The square foot construction cost variable employed within the formulas contained herein shall be determined according to the Building Valuation Data table published semi-annually by the International Code Council (ICC). Where buildings contain varied square foot construction costs, the permit formula shall account for varied construction costs for certain areas of the building.
Area Modifier. The area modifier variable employed within the formulas contained here shall be intended to modify the permit fee in recognition of the economies of scale inherent in reviewing and inspecting larger commercial buildings. The area modifier shall be applied to the permit fee according to the following table:
New Residential Buildings (Dwellings) And Additions. The fee for a new residential dwelling building permit shall be calculated as follows:
Fee = Gross Floor Area x Sq. Ft. Construction Cost x Local Multiplier.
Residential Remodels. The fee for residential remodels, alterations, or renovations requiring multiple inspections shall be calculated as follows:
Fee = Area of Work x Sq. Ft. Construction Cost x Local Multiplier x 0.75.
The fee for residential remodels, alterations, or renovations that require only a single inspection shall be fifty dollars ($50.00). Examples of this type of work include the installation, replacement or repair of individual mechanical, electrical, or plumbing fixtures or other minor work that would typically only require a minimal inspection to ensure compliance with the applicable regulations.
New Commercial Buildings Or Additions. The fee for new commercial buildings or additions shall be calculated as follows:
Fee = Gross Floor Area x Sq. Ft. Construction Cost x Local Multiplier x Area Modifier.
Commercial Remodels. The fee for commercial remodels, alterations, renovations or infills requiring multiple inspections shall be calculated as follows:
Fee = Area of Work x Sq. Ft. Construction Cost x Local Multiplier x Area Modifier x 0.75.
The fee for commercial remodels, alterations, or renovations that require only a single inspection shall be fifty dollars ($50.00). Examples of this type of work include the installation, replacement or repair of individual mechanical, electrical, or plumbing fixtures or other minor work that would typically only require a minimal inspection to ensure compliance with the applicable regulations.
Accessory Structures — Residential. The fee for a permit for a structure accessory to a residential use shall be calculated as follows:
[Ord. No. 19-31, 12-10-2019]
Miscellaneous Permit Fees. Permit fees for the following types of work are listed in the table below. The fee for permitted work unable to be appropriately categorized by the schedule contained herein shall be charged a fee equal to ten dollars ($10.00) for every one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of estimated construction value.
[Ord. No. 19-31, 12-10-2019]
Renewal Of Permits. Provided that the work subject to the permit remains in compliance with current regulations, an expired permit may be renewed by paying a fee equal to fifty percent (50%) of the original permit fee. Permits that have been expired for longer than eighteen (18) months shall pay the full amount that would be due under the current fee schedule.
Refund Of Permit Fees.
An administrative error resulting in a miscalculated or otherwise erroneously collected fee will be eligible for a refund of any fees collected erroneously.
Building permits for which construction did not commence may be eligible for a partial refund provided that:
The City shall retain a thirty percent (30%) administrative fee. If the original permit fee was less than fifty dollars ($50.00), then no refund shall be provided.
The building permit must be valid and not expired. Building permits that have been granted an extension will not be considered for refund. The request must be received by the Planning and Development Department within the original one hundred eighty (180) day permit validity timeframe. If a refund is not requested within the original one hundred eighty (180) day validity period, eligibility shall be deemed to be waived.
Before any refund is issued by the City, the building site must be inspected and any stored material or alteration to the site by pre-construction activity must be undone and all disturbed soil must be reseeded.
Work Without A Permit. Work requiring permitting that is performed prior to the issuance of any necessary permits shall have the permit fee doubled. The Community Development Director may suspend the penalty fee under the following conditions:
Re-Inspection Penalty. A re-inspection penalty fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) may be collected for the re-inspections caused by the following circumstances:
Work not ready for inspection, including, but not limited to, the work not being installed or constructed when the Building Official arrives on site.
Re-inspecting previously inspected work that has not been corrected.
Jobsite not accessible to the Building Official after second attempt, when the contractor has control of access.
Failure to have a set of approved plans and specifications on site on two (2) or more occasions.
Plan Review Fees. Plan review fees shall be collected according to the following schedule. Plan review fees may not be collected for single-inspection projects that require minimal plan review.
[Ord. No. 05-04 §§1 — 2, 1-25-2005]
An Emergency Notification System Impact Fee shall be charged for all new construction beginning May 1, 2005, for the construction of expanded emergency notification facilities according to the following schedule:
Single-family residential: thirty dollars ($30.00) per acre collected prior to final plat approval. All other development: thirty dollars ($30.00) per acre collected prior to construction permit approval.
No Emergency Notification System Impact Fees shall be assessed on existing structures or to residential property that is to be remodeled. All monies will be deposited in an Emergency Notification System Improvement Fund to be used only for expansion or dire emergency.