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Skagit County Permit Fee Schedules

Current fees
Impact Fee Schedule
Impact fees are a type of one-time charge permit applicants pay to help finance their proportionate share of the cost of the roads, parks, schools, and other facilities necessary to serve new development. Impact fees are usually due at the time a building permit is issued. While Skagit County does not levy its own impact fees, it collects them for certain other jurisdictions when permits are issued within their boundaries. For more information, see www.skagitcounty.net/cfp. Planning & Development Services Fee Schedule
Skagit County collects fees to cover the cost of processing applications for development permits and other permits issued by the Planning & Development Services department.
General Provisions


Miscellaneous Fees
Hourly rate $129.60/hour
Use of outside consultants consultant fee + County hourly rate
Copies $0.16 per side per letter-size copy
Postage at cost; 50 mailed notices included in each Planning fee
Recordings (with Auditor) at cost

Publications

In addition to any other fees, publication fees ($140 per occurrence, or actual cost, whichever is higher) will be charged each time a public notice in the newspaper is required. The Publications column indicates how many publication fees will be initially assessed for each application type.

Appeals

Item Base Fee Publication Fees
Appeal of Code Enforcement Order to Hearing Examiner $265 2
Appeal to Hearing Examiner (all other matters) $1080 2
Reconsideration of Hearing Examiner Decision $194.40 1
Appeal to Board of County Commissioners $540 1

Additional Fees for Code Enforcement

In addition to any other fees, the Department may assess civil or criminal penalties as daily fines as described in SCC Chapter 14.44 and RCW 90.58.210.


Building violations
100% of the resulting building permit fee
Planning violations 100% of the resulting planning fee
Critical areas violations 200% of the resulting critical areas fee
Shoreline violations 100% of the resulting planning fee

Refunds

The Department may refund up to:
  • 80% of the plan review fee paid when an application for a permit is withdrawn or canceled before the department reviews the plans.
  • 80% of the permit fee paid if construction on the permitted work has not started.
  • Any fee which was erroneously paid or collected.
  • 80% of a Comprehensive Plan Amendment application fee if the applicant withdraws the application before docketing, or the Board of County Commissioners does not docket the application.

Building Permits

Each building permit includes a Plan Review Fee (charged at time of application) and a Permit Fee (charged when the permit is issued). Both fees are based on project valuation.


New Construction Valuation

All new structures not specified below Based on the most recent edition of the table “Square Foot Construction Costs” from the International Code Council’s published Building Valuation Data
Fences $32.40/linear ft
Bulkheads and retaining walls $108/linear ft
Foundations $108/linear ft
Decks $13.88/sq ft
Unfinished Wood post frame buildings < 2,000 sq ft $23.76/sq ft
Unfinished Wood post frame buildings > 2,000 sq ft $14.04/sq ft
Finished accessory buildings $78.64/sq ft
Prefabricated metal carport/storage < 1,000 sq ft $8.48/sq ft
Water storage tanks Documented bid price or the following, whichever is higher:
$0.81/gallon up to 100,000 gallons;
$0.54/gallon between 100,000 and 1,000,000 gallons;
$.032/gallon over 1,000,000 gallons


Remodel Valuation

Valuation of structures being remodeled is based on the value calculated per the table above, multiplied by the percentage that corresponds to the extent of alteration in the table below. The extent of alteration includes one or more of the listed items.

The floor area will be calculated based on the entire area of the rooms where the alterations are proposed. If a project has areas for which it is reasonable to distinguish as being of different categories, it is appropriate to calculate the areas separately to develop the valuation.


Extent of
Alteration
% of Building
Valuation
  Definition
Minor 25%
  • Addition, removal or repair of some walls or partitions
  • Minor mechanical, electrical or plumbing work, such as residential remodeling of bathrooms or kitchens
  • Some refinishing of existing walls, ceilings and floors
  • Replacement of some windows
  • Replacement of ceiling grid system
  • Major 50%
  • Addition or removal of many walls
  • Extensive mechanical, electrical or plumbing work
  • Significant refinishing of walls, ceilings and floors
  • Replacement of many windows
  • Limited structural modification and addition
  • Full 75%
  • Demolition of all non-structural portions leaving a structural shell
  • Installation of new or substantial replacement of mechanical, electrical or plumbing
  • Significant structural upgrading
  • Extensive structural repair.



  • Permit Fees Based on Valuation

    Building permit fees for new or modified building area are calculated using the following table.

