Alarms — See Ch. 77.
Construction codes — See Ch. 96.
Street and road construction — See Ch. 97.
Refuse hauling — See Ch. 120.
Grading and excavation — See Ch. 124.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 166.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 169.
Sewers — See Ch. 193.
Land development — See Ch. 201.
Zoning — See Ch. 220.
§ 112-1Building permits.
§ 112-2Zoning and land development fees.
§ 112-3Road encroachment and highway occupancy fees.
§ 112-4Extraordinary costs for permits, inspections and planning and
Fees listed below for building permits are based on costs associated for routine scheduled inspections during regular municipal working hours and review by the municipal staff. In the event that permitting and inspection activity requires the hiring of outside consultants and/or is conducted by contracted consultants, these additional costs shall be assessed per § 112-4 of this chapter.
Residential, single-family and multifamily classified as R-3 one- and two-family use group.
Residential, plan review of $125 is required.
For purposes of calculating the gross square footage area, all basements and garages shall be included.
Structural alterations and repairs that do not involve expansion of the gross square footage of a structure as calculated under item § 112-1A(3) shall be assessed a fee of $7 per thousand dollars of estimated cost. NOTE: Where a structure is damaged, in need of repair, or where interior remodeling is proposed, the cost-based fee provides a clearer method of assessing the fee commensurate with municipal costs involved. (This is the same approach as currently utilized within commercial structures.)
Residential, accessory buildings.
All accessory buildings with gross square footage over 500 square feet shall be paid at a rate of $0.10 per square foot.
An administrative fee of $10 shall be assessed, due in conjunction with the permit application fee.
A plan review fee of $75 is required excepting decks.
Farm accessory structures.
A filing fee of $25 shall constitute the total fee required, provided that the following criteria are met. If all of the criteria cannot be met, then said structure shall pay fees in accord with Subsection D of this section.
Criteria for farm accessory structure permit:
Presentation of Schedule F of the Internal Revenue Service forms for filing of tax returns.
Proof that the operation is a family-run enterprise pursuing the raising of crops on applicant-owned land and the raising of animals such as dairy cows, beef cattle and domesticated fowl.
Proof that the operation is not actively involved in boarding any animal, providing riding or training services and that all animals on the premises are owned by the applicant's family.
Commercial permits and reviews, and licenses.
Nonresidential structures and residential structures classified other than R3 and necessitating a commercial review, including structures accessory to nonresidential uses and telecommunications towers and antennas. The fee for all commercial and commercial accessory structures shall be based upon the value of the construction of said structure. The permit fee shall be based upon documentation of construction costs as listed in the construction contract. A fee of $7 per $1,000 of value of the construction contract shall be paid prior to the issuance of any building permit. A copy of all construction contracts shall be submitted with all applications for building permits.
Accessibility plan review and inspection fee: $200.
Fire-suppression system (sprinkler): $350.
Commercial cooking suppression: $50.
An administrative fee of $150 for new nonresidential construction and $25 for all other commercial permits shall be assessed per permit issued and due in addition to the permit application fee.
Fire-suppression operating licenses: $300 per fire-suppression system, excepting Ansul systems at $200 per system. Where an existing business voluntarily installs a key box not otherwise required by municipal ordinance, $300 shall be credited to the annual fee set forth in this section for the year during which the key box was installed at an approved location. Where the credit exceeds the amount due from the operator, the license amount due from the operator shall be zero. NOTE: The proposed credit for Key Box costs was proposed by the Fire Chiefs and Code Officers at a recent meeting regarding implementation of the Ord. No. 724-07. The credit was suggested as a way of encouraging existing businesses to voluntarily install a key box. The amounts of $200 versus $300 reflect the presumed amount of time necessary to inspect each system. Certain establishments may bear multiple systems.
Land operations fees. These fees amend and replace fees included in § 124-15 of the Code of the Municipality of Murrysville.
Permit. The permit fee shall be paid based upon the quantity of material handled or land area involved for each job site, even though the same material may be handled in more than one type of operation. Fees listed below for land operation permits are based on costs associated for routine scheduled inspections during regular municipal working hours and review by the municipal staff. In the event that permitting and inspection activity requires the hiring of outside consultants and/or is conducted by contracted consultants, those additional costs shall be assessed per § 112-4 of this chapter.
