Building permit fees drop in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - If you live in West Palm Beach, and are planning any remodeling, now may be the time to get your permits.

Mayor Jeri Muoio announced building permit fees have dropped by 20 percent.

The decrease is because the value of the properties being built across the city is worth $250 million dollars, a benchmark  city commissioners set when they voted in 2009 to raise fees during the recession. And, as part of that decision, they city promised to reduce fees if it ever reached that mark in any single year.

The fee decrease isn't just for new construction.

"We hope to encourage people to move forward with plans, if they have plans, to do some renovations or build a new building. It is really a range," said the mayor.

The fee decrease is effective immediately.

“Anyone looking to remodel their home, add an addition to their property, re-wire their house, or do any work that requires a permit will now pay significantly less than they did before,” Mayor Muoio said in a statement. “Of course, the largest reductions will be felt by anyone building significant projects like new office buildings, condos or other developments."