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Legislation #: 961418 Introduction Date: 11/7/1996
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: 11/24/1996
Sponsor: None
Title: Amending Chapter 18, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 18-18, Fees, 18-356, Fees, 18-357, Renewal, 18-363, Examination of supervisors, 18-396, License fees, 18-397, Renewal of license, 18-405, Fee for certificate of qualification, 18-406, Renewal of certificate of qualification, and 18-407, Reissuance of certificate of qualification, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter.

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11/7/1996

Prepare to Introduce

11/7/1996

Referred City Operations Committee

11/13/1996

Advance and Do Pass

11/14/1996

Passed


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ORDINANCE NO. 961418

 

Amending Chapter 18, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 18-18, Fees, 18-356, Fees, 18-357, Renewal, 18-363, Examination of supervisors, 18-396, License fees, 18-397, Renewal of license, 18-405, Fee for certificate of qualification, 18-406, Renewal of certificate of qualification, and 18-407, Reissuance of certificate of qualification, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter.

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section A. That Chapter 18, Code of Ordinances is hereby amended by repealing Sections 18-18, Fees, 18-356, Fees, 18-357, Renewal, 18-363, Examination of supervisors, 18-396, License fees, 18-397, Renewal of license, 18-405, Fee for certificate of qualification, 18-406, Renewal of certificate of qualification, and 18-407, Reissuance of certificate of qualification, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter, to read as follows:

 

Sec. 18-18. Fees.

 

(a) Generally. Fees relating to work regulated by this chapter shall be assessed in accordance with the provisions of this section.

 

(b) Permit fees.

 

(1) Valuation of construction. The determination of the value or valuation under any of the provisions of these codes shall be made by the director of codes administration.

The value to be used in computing the permit and plan review fees shall be the total

value of all construction work for which the permit is issued. Separate values or

valuations shall be computed and separate permits shall be obtained and separate plan

review fees shall be paid for each building or structure included in an application for

permits. All fees shall be rounded off to the next whole dollar amount. Fees may be

waived at the discretion of the director of codes administration during times of

declared emergency.

 

(2) One- and two-family detached dwelling building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, elevator and fire protection permit fees. One- and two-family detached dwelling

building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, elevator and fire protection permit fees are

as follows:

 

Total Valuation Fee

 

$0.00--$1,000.00 . . . . . . . . . . $ 35.00

 

$1,001.00--$2,000.00 . . . . . . 40.00

 

$2,001.00--$100,000.00:

 

For the first $2,000.00 . . . . 40.00

 

Plus, for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction

thereof, to and including $100,000.00 . . . . 3.00

 

$100,001.00 and over:

 

For the first $100,000.00 . . . . 334.00

 

Plus, for each additional $1,000.00 or

fraction thereof . . . . 1.00

 

(3) Building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, elevator and fire protection permit fees for other than one- and two-family detached dwellings. Building, mechanical,

plumbing, electrical, elevator and fire protection permit fees for other than one- and

two-family detached dwellings are as follows:

 

Total Valuation Fee

 

$0.00--$500.00 . . . . $ 35.00

 

$501.00--$2,000.00 . . . . 65.00

 

$2,001.00--$200,000.00:

 

For the first $2,000.00 . . . . 65.00

 

Plus, for each additional $1,000.00 or

fraction thereof, to and including $200,000.00 . . . . 9.50

 

$200,001.00--$1,000,000.00:

 

For the first $200,000 . . . . 1,946.00

 

Plus, for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction

thereof, to and including $1,000,000.00 . . . . 6.30

 

$1,000,001.00 and over:

 

For the first $1,000,000.00 . . . . 6,986.00

 

Plus, for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof . . . . 2.70

 

(4) Demolition permit fees. Demolition permit fees are as follows:

 

a. One- and two-family dwellings and detached accessory

buildings per building . . . . $ 60.00

 

b. All other structures . . . . 150.00

 

c. Pre-demolition inspection plans review fee. A pre-demolition inspection plans

review fee shall be paid to the director of codes administration prior to pre-demolition inspection plans review being performed. Such pre-demolition

inspection plans review fee shall be one-half the permit fee and shall be a

credit toward the total fee when the permit is issued.

