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City of Omaha Permit Fees

Work started without obtaining a proper permit will be assessed a fee four times the original permit cost.

The fees outlined below may not indicate the total permit costs due to fees assessed by other departments.

All Permits will be assessed a Technology Fee based on the following chart.

Technology Fee

Building Permit Fees

Electrical Permit Fees

Plumbing Permit Fees

Air Conditioning and Air Distribution Permit Fees

Flammable Liquid Storage Permit Fees

Refrigeration Permit Fees

Steam Fitting and Pipefitting Permit Fees

Fire Protection System Permit Fees

Sign Permit Fees

Re-Inspection Fees

Building Permits Fees

Sec. 43-91. Permit fees.

Fees shall be assessed in accordance with the provisions of this section. The fee for each building permit shall be as set forth in Table 43-91.

The determination of value or valuation for the purpose of assessing the permit fee shall be made by the building official. The value to be used in computing the building permit and plan review fees shall be the total value of all construction work for which the permit is issued.

TABLE 43-91. BUILDING PERMIT FEES

TABLE INSET:

Total Valuation

Permit Fees

$1.00 to $2,000.00

$41.00 (See 43-72 for Specific Exemptions)

$2,000.00 to $25,000.00

$41.00 for the first $2,000.00 plus $9.53 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $25,000.00.

$25,001.00 to $50,000.00

$260.19 for the first $25,000.00 plus $6.44 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000.00.

$50,001.00 to $100,000.00

$421.19 for the first $50,000.00 plus $3.19 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000.00.

$100,001.00 to $500,000.00

$580.69 for the first $100,000.00 plus $2.78 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.00.

$500,001.00 to $1,000,000.00

$1,692.69 for the first $500,000.00 plus $2.37 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $1,000,000.00.

$1,000,001.00 and up

$2,877.69 for the first $1,000,000.00 plus $1.96 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof.

Shoring of a building or structure, for $1,000.00 or fractional part thereof, based on the estimated cost of the shoring

$41.00 plus $4.12 per $1,000.00 over $10,000.00.

Insulation fees for commercial/industrial building

$51.50

Insulation fees for residential buildings

$25.75

Insulation fees for residential additions

$10.30

Other inspections and fees:

1. Inspections outside of normal business hours: $34.00 per hour (minimum charge, two hours).

2. Additional plan review required by changes, additions or revisions to approved plans: $30.00 per hour (minimum charge, one-half hour).

3. In case the building inspector is required to make more than one trip from his/her office for the purpose of inspecting any work due to violation of rules, wrong address or any other irregularities caused by the contractor or any of his/her employees, the following charges will be made and paid before the inspection is approved:

(1) First additional trip: No charge

(2) Second additional trip and each additional trip thereafter: $50.00

4. If the approved plans cannot be located and duplicate plans must be examined and stamped, the following fees shall be charged:

Commercial plans: $55.00

One- and two-family dwellings: $20.00

Addition, garage, fence, etc.: $15.00

The building permit fee for the construction of a new single-family dwelling, single-family attached or two-family dwelling located in zones A or B as designated in the city urban development policy shall be the minimum permit fee.

5. Penalty fees: When construction begins before the permit has been issued, the applicant shall pay a penalty fee. Said fee shall be quadruple the amount of the regular fee.

No quadruple fee penalty set forth in this chapter shall be imposed if the work is of an emergency nature where a delay in performing the work may cause a risk of life or health or will significantly increase the risk of property damage, provided a permit is applied for within 48 hours of the start of the work, in which case no penalty shall be imposed.

6. Building analysis fee: For the review of an existing building and site to determine building, mechanical, fire and zoning requirements of a proposed use: $170.00.

7. Certificate of occupancy fees:

The fee for the first certificate of occupancy for a new building shall be $125.00.

The fee for existing buildings or subsequent bays (interior subdivisions) or common areas of new buildings or for a change of occupancy (change of use or purpose) shall be $125.00.

The fee for each temporary certificate of occupancy for all or part of a new or existing building shall be $125.00 with a maximum time limit of 90 days.

The fee for a copy of a certificate of occupancy shall be $15.00.

Pre-occupancy fee: The fee for occupancy without a certificate of occupancy, when allowed, shall be $515.00 in addition to the regular certificate of occupancy fee, with a maximum time limit of 30 days.

A reinspection fee for a certificate of occupancy inspection, where the project was not ready or required additional work, shall be charged $50.00 per inspector per inspection.

Certificate of occupancy fees shall be paid at the time of application. No inspection will occur without the fee being paid.

