There was consensus from the Las Cruces City Council during Monday’s, August 10, 2020 work session to continue its consideration to establish new commercial and building trades permit fees charged by the City’s Community Development Department.
Commercial building permit fees have not been increased in 14 years and the City’s costs of processing and issuing building permits has significantly increased. At Monday’s work session, the council and Las Cruces residents were able to learn more about building permit fees during a presentation from Community Development Department Director Larry Nichols. The council requested Monday’s work session so that staff could address questions from the original review of this resolution and additional public comments could be provided about the proposed permit fee increase.
In July, City Council initially considered Resolution 20-019 that sought increases in permit fees related to a variety of services provided by the Community Development Department for permitting and inspections. The resolution called for simplifying and streamlining the fees list into one document and updating the fees to current market conditions.
However, the council tabled the resolution so community members could have a better understanding of the need to increase permit fees. The resolution will be presented to City Council at its August 17 meeting for further consideration and possible adoption.
A presentation on the proposed fee increases can be viewed on the City’s website at www.las-cruces.org/BuildingPermitFees.
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