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    We're installing a meter base and electric to our dock. The cost of the building permit was shocking, $485. I was expecting $50-$75. This amount seems excessive? It took the county 37 days to approve it. Funny thing is, we received a letter from the tax office yesterday saying our taxes went up by the amount I estimated the cost of the job to be. Un real!
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    Wasn't too long ago the meter base and meter were free around here. Not anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Wasn't too long ago the meter base and meter were free around here. Not anymore.
    The power company dropped off the meter base for free. But the cost of the permit is outrageous...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catfishin View Post
    The power company dropped off the meter base for free. But the cost of the permit is outrageous...
    You got hosed! My department would have charged fifty for the same permit!
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    And they wonder why people don't pull permits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catfishin View Post
    We're installing a meter base and electric to our dock. The cost of the building permit was shocking, $485. I was expecting $50-$75. This amount seems excessive? It took the county 37 days to approve it. Funny thing is, we received a letter from the tax office yesterday saying our taxes went up by the amount I estimated the cost of the job to be. Un real!
    That's crazy. It cost me $125 for building permit for my shop and only should have been a $100 but that's a different story. The wife showed the county the building plans and an hour later we had a permit. It's just another way for the county to suck money out of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 69project View Post
    That's crazy. It cost me $125 for building permit for my shop and only should have been a $100 but that's a different story. The wife showed the county the building plans and an hour later we had a permit. It's just another way for the county to suck money out of you.
    I still can't figure out 1) why it cost so much and 2) why it took so long. There is a $95 fee for the Chesapeake Bay Act, but it's robbery what they charge.

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    Thats nothing.....out here in Idaho we have to pay a separate electrical permit fee ($400) on top of the building permit ($1500 for a 3500sq ft non commercial workshop - ouch), and pay for the meter base and what ever conduit and wire to run from the transformer to the meter. But at least our electricity is cheap at 6 cents/kwh. Its one of the few things that are not reasonable in Idaho.
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    Our township is heavily zoned. The "lake" people really want to control each other. So our permits are high too, I am guessing to pay for all the zoning enforcement people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catfishin View Post
    I still can't figure out 1) why it cost so much and 2) why it took so long. There is a $95 fee for the Chesapeake Bay Act, but it's robbery what they charge.

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