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Fees for building permits go up in Town of Wales

Property owners will have to pay a little more to build in the Town of Wales.

At its June meeting, the Town Board approved an increase in fees for building permits after officials reviewed fees charged by the building departments in nearby towns.

Unlike an increase approved last September to accommodate a state building code pertaining to construction of certain structures, the reason for this boost appears to be solely because Wales has fallen behind its neighbors.

“We’re still below most of the towns we checked,” said Councilman Michael S. Simon. “This brings us to somewhat of a reasonable level.”

According to Supervisor Rickey A. Venditti , the building permit fee for a “basic” home is going up by $80, to $300. Fees for new homes with additional square footage increase proportionately with increases in square footage.

Among the other changes: Permits for alterations and additions are rising from to $25, from $20; farm structures to $100, from $70; and hard-wired generators to $50, from $25.

Fees also were increased for installing items such as hot tubs, spas and swimming pools.

“There’s a lot more inspection that has to be done on them,” Venditti said. “They’re not huge increases.”

Venditti said the town’s new rates are “much in line” with neighboring communities.

The changes made to fees last September was to comply with a new law that went into effect in May 2015 that helps protect firefighters. That law requires new structures built with trusses and other wood compositions to display a fixed sign or symbol indicating the construction type.