The amount of fee for the issuance of the permit shall be in accordance with the following table:
Land reclamation project: $500 per year or fraction thereof.
Logging projects: $300 for one to five acres: $25 for each acre above five.
Conventional gas wells: $500 per well.
Unconventional well (exploration or production of oil or natural gas from a shale reservoir or source rock): $2,500 per well, in addition to the cost of hiring a specialist to inspect activities or review the application, shall be invoiced to the applicant and shall not be considered as part of the above fee.
Pipelines: $75 base fee, plus $0.10 per foot of overall length.
Residential occupancy permit: $25 per unit.
Zoning certificate: $25 per unit, plus an administrative fee of $5 where no building permit is associated with the approval.
Sign permit: $100. All nonprofit organizations shall be exempt from fees for any signs relative to activities supporting their organization or those of any nonprofit organization, and an administrative fee of $5.
Blasting permits: $250 for the first day of blasting, plus $50 for each additional day of blasting. The costs of the hiring of specialists to inspect activities, as required, shall be invoiced to the applicant.
For organizations with headquarters or branches located within the Municipality of Murrysville: fee waived.
For organizations without headquarters or branches located within the Municipality of Murrysville: a maximum charge of $50 per year, or less, prorated for an applicable shorter time period. The fee applies to the organization, not the number of solicitors.
Seismic testing permit: $500, in addition to the cost of hiring of a specialist to inspect activities or review of the application, shall be invoiced to the applicant and shall not be considered as part of the above fee.
Alarm systems. A fee of $35 will be charged for every false alarm after the second and subsequent occurrence in any three-month period. "False alarm" is receiving a telephone notice from a security firm's central office, either accidentally or for a nonemergency, which is not canceled within three minutes.
Swimming pools: $75 each and an administrative fee of $10.
Public display of fireworks permit: $35. This fee does not apply to permits issued to nonprofit and civic groups sponsoring public displays of fireworks.
Municipal no-lien letters: $25.
Data Master DUI Breath Test: $25 per incident where the suspect is determined to be legally intoxicated.
Sewage facilities. The following fees shall be charged for carrying out the provisions of the Sewage Facilities Act 537. New systems: $500 for all permits.
In the event that the Municipality is required to subcontract to a private firm to perform services and testing related to the issuance of a septic permit, the applicant shall be invoiced for the actual costs of those services performed by the Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO) for that firm.
Copies. The fees for copies of the following shall be as indicated.
Subdivision Ordinance: $15 per copy.
Zoning Ordinance: $25 per copy.
Construction standards: $5 per copy.
Large municipal maps: $15 per copy.
Small municipal maps: $5 per copy.
Geographic Information System Maps (small): $3 per sheet of 8.5 inches by 11 inches.
Geographic Information System Maps (large): $15 per plotter-generated sheet.
Zoning Map (large): $15 per copy.
Photocopies of municipal records: $0.25 per page.
Letter of certification: $5 per copy.
All police reports, excluding accident reports: $20 per copy. Accident reports: $15.
Accident reconstruction reports: at actual cost.
Mailing and handling of above items: actual first-class postage costs, plus $2 in handling costs.
Copies of large subdivision plans and site plans: actual costs of photocopy, per invoice, plus a handling fee of $2.
Fingerprinting services performed by the Murrysville Police Department: $10. (Example: Public requests such as application fingerprint cards.)
Electronic scanning from paper records to electronic format, including plat plans: $1 per page.
Recreation facilities fees:
The following fees shall be charged for the rental of picnic pavilions: A service fee of $5 will be charged for online rentals paid by credit card or debit card.
Gazebos: $25 per day.
There shall be a refundable deposit of $50 required for the rental of all parks facilities.
An exemption from the pavilion fees is granted to the Franklin Regional School District, the Murrysville Community Library, the Discovery Program and the Adult School Program when used for educational programs and activities.
Townsend Park, upper and lower pavilions, alcohol permit and security deposit. Permit: $30; deposit of $200. The preceding are subject to municipal policies as approved by Council and shall be in addition to rental fees and deposits as otherwise required.
Community Center fees. A service fee of $5 will be charged for online rentals paid by credit card or debit card.
Rental rates, main room, Rooms B and C and kitchen combination: $30 per hour; $35 per hour on Friday nights and weekends.
Medium room: $15 per hour.
Room B: $10 per hour.
