ORDINANCE NUMBER 2003-43
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE VILLAGE OF VERNON HILLS, CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 5 ARTICLE XI – FEES, BOND AND INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS ELIMINATION CERTAIN PERMIT FEES.
WHEREAS, for the purpose of promoting the public health, safety, comfort, convenience, and general welfare of the people of Vernon Hills, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Vernon Hills is authorized to prescribe regulations and standards for the design, construction, quality of materials, erection, installation, alteration, repair, location, relocation, replacement, and addition to buildings and structures within the Village; and
WHEREAS, in the legislative judgment of the Board of Trustees, enforcing building regulations and standards preserves the quality and value of property and in doing so it is necessary to assess reasonable fees to off-set the cost associated monitoring development, construction, and property maintenance within the corporate limits of the Village.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE PRESIDENT AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE VILLAGE OF VERNON HILLS, ILLINOIS AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION I. That Chapter 5, Article XI, Section 5-171(a) of the Village of Vernon Hills Code of Ordinances is hereby amended and is approved to read as follows:
a) Permit fee. The building permit fee shall be $10.00 per $1,000.00 of the total construction cost minus the cost of work for which the permit fees are computed separately. The permit fee for any work requiring a permit shall not be less than $50.00. The total construction cost of new construction shall be based on the most recent International Code Council (ICC) valuation table on file with the code officials or the estimate supplied by a permit applicant, whichever is greater. For more complex projects, cost of which can not be approximated by using ICC valuation table, the code official may require a permit applicant to prove that the cost of construction shown on a building permit application is, in fact, the actual cost as derived from signed contracts. The total construction cost for alterations, remodeling, repairs or demolition of an existing structure or system shall be the actual cost subject to review and adjustment by the code official, if the costs shown on the permit application do not reflect the actual costs.
1. Building permit fee for residential projects with an estimated value of $1500.00 or less shall be $25.00.
2. Residential water heaters are free of charge provided a permit is obtained and the refundable permit completion bond is paid.
3. Except for consultant fees incurred by the Village for specialty plan review and field inspection services, the Village of Vernon Hills Park District, Fire Districts, School Districts, Library Districts, Townships, and Lake County are exempt from permit fees for improvements to existing and future facilities owned and operated by said governmental districts and located within the corporate limits of the Village provided the Village is included as an additional beneficiary with rights to call on the Performance and Payment Bond or other form of security to insure compliance with approved plans and specifications.
SECTION III. Severability. In the event that any section, clause, provision, or part of this ordinance shall be found and determined to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, all valid parts that are severable full force and effect. If any part of this ordinance is found to be invalid in any one or more of its several applications, all valid applications that are severable from the invalid applications shall remain in effect.
SECTION IV. Repeal and Savings Clause. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall affect any rights, actions or causes of action which shall have accrued to the Village of Vernon Hills prior to the effective date of this ordinance.
SECTION V. Effective Date. This ordinance shall be in full force and in effect from and after its passage, approval, and publication in pamphlet form as provided by law.
SECTION VI. This ordinance shall be known as Ordinance 2003-43.
Adopted by roll call vote as follows:
Absent and not voting:
Published in pamphlet form: