Town of Lockport, NY
Niagara County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Lockport 6-7-2000 by L.L. No. 4-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Planning Board — See Ch. 31.
Zoning Board of Appeals — See Ch. 50.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 165.
Zoning — See Ch. 200.
The Town Board of the Town of Lockport finds that defraying the cost to the Town for the issuance of certain permits, reviews, providing information, etc., will be in the best interests of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and property of the Town and to that end a schedule of fees shall be established.
This chapter shall be entitled the "Town of Lockport Fee Schedule."
[Amended 12-3-2003 by L.L. No. 6-2003; 12-7-2016]
The following fees shall be charged by the Town of Lockport, its departments and agencies for the permits, reviews, provision of records, and services until modified in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
(If any action or request involves more than one fee, each fee shall be applicable.)
A. 
Documents and information copies.
(1) 
Copies of documents from office: $0.25 per page.
(2) 
Maps.
(a) 
Colored zoning, small: $6.
(b) 
Master Plan, small: $6.
(c) 
Wetland maps: $10.
(d) 
Floodplain:
[1] 
Small colored: $10.
[2] 
Full set: $50.
(e) 
Election, school, fire district zoning, large: $15.
(3) 
Ordinances, laws and regulations.
(a) 
Master Plan: $50.
(b) 
Zoning Code, including map: $30.
(c) 
Subdivision regulations: $25.
(d) 
Sewer Code: $25.
(e) 
Water Code: $25.
(f) 
Public improvement standard details with compact disc: $40.
(g) 
Town Code (complete): $250.
B. 
Building permit fees (includes final certificate of occupancy).
(1) 
Residential buildings.
(a) 
Single-family residence: $0.15 per square foot plus lot fee of $25.
(b) 
Two-family residence: $0.15 per square foot plus lot fee of $25.
(c) 
Multiple dwelling:
[1] 
One to five units: $0.15 per square foot plus lot fee of $25.
[2] 
Next 10 units: $50 per unit.
[3] 
Additional units: $25 per unit.
(d) 
Residential remodeling/addition and repair: $0.10 per square foot; minimum $20.
(e) 
Mobile homes: $0.15 per square foot plus lot fee of $25.
(2) 
Commercial and industrial buildings.
(a) 
Zero to 1,000 square feet floor space: $250.
(b) 
Over 1,000 to 5,000 square feet floor space: $0.25 per square foot.
(c) 
Over 5,000 square feet: $1,250 plus $0.05 per square foot over 5,000 square feet.
(d) 
Commercial and industrial alteration, repair: $0.10 per square foot.
(e) 
Communication towers: $600.
(f) 
Communication antennas: $100 each.
(g) 
Communication dishes: $100 each.
(h) 
Radio towers (single users): $100 each.
(3) 
Agricultural buildings.
(a) 
Zero to 3,000 square feet: $60.
(b) 
Three thousand one to 6,000 square feet: $180.
(c) 
Six thousand one to 9,000 square feet: $360.
(d) 
Nine thousand one to 12,000 square feet: $400.
(e) 
Over 12,000 square feet: $400 plus $0.01 per square foot over 12,000 square feet.
(4) 
Accessory buildings; miscellaneous.
(a) 
Residential storage buildings, 168 square feet or less: $20.
(b) 
Commercial storage building: $0.05 per square foot.
(c) 
Garage or barns: $0.10 per square foot.
(d) 
Pools:
[1] 
Aboveground: $50.
[2] 
In-ground: $100.
(e) 
Fuel burning stoves or fireplace: $25.
(f) 
Interior renovations or remodeling: 1/2 of 1% of project cost.
(5) 
Roofing permits (existing buildings).
(a) 
Residential building: $30.
(b) 
Residential building accessory: $25.
(c) 
Commercial building: $75.
(d) 
Commercial building accessory: $45.
(e) 
Industrial building: $75.
(f) 
Industrial building accessory: $45.
(6) 
Siding permits (existing buildings).
(a) 
Residential building: $30.
(b) 
Residential building accessory: $20.
(c) 
Commercial building: $50.
(d) 
Commercial building accessory: $25.