Room C: $10 per hour.
Overnight stays: A flat rate of $30 for the hours between 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. as long as the renter also rents for three billable hours before or after this time.
Security deposit: $75 per rental.
Nonresidents and commercial renters shall be assessed the preceding fees at a rate twice that noted.
Other recreation program fees: Fees will be established by the Recreation Director that reflect actual expenses in running the respective programs.
Special rate for weekdays for local service organizations between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday: $90/day.
Special rate for weekdays for rental agreement for three hours per weekday plus two to three weekend rentals of up to three hours per day within the same month: $350 per month.
Special rate rental for rental of eight hours in one day: will pay a single fee of no more than $250 for residents and $500 for nonresident and commercial renters.
Rental fee exemptions shall include municipal functions or programs; or programs that are cosponsored by a municipal department; other governmental agencies programs or meetings; agencies and professional organizations that are providing government-related programs as approved by the Chief Administrator or staff designee.
Community Center, alcohol permit and security deposit. Permit: $25; deposit of $200. The preceding is subject to municipal policies as approved by Council and shall be in addition to rental fees and deposits as otherwise required.
Recreation program fees: Fees will be established by the Recreation Director that reflect actual expenses in running the respective programs.
Reservation of playing fields or courts.
Reservation of playing fields or courts for any resident group defined as any group comprised of 80% Murrysville residents and/or similar groups or clubs primarily serving residents or students of Franklin Regional School District. Group rates and associated time slots are as follows:
Seasonal field fees shall be fully paid two weeks prior to the organized use of the fields by the resident group. If the field fees are not paid, the Municipality cannot guarantee reservation of the time slots.
"Time slot" is defined as two-hour incremental time slots beginning at 8:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. with the evening slot defined as 6:00 p.m. until dusk.
Reservation of playing fields or courts for nonresident and/or commercial groups. Group rates and associated time slots are as follows:
Commercial groups are defined as individuals, businesses, institutions or other entities that are initiated or operated for the purpose of making a profit.
Seasonal field fees shall be fully paid two weeks prior to the organized use of the field(s) by the commercial group. If the field fees are not paid, the Municipality cannot guarantee reservation of the time slots.
"Time slot" is defined as two-hour incremental time slots beginning at 8:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. with the evening slot defined as 6:00 p.m. until dusk.
Lease/reservation fees for concession stands/storage facility.
Consideration for first option to lease will be given to organizations that have either constructed or paid for construction of said facility. Long-term lease shall be granted for a period of five years in consideration of $1. Time of lease shall consist of "seasons" determined by the sport in question. Lease is to be evaluated at the end of the five-year period and may be continued in the same manner if deemed proper.
Consideration for second option to lease will be given to groups, organizations or individuals for $100 per day or $300 per week, with a deposit of $250 to be issued separately. The deposit will be returned upon inspection of the facility and determination that all has been left in satisfactory condition.
Utility costs shall be assessed to the lessor at 80% of total, with the Municipality of Murrysville being responsible for the remainder.
Municipal use supersedes all other requests.
Personnel costs. The following fees shall be charged for work performed by the Public Works and Police Departments upon special request and/or as a result of emergency repair work. All hours shall be charged at minimum intervals of 15 minutes. Work shall be charged at rates defined by the current employee contract and/or salary ordinance, plus benefits including FICA, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, health, life and disability insurances and pension costs (excepting work hours requiring overtime rates), and an administrative fee of 5% applied to each service request. Police vehicle usage shall be charged the federal mileage rate to the nearest mile in addition to the hourly rate cited with the average hourly police wage defined by contract as the base hourly rate.
Zoning district change or amendment to text. The fee for a zoning district change or amendment to the Zoning Ordinance
Zoning Hearing Board appeal. The fee payable with an appeal of any nature to the Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) by other than a public body shall be as indicated.
Variance to construct an accessory structure; addition to existing residential unit or change in nonconforming use: $300.
Special exceptions and all home occupations: $300.
Other residential variances: $300.
Variance to construct a residential unit: $350.
Variance for commercial property: $500.
Use variance: $750.
Other variances not included above: $300.
Appeal of a determination of the Zoning Officer: $500.
Curative amendment: $800.
Continuance of a ZHB hearing requested by applicant: $150.
An administrative fee of $25 due in addition to each applicable base fee.