 

(5) Sign permit fees. Sign permit fees are as follows:

 

Type of Sign Fee

 

a. Combination and freestanding signs:

 

1. Up to and including 20-square-foot area . . . . $ 95.00

 

2. And for each additional 20-square-foot area or

fraction thereof . . . . 16.00

 

b. Flat wall signs:

 

1. Up to and including 300 square feet . . . . 95.00

 

2. And for each additional 300-square-foot area or

fraction thereof . . . . 16.00

 

c. Marquees: Each marquee . . . . 315.00

 

d. Roof signs:

 

1. For surface area not to exceed 300 square feet . . . . 315.00

 

2. And for each additional 300-square-foot area or

fraction thereof . . . . 79.00

 

e. Temporary signs (displayed not longer than 60 days):

Each sign . . . . 35.00

 

(6) Supplementary permit fees. The fee for a supplementary permit to cover any additional value not included in the original permit shall be the difference between the

fee paid for the original permit and the fee which would have been required had the

original permit included the entire value. The minimum supplemental permit fee

assessed shall be $35.00.

 

(7) Partial permit fees. When a permit for the construction of part of a building, structure, or building service equipment is requested by the applicant, fees shall be

determined in accordance with section 18-18(b)(2) and (3), based on the valuation of

work to be performed, as separate permit fees and not as supplementary fees. The

minimum fee for a partial permit shall be $55.00.

 

(c) Plan review fees.

 

(1) Initial plan review fee. When the total valuation of a proposed building exceeds $100,000.00 and a plan is required to be submitted, a plan review fee shall be paid to

the director of codes administration at the time of submitting plans and specifications

for checking. Such plan review fee shall be one-half of the permit fee and shall be a

credit toward the total fee when the permit is issued.

 

(2) Resubmittal plan review fees. When previously identified deficiencies remain uncorrected on subsequent submittals, a resubmittal plan review fee of one-eighth of

the total fee shall be assessed at the time of resubmittal of the discipline. Such

resubmittal plan review shall not apply as a credit toward the total fee when the permit

is issued. Maximum resubmittal fee shall be as follows:

 

a. One- and two-family dwelling plans . . . . $ 20.00

 

b. Other than one- and two-family dwelling plans . . . . 200.00

 

(3) Express walk-in plan review fees. When express walk-in plan review is requested by the applicant, a fee of $20.00 for one- and two-family dwellings and a fee of $50.00

for all other structures shall be assessed. Such fees shall be in addition to required

permit fees. Eligibility for express walk-in service shall be determined by the director

of codes administration based on the complexity of the review and availability of staff

to perform the review.

 

(4) Optional preliminary code review design meetings. When requested by the applicant, preliminary code review meetings may be conducted and a fee shall be assessed for

other than one- and two-family detached dwellings as follows:

 

a. One- and two-family dwellings . . . . no fee

 

b. Proposed design less than 20,000 square feet . . . . $ 50.00

 

c. Proposed design 20,000 square feet to 40,000 square

feet . . . . 100.00

 

d. Proposed design more than 40,000 square feet . . . . 150.00

 

(5) Rereview and stamping of lost plans to replace applicant's approved field set of plans. Such review and stamping shall be assessed a fee of $25.00 per hour with a

minimum fee of $25.00. Such fees shall be in addition to other required permit fees.

 

(6) Stamping of additional sets of plans. One set of approved plans shall be provided to the applicant upon permit issuance. Stamping of additional sets of plans at the

applicant's request shall be assessed a fee of $15.00 per hour with a minimum fee of

$10.00.

 

(7) Nighttime building permits. The application fee for a nighttime building permit shall be $25.00. Such fees shall be in addition to other required permit fees.

 

(d) Expiration of application. Applications for which no permit is issued within 180 days following the date of application shall expire by limitation, and plans and other data submitted for review may thereafter be returned to the applicant or destroyed by the director of codes administration. The director of codes administration may extend the time for action by the applicant for a period not exceeding 180 days upon request by the applicant showing that circumstances beyond the control of the applicant have prevented action from being taken. No application shall be extended more than once. In order to renew action on an application after expiration, the applicant shall resubmit plans and pay a new plan review fee.

 

(e) Commencement of work without permit.

 

(1) Wherever any work for which a permit is required by this article has been commenced without first obtaining a permit, a special investigation may be made before a permit

is issued for such work.

 

(2) Where work for which any permit is required by this article is started prior to obtaining the permit, the fee specified for such permit shall be doubled. This provision

shall not be construed as permission to begin work without the required permit except

as follows:

 

a. In case of an emergency as set forth in section 18-15(a); or

 

b. In case the work is being done at a one-family dwelling by the person who

owns and occupies such dwelling and the permit is applied for before the end

of the workday following notification.

