Township of Lower Merion, PA
Montgomery County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
The following schedule consists of a compilation and consolidation of provisions pertaining to fees for the various applications, licenses and permits required or provided for under Township ordinances, rules and regulations as included in this Code. This schedule was approved and adopted by the Board of Commissioners at the time of adoption of this Code (9-21-1977 by Ord. No. 1802) and continues in effect the fee provisions existing at that time in the various ordinances of the Township. Specific regulations, application procedures and requirements, conditions and approval provisions with respect to which each fee is required may be found in the pertinent chapter of this Code referred to below.
TOWNSHIP SCHEDULE OF FEES
Chapter of Code/
Type of Application,
License or Permit
Fee
Chapter 5, Administrative Code
[Added 11-16-1994 by Ord. No. 3372; last amended 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 4147]
Application to Board of Commissioners
$200
Schedule of attorney fees for services in connection with the collection of accounts.
Legal services
Send notice letter
$40
Open file and send initial demand letter
$160
File lien and send second demand letter
$175
Prepare writ of scire facias
$175
Obtain reissued writ
$30
Prepare and mail letter under Pa.R.C.P. § 237.1
$30
Prepare motion for alternate service
$175
Prepare default judgment
$175
Prepare writ of execution
$800
Attendance at sale; review schedule of distribution and resolve distribution issues
$400
Services not covered above
At an hourly rate between $60-$225 per hour
There shall be added to the above amounts the reasonable out-of-pocket expenses of counsel in connection with each of these services, including postage fees, as itemized in the applicable counsel bills, which shall be deemed to be part of the fees. Charges for the use of credit and debit cards will be charged by the card provider to the card used for making payment.
Tax Collector fees
Duplicate bill fee
$3
Copy of receipt
$2
Dishonored debit fee (check or electronic)
$50
Tax certification fee (four-year certification)
$40
Fed wire fee
$25
Expedited (24-hour service) tax certification fee
$25
Duplicate payment refund fee
$15
Bulk data files to mortgagees
$400
Plus, for each property
$0.55
Hearing Officer/Appeals Board
$300
Police
Photographs
Printed
$45
Digital-first image
$35
Digital-each additional image
$20 (not to exceed $95 per incident)
Theft/burglary reports (resident victims exempt)
$40
Miscellaneous reports (resident victims exempt)
$30
Change of address
$40
Liquor license transfer hearing fee
$300
Chapter 49, Air Pollution
Construction, reconstruction, conversion, additions, alterations or replacement of devices that produce, control or cause air pollution (considered as installation of permanent equipment under Building Code)
See Ch. 62 below
Chapter 51, Alarm Systems
[Added 4-15-1987 by Ord. No. 3046; last amended 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 4147]
License - alarm installer (new license or annual renewal)
Alarm equipment installer license
$50
Journeyman
$7
Annual security alarm registration fee
Residential
$70
Commercial
$110
Annual fire alarm registration fee
Residential
$70
Commercial
$110
Annual combination fire and security alarm registration fee
Residential
$70
Commercial
$110
Administration fees - registered alarm users
False fire alarm
$100
Incremental fee for each additional false alarm beyond the fourth
$100 up to a $300 maximum
False security alarm
$50
Incremental fee for each additional false alarm beyond the fourth
$50 up to a $300 maximum
Permit - alarm installation (fee includes first-year registration fee)
Commercial - up to $10,000
$250
Each additional $1,000
$7
Residential
$100
Chapter 62, Building Construction[1]
Chapter 67, Circuses and Carnivals
License, per week or portion thereof
$300
Chapter 69, Contractor Licensing
[Amended 11-20-2002 by Ord. No. 3660]
License (new license or annual renewal)
Contractors of residential work
$50
Contractors of nonresidential work
$50
On-site sewage contractors
$50
Swimming pool and sign contractors
$50
Chapter 72, Electrical Standards
[Last amended 11-16-2016 by Ord. No. 4095]