Conditional use application. The fees listed below will cover a Stage One review that provides the applicant with one Planning Commission meeting, one Planning Commission public hearing, one Council public hearing and two Council meetings. Applications that require additional review meetings will be assessed additional fees, as described in § 112-4 of this chapter.
Major excavation or mineral removal or steep slope/poor soils: $300.
Major excavation or mineral removal and steep slope/poor soils: $500.
Other conditional uses: $300, plus costs of site plan and land development review. (See Subsection D.)
All conditional use applications which are not immediately associated with land development or subdivision applications shall submit an administrative fee of $25 in addition to the aforesaid fees required.
Land development site plan.
The fees listed below will cover a Stage One review that provides for one Planning Commission meeting and two Council meetings. Applications that require additional review meetings will be assessed additional fees, as described in § 112-4 of this chapter.
A fee of $275 for the second acre or part thereof of total disturbed area.
A fee of $175 per acre or part thereof over two acres of total disturbed area.
The applicant shall submit an administrative fee of $25 in addition to the above required fees.
Administrative land development plan applications shall require a total review fee of $450 in lieu of the fees listed above.
Abbreviated land development plan applications shall require a total review fee of $500 in lieu of the fees listed above.
Anyone submitting concept plans for an advisory review will not be required to pay a land development site plan fee.
Uniform Construction Code appeals. The fee payable with an appeal of the Uniform Construction Code to the Board of Appeals shall be $200. Appeals for any violation notice citing Chapter 174, Property Maintenance Code, shall be $100, refundable where an applicant's appeal of the decision by a Code Officer is granted or interpreted in favor of the applicant.
Subdivisions and planned residential developments.
Preliminary plans and tentative approvals (for plans with six or more lots): an application fee of $1,000, plus $100 per lot. Simultaneous preliminary and final applications and planned residential development applications shall require an additional fee of $300. The fees listed above will cover a Stage One review that provides the applicant with one Planning Commission meeting, one Planning Commission public hearing and two Council meetings. Applications that require additional review meetings will be assessed additional fees, as described in § 112-4 of this chapter.
Final plans and construction drawings (for plans that gained preliminary approval): an application fee of $600. The fees listed above will cover a Stage One review that provides the applicant with one Planning Commission meeting and two Council meetings. Applications that require additional review meetings will be assessed additional fees, as described in § 112-4 of this chapter. Planned residential development applications shall require an additional review fee of $300.
Final plans and construction drawings (for plans not needing preliminary approval): The fees listed below will cover a Stage One review that provides the applicant with one Planning Commission meeting and two Council meetings. Applications that require additional review meetings will be assessed additional fees, as described in § 112-4 of this chapter.
Reapproval of subdivision by Council (after ninety-day-period expiration): $300.
Reapproval of site plan (after thirty-day condition letter expiration): $500.
The aforesaid plans, excepting administrative applications, shall submit an administrative fee of $25. NOTE: The term "abbreviated" is added to reflect current Subdivision Ordinance terminology.
Engineering and planning review fees. The fees cited in Subsections C, D and F of this section are intended to provide for support services and administrative costs and do not include costs incurred by engineering and planning reviews directly associated with the application. Therefore, the following review fees shall be required in conjunction with subdivision and land development applications:
Administrative and abbreviated approvals: $50.
All minor subdivisions without public improvements and of five lots or less: $350.
Preliminary: Subdivisions with public improvements or greater than five lots: filing fee of $1,500, plus $25 per lot. Simultaneous preliminary/final approval shall require an additional review fee of $500.
All PRD applications, tentative and final, shall require an additional filing fee of $300.
Land development without stormwater plan review: $1,000.
Land development with stormwater plan review: $2,500, plus $25 per residential structure and $50 per nonresidential structure and an additional $500 for each detention basin or BMP beyond one.
Final approval of phases previously granted preliminary approval or tentative approval: $600 per phase.
Fee of $500 where any realignment of or additional traffic controls on municipal streets are proposed.