(Ord. No. 33582, § 1(43-91), 6-27-95; Ord. No. 33761, § 1, 12-19-95; Ord. No. 34301, § 1, 9-9-97; Ord. No. 35988, § 10, 7-9-02; Ord. No. 36028, § 1, 8-27-02; Ord. No. 37332, § 1, 4-4-06; Ord. No. 38289, § 6, 11-18-08)

Editor's note: Pursuant to Section 3 of Ord. No. 37332, adopted April 4, 2006, the fees set forth in this section 43-91 shall be in full force and take effect May 1, 2006.

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Electrical Permit Fees

Sec. 44-130. Fee schedule.

The following fees shall be charged by the permits and inspection division for the issuance of electrical work permits. The minimum fee on all electrical work shall be $25.00.

(a) New residential: (single-family, two-family, and townhomes)

(1) Temporary pole, each . . . $25.00

(2) Pre-connect, each . . . 25.00

(3) Square foot, each . . . 00.06

The square foot fee covers installation of all electrical wiring, electrical service, all major appliances, and electric heat.

The fee does not include temporary poles or service pre-connects.

Square footage is based on total area as determined by the permits and inspection division, to include each level, hallways, stairways, and attached garages, and excluding unattached garages.

(b) Commercial, apartments, existing residential, and all other permits:

(1) Branch circuits and feeders, each . . . 2.00

(Includes new, extensions, and working on existing)

Exception 1: This fee does not apply to existing circuits on a service panel replacement.

(2) Existing electrical service . . . 20.00

(Includes repairs or working on existing electrical service)

(3) New service:

1--100 amperes. . . 25.00

101--200 amperes. . . 25.00

201--400 amperes. . . 65.00

401--600 amperes. . . 105.00

601--800 amperes. . . 145.00

801--1,000 ampere . . . 185.00

Services larger than 1,000 amperes:

First 1,000 ampere . . . 185.00

Each additional 100 amperes. . . 20.00

(4) Re-connect, each . . . 25.00

(5) Pre-connect, each . . . 25.00

(6) Multiple pre-connects at same building:

1--10, each . . . 25.00

Each additional, each . . . 10.00

(7) Temporary pole/service, each . . . 25.00

(8) Outage, each . . . 25.00

(9) Low voltage, each . . . 25.00

(10) Re-inspection fee: In case the electrical inspector is required to make more than one trip from their office for the purpose of inspecting any work on account of violation of rules, wrong address, or any other irregularities caused by the contractor or any employee, the following charges shall be paid before the certificate of inspection is issued:
(1) First additional trip . . . No charge
(2) Second additional trip and each additional trip thereafter . . . 50.00
All permits must include an existing service fee or a new service fee, except for temporary pole/service, outage, and low voltage.

(Code 1980, § 44-130; Ord. No. 32838, § 1(44-130), 11-10-92; Ord. No. 33740, § 1, 12-12-95; Ord. No. 34302, § 1, 9-9-97; Ord. No. 35472, § 2, 2-6-01; Ord. No. 35911, § 6, 4-2-02; Ord. No. 38289, § 7, 11-18-08; Ord. No. 38571, § 3, 11-10-09)

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Plumbing Permit Fees

Sec. 49-306. Fees.

Before any permit shall be issued under the provisions of this chapter, the applicant shall pay the following appropriate fees:

(a) For each fixture or opening roughed in or roof drain . . . $ 7.95

(b) For each change in location of the plumbing fixture . . . 7.95

(c) For moving or rearranging any part of drainage or venting system, each such change . . . 7.95

(d) For below ground swimming pool . . . 58.90

(e) For backflow protective devices:

(1) Atmospheric vacuum breakers . . . 7.95

(2) Pressure vacuum breakers assembly . . . 11.35

(3) Reduced pressure principle backflow preventer assembly and double check valve assembly . . . 28.85

(f) For each hot tub, spa or above-ground swimming pool . . . 17.00

(g) For each solar collector array (including related piping and regulating devices) . . . 11.35

(h) For each storage tank incorporated into a solar energy system (including related piping and regulating devices . . . 7.95

(i) For each residential water heater . . . 7.95

(j) For each commercial water heater . . . 34.00

(k) For each residential water heater replacement, maximum fee . . . 11.35

(l) For indirect waste . . . 5.65

(m) For each water service installation, connection, repair, extension or alteration.