(e) 
Industrial building: $50.
(f) 
Industrial building accessory: $25.
(7) 
Generator permit (permanent).
(a) 
Residential building: $25.
(b) 
Commercial building: $50.
(8) 
Operation permits: $50.
(9) 
Truss identification fees.
(a) 
Commercial: $50.
(b) 
Residential: $15.
C. 
Zoning Board of Appeals/Planning Board and related fees.
(1) 
Zoning variances (area and use): $150.
(2) 
Flood zone variance: $150.
(3) 
Permit to develop in flood zone: $50 plus development cost.
(4) 
Flood zone determination letter: $25.
(5) 
Special use permits (temporary and permanent): $150.
(6) 
Individual site plan review.[1]
(a) 
Change in occupancy with no change in use affecting dimensional or site plan requirements: $200.
(b) 
Minor addition, less than 1,000 square feet: $200.
(c) 
New build or expansion of less than 5,000 square feet and affecting less than 20,000 square feet of land: $450.
(d) 
New build or expansion of greater than 5,000 square feet but less than 20,000 square feet, or affecting greater than 20,000 square feet of land but less than 60,000 square feet of land: $1,000.
(e) 
New build or expansion over 20,000 square feet of building or affecting greater than 60,000 square feet of land: $1,000, plus $100 per 5,000 square feet of building for any fraction thereof over 20,000 square feet, or $100 per acre (40,000 square feet) of land affected for any fraction thereof over 60,000 square feet.
[1]
Editor's Note: If a subdivision or site plan application is significantly altered due to project changes, or the project is delayed due to applicant's request or failure to proceed, an additional fee will be charged at 50% of the original fee.
(7) 
Review of subdivision application[2]: $250 plus $25 per lot.
[2]
Editor's Note: If a subdivision or site plan application is significantly altered due to project changes, or the project is delayed due to applicant's request or failure to proceed, an additional fee will be charged at 50% of the original fee.
(8) 
Floodplain study engineering review: $500.
(9) 
Site plan drainage review.
(a) 
Over one acre to five acres: $500.
(b) 
Over five acres: $750.
(10) 
Water model engineering review: $500.
(11) 
Sewer model engineering review: $500.
(12) 
Traffic impact study review: $1,500.
D. 
Application for rezoning: $500 plus $100 per acre or any fraction thereof over one acre.
E. 
Demolition of structure. NOTE: The basement area will be calculated into the square footage.
(1) 
Zero to 500 square feet: $25.
(2) 
Five hundred one square feet to 3,000 square feet: $50.
(3) 
Three thousand one square feet to 6,000 square feet: $75.
(4) 
Six thousand one square feet to 9,000 square feet: $100.
(5) 
Nine thousand one square feet to 12,000 square feet: $120.
(6) 
Over 12,000 square feet: $120 plus $0.01 per square foot.
F. 
Public improvement permit.
(1) 
Fee for review and approval of plans and specifications by engineers (including review, comment letter, second review and approval letter) and the review and approval and acceptance of insurance, bonds, easements, dedications, other documents and agreements by the Town Attorney.
(a) 
Residential subdivisions:
[1] 
Twenty lots or fewer: $65 per lot.
[2] 
Over 20 lots: $1,300 plus $40 per lot.
(b) 
Commercial subdivisions: minimum of $500 or residential schedule, whichever is greater.
(2) 
Additional engineering reviews if second review does not result in approval of plans: $10 per lot for each subsequent review until approval letter is generated.
(3) 
Public improvement inspection fees.
Cost
Fee
$0 to $150,000
5% of construction (all construction values)
$150,000 plus
4% of construction (all construction values)
G. 
Signs.
(1) 
Temporary sign permit: $35.
(2) 
Permanent signs, new.
(a) 
Up to 100 square feet (each face): $25.
(b) 
Over 100 square feet: $25 plus $0.20 per square foot.
(3) 
Alteration, resurface (except for change in copy only), relocation or addition: $0.15 per square foot.
(4) 
Annual inspection fee for all off-site signs, to be paid annually as of January 1st of each year: $0.15 per square foot of sign face area.
