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Town of Rock Hall, MD
Kent County
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A. 
The following schedule of fees is hereby established with respect to licenses, permits and activities required or regulated under the provisions of various chapters of the Code of the Town of Rock Hall. Applications for and the issuance of such licenses and permits shall be subject to the provisions of the specific chapter of the Code which is indicated for each type of license or permit. The businesses, activity or operation for which the license or permit is required shall be subject to all regulations set forth in the chapter to which reference is made.
(1) 
Chapter 81, Building Construction.
(a) 
Building permit fees and fees to be charged by the Zoning and Planning Commission:
[1] 
On-premises signs: $0.50 per square foot; minimum of $35.
[2] 
Demolition, removal or relocation: $10 per $1,000; minimum of $25.
(b) 
Inspection:
[1] 
Sediment and erosion control for all on site construction: $90 per acre; minimum of $50.
[2] 
Stormwater management (excludes off-site): $80 per acre; minimum of $50.
[3] 
Water line includes all on- and off-site water mains, all connections to building (excludes all indoor plumbing): $3.25 per linear foot of water main, plus $25 per lateral.
[4] 
Sanitary sewer includes on- and off-site mains, manholes, laterals to building (excludes all indoor plumbing and pump stations): $3.25 per linear foot of sewer main. Pump stations/lift stations will be evaluated on a per-case basis. The Town will estimate the fees for inspection.
[5] 
Driveway culvert established:
[a] 
Residential: $75;
[b] 
Subdivision development: $100.
[6] 
Entrance to property line in commercial or industrial projects: $250.
[7] 
Roads includes public roads, public storm drain, curb and gutter, sidewalk, parking lots, private roads and driveways: $3.25 per linear foot of road or storm drain, whichever is greater.
(c) 
New construction, remodel, reconstruction and swimming pools (Construction value shall be based on "Means Construction Cost Index," current edition, as published by McGraw-Hill, Inc.):
Construction Cost
Fee
$0 to $50,000
$10 per $1,000
$50,001 to $100,000
$500
Plus, per each additional$1,000 rounded up to the next highest $1,000
$7.50
$100,001 and up
$875
Plus, per each additional$1,000 rounded up to the next highest $1,000
$5.00
Minimum fee
$40
(d) 
Certificate of occupancy/use: $40.
(e) 
Lines and grades (where applicable): $25.
(f) 
Bulkhead permits:
[1] 
Zero to 100 feet: minimum of $50.
[2] 
All over 100 feet: $0.50 per foot.
(2) 
Chapter 106, Fences.
(a) 
Construction value shall be based on "Means Construction Cost Index" current addition as published by McGraw-Hill, Inc.
[1] 
Fence: $10 per $1,000; minimum of $40.
[2] 
Lines and grades: $25.
(3) 
Chapter 125, Garbage, Rubbish and Waste.
(a) 
License fee to collect garbage per year:
[1] 
Residential: $25.
[2] 
Commercial: $40.
(b) 
Bulk trash collection fees:
[1] 
Per stop: $10;
[2] 
Plus white good with fluorocarbon, per item (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and water coolers): $15;
[3] 
Plus other white good, per item: $10;
[4] 
Plus furniture, mattress or box spring, per item: $5;
[5] 
Plus tires:
[a] 
Passenger tire (< R-15), per tire: $3.
[b] 
Passenger and light truck (> R-15), per tire: $5.
[c] 
Heavy-duty truck, per tire: $8.
[d] 
Over the road tire, prorated to the pound: $400 per ton.
[e] 
Tires with water or other foreign matter (mud, polyfill, etc.) and tires on rims will be accepted at twice the regular charge.
(c) 
Plus other items, per box, bundle, package, etc.:
[1] 
Not exceeding 50 pounds per item: $2.50.
[2] 
Exceeding 50 pounds per item: $2.50;
[3] 
Plus for each additional pound: $1.
(4) 
Chapter 155, Noise.
(a) 
Excavating, grading, paving, erection, demolition, alteration or repair of premises, street, buildings or structures during the hours specified in § 155-2J: $10.
(5) 
Chapter 167, Plumbing.
(a) 
Plumbing fixtures, up to five fixtures: $15.
(b) 
Extra plumbing fixtures, over five installed on same permit: $4 each.
(c) 
Appliances: $7.50 each.
(d) 
Heating and air conditioning (Construction value shall be based on "Means Construction Cost Index," current edition, as published by McGraw-Hill, Inc.):
[1] 
First $1,000: $5.
[2] 
Each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof: $3.
(e) 
Fire sprinkler, standpipes, lawn sprinkler systems (Construction value shall be based on "Means Construction Cost Index," current edition, as published by McGraw-Hill, Inc.):
[1] 
First $1,000 and each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof: $6.50.
(f) 
Sewer connection:
[Amended 6-10-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-04; 4-12-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-01]
[1] 
Four-inch single sewer connection: $5,000.
