Town of Brookfield, CT
Fairfield County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Brookfield 7-7-1980. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 96.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 171.
Sewers — See Ch. 184.
[Amended 5-1-1989]
A. 
Schedule of fees for building permits. The schedule of fees required for basic building permits issued in accordance with the terms of the Building Code shall be as set forth in Schedule A attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference.[1] Said fees shall be based on the valuation of the work, and said valuation shall be established in accordance with the provisions of Schedule B attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference.[2]
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule A is included as an attachment to this chapter.
[2]
Editor's Note: Schedule B is included as an attachment to this chapter.
B. 
Additional building permit fee.
(1) 
In the event that the structure exceeds the threshold limit, as defined in Section 4 of Public Act No. 88-359, an additional building permit fee shall be paid, which fee is equal to the cost incurred by the Town of Brookfield in hiring an independent engineering consultant to review the plans and specifications of the structure prior to its construction to determine its compliance with the requirements of the Connecticut Basic Building Code and to conduct such field inspections as said consultant deems necessary. In addition to the foregoing, if the structure exceeds the threshold limit described above, an additional building permit fee shall be required in an amount equal to the cost of any independent laboratory tests which may be required by the Brookfield Building Official or the independent engineering consultant for the purpose of testing structural components to ensure that such components conform to approved design specifications and drawings.
(2) 
In those instances where, in the opinion of the Brookfield Building Official, a proposed structure may meet or exceed the threshold limit described in Section 4 of Public Act No. 88-359, the property owner, or his agent, at the time of the application for the building permit, shall provide the Building Official with an estimate prepared by the architect or professional engineer who designed the structure setting forth a good-faith estimate of the cost of providing the independent engineering consultant services and the independent laboratory testing services required by the provisions of said Public Act. The additional building permit fee required by Subsection B(1) above shall be based upon said estimate and shall be paid before the building permit is issued. In the event that the actual cost to the Town of Brookfield incurred in providing said services is greater than said estimate, then the difference shall be paid to the Town of Brookfield by the property owner prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the structure. In the event that said actual cost is less than said estimated cost, the difference shall be refunded to the property owner or his agent by the Town of Brookfield within 60 days after the date of the issuance of the certificate of occupancy for the structure.
C. 
Partial refunds of building permit fees.
(1) 
In the event that no construction or other work has been commenced pursuant to a building permit issued in accordance with the provisions of this section and the Basic Building Code of the State of Connecticut, the property owner or his agent may surrender the building permit to the Building Official and request a partial refund of the basic building permit fee. Upon the surrender of the building permit and certification by the Building Official that no work has been performed thereunder, the Town of Brookfield shall issue a partial refund of the basic building permit fee, which partial refund shall be computed as follows:
(a) 
The fee paid for the first $7,000 in value of work shall not be refunded.
(b) 
Sixty-six and two-thirds percent of the fee paid for that portion of the work which exceeds $7,000 in value shall be refunded to the property owner or his agent by the Town of Brookfield. Said refund shall be made within 60 days after the date of request for a refund and the certification by the Building Official that no work has been commenced pursuant to the building permit.
(2) 
Any additional building permit fee paid in accordance with the provisions of Subsection B above shall be refunded at the same time that the basic building permit fee is refunded. The amount of the refund for the additional building permit fee shall be the amount paid less all sums which the Town of Brookfield has paid or is obligated to pay for an independent engineering consultant or independent laboratory testing with reference to the proposed structure.
D. 
Waiver of fees.
(1) 
No building permit fees shall be payable with respect to any building constructed by the Town of Brookfield for school purposes or any other municipal purpose.
(2) 
The Board of Selectmen of the Town of Brookfield is hereby empowered, in its discretion, to waive the building permit fees imposed by this section with respect to buildings and other structures to be constructed by a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization when said buildings or other structures are intended to benefit the public and are within the scope of the public purposes for which the organization was created.
[Amended 2-3-1992; 9-10-2001; 5-3-2004]
A permit application fee of $30 for the first $1,000, plus $10 for each additional $1,000, based on the value of demolition, shall be required.
The fee for a peddling license shall be $5 per year.
The fee which shall accompany an application for approval of sewage facilities shall be $15.
[Added 5-1-2017[1]]
Pursuant to the authority set forth in General Statutes Section 8-1c and other statutory authority, the Inland Wetlands Commission, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Zoning Commission are hereby authorized to establish fee schedules for, and to collect reasonable fees for, the processing and review of land use applications for the various zoning permits, special permits, design review approvals, subdivisions and resubdivisions of land, petitions for variances, appeals, site plans, applications for approvals and/or permits from the Inland Wetlands Commission, and for such other applications, approvals, appeals, or permits as may be within the jurisdiction of the above-referenced board and commissions. Fees shall be as duly determined and set by such board and commissions. Fees may be duly amended from time to time by the board and commissions and may include required state fees and may include additional fees to cover the cost of legal notices and for consultants to assist the board and commissions in the review of an application or other pending matter before the board or commissions.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 127-5, Subdivision applications, added 5-5-1986.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 127-6, Zoning Fees, and § 127-7, Inland Wetlands Fee Schedule, were repealed 6-5-2017. See now § 127-5.
