Code Enforcement & Building Fee Schedule

MUNICIPALITY OF NORRISTOWN

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Resolution No. 18-165 of 2018

Fee Schedule(PDF)

1. Contractor's Licenses

  • January 1 - March 31  -  $100.00
  • April 1 - June 31  -  $75.00
  • July 1 - September 31  -  $50.00
  • October 1 - December 31  -  $25.00
  • Any contractor commencing work without first obtaining a license shall be subject to a payment of double the full annual fee described above regardless of which quarter the license is applied in.
  • Contractor's license is valid for the calendar year (January 1st through December 31st). Any contractor commencing work without first obtaining a license shall be subject to a payment of double the fee described above.

2. Building Permit Fees

  • The minimum fee for a permit shall be $129.50 ($100 Permit/Inspection Fee + $25 Administrative Fee + $4.50 State UCC Fee) for all permit applications.
  • The Department of Buildings & Code Enforcement may require the applicant to provide a contract or other similar documentation to verify estimated project costs
  • FEES SHALL BE PAID AT THE TIME WHEN THE PERMIT IS ISSUED
  • Separate permits shall be required for each structure located on a parcel.

   Residential/Commercial Projects

  • Building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fire and energy permits shall be issued separately and each permit fee shall be based on the following fee scale calculation for the total project value as follows.
Construction Project ValueGraduated Fee Scale Amounts/Rates
$5,001 - $50,0003.00% per $1,000 or fraction thereof
$50,001 - $3,000,0001.50% per $1,000 or fraction thereof
$3,000,001 and greater0.75% per $1,000 or fraction thereof
  • A project that includes multiple parcels and the total construction value of the parcel exceed $50,000, each permit for each parcel shall be calculated based on 1.5% per $1,000 construction project value for the project or project phase. This fee calculation applies only to projects that are regulated by the International Residential Code.
  • All permits require an additional $4.50 State fee established by Act 45 of 1999. Each permit fee shall also be subject to a $25.00 Administration fee. 
  • Any person commencing work without first obtaining an approved permit from the Municipality shall be subject to a payment of double the permit fee described above. 
  • Building permit fees include the cost of two (2) inspections for each phase of the project, e.g. footings, framing, plumbing, etc. Additional inspections, required because work completed failed to pass the initial two (2) inspections, shall result in an additional $50.00 fee for each additional inspection.
  • Inspections canceled by the contractor or resident with notification of less than 24 hours in advance of the scheduled time shall be subject to a $25.00 cancellation fee.

    Minor Residential/Commercial Projects

      Under $5,000 in Value

  • Building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fire and energy permits for minor residential and commercial projects shall be issued separately and each permit fee shall be based on the following fee scale calculation:
Description
Fee
Initial Application (includes 1 inspection & 1 re-inspection)
$100.00
Administrative Fee$25.00
PA State UCC Fee$4.50
Minor Residential & Commercial Projects Fee shall be based on the number of inspections needed (i.e. footing, foundation, framing, rough mechanical, rough electrical, rough plumbing, fire protection, accessibility, energy, wallboard, final, etc.). Minimum Fee includes 1 inspection Only.


$75.00 per inspection
  • Minor residential and commercial projects include but are not limited to Construct, Enlarge, Alter, Repair, Move, Demolish, Change The Occupancy of a Building/Structure, or to Erect, Install, Enlarge, Alter, Repair, Remove, Convert, or Replace any Structural, Mechanical, Gas, Electrical, and Plumbing (Projects valued at less than $5,000).
  • All permits require a $4.50 State fee established by Act 45 of 1999. Each permit fee shall also be subject to a $25.00 Administration fee. Additional inspections, required because work completed failed to pass the initial two (2) inspections (1 initial inspection and the re-inspection), shall result in an additional $50.00 fee for each additional inspection. 
  • Any person commencing work without first obtaining an approved permit from the Municipality shall be subject to a payment of double the permit fee described above. 

3. Plan review fees

  • Residential Plans (per hour) $75
  • Commercial Plans (per hour) $125
  • Administrative Fee (per review) $25
  • Building plans submitted for review to the Municipality of Norristown Code Enforcement Department as part of a permit application will be charged an additional fee which shall be paid at the time the permit is issued
  • A plan review must be completed for ALL fire detection and suppression systems. 