(1) For water services not used for fire protection . . . 7.95

(2) For water services used for commercial fire protection . . . 55.00

(3) For water services for residential fire protection . . . 40.00

(n) For each residential connection of property or each stub, extension or alteration of a sewer . . . 45.30

(o) For each commercial connection of property or each stub, extension or alteration of a sewer . . . 61.80

(p) For each area inlet and downspout opening . . . 7.95

(q) For each repair of a building sewer . . . 45.30

(r) For each tap of a sewer or manhole . . . 45.30

(s) For each 50 lawn sprinkler heads or fraction thereof . . . 11.30

(t) For each water conditioning device . . . 10.30

(u) Grease interceptors . . . 50.00

(v) Water features . . . 50.00

(w) For any connection to the potable water system for fire protection . . . 40.00

The minimum fee for any permit shall be $22.70.

(Ord. No. 38649, § 6, 2-2-10)

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Mechanical Air Conditioning and Air Distribution Fees

Sec. 40-109. Fees generally.

Before any permit shall be issued under the provisions of this article, the applicant, therefore, shall pay a fee computed as follows:
Domestic--Residential
TABLE INSET:

A/C UNITS AND HEAT PUMPS
   
1 st Unit $50.00
2 nd Unit $40.00
3 rd Unit 430.00
4 th Unit $20.00
More than 4 Units $15.00 Each
   
FURNACES AND AIR HANDLERS
   
1 st Unit $50.00
2 nd Unit $40.00
3 rd Unit $30.00
4 th Unit $20.00
More than 4 Units $15.00 Each
   
DUCTWORK $20.00
   
EXHAUST FANS $20.00 (Total)
   
ELECTRONIC AIR FILTERS $30.00 (Total)
   
HUMIDIFIERS
   
1 st Unit $15.00
More than one Unit $25.00 (Total)
   
REPLACEMENT
   
Heating Only $50.00
Cooling Only $50.00
Heating and Cooling $75.00
   
REPAIRS AND/OR ALTERATIONS
   
$0--$750.00 No Fee
Over $750.00 $55.00
Industrial and commercial. This schedule is based on the installation value per building of the heating, air distribution, ventilating and exhaust systems to be installed, which installation value shall include the cost of all labor, material, and equipment installed into the project:
TABLE INSET:

Installation Value Fee
$0.00 to $5,000.00 $56.65
$5,001.00 to $10,000.00 $108.15
$10,001.00 to $20,000.00 $180.25
$20,001.00 to $50,000.00 $319.30
$50,001.00 to $99,999.00 $530.45
$100,000.00 to $1,000,000.00 $5.30/1,000.00
Over $1,000,000.00 $5,304.50
Reinspections. In case the air conditioning/air distribution inspector is required to make more than one trip from his/her office for the purpose of inspecting any work on account of violation of rules, wrong address, or any other irregularities caused by the contractor or any of his/her employees, the following charges will be made and paid before the certificate of inspection is issued:
First additional trip: No charge.
Second additional trip and each additional trip thereafter: $50.00

(Ord. No. 36424, § 1, 10-21-03; Ord. No. 38289, § 1, 11-18-08; Ord. No. 38605, § 1, 12-8-09)

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Flammable Liquid Fees

Sec. 40-247. Same--Fee.

The fee for a permit to store oils or other liquids designated in this article shall be based upon the capacity of the storage tank as follows:

(a) 100 to 600 gallons . . . $56.65

(b) 601 to 3,000 gallons . . . 87.55

(c) 3,001 to 10,000 gallons . . . 128.75

(d) 10,001 to 40,000 gallons . . . 200.85

(e) 40,001 gallons or more . . . 329.60

and shall be paid for each such storage tank prior to the issuance of such permit. Such fee shall cover the cost of inspection of such tanks. Any owner or his agent who shall fail to obtain the necessary permit before starting any work for which a permit is required by the provisions of this article shall, upon being granted a permit for such work, be required to pay quadruple the amount of the regular fees.

(Ord. No. 36424, § 1, 10-21-03)

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Refrigeration Fees

Sec. 40-444. Fees.

No permit shall be issued under the provisions of this division until the applicant, therefore, shall have paid the following applicable fee based on the dollar value of the installation, alteration or extension of the refrigerating system, which dollar value shall include the cost of all labor, material, and equipment installed into the project:
TABLE INSET:

Installation Value Fee
Under $300.00 No fee
$301.00 to $5,000.00 $56.65
$5,001.00 to $10,000.00 108.15
$10,001.00 to $20,000.00 180.25
$20,001.00 to $50,000.00 319.30
$50,001.00 to $99,999.00 530.45
$100,000.00 to $1,000,000.00 5.30/1,000
Over $1,000,000.00 5,304.50
The following fees shall be paid for each additional inspection necessitated by a violation of this article:
First additional trip: No charge.
Second additional trip and each additional trip thereafter: $50.00.
The fee for self-contained walk-in coolers shall be $56.65

