On January 1, 2022, the Street Use hourly review and inspection rate and permit fees will change. The goal of our hourly rate and permit fee updates is to ensure full cost recovery to maintain service levels and align updates with policy goals to support businesses, homeowners, affordable housing, and improved livable communities.
Below is a summary of the changes that will be implemented for any new hourly rate or permit fee calculated on and after January 1, 2022.
Hourly Review and Inspection Rate
Hourly time is charged to capture review and inspection time and the administrative time associated with that work that is not included in the permit fees. These charges are always billed.
|Current Hourly Rate||New Hourly Rate||Difference|
Permit fees are issuance, modification, and renewal fees that capture administrative time to process the permit. For some permit types (e.g., Private Encroachment, Construction, and Minor Utility permits), the permit fees also capture the review time to process the permit. These charges are only billed for public agencies and regulated utilities.
|Permit Type(s)||Current Fee||New Fee||Difference|
|ROW Construction, Heavy Crane, & Minor Utility||$324.00||$640.00||$316.00|
|Public Activation & Vending||$181.00||$275.00||$94.00|
|Renewal for Private Encroachments||$176.00||$275.00||$99.00|
|Long-term Encroachments (e.g., Skybridges, tunnels)||$232.00||$362.00||$130.00|
|Street Improvement Lite (New)||$4,865.00||$2,900.00||$(1,965.00)|
|Date Change, Extension, or Revision Amendment||$165.00||$255.00||$90.00|
|Block Party, Signs, Safe-streets, Gardening, Public Amenities||$0||$0||n/a|
New Way to Calculate Use Fees on Street Use Permits
As of November 18, 2021 there is a new field on the use code table in Accela on Street Use permits to capture total days in the right-of-way that is the new way to calculate use fees. This new functionality is only available on permit types that incur use fees.
The new Total Days in ROW field will allow a project to provide the number of days work will occur in the right-of-way for a specified duration.
Adding flexibility into a system also comes with some complication so please review these changes to ensure you are setting your project up appropriately during the application process.
Looking for More Information?
More information on these changes can be found on our How to Estimate and Pay Fees website. This information was also presented in our November webinar. The recording and presentation from the November webinar can be found on our Street Use Permitting Timelines and Updates website.