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Township of Unity, PA
Westmoreland County
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[Adopted 2-9-1995 by Res. No. R-12-95]
A. 
Minimum fee. There shall be, except as otherwise provided herein, a minimum fee of $25 for the issuance of a building permit.
B. 
In addition to the minimum fee as stated in Subsection A, there shall be due an additional amount as follows:
[Amended 10-12-2000 by Ord. No. O-6-00]
(1) 
$0.12 for each square foot of a new single-family residential structure, for the first 1,500 square feet.
(2) 
An additional fee of $0.09 for each square foot over 1,500 up to 3,000 square feet.
(3) 
In addition thereto, a fee of $0.07 for each square foot over 3,000 square feet.
(4) 
The above square footage rates include the square footage of basements, living areas and garages, enclosed porches and all other areas of buildings which are enclosed and is cumulative.
C. 
Exception for agricultural purposes.
(1) 
An exception to the above-referred-to fees shall be for accessory structures used for farming or agricultural purposes when, in such case, the fee for issuance of a building permit for farming or agricultural purposes shall be a total fee of $25, provided that the applicant (owner of the land upon which the farm or agricultural building is to be built) meets the following criteria:
(a) 
Presentation to the Ordinance Officer of a Schedule F from Form 1040 of the prior year's tax return filed with the Internal Revenue Service or other similar proof.
(b) 
Presentation of proof that the farming or agricultural use is a family farm dedicated to the raising of crops, raising of farm animals and/or domesticated fowl. "Farm animals" do not include animals used for riding or training.
(2) 
If the applicant cannot provide sufficient proof as indicated, then the fee shall be as required.
D. 
Commercial, industrial and multifamily residential structures and additions thereto. The permit fee for commercial and/or industrial structures and/or multifamily residential structures and additions thereto shall be calculated on the gross square footage of the entire building times the fees as per below. These rates are cumulative in nature, i.e., each category shall be paid to its maximum up to the total gross square footage of all stories of the entire building, including basement and garage areas, if any, and shall be in addition to the minimum fee.
[Amended 10-12-2000 by Ord. No. O-6-00]
(1) 
A fee of $0.27 per square foot for all square footage between one square foot and 1,000 square feet.
(2) 
A fee of $0.22 per square foot for all square footage between 1,001 square feet and 2,000 square feet.
(3) 
A fee of $0.17 per square foot for all square footage between 2,001 square feet and 3,000 square feet.
(4) 
A fee of $0.12 per square foot for all square footage between 3,001 square feet and 5,000 square feet.
(5) 
A fee of $0.07 per square foot for all square footage between 5,001 square feet and 10,000 square feet.
(6) 
A fee of $0.06 per square foot for all square footage between 10,001 square feet and 20,000 square feet.
(7) 
A fee of $0.05 per square foot for all square footage between 20,001 square feet and 50,000 square feet.
(8) 
A fee of $0.04 per square foot for all square footage between 50,001 square feet and 100,000 square feet.
(9) 
A fee of $0.03 per square foot for all square footage over 100,000 square feet.
E. 
Residential, commercial and industrial remodeling of existing portions of structures. In addition to the minimum fee, when construction is going to be done to remodel existing square footage, there shall be charged and collected in addition to the minimum fee:
(1) 
No fee for remodeling costing less than $2,000, not even the minimum.
(2) 
$10 for work costing $2,000 or more but less than $6,000.
(3) 
$15 for work costing $6,000 or more but less than $15,000.
(4) 
For work costing $15,000 or more, $15 plus $3 for each additional $1,000 of cost or part thereof.
F. 
There shall be a flat rate, not including the minimum fee, for the following types of structures:
(1) 
Demolition of structure: $10 per structure.
G. 
Charitable uses. Excepted from all building permit fees enumerated herein are the building and/or remodeling of buildings uses for charitable purposes, such as churches, school, firehouses, etc.
H. 
Building permit fees for structures other than residence or commercial buildings:
[Added 10-8-1998 by Res. No. R-18a-98]
Cost of Work
Fee
$1,000 to $5,000
$50
$5,000 to $25,000
$5 per $1,000
$25,001 to $50,000
$4 per $1,000
$50,001 to $100,000
$3 per $1,000
$100,001 to $200,000
$2 per $1,000
Over $200,000
$1 per $1,000