Grover Beach increasing remodeling and building permit costs

March 11, 2022

By Karen Velie

For the first time in 20 years, the City of Grover Beach is increasing new building permit fees up to 65% to cover costs including hiring competent inspectors, the city announced on Thursday.

“The city’s goal in updating the building permit fees is to provide equity in the market and modernize a 20-year-old process,” said Grover Beach Mayor Jeff Lee. “This allows us to continue providing for experienced and trusted building inspection services which accelerates project completion for residents and contractors.”

Prior to the increase, the fees did not cover the cost of building inspection services, with expenditures typically exceeding revenues by $86,000 a year, according to a press release.

Fee updates include:

Most simple permits for items such as replacing a water heater or a new roof are slated to increase by $40 to $60 each.

Permits for building a 2,000 square foot home will increase by $500, while a 500 square foot unit will cost an additional $600.

If you want to remodel a 400 square foot area, permit costs will increase by $1,200.

And while most permitting cost have increased, fees for remodeling a kitchen and bath together dropped by $150, while a bathroom remodel permit dropped $200.

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You have to pull a permit to replace a hot water heater? I’m pretty sure nobody pulls a permit to replace your heater including licensed contractors.

Pretty certain licensed contractors are not generally responsible for getting the proper permits. The property owner is responsible. Oops, it sounds like you may be a suspect in a water heater replacement without a permit incident. You have the right to remain silent…

Too bad it’s nearly impossible to even get a response from that department let alone an actual permit!

You are certainly not one of the select developers, if you had a certain last name you’d have the department on speed dial and always get whatever you want. Perhaps you also dont $upport the right candidate$ on their re-elections.

This will cause housing costs to increase.

“hiring competent inspectors,” so what are the current inspectors?