DPD has recently implemented a monthly billing system for Master Use Permit applications and is working on billing systems for other applications. In order to align our current practices with the more rigorous demands of automated billing, to ensure compliance with the fee ordinance, and to meet legal requirements for collecting delinquent payments, DPD has revised the Statement of Financial Responsibility form that is to be submitted with every application.
The changes to the form clarify who is an “applicant” for financial responsibility (defined in Director’s Rule 5-2003) as a party having a direct financial interest in the project and indicate when it is appropriate for such an applicant to sign the statement. The rule’s definition of applicant does NOT include architects, consultants, design professionals or others who are acting on behalf of the owner.
The revised form also makes clear that the property owner’s signature is always required. Also, the document submitted must be the original. For the sake of convenience, the statement includes the option for the owner or applicant to designate an agent as contact for the project. (The designation of agent was previously a separate form known as the Letter of Authorization.)
The new form will be available on our website in early April. Please discard or delete any previous versions of this form or the Letter of Authorization once the new version is posted. Older versions will continue to be accepted at intake until May 1, 2011 as long as they contain appropriate signatures. After June 1st , the older forms will no longer be accepted.