County building permit fees to increase |

County building permit fees to increase

Jane Reuter

Comparison of current building permit fees*

For a 2,400-square-foot single-family home

Summit County $1,700

Frisco $3,000

Silverthorne $3,100

Breckenridge $3,400

*(Figures rounded to nearest hundred)

SUMMIT COUNTY – Building permit fees in Summit County likely will go up 25 percent later this month, and county officials say it’s high time.

“As far out of line as we are, we have ample justification for this adjustment,” said Larry Renfroe, Summit County’s chief building official. “There’s quite a disparity that’s created with the current countywide fee structure. This gets us in line where we should be.”

Currently, Summit County’s building permit fee is well below fees assessed by local towns. With the increase, the fees still will be about 30 percent less than some of those entities.

“We’re about half of what everybody else is,” said County Commissioner Gary Lindstrom. “Sixty percent of the population lives in unincorporated Summit County. We have more people living in Summit County than all the towns put together, yet we’re letting people build houses for half.”

Today, the cost to pull a building permit on a 2,400-square-foot single-family home is $1,700. With the increase, it will be about $2,100.

The building permit fee covers inspection of a building, plan review and administrative costs.

The change is proposed along with the International Building Codes, which building officials want the county commissioners to adopt. A public hearing on the codes, a revision to the temporary certificate of occupancy program and the permit fees is set for a public hearing during the commissioners’ July 22 meeting.

The change in the permit fees will affect the greatest number of people, but along with it, Renfroe proposes several changes in the temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) program. TCOs are issued “to accommodate an owner or a contractor that may have some outstanding minor components of the building that are incomplete,” Renfroe said. Those items “would not represent a life safety threat to the occupants of the building.”

Those items run the gamut, he said, from a back-ordered toilet to exterior wainscotting that may require warmer outdoor temperatures for installation.

Changes to the TCO program are designed to “convert them from TCO status to certificate of occupancy in a little more timely manner,” Renfroe said. The current $50 a month fee doesn’t provide enough incentive to complete the outstanding work quickly and obtain a CO, he said.

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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