[Added 5-3-2004]
The following Health Department fees are due upon application for the following permits or licenses.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Health Department fee schedule is included as an attachment to this chapter.
[Added 9-12-2016]
A. 
Inspection fees. Fees for all required inspections shall be paid prior to the inspection by the Fire Marshal. Inspection shall be annual for the following uses or activities:
Proposed Occupancy/Use
Fee
1
Liquor permits
$100
2
Place of public assembly
$50
3
Educational
N/A
4
Institutional (group homes)
$100
5
Nursing/convalescent
$100
6
Lodging/rooming/bed-and-breakfast
$50
7
Residential board and care — small
$50
8
Residential board and care — large
$100
9
Day-care facility
$50
10
Group day care
$50
11
Residential building (3-family or more)
$25/unit
12
Business
$50
13
Mercantile
$50
14
Storage building
$50
15
Industrial
$50
16
Hotels/motels/dormitories
$100
17
Dry-cleaning plants
$50
18
Fuel delivery vehicles
$50 per vehicle
$25 per reinspection
19
Flammable/combustible liquid/LPG installations
$50
20
Blasting permit
State set
21
Exhibitions
$25
22
Explosives/fireworks storage/sales
$100
23
Fireworks
$50
24
Underground flammable tank removal
$50/commercial
$25/residential
25
Fuel tank installations (commercial)
$50
26
Tents for assembly/100 people
$25
27
Carnivals
$50
28
Vendor LP system concession equipment
$25
29
Open burning
$10 in place currently
B. 
Plan review fees.
(1) 
General.
(a) 
The plan review fees set forth in this section shall be paid in full prior to the Office of the Fire Marshal taking any action to review or approve submitted or resubmitted plans. All such fees paid to the Office of the Fire Marshal shall be nonrefundable.
(b) 
No plan review fees set forth in this section shall apply to plans submitted or resubmitted by municipal or state governmental agencies, subdivisions, or entities.
(2) 
Site plan reviews. The following fees shall be paid by the applicant upon submitting or resubmitting any site plans for review and approval by the Office of the Fire Marshal to ensure compliance with State Fire Safety Code provisions relating to Fire Department access and water supply fire lanes:
Site Plan
Fee
Building less than 5,000 square feet
$75
Building equal to or greater than 5,000 square feet
$125
Resubmittal of previously rejected plans
1/2 base fee
Resubmittal of modified approved plans
1/3 base fee
(3) 
Building plan reviews. The following fees shall be paid by the applicant upon submitting or resubmitting any building plans for review and approval by the Office of the Fire Marshal to ensure compliance with State Fire Safety Code provisions:
Building Plan
Fee
Building less than 2,000 square feet
$50
Building equal to or greater than 2,000 square feet, but less than 5,000 square feet
$250
Building equal to or greater than 5,000 square feet, but less than 10,000 square feet
$350 plus costs*
Building equal to or greater than 10,000 square feet, but less than 52,000 square feet
$750 plus costs*
For each additional 52,000 square feet or fraction thereof
$200 plus costs*
For each additional building using an identical floor plan on the same site add
$275 plus costs*
Resubmittal of previously rejected plans
1/2 base fee
Resubmittal of modified approved plans
1/3 base fee
Note:
*
Any building plans for buildings 5,000 square feet or greater may be required to have an independent plan review, as determined at the sole discretion of the Office of the Fire Marshal. The independent plan review shall be conducted by a plan reviewer chosen and hired by the applicant from a list of preapproved plan reviewers compiled by the Office of the Fire Marshal. The applicant shall pay all costs associated with the contracted plan reviewer's independent review. The applicant shall submit the plan reviewer's written report, along with documentation that the reviewer's costs have been paid in full, prior to the Office of the Fire Marshal's review and approval of any such plan.
(4) 
Fire alarm plan review. The following fees shall be paid by the applicant upon submitting or resubmitting any fire alarm plans for review and approval by the Office of the Fire Marshal to ensure compliance with State Fire Safety Code provisions (i.e., NFPA 72 review).