H. 
Sewer and Water Department fees (payable directly to Sewer and Water Department Office).
(1) 
Sewer connection inspection fee, standard four or six inch tap: $500.
(2) 
Water.
(a) 
Tapping fees and meter charges:
Size
(inches)
Tapping Fee
Meter Charge
Total
5/8*
n/a
$225
3/4*
n/a
$250
1
$900
$350
$1,250
1 1/2*
n/a
$450
2
$1,600
$800
$2,400
*
Meter replacements only. New taps not allowed.
(b) 
Water connection inspection fee, larger than two inch: $750.
(3) 
Service calls.
(a) 
Water turned on/off: $35.
[1] 
After normal work hours: $100.
(b) 
Frozen meter repair: cost of replacement meter.
[1] 
After normal work hours: $150 plus cost of replacement meter.
(c) 
Sewer calls (individual service – residential or commercial): $75.
[1] 
After normal working hours: $150.
(d) 
Manual reading (radio read meter not installed or not working properly): $25.
(e) 
Reading – calibration of large meters has not been done: $150.
(f) 
Additional notification of inspections for plumbing connections, sump pumps/drain connections after second notification with no response: $25 per notification.
(4) 
Plumbing fixture fees per unit.
Units Installed
Fee
1 to 5
$50
6 to 10
$75
11 to 15
$125
Over 15
$200
(5) 
Water and sewer caps: $30.
(6) 
Water fees for temporary hydrant, irrigation and farming operations:
(a) 
Water usage: $1.90/1,000 gallons.
*All readings are rounded up to the next 1,000 gallons.
*Minimum water usage bill is $50.
(b) 
Meter and backflow (backflow if required):
[1] 
One inch: $250.
[2] 
Two inch: $350.
*
Meter fee includes backflow prevention device (if not provided by the applicant), Town of Lockport Water Department delivery, set-up and removal of the meter. Contractor is not allowed to pick up the meter and install themselves.
(c) 
Replacement of meter and backflow (due to theft, damage, etc.):
[1] 
One inch: $500.
[2] 
Two inch: $1,000.
I. 
Miscellaneous.
(1) 
Building permit renewal: $50.
(2) 
Certificate of occupancy/compliance.
(a) 
Residential:
[1] 
One- and two-family residences: $75.
[2] 
Multiple-family units (three or more) and sleeping rooms: $20 per unit (minimum $75).
(b) 
Commercial, per tenant (minimum $100): $75 per tenant.
(c) 
Industrial, per tenant (minimum $100): $100 per tenant.
(d) 
Copy of any certificate of occupancy/compliance: $10 each.
(3) 
Road work permit: $50.
(a) 
Multiple permits in any one calendar year: $200.
(4) 
Temporary site trailers: $50.
(5) 
Home occupation fee: $25.
(6) 
Storage tanks.
(a) 
Aboveground: $0.05 per gallon.
(b) 
Underground: $0.05 per gallon.
(7) 
Replacement or second 18 gallon recycling bins: $8.
(8) 
Thirty-two gallon recycling can: $18.
(9) 
Roadside ditch culvert.
[Added 12-4-2013 by Res. No. 2013-277]
(a) 
Application fee: $50.
(b) 
Installation fee: $10 per lineal foot.
J. 
Stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPP) design review and construction inspection.
(1) 
Single phase residential and commercial development projects.
(a) 
In conformance with New York State Design Manual's (NYSDEC) five-day review period:
Area
(acres)
SWPPP Design Plan Review
Construction Inspection
Less than 1
$0
$0
1 to 5
$400
$600
5 to 10
$600
$750
Over 10
$600 + $20 per acre over 10 acres
$750 + $50 per acre over 10 acres
(b) 
Not in conformance with New York State Design Manual's (NYSDEC) sixty-day review period:
Area
(acres)
SWPPP Design Plan Review
Construction Inspection
Less than 1
$0
$0
1 to 5
$800
$750
5 to 10
$1,000
$900
Over 10
$1,000 + $25 per acre over 10 acres
$900 + $60 per acre over 10 acres
(2) 
Multi-phase residential and commercial development projects.