    Total Valuation Fee
    $1 to $500 $25.92
    $501 to $2,000 $25.92 for the first $500, plus $3 for each additional $100, or fraction thereof, to and including $2,000.
    $2,001 to $40,000 $74.52 for the first $2000; plus $11 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $40,000.
    $40,001 to $100,000 $525.96 for the first $40,000; plus $9 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000.
    $100,001 to $500,000 $1,109.16 for the first $100,000 plus $7 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.
    $500,001 to $1,000,000 $4,133.16 for the first $500,000 plus $5 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $1,000,000.
    $1,000,001 to $5,000,000 $6,833.16 for the first $1,000,000 or fraction thereof plus $3 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof.
    $5,000,001 and over $19,793.16 for the first $5,000,000 or fraction thereof plus $1 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof.

    Manufactured Home Permit Fees

    Manufactured homes $567
    Modular homes $567 plus foundation or basement permit
    Title elimination $129.60

    Grading Permits

    Permit fees are as determined by this table, plus the plan review fee.

    From (in cubic yards) To (in cubic yards) Base Fee Additional Fee Cubic yard increment for additional fee
    1 50 $25.68 0 0
    51 100 $39.59 0 0
    101 1000 $39.59 17.50 100
    1001 10,000 $208.65 14.50 1000
    10,001 100,000 $347.75 66 10,000
    100,001 999,999,999 $983.33 36.50 10,000

    Other Fees

    Plan review 65% of building or grading permit fee
    Plan review of stock plans (for use on multiple lots) 100% of the plan review fee for the first plan set;
    50% of the plan review fee for subsequent plan sets
    Stormwater review (of building/grading permit applications) $0.08 per sq ft of new or replaced hard surface
    Stormwater review of subdivisions $159 per lot
    Flood Area Development Permit $108
    Flood Area Development Permit -Exempt $54
    Inspections outside of normal business hours $129.60/hour (2 hour minimum)
    Reinspection fees $129.60/hour (1/2 hour minimum)
    Plan review or inspection required by changes, additions, or revisions to plans $129.60/hour (1/2 hour minimum)
    Final inspection of expired non-commercial projects less than three years old $81
    Demolition Permit $27
    Mechanical Permits $54 base fee + $10 per fixture
    Plumbing Permit $54 base fee + $10 per fixture
    State Building Code Council Surcharge $4.50 + $2 for each additional residential unit
    Building Permit Extension (up to 6 month extension of unexpired permit, allowed one time) Free
    Building Permit Renewal (up to 3 year renewal of unexpired permit or within 6 months of expiration, allowed one time) 30% of the cost of the previously assessed building permit fee

    Fire Marshal


    Building permit plan review

    Basic site and access review $ 100.70
    Certificate of occupancy inspection $ 100.70

    Fire protection sprinkler systems

    Type Number of heads Fee
    Commercial NFPA 13 and 13 R systems
    The stated fees will be assessed on the first three inspections per system.  Additional inspections will be assessed $110 per inspection per system.
    <25 $139.10
    25-100  $208.65
    101-1000 $347.75
    Residential 13d system
    The stated fees will be assessed on the first three inspections per system.  Additional inspections will be assessed $110 per inspection per system.
    <25 $139.10
    25-100 $208.65
    101-400 $278.20
    Underground supply main/sprinkler or private hydrants (permitted separately)   $139.10
    Building emergency radio coverage system   $139.10
    Kitchen Hoods/Spray Booths
    The stated fees will be assessed on the first inspection.  Additional inspections will be assessed $110 per inspection.
      $100.70
    Smoke control systems   $347.75 + third party costs
    Alternative/Clean agent suppression systems
    The stated fees will be assessed on the first inspection.  Additional inspections will be assessed $110 per inspection.
      $208.65
    Review of revised plans   $129.60/hour (1/2 hour minimum)

    Fire alarm and detection

    Additional inspections are billed at $65 per hour with a minimum of 1.5 hours. Inspections outside of normal business hours are billed at $130 per hour with a 2-hour minimum.


    Number of devices
    Fee
    < 25 $ 169.60
    25-100 $ 238.50
    101-1000 $ 318
    Transmitter replacement only $69.55
    Panel replacement only $69.55


    Special permits (fees apply to the first inspection only)

    Burn permit—residential $37.45
    Burn permit—large (commercial or land clearing) $139.10
    Fireworks stand $100
    Fireworks display event $174.90
    Fuel Tank Installation—Residential $65
    Fuel Tank Installation—Commercial $130
    Fuel Tank Removal/Decommissioning Permit Residential $65
    Fuel Tank Removal/Decommissioning Permit Commercial $130
    Gates--Residential $65
    Gates—Commercial $130
    Special Events $130
    Fire Code permits not otherwise classified $130
    Additional Inspections   $110



    Planning & Land Division

    Planning and land division fees are based on the Department’s hourly rate. When staff time multiplied by the hourly rate exceeds the base fee, the Department may invoice additional review fees at the hourly rate.