Fire Alarm Plan
Fee
Area protected by alarm system (square feet)
Less than 5,000
$150
5,001 to 10,000
$275 plus costs*
10,001 to 52,000
$750 plus costs*
For each additional 52,000 or fraction thereof
$300 plus costs*
For each story above or below the first story add
$400
For each additional building using an identical floor plan on the same site add
$375 plus costs*
Resubmittal of previously rejected plans
1/2 base fee
Resubmittal of modified approved plans
1/3 base fee
Note:
*
Any fire alarm plans for protecting areas of 5,000 square feet or greater may be required to have an independent plan review, as determined at the sole discretion of the Office of the Fire Marshal. The independent plan review shall be conducted by a plan reviewer chosen and hired by the applicant from a list of preapproved plan reviewers compiled by the Office of the Fire Marshal. The applicant shall pay all costs associated with the contracted plan reviewer's independent review. The applicant shall submit the plan reviewer's written report along with documentation that the reviewer's costs have been paid in full, prior to the Office of the Fire Marshal's review and approval of any such plan.
(5) 
Fire protection systems and equipment plan review. The following fees shall be paid by the applicant upon submitting or resubmitting any plans for review and approval by the Office of the Fire Marshal to ensure compliance with State Fire Safety Code provisions relating to the installation or modification of any of the following fire protection systems, equipment, and components (i.e., NFPA 13 review). Fees for each system, type of equipment, and component set forth below shall be cumulative. Any fire protection system and equipment plan not supplied by a public water main may be required to have an independent plan review, as determined at the sole discretion of the Office of the Fire Marshal. The applicant shall pay all costs associated with the contracted plan reviewer's independent review, in addition to the fees specified below. The applicant shall submit the plan reviewer's written report, along with documentation that the reviewer's costs have been paid in full, prior to the Office of the Fire Marshal's review and approval of any such plan.
(a) 
Sprinklers.
Fee
Area protected (square feet)
Up to 12,000
$275
12,001 to 40,000
$350
For each additional 40,000 or fraction thereof add
$350
For each story above or below the first story add
$350
For each additional building using an identical floor plan on the same site add
$100
For each special system, including pre-action, deluge, foam-water or in-rack sprinkler, add
$225
Resubmittal of previously rejected plans
1/2 base fee
Resubmittal of modified approved plans
1/3 base fee
(b) 
Sprinkler modifications.
Fee
1 to 100 heads
$175
101 to 500 heads
$275
For each additional 500 heads or fraction thereof add
$100
For each story above or below the first story add
$100
Resubmittal of previously rejected plans
1/2 base fee
Resubmittal of modified approved plans
(c) 
Standpipes (including wet or dry standpipes).
Fee
Number of standpipe outlets
1 to 4
$150
Each additional 1 to 4 add
$100
Resubmittal of previously rejected plans
1/2 base fee
Resubmittal of modified approved plans
1/3 base fee
(d) 
Fire pumps (including all fire pumps, jockey pumps, limited-service fire pumps, controllers, and generators).
Fee
Each pump
$300
Resubmittal of previously rejected plans
1/2 base fee
Resubmittal of modified approved plans
1/3 base fee
(e) 
Underground fire lines (including the installation or modification of underground fire lines which serve fire protection systems, fire hydrants, or any combination thereof).
Fee
Each connection to a water main including up to 500 linear feet of pipe
$275
Each additional 500 linear feet or fraction thereof add
$100
Each fire protection system lead-in add
$75
Each stub-out permitted separately from building's underground
$75/fire line
Resubmittal of previously rejected plans
1/2 base fee
Resubmittal of modified approved plans
1/3 base fee
(f) 
Fire hydrants.
Fee
Each hydrant
$100
Resubmittal of previously rejected plans
1/2 base fee
Resubmittal of modified approved plans
1/3 base fee
(g) 
Halon, dry chemical, carbon dioxide extinguishing systems, FM 200, and other special extinguishing systems.
Fee
Area protected (square feet)
Up to 5,000
$250
5,001 to 10,000 square feet
$350
10,001 to 52,000
$450
For each additional 52,000 or fraction thereof
$350
Resubmittal of previously rejected plans
1/2 base fee
Resubmittal of modified approved plans
1/3 base fee
(h) 
Automatic hood systems (i.e., exhaust systems with built-in fire suppression capability).
Fee
Each system
$100
Resubmittal of previously rejected plans
1/2 base fee
Resubmittal of modified approved plans
1/3 base fee
Note: If an automatic hood system is connected to a building fire alarm or monitoring system, an additional fire alarm system fee applies.
(i) 
Flammable and combustible liquids, liquefied petroleum gases, liquefied natural gases and hazardous chemicals.
Fee
Install, construct, alter or operate equipment, tanks, plants, terminals, fuel-dispensing station, refineries, distilleries, or similar facilities
$50
Underground tank installation (including any required piping valves and dispensing equipment)
$175
Aboveground tank installation (including any required piping valves and dispensing equipment)
$225
Resubmittal of previously rejected plans
1/2 base fee
Resubmittal of modified approval plans
1/3 base fee
(6) 
All other inspections shall be per request of the property owner.
C. 
Fee schedule modification. The Board of Selectman is hereby authorized to modify the fees set forth in this section pursuant to a Fee Schedule, after securing a recommendation from the Fire Marshal, without the need to formally amend this section.