|More than 50 fees lowered 10 percent across the board
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 30, 2013) – Starting tomorrow, more than 50 Manatee County building permit and inspection fees will be reduced by 10 percent. The fee reduction comes on top of a six percent cut in fees that began last year.
The reduction in fees, approved by County Commissioners last week, is the result of a strong rebound in the local economy with building permits fully covering expenses at in the Building division of the Building and Development Services Department. Building and permit fees can only be used to fund the Building Division and cannot supplement other parts of the county budget.
“This set of lowered permit fees is the latest in a long line of customer improvements we’ve made at the Manatee County Building and Development Services Department over the past few years,” said Director John Barnott. “The new fees will lower the cost of doing business here while adequately covering staff expenses in the Department.”
A state-mandated 3 percent Florida Building Code Surcharge fee still applies to all permit fees. Changes that go into effect tomorrow include:
· All sheds and residential fences in unincorporated areas must be permitted through the division. The new policy replaces an older policy that only required building permits for sheds over 120-square feet or taller than 8-feet.
· The Building division will now require a state-issued garage door installation license before approving new garage door installations.
To learn more about the fees or new requirements, call Manatee County Building and Development Services Department at (941) 748-4501, ext. 3800. To obtain a copy of the resolution and new fees, visit
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