The Municipality of Murrysville requires that applicants for subdivision and/or land development, excepting those applications defined as "minor land development" and "minor subdivision" by Chapter 201 of the Murrysville Code, establish an escrow account with the Municipality. This escrow account shall be used for actual costs incurred by the Municipality for application/plan review (e.g., engineering, environmental, legal, and planning, etc.) by any of its professional consultants. Upon initial submission of any qualified application, in addition to the application fee, the applicant shall establish an escrow account with the Municipality of Murrysville. Initial escrow amounts shall be established and renewed when the account falls below the limit to renew the initial amount as follows:
|Initial Escrow Amount||Limit to Renew Account|
|Lot line revision or 2-lot subdivision||$1,000||$200|
|More than 2 lots and/or less than 10 acres (subdivision)||$2,000||$400|
|Subdivision of 10 acres or more||$3,000||$400|
|Site plan less than 2 acres||$3,000||$500|
|Site plan of 2 acres to less than 5 acres||$4,000||$500|
|Site plan of 5 acres or more||$5,000||$500|
At the completion of any project and after the final bond release granted by the Municipality of Murrysville Council, any of the funds remaining on deposit with the Municipality, after all fees are deducted, shall be returned to the applicant.
Engineering inspection fees. Where any land development or subdivision application proposes or requires public improvements to be built or bonded, the applicant shall provide the Municipality with 1.1% of the accepted construction cost as an inspection fee. (The aforesaid fee is inclusive of the one-percent construction cost fee currently denoted in the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance.
The fees charged for road encroachment and highway occupancy shall be as follows:
Permit issuance fee. To defray incurred municipal costs in reviewing and processing of the applications and plans, the Municipality has adopted the most current Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Schedule of Fees for the following items:
Utility. There will be a charge of $50 added to the issuance fee for all utility occupancy permits.
Other (e.g., bank removal, sidewalk or curb work).
Supplemental fee for each six-month time extension or each submitted change.
Each emergency permit card.
General permit inspection fee. To defray incurred municipal cost in ongoing spot inspection(s) and subsequent inspection(s) after permitted work is completed to ensure compliance with municipal regulations, the Municipality has adopted the most current Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Schedule of Fees for the following items. The activities noted in this section shall require an additional administrative fee of $50 accompanying the base permit fee.
Crossings, overhead conveyors, etc., or undergrade tunnels.
Exemptions. Permit issuance fees and general permit inspection fees are not payable by any of the following:
Any department of the state or national government.
Other political subdivisions of this commonwealth.
Public carriers (e.g., railroads) under the jurisdiction of the Public Utility Commission.
When in the course of enforcing or complying with the provisions of requirements of this Code for building permits, land operations permits, conditional use applications, Zoning Map amendments, subdivisions and land developments, any costs that are incurred by the Municipality for inspection(s), testing and/or report(s), additional meetings or review beyond those that are indicated in the respective sections of this chapter for each of the above-mentioned applications shall be invoiced to the applicant for the same, and the amount shall be rendered within 30 days of receipt of such invoice.
Building permits and land operations permits.
The applicant shall be charged for any required inspection requested by the applicant on days and hours other than Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The fee charged to the applicant in this case shall be the actual costs to the Municipality, including the hourly rate for overtime and benefits for the inspector(s) performing such duties.
Required inspections in which less than 24 hours' notice is provided to the Municipality. These inspections shall be surcharged $100 in addition to any other required fees and surcharges.
If the Municipality determines that the permitted work is of sufficient magnitude to warrant assignment of one or more employees or contracted specialists to inspect the work on a more-than-spot basis, or they need to perform additional field work or testing, the permittee shall be charged for all salary, overhead and expenses incurred by each assigned inspector of the Municipality or the actual billable costs of the contracted specialist(s).
Subdivisions, land developments, Zoning Map amendments and conditional use applications.
If during the course of a review of a submitted application for subdivision, land development, Zoning Map amendment or conditional use application, additional meetings, beyond those indicated in the respective sections of this chapter for the above applications, are needed or requested, this shall be classified as a Stage II review. The applicant shall be required to pay an additional $50 per meeting, plus any other invoiceable costs, such as required newspaper legal notices and court stenographers.
In the event that the applicant disputes the amount of any such review fees, the applicant shall, within 10 days of the billing date, notify the Municipality that such fees are disputed, in which case the Municipality shall not delay or disapprove a subdivision or land development application due to the applicant's notification of disputed review fees. In the event that the Municipality and the applicant cannot agree on the amount of the review fees which are reasonable and necessary, then the applicant and the Municipality shall follow the procedure for dispute resolution set forth in § 510(g) of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act 247, as amended.