[2] 
Six-inch single sewer connection: $8,750.
[3] 
Eight-inch single sewer connection: $12,500.
[4] 
Over eight inches: per agreement.
(g) 
Single water connection:
[Amended 6-10-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-04; 4-12-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-01]
[1] 
Three-fourths-inch: $5,000.
[2] 
One-inch: $6,000.
[3] 
One-and-one-half inch: $7,000.
[4] 
Two-inch: $8,000.
[5] 
Two-and-one-half inch: $9,000.
[6] 
Three-inch: $10,000.
[7] 
Four-inch: $12,000.
[8] 
Six-inch: $14,000.
[9] 
Over six inches: per agreement.
(h) 
Multiple dwellings, per unit: $1,000. Multiple dwellings are those dwellings that have one meter but individual dwelling units, such as apartments, hotels, motels, approved mobile home parks and travel trailer campgrounds.
(i) 
A single charge for sewer/water shall be used for marinas and tiered dry rack storage facilities as such; every 10 slips/berths shall be considered a single unit.
[1] 
Per unit: $250.
[2] 
Plumbing permits: $15.
(6) 
Chapter 184, Sewers.
(a) 
The sewer charge will be two times that of the water charge, effective July 1, 1994.
(b) 
The following application fees for the purchase of sewer allocations are adopted as follows:
[1] 
Site plans:
[a] 
Multiple-family dwellings, per unit: $200.
[b] 
Townhouses, per unit: $200.
[c] 
Hotels, motels and motor lodges, rooming and boarding houses, per transient lodging unit or rental unit: $200.
[2] 
Subdivision:
[a] 
Residential, per dwelling unit: $200.
[b] 
Detached, single-family dwelling (fill-in-lots), per unit: $100.
[c] 
Group homes/domiciliary care homes, per lodging unit: $200.
[d] 
Bed-and-breakfast facilities, per sleeping room: $100.
[e] 
Any nonresidential entity not listed above, per gallon of allocation required: $0.75.
(c) 
All other current sewer rates and charges are on file in the office of the Town Clerk.
(7) 
Chapter 196, Streets and Sidewalks.
(a) 
Minimum cost for clearing and removing snow and ice by the Town: at cost plus 15% administrative fee; minimum of $50.
(8) 
Chapter 200, Subdivision of Land. Fees shall be payable at the time of filing an application. The applicant shall pay the actual cost of the review. At the time of filing an application, the applicant shall deposit an escrow amount to cover the initial plan review costs. If the amount is exhausted during the review process, additional moneys required for the review shall be paid by additional escrow amounts.
(a) 
Minor land development:
[1] 
Minor land development, residential.
[a] 
Minor land development plans:
[i] 
Filing fee (nonrefundable): $50.
[ii] 
Initial engineering and plan review escrow amount: $50, plus $5 per dwelling unit or acre, whichever is greater.
[iii] 
Lot line adjustment: $50.
[Added 8-14-1997 by Ord. No. 97-09]
[b] 
Construction improvement plans:
[i] 
Filing fee (nonrefundable): $50.
[ii] 
Initial engineering and plan review escrow amount: $100, plus $15 per dwelling unit or acre, whichever is greater.
[2] 
Minor land development, nonresidential.
[a] 
Minor land development plans:
[i] 
Filing fee (nonrefundable): $100.
[ii] 
Initial engineering and plan review escrow amount:
Acreage
Fee
0 to 4.99 acres
$200
5 to 19.99 acres
$450
20 to 49.99 acres
$700
50 to 99.99 acres
$1,000
100 plus acres
$1,200
[iii] 
Lot line adjustment: $100.
[Added 8-14-1997 by Ord. No. 97-09]
[b] 
Construction improvement plans:
[i] 
Filing fee: (nonrefundable): $100.
[ii] 
Initial engineering and plan review escrow amount:
Acreage
Fee
0 to 4.99 acres
$350
5 to 19.99 acres
$600
20 to 49.99 acres
$950
50 to 99.99 acres
$1,400
100 plus acres
$1,600
(b) 
Major land development:
[1] 
Major land development, residential.
[a] 
Major land development plan:
[i] 
Filing fee (nonrefundable): $150.
[ii] 
Initial engineering and plan review escrow amount: $100, plus $10 per dwelling unit or acre, whichever is greater.
[iii] 
Lot line adjustment: $50.
[Added 8-14-1997 by Ord. No. 97-09]
[b] 
Construction improvement plans:
[i] 
Filing fee (nonrefundable): $100.
[ii] 
Initial engineering and plan review escrow amount (per dwelling unit or acre, whichever is greater):
Dwelling Units or Acres
Fee
0 to 19
$150, plus $15 each
20 to 99
$200, plus $12 each
100 plus
$300, plus $ 9 each
[2] 
Major land development, nonresidential.
[a] 
Major land development plan:
[i] 
Filing fee (nonrefundable): $200.