 

(f) Fee refunds. Where no portion of the plan check or inspection work covered by a permit issued by the director of codes administration has been commenced, the permit holder may request in writing that the permit be canceled. The permittee shall then be entitled to a refund of 90 percent of the applicable fee actually paid, except that a full refund will be made when the fee was paid or collected in error. Refunds will not be made for fees representing work having been done prior to the time the fee refund request is made. Under any circumstance, fee refund requests must be made within 180 days after the date of payment if no permit is obtained, or 30 days after the permit is canceled or expired.

 

(g) Fee for certificate of occupancy.

 

(1) Fee for certificate of occupancy not related to work under a building permit. Where a certificate of occupancy is required other than in connection with work under a

building permit, the person applying for the certificate shall, at the time of filing

application therefor, pay to the director of codes administration a fee of $60.00.

 

(2) Temporary certificate of occupancy fees. When a temporary certificate of occupancy is requested by the applicant in connection with work under a building permit and

conditions warrant issuance of a temporary certificate of occupancy pursuant to

section 18-21(d) of this chapter, a fee shall be assessed according to the following

schedule:

 

a. Residential one- and two-family dwellings:

 

1st temporary certificate . . . . $ 0.00

 

2nd and subsequent certificates . . . . 150.00

 

b. Residential apartments/condominiums per dwelling unit:

 

1st temporary certificate . . . . 0.00

 

2nd and subsequent certificates . . . . 25.00

 

c. All other structures:

 

1st temporary certificate . . . . 0.00

 

2nd and subsequent certificates . . . . 300.00

 

(h) Inspection fees.

 

(1) Certificate of inspection for underground spaces. Inspection and certification of underground space pursuant to section 18-19(2) of this chapter shall be performed by

the director of codes administration upon payment of a fee of $250.00 payable upon

application for certificate of inspection.

 

(2) Certificate of inspection for elevators. Inspections and tests of elevator equipment pursuant to section 18-19(g)(1) of this chapter shall be assessed fees of $90.00 for the

first three floors, or 30 feet of travel, plus $7.00 for each additional three floors, or

30 feet of travel or fraction thereof. The elevator equipment owner or maintainer shall

remit these fees within 60 days of billing. The elevator equipment inspection and test

will not be scheduled or performed until these fees have been received. Failure to

remit these fees within the 60 days will result in a $10.00 additional administrative fee

associated with the cost of the re-billing process for each piece of elevator equipment

being billed. All called-for inspections or tests shall be subject to a minimum fee of

$25.00 per each piece of elevator equipment scheduled for inspection and test, if the

inspection test is not made or is not completed and the inspector has appeared at the

inspection test site, ready to inspect or observe the test, or the scheduled inspection

and test is either canceled or rescheduled less than three working days prior to the

scheduled date. Payment of fees associated with the failure to perform a scheduled

inspection and test is the responsibility of the registered elevator contractor who

scheduled the elevator equipment inspection and test.

 

(3) Certificate of inspection for communication towers. Inspection and certification of communication towers pursuant to section 18-19(3) of this chapter shall be completed

by codes administration upon payment of a fee of $100.00 payable upon application

for certificate of inspection.

 

(4) Certificate of inspection for multilevel parking station structures. Inspection and certification of multilevel parking station structures pursuant to section 52-31 of

chapter 52, parking stations, shall be completed by code administration upon payment

of a fee of $200.00 payable upon application for certification of inspection.

 

(5) Reinspection fees. When work for which an inspection is requested is not complete (not ready when inspector arrives) or when deficiencies identified on two previous

inspection events have not been completed a fee of $50.00 shall be assessed and no

further inspections shall be completed until such fee is paid.

 

(6) Inspections outside of normal business hour fees. When the permit holder requests inspections outside of normal business hours, a fee of $40.00 per hour, to include

travel time, with a minimum fee of $120.00 shall be assessed for such service.

Eligibility for inspections outside of normal business hours shall be determined by the

director of codes administration based upon the nature of inspections requested and

the availability of staff to perform the inspections.

