HOW MUCH DOES A PERMIT COST?
The answer depends on which City is issuing the permit and how efficient their Department is run. Many Cities have their own Community Development Departments. The employees in these departments work for the City and the permit fees help pay their salaries, benefits, and retirement. They also pay for the overhead for that department.
Other Cities have City Staff to run the department but hire professional engineering companies to do the plan review and make the inspections.
So each City will have a different cost for their department which will pass on to the consumer. Additionally, any job valued over $2500.00 will require a Notice of Commencement to be filed. The cost of the Notice is $13.00 plus the time to file it.
Some Cities like Pompano Beach and Boca Raton will allow you to file online and save the time to physically go there and process the permit.
However, most Cities still want someone to bring the permit into their offices and submit it for approval. Once approved, someone will need to go back to the City to pick up and pay for the permit. The process usually takes a minimum of two trips.
Some contractors will hire a permit processor to run the permits for them. These companies charge on average $75.00 per trip. We used one recently for a job in Hollywood. The price for the work was $3138.00 and the permit was as follows: The permit fee was $174.76 and the Notice of Commencement was $13.00. The processing fee was $45.00 for the Notice of Commencement and $180.00 for the processing of the permit. This totaled out to $412.76 for the permit.
We had another job in Coconut Creek to replace an electric meter can that was overheated and burnt the wiring. The cost of the job was $1045.26. The permit was $156.33 and the permit processing fee was $150.00, for a total of $306.33
In Coral Springs we pulled a permit for two electrical panel changes in the same house. The price for the electrical work was $2470.00, The permit was only $61.52 and the processing was $150.00 for two trips. Currently, Pompano Beach, Ft Lauderdale, Tamarac and Boca Raton allow for us to pull permits electronically without physically going to their offices, which is a big saving on the time for processing. But to answer the question, the cost of a permit depends on which City is issuing the permit.
Al is a State Licensed Electrical Contractor and owner of Al Siefert Electric. The articles he writes are about items of interest and questions from his customers. Please call Al if you have questions concerning electric service, installation, and repair.