BY LAUREN HENRY
The Town of Greeneville will now charge fees for services performed by the Building Department, as approved at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Tuesday afternoon.
"The Building Department reviews plans for both buildings and sites. At this time, we do not charge for this service, and it is very time-consuming.
"Most municipalities around the Town of Greeneville charge for these services; therefore, a fee for those services in the Town would be in line with practices of other municpalities," according to the proposal submitted by Building Official Jeff Woods.
Woods included fee schedules for area municipalities for comparison, including Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol.
The proposed changes are the following:
* $25 for change-of-use certificate of occupancy: the Building Department and Fire marshal do inspections on buildings that change in use
* $25 for Permanent certificate-of-occupancy: Reports on code violations at the request of new tenants.
* $75 for Temporary certificate-of-occupancy: "At this time we do not offer a temporary certificate-of-occupancy. This would give the Town the option to let a buisness open before it is totally completed. Doing a temporary CO requires more instpections," reads the proposal.
* $100 for both residential and commercial rezoning/variance applications. Previously, residential was only $50, while commercial was $100.
* $25 for zoning letters. Previously the town did not charge for letters stating the zoning status of a piece of property.
* fee will be based on time estimates needed to perform the reviews for site plan review.
* fee will be based on actual materials and time associated with the production of various types of maps.