 

(7) Team inspection fee. When requested by the applicant, the director of codes administration may conduct a team inspection of a site/building for the purpose of

providing the applicant a written assessment of code issues which may assist the

applicant in planning a project or in problem solving. The applicant shall be assessed

a fee of $150.00 for such an inspection, payable prior to the inspection being

performed. Eligibility for team inspections shall be determined by the director of codes

administration based upon the nature of inspections requested and the availability of

staff to perform the inspections.

 

(i) Code modification request fees. Code modification requests submitted pursuant to section 18-6 of this chapter shall be assessed the following fees:

 

(1) One- and two-family dwellings per dwelling unit . . . . $ 35.00

 

(2) All other structures per building or tenant space, whichever is greater . . . . 75.00

 

(3) When multiples of (1) or (2) above are submitted simultaneously for the same project, the maximum fee will be . . . . 400.00

 

(4) Requirements contained in article IX, contractors, division 2, registration, division 3, licensing . . . . 35.00

 

(j) Building and fire codes board of appeals filing fee.

 

(1) One- and two-family dwellings per dwelling unit . . . . $ 35.00

 

(2) All other structures per building or tenant space, whichever is greater . . . . 75.00

 

(3) When multiples of (1) or (2) above are submitted simultaneously for the same project, the maximum fee will be . . . . 400.00

 

(4) Requirements contained in article IX, contractors, division 2, registration, division 3, licensing . . . . 35.00

 

(5) No filing fee will be charged for appeals of decisions on code modification requests.

 

(k) Contractor registration application fee . . . . $ 40.00

 

(l) Contractor registration fees. Biennial fees for contractor registration are as follows:

 

(1) Elevator contractor class I . . . . $ 72.00

 

(2) Elevator contractor class II . . . . 72.00

 

(3) Fire protection contractor class II . . . . 72.00

 

(4) Fire protection contractor class III . . . . 72.00

 

(5) Sign contractor class I . . . . 72.00

 

(6) Sign contractor class II . . . . 72.00

 

(7) Wrecking contractor class I . . . . 72.00

 

(8) Wrecking contractor class II . . . . 72.00

 

Contractor registration fees shall not be refundable.

 

(m) Supervisor application fee . . . . $ 40.00

 

(n) Supervisor examination fee . . . . $ 55.00

 

(o) Supervisor renewal fee . . . . $ 72.00

 

Certificates of supervisor registration shall be issued at no charge for the first year and shall be renewed biennially thereafter at the rate established by this code.

 

(p) Contractor license application fee . . . . $ 40.00

 

(q) Biennial fees for contractor licenses. Biennial fees for contractor licenses are as follows:

 

(1) Electrical contractor class I . . . . $ 72.00

 

(2) Electrical contractor class II . . . . 72.00

 

(3) Electrical contractor class III . . . . 72.00

 

(4) Fire protection contractor class I . . . . 72.00

 

(5) Gas-fired appliance contractor . . . . 72.00

 

(6) Heating and ventilating contractor . . . . 72.00

 

(7) Pipefitting contractor . . . . 72.00

 

(8) Plumbing contractor . . . . 72.00

 

(9) Refrigeration contractor . . . . 72.00

 

Contractor license fees shall not be refundable.

 

(r) Application fee for certificate of qualification . . . . $ 40.00

 

(s) Examination fee for certificate of qualification . . . . $ 55.00

 

(t) Biennial fee for certificate of qualification. The biennial fee for all certificates of qualification under this division shall be $72.00, except that the certificate fee for employees of the city shall be waived when performing work for the city as tradesmen or inspectors. Certificates of qualification shall be issued at no charge for the first year and shall be renewed biennially thereafter at the rate established by this code.

 

(u) Encroachment ordinance application fee. Applications submitted pursuant to section 18-51 (section 4501) of this chapter for special ordinance approval of private use of public property shall be assessed an application fee of $100.00. This fee is not intended to represent any rental or other payments that may also be required by the city.

 

Sec. 18-356. Fees.

 

Biennial contractor registration fees shall be paid as provided in section 18-18 of this Code.

 

Sec. 18-357. Renewal.

 

Contractor registrations shall be valid for two years, and must be renewed biennially. It shall be a violation of this chapter to perform any regulated work after expiration of a registration. If a registration is renewed more than two years after its issuance, the biennial fee, plus an amount prorated by month, or part of a month, representing the period during which the registration was dormant, shall be paid.

 

Sec. 18-363. Examination of supervisors.