[ii] 
Initial engineering and plan review escrow amount:
Acreage
Fee
0 to 4.99 acres
$250
5 to 19.99 acres
$500
20 to 49.99 acres
$750
50 to 99.99 acres
$1,050
100 plus acres
$1,300
[iii] 
Lot line adjustment: $50.
[Added 8-14-1997 by Ord. No. 97-09]
[b] 
Construction improvement plans:
[i] 
Filing fee (nonrefundable): $200.
[ii] 
Initial engineering and plan review escrow amount:
Acreage
Fee
0 to 4.99 acres
$400
5 to 19.99 acres
$700
20 to 49.99 acres
$1,100
50 to 99.99 acres
$1,600
100 plus acres
$1,800
(9) 
Chapter 215, Vehicles and Traffic.
(a) 
Towing charge: at cost plus 15% administrative fee; minimum $50.
(b) 
Storage charge: at cost plus 15% administrative fee; minimum $20.
(10) 
Chapter 220, Water.
(a) 
In-town water rates, effective April 1, 2019:
[Amended 8-9-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-03; 10-10-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-04]
Number of Gallons Used per Quarter
Quarterly Fee
First 15,000
See meter size in § 102-1A(10)(b) for quarterly fee amount.
Over 15,000, per 1,000 gallons
$4.49
(b) 
Charge for water by measurement: minimum quarterly charge, per meter (effective April 1, 2019):
[Amended 8-9-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-03; 8-14-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-07; 2-14-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-01]
Meter Size
(inches)
Quarterly Fee
3/4
$44.85
1
$44.85
1 1/2
$89.70
2
$134.55
3
$179.40
4
$269.10
6
$448.50
(c) 
Charge to restore service disconnected for nonpayment:
[1] 
During regular business hours: $25.
[2] 
After regular business hours, on weekends and on holidays: $75.
(d) 
Fee for reading meters due to transfer/settlement of properties: $10.
(e) 
Fee for reading meters for cutoff/final at customer request:
[1] 
During regular business hours: $10.
[2] 
After regular business hours, on holidays, or on weekends: $50.
(f) 
Fee for reading meters in addition to primary meters: $10.
(g) 
Re-reads and calibrations, at customer request.
[1] 
Meter re-reads.
[a] 
During regular business hours:
[i] 
First reading found to be correct in a twelve-month period: $10.
[ii] 
Each additional request in a twelve-month period and found correct: $20.
[b] 
After regular business hours, on holidays or on weekends: $50.
[2] 
Meter calibrations.
[a] 
During regular business hours:
[i] 
First request for the calibration of a meter by a customer: $10.
[ii] 
Each additional calibration request by a customer in a twelve-month period and meter found correct: $20.
[b] 
After regular business hours, on holidays or on weekends: $50.
B. 
Zoning fees.
[Amended 7-10-1997 by Ord. No. 97-08]
(1) 
All persons, firms or corporations applying to the Board of Appeals to establish a nonconforming use shall be required to pay, in advance, $175 for expenses relative thereto.
(2) 
All persons, firms or corporations applying to the Board of Appeals for any relief, other than to establish a nonconforming use, necessitating the publication of notices in the newspapers, shall be required to pay, in advance, $250 for expenses relative thereto.
(3) 
All persons, firms or corporations applying to the Mayor and Council for a text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance or a change in the classification of property in a zoning district, necessitating the publication of notice in the newspaper, shall be required to pay, in advance, $500 for expenses relative thereto. No fee shall be required for actions initiated by the Mayor and Council or the Planning Commission.
(4) 
Any persons, firms or corporations applying for or submitting to the Planning Commission a preliminary site plan shall be required to pay, in advance, $300 for expenses relative thereto.
(5) 
Any persons, firms or corporations submitting a final site plan to the Planning Commission shall be required to pay, in advance, $250 for expenses relative thereto.
(6) 
Any application for alternative or additional relief will require the cumulative payment of the fees as stated.
(7) 
All persons, firms or corporations applying to the Mayor and Council for a variance from the requirements of the Floodplain Ordinance shall be required to pay, at the time of application, $250 for expenses relative thereto.
[Added 2-24-2000 by Ord. No. 00-01]
(8) 
Annexation fee.
[Added 12-14-2000 by Ord. No. 00-06]
(a) 
All persons, firms or corporations petitioning the Mayor and Council for annexation shall be required to pay, at the time of application, $2,000 for the processing, drafting, review and/or hearing expenses relative thereto.
(b) 
In addition to the fee specified in Subsection B(8)(a), an applicant petitioning for annexation shall reimburse the Town for the public notice advertising costs incurred by the Town in connection with the petition for annexation. Such costs incurred shall be billed by the Town to the applicant and shall be promptly paid by the applicant to the Town upon said billing.
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Editor's Note: Copies of the Fee Schedule are available in the Town offices. Check with the Town office for any changes in fees as this chapter will only be updated annually.