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Building Permit Fees

Fee Types

A building permit fee schedule is adopted during the code adoption process. Other fees are also applied to the building permit due to other city code requirements. All possible types of fees are listed below. The City of Durango Building Permit Fees sheet lists the amounts of the fees.

  • Building Permit Fee - This fee is applied to the building permit as adopted in Section 6-20 of the City Code and Appendix L of the 2006 International Residential Code.

  • Major Street Impact Fee –When a new residential or commercial unit, an addition, or a change in use is proposed, this fee is collected for the purpose of assuring that the street system is adequate and available to support projected new growth and development, while maintaining the existing and preferred level of service standards.

  • Park Fees –When a new residential unit is proposed this fee is collected for the purpose of providing park or recreational facilities and their improvement in lieu of land dedication.

  • Plumbing and Mechanical Fees – Plumbing and mechanical permits are separate from the main building permit. If there is not a main permit already issued, the plumbing and mechanical permits are calculated in the same way as a building permit as explained on the Building Permit Fees sheet.

  • School Fee –When a new residential unit is proposed this fee is collected for the purpose of purchasing land for school use, the construction of school facilities, or other capital improvement needs within School District 9R in lieu of land dedication.

  • Three Springs Durango Fire and Rescue Authority Impact Fee – The development agreement for Three Springs requires that this fee be collected to help fund the Durango and Fire Rescue Authority services for the Three Springs Development.

  • Use Tax - This tax is assessed upon all tangible personal property purchased to be used within the City of Durango city limits, regardless of where the purchase took place, when sales tax has not been charged. The use tax and the sales tax for the City of Durango are both a rate of 3%. On building permits, it is assumed that half of the valuation of every building project is for labor so the use tax rate is only applied at 1.5% of the entire valuation of the building project. If the contractor or applicant ends up paying the City of Durango sales tax on items used on the project, they may contact the Finance Department by calling (970) 375-5033, to discuss a possible refund.

  • Water and Sewer Plant Investment Fees (PIF) - These fees are charged to anyone requesting new water or sewer service from the city or a request to increase an existing water service size. Plant investment fees are collected to support infrastructure. Both fees are based on the water line size.