 

(a) Generally. A supervisor of a registered contractor is deemed qualified by the director of codes administration to perform certain skills upon successful completion of an examination given by the director of codes administration.

 

(b) Examination required. Every supervisor required for a particular registration shall be examined by the director of codes administration, and if deemed qualified shall be approved and shall be entitled to perform and supervise the work in the particular skill for which he is approved.

 

(c) Examination standards. The director of codes administration is authorized to make rules of procedure and to establish reasonable standards necessary for evaluation of supervisors. Examination standards shall be consistent with the purpose of this chapter, which is the protection of the public health and safety of the people of the city so that those who are approved under this division are qualified to supervise or perform the work for which they may be approved. The director of codes administration is authorized to set standards and examine supervisors in the following areas:

 

(1) Applicable portions of this chapter.

 

(2) Related technical knowledge.

 

(3) Related skills.

 

(4) Education.

 

(5) Experience.

 

Verification of information included on the application forms and references may be interpreted as an examination. In addition, written examinations will be given as deemed necessary by the director of codes administration.

 

(d) Application. Every applicant to become a supervisor shall fill out the form provided by the director of codes administration and shall pay an application fee as provided in section 18-18 of this Code at the time of filing. Such fee shall not be refundable. The application fee shall not apply on the annual supervisor fee. The city and its departments shall be exempt.

 

(e) Fee. Each applicant taking an examination shall be charged an examination fee as provided in section 18-18 of this Code.

 

(f) Review of qualifications. After a supervisor has successfully passed the examination, the director of codes administration shall make a final review of the qualifications of the applicant.

 

(g) Failure to pass examination. When a supervisor has failed to pass the examination, he shall be so notified in writing by the director of codes administration. Every person who fails to pass the required examination shall not be eligible for another examination for a period of 30 days from the date of the first examination, and any person who shall fail to pass the second examination shall not be eligible for reexamination for six months from the date of the second examination.

 

(h) Right of appeal. In every instance that the director of codes administration disapproves a supervisor, the applicant may appeal that adverse decision to the building and fire codes board of appeals in the manner provided in section 18-11.

 

(i) Renewal of certificate. Permission to act as a supervisor evidenced by a supervisor registration certificate shall be valid for two years, except as provided in section 18-18(o), and must be renewed biennially. A biennial renewal fee as provided in section 18-18 of this Code shall be paid. It shall be a violation of this chapter to perform any regulated work after expiration of the certificate. If a certificate is renewed more than two years after its issuance, the biennial fee, plus an amount prorated by month, or part of a month, representing the period during which the certificate was dormant, shall be paid.

 

(j) Reissuance of certificate. The director of codes administration shall have the authority to reissue a supervisor registration certificate to a person to act as a supervisor for a registered contractor without examination, provided such reissuance is requested within two years following expiration. Biennial renewal fees for the period during which the certificate was dormant must be paid prior to reissuance. If a supervisor registration certificate is not reissued during this period, the person must begin the application process, including passage of the required examination, anew.

 

Sec. 18-396. License fees.

 

Biennial license fees for contractor licenses shall be paid as provided in section 18-18 of this Code.

 

Sec. 18-397. Renewal of license.

 

Contractor licenses shall be valid for two years, and must be renewed biennially. It shall be a violation of this chapter to perform any regulated work after expiration of a license. If a license is renewed more than two years after its issuance, the biennial fee plus an amount prorated by month, or part of a month, representing the period during which the license was dormant, shall be paid.

 

Sec. 18-405. Fee for certificate of qualification.

 

The biennial fee for all certificates of qualification under this division shall be as provided in section 18-18 of this Code.

 

Sec. 18-406. Renewal of certificate of qualification.

 

Certificates of qualification issued under this division shall be valid for two years, except as provided in section 18-18(t), and must be renewed biennially. It shall be a violation of this code to perform any regulated work after expiration of a certificate. If a certificate is renewed more than two years after its issuance, the biennial fee, plus an amount prorated by month, or part of a month, representing the period during which the certificate was dormant, shall be paid.

 

Sec. 18-407. Reissuance of certificate of qualification.

 

The director of codes administration shall have the authority to reissue a certificate of qualification under this division without examination, provided such reissuance is requested within two years following expiration. Biennial renewal fees for the period during which the certificate was dormant must be paid prior to reissuance. If a certificate is not reissued during this period, the person must begin the application process, including passage of the required examination, anew.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

 

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Assistant City Attorney