The following information was distributed by the City of Chattanooga's Land Development Office on Thursday, July 5:
On July 3, 2018, the Chattanooga City Council passed on second reading the City Budget. Part of the new City Budget is a change to the Land Disturbance Permit (LDP) fees. This will be the first LDP fee change since 1993. The new LDP fees will affect all permits entered into our system starting on July 9, 2018 (and not projects that have been received by the City prior to that date). Additionally, all LDP fees will now be due upon submittal (not after approval).
The revised fees are:
Simple Residential (up to one acre total): $250.00
Complex ($ 250/acre with one acre min.): $250.00
Revision After Second City Review (each): $1,000.00
Post-issued Revision (each): $1,000.00
Variance or Infeasibility Request (each): $1,375.00
Bonds/Letters of Credit (each): $675.00
Driveway Tile/Culvert Sized By City (each): $500.00
As-Built Survey/Certification Review (Storm or Sanitary) (each): $675.00
Grading Only Permit (per acre, five acres min.): $250.00
Timber Removal Permit (per acre): $250.00
Tree Ordinance Permit Review (each): $500.00
Unless notified otherwise, all of the above and their associated items (payment, construction documents, checklists, calculations, etc…) should first be processed by email@example.com. Items received without payment will not be processed. Once all necessary items have been initially processed, they will then be forwarded to the appropriate person(s) for action. In the past, many consultants sent their as-built surveys, bonds, tree ordinance permits, etc… to different people, but this will no longer be the case and will just unnecessarily delay your project.
Below are several documents for your use:
Revised checklist (required starting July 9, 2018) (Excel file)
Zoning conditions requirement statement
Stormwater requirements overview
Timber Removal Permit
Tree Ordinance Permit
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At this year's event, three member firms of AGC - Thomas Brothers Construction, T.U. Parks Construction, and Construction Consultants - were recognized for outstanding projects. Projects were selected based on the following criteria:
· Job site safety
· Technology & innovation
· Quality of Construction
· Impact on Community
· Environmental sensitivities
· Scheduling & Budget
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In addition, AGC continues to generate media coverage on the impacts of the tariffs on the construction industry.
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On May 21, the city of Chattanooga's Stormwater Committee passed a recommendation from the city's Water Quality Department to raise Water Quality fees 10% year over year for the next 5 years, and to increase Land Disturbance Fee Permits from $30/acre to $300/acre. The recommendation goes before City Council on June 12.
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