License (new license or annual renewal)
Master electrical contractor
$50
Master electrician, limited special
$50
Chief plant electrician
$50
Journeyman electrician
$7
Master heating and/or air conditioning
$50
Journeyman heating and/or air conditioning
$7
Permits for electrical work
Where total valuation of the work is:
First $2,000
$40
Plus, for each $1,000 or fraction thereof over initial valuation
$8
Routine repairs, maintenance or replacement at predesignated sites, annual fee, payable January 1
$200
Electric plan review: residential
$70
Generator (separate permit required for gas piping)
Installation
$125
Chapter 78, Fire Prevention
[Added 3-18-1981 by Ord. No. 1952; amended 1-9-2008 by Ord. No. 3837]
Burn permit, annual
$80
Burn permit, semiannual
$40
Fireworks permit, each occurrence
$150
Bonfire permit, each occurrence
$50
Variance approvals
$100
Fire Code appeal
$100
Chapter 82, Garbage and Refuse
[Last amended 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 4147]
Permit fees for container (per year)
Compacting containers
$55
Noncompacting containers or dumpsters
$29
Containers used for recycling, including rendering materials (per location)
$13
Solid waste fees
Annual solid waste fee for a container up to 21 gallons
$237
Annual solid waste fee for a container of 21 to 45 gallons
$338
Fee for each additional container up to 45 gallons
$67
Surcharge for each 45-gallon increment or portion thereof above the base container size
$67
Rear yard collection (if elected)
$231
Chapter 88, Historic Districts
[Added 12-18-2002 by Ord. No. 3663; last amended 11-16-2016 by Ord. No. 4095]
Application for a certificate of appropriateness for new construction, additions, and façade alterations disturbing more than 25% of the exterior (collected at time of building permit application)
$75
Permit fee for collector (per truck)
Per annum
$60
Permit fee for collector (per truck)
Per annum
$60
Demolition application (collected at time of application)
$135
Chapter 90, Health and Sanitation
[Last amended 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 4147]
Food, beverage and cigarette vending machines
Annual inspection, per location, which shall include license, permit or certificate
Each machine
$35
Annual inspection fee for public bathing places
Each indoor pool on premises
$465
Each outdoor pool on premises
$350
Wading pool
Class 1
No fee
Class 2 and 3
50% of annual pool fee
Late fee
$40
Reinspection fees
Follow-up inspection
Free
Additional inspections
$100 per hour, or fraction thereof, for violations found uncorrected at time of follow-up inspection
Tattooing and body piercing
The annual license fee for a tattooing or body piercing establishment, which shall include the cost of the inspection certificate
$350
Chapter 92, Housing-Property Maintenance
[Last amended 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 4147]
Annual license to operate a residential rental unit or a multiple dwelling
Residential or a 2-family rental unit (nonstudent)
$85
Student unit, up to 2 units
$135
Student unit, each additional unit (after 2)
$25
Multiple dwelling, 3 to 5 rental units, per unit (nonstudent)
$100
Multiple dwellings, over 5 rental units
First 5 units
$100
Each additional unit
$10
Annual license to operate rooming house
Per rental room within a rooming house
$25
Late fee per room or rental unit if rental license is not paid within 4 months of the expiration date
$50
Dumpster permit fee
$25
Chapter 95, Junk Dealers
License to conduct business
Per annum
$10
For partial year, issued after July 1[2]
$5
Chapter 107, Official Map
[Added 4-25-2012 by Ord. No. 3972]
Special encroachment permit
$560
Chapter 115, Plumbing
[Last amended 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 4147]
License (new license or annual renewal)
Master plumber
$50
Journeyman plumber
$25
Plumbing permits
New construction, including 7 fixtures
$110
Each additional fixture
$25
Alterations, including 5 fixtures
$75
Each additional fixture
$25
Tank and pump installation
First 1,000 gallons
$50
Each additional 1,000 gallons or fraction thereof
$20
Gas pumps
$30
Small flow treatment plant
$250
Plus initial consultant’s review fee escrow deposit
$2,000
Plus reimbursement for the Township Engineer’s charges to review engineering calculations.