    The planning fees listed below do not include SEPA review fees, when applicable.

    Each application will also require upfront payment for the number of publications listed in the table. The Department will invoice additional publications if needed.

     



    Planning Fees

    Item Base Fee Publication Fees
    Administrative Decision $907.20 2
    Administrative Interpretation $907.20 2
    Boundary Line Adjustment $324 0
    Comprehensive Plan Amendment—Site-Specific Policy or Map Amendment or Rezone $5,443.20 0
    Comprehensive Plan Amendment—General Policy Amendment  $0 0
    Critical Areas Review $324 0
    Critical Areas Review for Land Divisions $777.60 0
    Development Agreement $5,443.20 0
    Forest Practice Conversion $1,296 2
    Forest Practices Conversion Option Harvest Plan $1,296 0
    Forest Practice Moratorium Waiver—Administrative (Residential Use) $1,944 1
    Forest Practice Moratorium Waiver—Hearing Examiner $1,944 2
    Joint Aquatic Resource Permit Application (JARPA) Review $0 0
    Land Use Review of Public Water System $270 + direct consultant costs if required  
    Lot Certification—Administrative $64.80 0
    Lot Certification—Reasonable Use Exception $324 2
    Lot Certification – Recording Fee Only Auditor’s fee (at cost)  
    Lot Certification—Standard $324 0
    Modification of Land Use Approval $129.60/hour 0
    Pre-Application Meeting $518.40* 0
    Pre-Development Meeting $0 0
    Shoreline Substantial Development Permit $4,406.40 4
    Shoreline Variance/Conditional Use Permit/Map Amendment $4,406.40 4
    Shoreline Letter of Exemption with Site Visit $518.40 0
    Shoreline Letter of Exemption without Site Visit $259 0
    Special Use Permit—Administrative $2,721.60 2
    Special Use Permit—Temporary Manufactured Home $648 2
    Special Use Permit–Hearing Examiner $3,240 3
    Variance—Administrative $1,944 2
    Variance—Hearing Examiner $4,406.40 3
    Variance—Board of County Commissioners $4,406.40 2
    Wireless Services Eligible Facilities Determination $127.20 0
    * No hourly rate charged. Full credit will be applied to any complete project application submitted within six months of the meeting.


    Land Divisions

    Item Base Fee Publication Fees
    Binding Site Plan (1-4 lots) $8,164.80 0
    Binding Site Plan  (5-8 lots) $8,164.80 2
    Binding Site Plan (9-50 lots) $8,164.80 3
    Binding Site Plan (more than 50 lots) $8,164.80 3
    Urban Reserve Development Permit (1-4 lots) $5,443.20 0
    Urban Reserve Development Permit (5-8 lots) $9,201.60 2
    Urban Reserve Development Permit (9 or more lots) $9,201.60 3
    Final Plat Alteration $636 0
    Final Plat Approval $254.40 per lot 2
    Final Plat Approval for Binding Site Plans $254.40 per acre  
    Short CaRD (4 or fewer lots) $3,180  
    Short Subdivision (4 or fewer lots) $3,888 0
    Long CaRD (5 or more lots) $7,128 3
    Long Subdivision – Administrative (5-8 lots) $5,443.20 3
    Long Subdivision (9 or more lots) $7,646.40 4

    SEPA Review

    Item Base Fee Publication Fees
    SEPA (consolidated with another land use permit) $648 1
    SEPA (standalone or with development permit) $648 2
    SEPA Addendum $259.20  
    Environmental Impact Statement Direct costs + staff coordination at hourly rate

    Water Source Review

    Water source review fees are based on the department’s hourly rate. When staff time multiplied by the hourly rate exceeds the base fee, the Department may invoice additional review fees at the hourly rate.


