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Recently, Governor Abbott signed H.B. 852, which does not allow a municipality to consider the value of the dwelling or the cost of construction on improving the dwelling when determining the cost of a permit. These are the dominant methods used by cities, including Rockport, to calculate building permit fees.
With the bill becoming effective immediately, Rockport did not have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive, alternative fee schedules that comply with the Legislature’s mandate. Until the City is able to develop a comprehensive plan, it will be using the International Code Council’s (ICC) Building Code’s square foot methodology for determining fees as an interim measure. (Residential permits $0.60 a sq.ft. all other trades $0.10 sq.ft.). Once the City’s fee schedule is developed and adopted by City Council, it will be posted on the web site.