Chapter 119, Real Estate Registry
[Added 4-20-1994 by Ord. No. 3357; last amended 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 4147]
Application for resale certification
Application prior to 20 days before settlement
$100
Application within 20 days of settlement
$150
Registration of deeds, each document
$10
Chapter 121, Stormwater Management and Erosion Control
[Last amended 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 4147]
Permit applications
Runoff and erosion control
For each site of up to 3 acres in size; base fee includes up to 2 engineer plan reviews
$2,135
For each additional acre or increment thereof
$415
For each additional plan review
$415
Plus the actual cost of any Township Engineer inspections, per each hour or portion thereof a Township inspector is engaged for the work
Minor grading permit; base fee includes up to 2 engineer plan reviews
$1,135
For each additional engineering review
$305
Plus the actual cost of any Township Engineer inspections, per each hour or portion thereof a Township inspector is engaged for the work
Chapter 126, Sewers
[Added 12-16-1981 by Ord. No. 1985; last amended 11-18-2015 by Ord. No. 4072]
Permits
Sewer District 1
Connection fee, per EDU
$150
Tapping fee, per EDU
Capacity part
$800
Collection part
$50
Total
$1,000
Sewer District 2
Connection fee, per EDU
$150
Tapping fee, per EDU
Capacity part
$800
Collection part
$50
Reimbursement part
$1,500
Total
$2,500
Sewer District 3
Connection fee, per EDU
$105
Tapping fee, per EDU
Capacity part
$485
Collection part
$10
Special purpose part
$19,264
Total
$19,864
Sewer District 4
Connection fee per EDU
$150
Tapping fee per EDU
Capacity part
$800
Collection part
$50
Special purpose part
$16,380
Total
$17,380
Waste removal or cleaning of system
$12
Sewer repair permit
$35
Chapter 133, Streets and Sidewalks
[Last amended 11-15-2017 by Ord. No. 4122]
Permit and inspection fees
Permit administrative fee
Initial 30-day period
$35
Each additional 30-day renewal period
$32
Street construction fee
Unimproved surface:
First 10 linear feet or fraction thereof
$28
Each additional 10 linear feet or fraction thereof
$11
Improved surface
First 10 linear feet or fraction thereof
$28
Each additional 10 linear feet or fraction thereof
$16
Street degradation fee for improved surfaces
$116
Additional degradation fee if surface paved within the past five years:
Per linear foot if street paved within 1 year
$39
Per linear foot if street paved within 2 years
$32
Per linear foot if street paved within 3 years
$25
Per linear foot if street paved within 4 years
$19
Per linear foot if street paved within 5 years
$12
Pole fee, per pole
$45
Curb and sidewalk adjustment, replacement, installation fee
First 10 linear feet or fraction thereof
$28
Each additional 10 linear feet or fraction thereof
$8
Driveway resurface fee
$28
New driveway fee
$116
Street closing fee, per day
$70
Parking meters bagged; administrative fee
$27
Additional meter cost for time bagged
Variable
Occupancy fee
First 24 hours
$115
Each additional day
$15
Special use fee
Per day
$70
Additional charges, based on weight of vehicle and its load and length of haul
As specified by Vehicle Code
Special inspection fee, per hour or fraction thereof
$42
Traffic management fee, per hour or fraction thereof
Actual cost
Petition to open and/or vacate streets and highways
Filing fee
$575
Professional fee, per hour
$220
Administrative fee for permits issued through Traisr
$2
Chapter 135, Subdivision and Land Development
[Last amended 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 4147]
Improvement construction permit
1% of the estimated cost of the improvements
1.0%
with a minimum charge of:
$1,995
with a maximum charge of:
$2,505
Plus the actual cost of any Township Engineer inspections, per each hour or portion thereof a Township inspector is engaged for the work
Inspections and tests
Inspections
Actual cost
Material tests
Actual cost
Land subdivision/development agreements
Preparation, each
$590
*Plus initial consultants’ review fee escrow deposit
$1,300
Recording
Actual cost
Escrow agreements, letters of credit and bonds, each for processing
$165
Filing of plans
Tentative sketch*
Lot line changes
$1,990
Plus initial consultants’ review fee escrow deposit
$1,300
Subdivisions
$2,075
*Plus initial consultants' review fee escrow deposit
Per lot 5 acres or less
$1,300
Per lot, more than 5 acres
$2,200
Land development
$2,075
*Plus initial consultants' review fee escrow deposit for disturbed area of one acre or less
$3,775
Plus for each additional acre or increment thereof
$650
Multifamily escrow
Plus initial consultants’ review fee escrow deposit for the first 5 units
$3,500
Plus for each additional 5 units or increments thereof
$500
Maximum initial consultants’ review fee for multifamily not to exceed $40,000
Preliminary subdivision plan*
Number of lots
2
$3,565
3
$5,605
4
$8,190
5
$10,745
Each additional, up to and including 15
$1,220
Each additional, over 15
$660
*Plus initial consultants' review fee escrow deposit
Per lot, 5 acres or less
$1,300
Per lot, more than 5 acres
$2,200
Preliminary lot line change plans, where no additional building lots are being proposed*
$1,990
*Plus initial consultants’ review fee escrow deposit
$1,300
Commercial or manufacturing developments*
$4,050
*Plus initial consultants' review fee escrow deposit
$1,300
Preliminary land development plan*+
Residential, commercial or manufacturing
Number of acres
0 to 5
$3,275
Over 5 to 10
$5,575
Over 10
$10,920
*Plus initial consultants' review fee escrow deposit
Disturbed area of 1 acre or less
$4,400
Or where waiver of tentative sketch has been requested
$5,975
Plus for each additional acre or increment thereof
$650
Multifamily escrow
Plus initial consultants’ review fee escrow deposit for the first 5 units
$3,775
Plus for each additional 5 units or increment thereof
$555
Maximum initial consultants’ review fee for multifamily not to exceed $40,000
+Land development subject to architectural design standards in addition to preliminary land development fees
$965
Note: +When a preliminary subdivision or lot line change plan and a preliminary land development plan are both required, the fee required shall be the greater of the two fees.
