City helps growth with building permit change

The city recently changed their building permit process to include building and hook up fees to be paid once the building is occupied or sold.

The city recently changed their building permit process to include building and hook up fees to be paid once the building is occupied or sold.

The city of Fallon recently announced that in hopes of stimulating building in Fallon, they have changed its requirements for building permits.

Mayor Ken Tedford Jr. and the city council agreed that moving the building and hook up fees to the end of the permit process might help generate developers or realtors to build houses.

“The empty lots aren’t doing anyone any good just sitting empty,” Tedford said. “So we all decided it wouldn’t hurt anyone if we slid the fees back to the final stages of the process … developers or residents now will pay the fees when the house becomes occupied or is sold.”

Typically individuals pay the fees before the building starts.

Tedford said there are currently 300 lots studded out ready to be built on. He said he’s hoping the new permit process will encourage development and growth for residential or commercial areas.

He said it is no cost to the city to collect the fees once the project is completed.

Tedford said, for example, if a person has a $200,000 house, building and hook up fees could cost about $14,000.

“We’re really trying to work with developers and help develop Fallon more,” Tedford said.

Tedford said since the city released the new process, it has received one building permit.

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