Permit fees are derived from a sliding scale based on the project's valuation. Valuations should reflect the total cost of the project including all finishing, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and other construction work. The valuation should also include labor, even if you are doing the work yourself.
Valuations will be adjusted if the valuation provided appears to be in error. State law requires that the valuation on the permit reflect the value of the labor and materials. The Inspections Department is required to establish the final building valuation by comparing the valuation on the application with available cost estimators from the state and other sources, in order that:
Per square foot cost values used by the Inspections Department are conservative. You may find that an estimate provided by a contractor will be higher than the value established by the City for the same type of work.
A common misconception is that the value placed on the application will have an impact on property taxes. The value that a given project adds to a property is determined by an appraisal and may vary widely from the actual cost of the improvement. Depending on the improvement, property values may go up more or less than the actual fair market cost of the improvement.