Warwick considers lower building permit fees to spur growth

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Mayor Scott Avedisian and others are proposing to cut building permit fees to boost Warwick’s economy, create jobs and settle a lawsuit by the Rhode Island Builders Association.

The city says the builders association’s 2010 lawsuit accused several Rhode Island communities of failing to tie the permit fees to the cost of providing building plan review and inspection services.

The Providence Journal reports that If approved, a revised fee system will reduce the permit amount charged for residential and commercial construction work that is valued at more than $45,000. The greater the value of the work, the bigger the discount.

The city says the reduced fees will not have an impact on revenue.

The current fee for work valued at $100,000, for example, is $780. The proposed fee is $5 less, or $775.

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