VANDALIA —The Vandalia Department of Engineering Services (DES) will implement a new fee structure on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The fees were approved by City Council during their August meeting.
Fees for permits and inspections conducted by DES will rise approximately three percent. This the first fee increase since 2007. The department oversees building permits, land development fees, and other miscellaneous permits.
City Manager Jon Crusey, in a memorandum reccomending the increase, said that the fees will make Vandalia’s fees similar to that of surrounding communities.
“…fees were adjusted to cover inspection costs,” wrote Crusey in a memorandum recommending the increase. “The increase will make our fees more in line with the average of our surrounding jurisdictions.”
Crusey said the city hopes to re-evaluate fees on a more regular basis “to remain comparable within the region.”
City officials said they wanted to remind customers of the new fees to avoid any inconvenience. For a full listing of fees, click here.
“There are folks who routinely download a permit request from our website and simply mail in the completed form along with a check,” said Vandalia Communications Manager Rich Hopkins. “We want to make sure folks understand the new rates because it would be bad if someone mailed in a permit with the wrong check amount and we ended up delaying a project until the correct amount is remitted.”