Effective Monday, March 29, the City of New Smyrna Beach Building Department will begin offering a Temporary Permit Fee Reduction program, which eliminates building permit fees at up to $5,000 per property in the City.
To comply with recently passed § 553.80(7)(a), Fla. Stat. (2019), which caps the amount of permit fees local governments can collect and carry forward, the City Commission considered and approved the program on Feb. 23, 2021. It is expected to run for an initial 6-month period, after which it will be evaluated for possible continuation.
This $5,000 permit fee credit applies to both residential and non-residential building permit fees only, and does not include impact fees and other non-building fees such as engineering, planning, fire, special events, and business taxes. The $5,000 credit is a cumulative total available per property for permits issued or received after March 29.
For the purpose of this program, a property is based on the parcel identification number. In order to participate in this program, the parcel must be located in the City of New Smyrna Beach. Those properties located in the Volusia County ISBA would need to annex in to the City in order to be eligible.
If Code Enforcement determines work has been done without a permit, then the credit will not be available and the standard double fee plus $50 will apply. Permits issued prior to March 29 may not be cancelled and re-applied for in order to obtain the credit. Re-inspection fees are also not eligible for the credit.
For questions and further information on the Temporary Permit Fee Reduction program, please contact New Business Coordinator Carmen Moschner at firstname.lastname@example.org and (386) 410-2849.
Photo: Work continues on the City Hall Annex project on Mar. 16, 2021. The newly renovated building will serve as home to the city's Planning, Engineering, and Building Departments when construction is completed later this spring.