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; amended 1-6-2020]
A. 
General. The Fire Marshal may enter and inspect any property and building or structure thereon located in the Town of Brookfield for purposes of conducting any inspection required pursuant to the Connecticut State Fire Safety Code and the Connecticut State Fire Prevention Code ("Fire Safety Codes") and the Connecticut General Statutes or regulations, or pursuant to any application review.
B. 
Inspection fees. Fees for all required inspections shall be determined by the Fire Marshal with the approval of the Board of Selectmen. All such fees shall be paid upon receipt of an invoice and prior to the issuance of any permits by the Fire Marshal.
C. 
Plan review fees.
(1) 
Plan review fees shall be determined by the Fire Marshal with the approval of the Board of Selectmen. Plan review fees include site plan reviews, building plan reviews, fire alarm plan reviews, and fire protection systems and equipment plan reviews.
(2) 
All such plan review fees shall be paid in full upon receipt of an invoice and prior to the issuance of any permits by the Fire Marshal or any other department and/or the issuance of any certificates of occupancy. All such fees paid to the Office of the Fire Marshal shall be nonrefundable.
(3) 
No plan review fees will be required for plans submitted or resubmitted by municipal or state governmental agencies, subdivisions, or entities.
(4) 
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.
(5) 
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.
(6) 
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.