(Ord. No. 36424, § 1, 10-21-03; Ord. No. 38289, § 3, 11-18-08)

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Steam Fitting and Pipefitting Fees

Sec. 40-557. Fees

At the time of filing an application for a permit required by the provisions of this division, the applicant shall pay the following appropriate fees based on the installation value, which installation value shall include the cost of all labor, material, and equipment installed into the project:
TABLE INSET:

Installation Value Fee
Under $300.00 No permit required
$300.01 to $5,000.00 $56.65
$5,001.00 to $10,000.00 108.15
$10,001.00 to $20,000.00 180.25
$20,001.00 to $50,000.00 319.30
$50,001.00 to $99,999.00 530.45
$100,000.00 to $1,000,000.00 5.30/1,000.00
Over $1,000,000.00 5,304.50
The following fees shall be paid for each additional inspection necessitated by a violation of this article:
(1) First additional trip: No Charge
(2) Second additional trip and each additional trip thereafter: $50.00.

(Ord. No. 36424, § 1, 10-21-03; Ord. No. 38289, § 4, 11-18-08)

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Fire Protection System Fees

Sec. 40-584. Fees.

If any work coming under the provisions of this article is started without first obtaining a permit as provided in this article, the person doing such work shall be in violation of this code, and a fee quadruple the amount due under this article, or $100.00, whichever is greater, shall be imposed for the required permit in addition to any other penalty which may be imposed for the violation of this code.
No permit shall be issued under the provisions of this article until the applicant, therefore, has paid the following applicable fee based upon the dollar value of the installation, alteration or repair of the fire protection system, which dollar value shall include the cost of all labor, material, and equipment installed into the project:
TABLE INSET:

Installation Value Fee
Under $300.00 No fee
$300.01 to $5,000.00 $56.65
$5,001.00 to $10,000.00 108.15
$10,001.00 to $20,000.00 180.25
$20,001.00 to $50,000.00 319.30
$50,001.00 to $99,999.00 530.45
$100,000.00 to $1,000,000.00 5.30/1,000.00
Over $1,000,000.00 5,304.50
The following fees shall be paid for each additional inspection necessitated by a violation of this article:
First additional trip: No charge.
Second additional trip and each additional trip thereafter: $50.00.

(Ord. No. 36424, § 1, 10-21-03; Ord. No. 38289, § 5, 11-18-08)

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Sign Permit Fees

Sec. 51-15. Permit fees.

Before any sign, awning or face change permit shall be issued under the provisions of this article, the following appropriate fee shall be paid:

Signs 35 square feet or less in area: $41.00.

Signs 36 to 75 square feet in area: $82.00.

Signs 76 to 150 square feet in area: $155.00.

Signs 151 to 300 square feet in area: $206.00.

Signs over 300 square feet in area: $309.00.

Awnings: $4.12 for every 100 square feet of the vertical projected area of the awning or fraction thereof, $41.00 minimum fee.

Face change: One-half the appropriate fee for new signs, as listed above.

Temporary Signs

(2) Signs temporarily displayed that direct attention to a business, profession, commodity or service that is offered, sold or manufactured on property or premises shall be permitted with the following limitations:
a. A sign permit shall be required for the display of all temporary signs.
b. Temporary sign permit fees are $2.00 per day for 20 square feet or any fraction thereof, with a $60.00 minimum fee. A six-month permit may be obtained for $300.00.
c. Temporary signs can be no larger than 20 square feet.
d. A maximum of one temporary sign is permitted for any single lot, or one per business in a common development.
e. Location: All temporary signs must be attached to the face of a building or to the structure of another sign. Banners or posters on the inside of windows are subject to section 55-824(f). Temporary signs are not allowed to be attached to a pole or poles away from a building.
f. Such signs shall not be placed on a public right-of-way.
g. Height: A banner sign attached to a building cannot exceed the height of the building. Banners on another sign face must meet the standards for that type of sign.
(Ord. No. 33769, § 1(51-15), 12-19-95; Ord. No. 34304, § 1, 9-9-97)

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Re-inspection fees increased to $50 beginning January 1, 2009. If any inspector (building, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical) has to make a third trip to your job site for the same inspection, you will now be required to pay a $50 re-inspection fee.

These fee increases were adopted by the City Council at their meeting on November 18, 2008. To avoid this fee, please make sure all items from your initial red-tag are corrected before requesting a re-inspection.

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