4. Use and Occupancy Permits

  • All property that transfers ownership in the Municipality of Norristown must be inspected PRIOR to the settlement and a Use and Occupancy Permit must be issued. Failure to obtain a Use and Occupancy Permit or a Temporary Use and Occupancy Permit prior to settlement will result in assessment of double the usual fee. In addition, Use and Occupancy inspection and permit is required whenever a property chases use, as determined by either the zoning or building codes.
  • a. Commercial Units-Low Hazard Occupancy (Business, Retail, etc.)
    • 1 - 2,000 square feet $110
    • 2,001 - 5,000 square feet $160
    • 5,001 -,10,000 square feet $210
    • 10,001 - 100,000 square feet $260
    • 100,001 square feet and greater $310
  • b. Commercial Units-High Hazard Occupancy (Manufacturing, Warehouse, etc.)
    • 1 - 2,000 square feet $200
    • 2,001 - 5,000 square feet $250
    • 5,001 -,10,000 square feet $300
    • 10,001 - 100,000 square feet $400
    • 100,001 square feet and greater $500
  • c. Residential Units
    • First Unit (per unit) $75
    • Each additional unit (per unit) $75
  • d. Administrative Fee $25
  • e. Norristown Volunteer Fire Companies $0
  • The property owner may be charged an additional fee for the cost of third party inspectors, engineers or other professionals needed to complete the inspection, re-inspection or plan review.
  • Use and Occupancy Permits fees must be paid at the time of application. Use and Occupancy Permit fees include the cost of two inspections. Additional inspections shall result in an assessment of $30 for each additional inspection.

5. Sign and Banner Permits/Licenses

  • Property owners wishing to erect a sign must first obtain an approved sign permit.
  • Sign Permit Fee (per $1000 of construction costs) $30
  • Norristown Volunteer Fire Companies $0
  • Any person commissioning work without first obtaining an approved permit from the Municipality shall be subject to an assessment of double the permit fee described above. Owners of the property on which the sign is erected shall pay the Municiapl an annual license fee as follows:
  • Signs less than 20 square feet (per sign) $15
  • Signs greater than 20 square feet (per square foot) $1.50
  • Banner permit fee for each calendar month displayed (per square foot) $3

6. Rental Licenses

  • Owners of residential rental property must obtain a license to operate by November 15th of each year for the following year:
    • a. Each rental unit (owner-occupied units are exempt) (per unit) $75
    • b. Penalty for failure to obtain a license by January 31st of the following year (per unit) $65
  • Owner of residential rental property operating a rental unit without a valid license shall be assessed double the rental license fee in addition to any penalties.
  • Rental License fees include two (2) inspections. Additional inspections due to failure to pass initial inspections and re-inspections shall result if an assessment of $50 for each additional inspection.
  • Inspections canceled by the landlord with notification of less than 24 hours in advance of scheduled time or failure to grant access shall be assess a $100 cancelation/no-show fee per rental unit scheduled for inspection.

7. Stop Work Orders/Condemnation Placard Removal

  • Placard removal fee - $75.00 PLUS $25.00 per unit

8. Property Abatement

  • In cases where the Municipality resources are used to abate property maintenance violations, property owners will be charged the cost for services based on the following schedule:
    • a. Laborer (per man/per hour) $14
    • b. Equipment (per hour) $17
    • c. Chainsaw (per day) $55
    • d. Miscellaneous tools (per day) $25
    • e. Dump truck (per hour) $75
    • f. Bucket truck (per hour) $125
    • g. Sweeper (per hour) $125
    • h. Dumping fee (Per ton) $75

9. Board up Permit

  • Owner of the property who voluntarily or is ordered to board up three (3) or more windows, doors or other openings shall be required to obtain a permit. $100

10. Deed Registry Fee $10

11. Code Appeals Board

  • Property owners who wish to appeal a decision of the Code Enforcement Department may do so to the Code Appeals Board. The following amounts are charged to the appellant in order to cover the cost of holding a hearing:
    • a. Stenographer $400
    • b. Advertising $50
    • c. Administrative Fee $50
    • d. Solicitor $135