(a) 
When the entire project is first being reviewed and approved by the municipality, the single phase residential and commercial development project schedule above shall be used to determine an initial fee based on the entire acreage of the project to be developed in several phases.
(b) 
An additional $500 for each subsequent phase after the first initial phase shall be collected at the beginning of the development of each subsequent phase and used for construction inspection.
All fees shall be paid prior to the provision of permits, information, reviews and performance of services covered thereby.
The Town Board may from time to time, by resolution without public hearing, modify the fees set forth herein and provide for additional fees for other matters.
Any existing fees inconsistent with the fees herein established are superseded in whole by this chapter, and any existing fees not inconsistent with the fees set forth herein shall remain in effect, but such fees may be amended or modified as set forth in § 90-5.
[Added 6-3-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004]
A. 
Legislative intent and findings.
(1) 
The Town of Lockport has experienced rapid growth in its population for two decades and is expected to continue this trend in the foreseeable future. This growth has brought with it an increasing demand for recreation opportunities for the Town's residents. Trends in recreational sports have been changing, leading to an increased demand for active recreational facilities for organized sports such as baseball and softball, soccer and other activities. Further, increased demands have developed for recreation, including nature trails and parks, walking and biking facilities and preserved land for passive recreation, picnics, and the ability to enjoy undeveloped spaces. The Town presently does not have sufficient facilities, parks and recreation areas to address the present and future needs of its residents. As the population continues to grow, and as more residential subdivisions and site plans are approved, the recreational needs will significantly increase. At the same time, as vacant land in the Town is developed for housing and other purposes, the availability of land that is suitable and appropriate for park and recreational facilities is rapidly disappearing.
(2) 
The Town Board is attempting to address this deficiency in a comprehensive manner but is hampered by the constraints of the unavailability of suitable lands and upward-spiraling land costs and by the costs of developing parks and recreation areas. The Town needs to address this deficiency adequately because of the specific needs that pertain to properly sited and planned active and passive recreational facilities. Scattered collections of small individual parks often would not be suited to meet the Town's recreational needs. In order to be suitable to meet these needs, some facilities must be large enough to provide several active recreational facilities for the sake of cost efficiency and to reduce transportation and other impacts and centrally located so as to be readily accessible to the greatest percentage of the Town's population, and some should be located in various areas of the Town to enhance quality of life in neighborhoods and groups of neighborhoods, and to provide passive recreational activities.
(3) 
Therefore, the Town Board deems it necessary to establish fees charged to developers of new residential subdivisions and site plans where such developers cannot provide suitable and appropriate lands for development as parks. In this way, the Town can fiscally plan for the recreational needs of the residents in these new subdivisions and residential sites and ameliorate the additional strain these new residents place on the already limited park and recreational facilities of the Town.
B. 
Fee schedule. The following fees shall be charged by the Town of Lockport pursuant to Town Law § 277, Subdivision 4, and § 274-a, Subdivision 6, where imposed in accordance with such sections:
[Amended 5-8-2013 by Res. No. 2013-99]
(1) 
For each building lot within a residential subdivision consisting of four lots or less: $250.
(2) 
For each building lot within a residential subdivision consisting of five or more lots: $400.
(3) 
For each dwelling unit within a residential site plan: $400.
(4) 
For each mobile home lot within a mobile home park: $400. This fee is in addition to private recreation areas established in a mobile home park as required by the Town's law and regulations. If, for any reason, such private recreation area is not developed, the fee shall be $400 for each lot. This section does not authorize waiver of required private recreation areas.
C. 
Applicability. This fee shall apply to any residential subdivision or site plan which has not been finally approved and filed as of the effective date of this section.
D. 
Changes. The amount of the fees established herein may be increased or decreased in the manner prescribed in § 90-5. The fees established herein shall become part of the Fee Schedule established in § 90-3.
E. 
Savings clause. If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section or part of this chapter shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, section or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.
F. 
When effective. This section shall take effect immediately upon its filing in the Office of the Secretary of State in accordance with the Municipal Home Rule Law.