County Permit Costs Dropping Eight Percent
This summer is bringing some additional good news for builders: permit fees in Lane County are dropping eight percent starting July 1.
“The 10 percent technology assessment on land use and building permits was originally approved in 2008 to fund two major technology projects,” said Matt Laird, Lane County Land Management division manager. “Both of the technology projects were completed on time and on budget.”
The first project was to scan all of the old permit records into a digital file format. The second project was to replace outdated permit tracking software. The new permit software funded by this project will allow inspectors to provide results of an inspection in real time on the job site starting this summer. The digital database makes it easier for County inspectors, planners, builders, and homeowners to locate historical permit records electronically. The project will continue with the development of a search tool for homeowners to research records online. With the current phase of the project complete, the technology assessment is scheduled to be reduced to two percent of the total permit cost.
“This is a great benefit for homeowners, residents, and the construction industry,” said Laird. “The technology assessment was always meant to be temporary. Now that we have the new software and the files we need, in an easily accessible format, the assessment to pay for the project will be reduced.”