    Group A Water Systems

    Sanitary survey $802.50
    Community water system evaluation (building permit) $160.50
    Non-community water system evaluation (building permit) $374.50
    Evaluation (land division or land-use project) $4258
    Review of water system plan per CWSP (first 5 hours) $321
    Well site inspection (public system) $428

    Group B Water Systems

    Building permit $374.50
    Land division $428
    Group B loan letter — file review only no field visit $160.50
    Group B sanitary survey or loan letter with field visit $374.50
    One year extension of water approval for building permits (no changes) $107
    Group B annual operating permit $107
    Residential two-connection approval $481.50
    Well site inspection (public system) $428

    Individual Well Site

    Paperwork review only $160.50
    Review with field visit $321
    Evaluation for individual well with building permit or Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) $294.25
    Water supply review for development with 1 site visit, when individual wells first well $535;
    each additional well $133.75

    Other Fees

    Individual water supply evaluation (alternative system) $481.50
    Individual water supply evaluation (rainwater catchment) $481.50
    Individual water supply evaluation relying on mitigation program (Main Stem, Big Lake, and others) $481.50


     

    Administrative Fees for Non-Trust Lands within the Swinomish Reservation

    When a fee-simple parcel is located within the reservation, the applicant has a choice to have either Skagit County or the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community perform the lead role with application review and inspections. The agency not selected for the lead role will perform an administrative review. The administrative review fees can be deducted from the fees for the lead reviewer when a receipt is submitted to the lead agency.

    Residential Building Permit

    50-500 sq. ft. $100
    501-1,000 sq. ft. $200
    1,001-2,499 sq. ft. $400
    2,500-4,999 sq. ft. $800
    5,000 sq. ft. and over $2,500

    Commercial/Industrial Building Permit

    50-500 sq. ft. $300
    501-1,000 sq. ft. $500
    1,001-2,499 sq. ft. $700
    2,500-4,999 sq. ft. $2,500
    5,000 sq. ft. and over $2,500 plus $100 for every 1,000 sq. ft. or fraction thereof over 5,000 sq ft

    Other Actions

    Major Development (long plats, binding site plans, etc.) over $150,000 in value $350 plus $10/lot
    Non-residential development under $150,000 $75
    Short plat $200 plus $10/lot
    Grading Permit One-fourth of normal permit fee
    On-site sewage (septic) permit $50
     

    SKAGIT COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT


    ON-SITE SEWAGE SYSTEM FEES
    New design review $500
    Repair design review $300
    Redesign or renewal $250
    Site evaluation $285
    Multiple evaluations at same site minimum charge for first 2 sites $285
    per site charge over 2 $100
    New Tank permit $240
    State Waiver Processing Fee $190
    Appeal of Health Officer determination $750
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    Skagit County Public Works Department
    Permit Fee Schedule
    No Rate Increase for 2010


    Effective Jan 1, 2009
    Access Permits  
    Residential Driveway
    $ 107.48
    Commercial Driveway
    $ 397.69
    Address
    $ 59.12
    Storm Drain Installation
    50 ft or less
    $ 107.48
    50 ft to 330 feet
    $ 182.72
    Over 330 feet
    $ 349.32
    Utility Installations
    Class A Work
    $ 102.11
    < 25' trench outside pave
    < 4sf pavement cut
    < 6 utility pole
    Class B Work
    $ 300.96
    25'-100' trench
    4-15sf pavement cut
    push, underground vaults,
    splice pits
    Class C Work
    $ 795.38
    >100' trench
    >15sf pavement cut
    attaching to bridge structure
    open cut road crossing
    Cutting pavement
    less than 36 months
    old; price per lineal foot
    $ 21.50
    Unopened County Right of Way
    Right of Way Permit
    $ 689.65
    Trail Permit
    $ 698.65
    Temporary Use Permit
    $ 429.94
    Road Name
    New Road Name
    $ 107.48
    Road Name Change
    $ 300.96
    Petition To Establish County Road
    $ 698.65
    Right of Way Vacation Petition
    $ 349.32
    Franchise Agreement
    $ 892.12
    Planning
    $ 139.73
    Special Use
    Administrative Special Use
    Variance
    Shoreline
    Drainage Plan Review
    Land Subdivisions
    $ 139.73
    Short Plats
    Per Lot
    Subdivisions
    Planned Unit Developments
    Mobile Home Parks
    Binding Site Plans
    Permit Review
    $ 0.06
    Grading
    Per Sq. Ft.
    Substantial Development Permits
    Impervious
    Conditional Use Permits
    Area
    Special Use Permits
    Building Permits
    Other Activities
    Inspections Outside Normal
    $ 139.37
    Business Hours.
    Per Hour
    2 Hr. Min.
    Reinspection.
    $ 102.11
    Additional Plan Review or Inspection
    $ 102.11
    Required By Changes, Additions or
    Per Hour
    Revisions to Plans.
    1/2 Hr. Min.
    For Use of Outside Consultants For
    Plan Review & Inspections or Both.
    $ 102.11
    Per Hour
    Plus Consultant Fee


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