Amendments to:
Conditions of approval
$765
Approved or recorded plans*
$1,900
*Plus initial consultants’ review fee
$2,725
Requests for waiver from the provisions of Chapter 135, Subdivision and Land Development
For 1 acre or less
$1,970
*Plus for each additional acre or increment thereof
$595
*Plus initial consultants’ review fee
$2,725
Second stage plan, initial consultants’ review fee
$1,100
Township Engineer's and professional consultants' fees
Should the balance of escrow deposits for Township Engineer’s and professional consultants fees as set forth herein fall below 25% of the original amount deposited, an additional deposit(s) may be required to restore the escrow account balance to the amount originally deposited or to pay for the anticipated balance of the actual cost, whichever is lesser, in order for the review process to continue. Any amounts remaining in the escrow account after all professional consultant review fees are paid from the account will be returned to the applicant.
An application will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted unless all fees required for the subdivision or land development submission accompany the application.
Covenant fee
$325
Park and recreation fee per residential unit for any residential development with 3 or more dwelling units
$3,000
Chapter 140, Telecommunications Facilities
[Added 5-20-1998 by Ord. No. 3489; last amended 11-15-2017 by Ord. No. 4122]
Wireless communication facilities
Application fee:
Per each micro facility attached to an existing structure
$400
Per each other wireless communication facility
$675
Right-of-way use fee, annually per location
$250
Annual charge for attachment to Township structures in the ROW, per each structure
$300
Rental charge for Township structures not in the ROW
Negotiable
Initial escrow deposit for consultants and professional advice
$2,500
Application for cable franchise
$7,500
Chapter 141, Transient Retail Businesses
License, per 30-day period
$25
Chapter 143, Uniform Construction Code
[Added 12-15-2004 by Ord. No. 3730; last amended 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 4147]
Administrative fee for permits issued through Traisr
$2.50
Application to UCC Appeals Board where no hearing is requested
$215
Application to UCC Appeals Board where hearing is requested
$500
Pennsylvania State training fee
$4.50
Permits for new buildings
When a permit fee is based on the cost of the improvement, the valuation of the subject work shall be the fair market value of all of the work. In an effort to substantiate the cost, a contract that has been signed by both parties shall accompany the permit application.
Single- and two-family dwellings
$0.55 per square foot or $950, whichever is greater; includes basement, garage and attic (attic with fixed stairs) square feet
All other renovations, additions, interior demolitions to one- or two-family dwellings
First $2,000
$100
Construction costs between $2,000 and $50,000
First $2,000
$100
Each additional $1,000 up to $50,000
$20
Construction value above $50,000
First $50,000
$900
Each additional $1,000 up to $300,000
$12
Each additional $1,000 above $300,000
$5
Commercial and other
Up to 15,000 square feet
$0.60 per square foot or $1,100 whichever is greater
Above 15,000 square feet
$0.45 for each additional square foot above 15,000 square feet
Parking structure, including a principal or accessory use parking area
$0.25 per square foot
Demolition
One- and two-family dwellings
$325
Accessory structures
Same as alterations, based on cost of the demolition
All other structures
$475
Nonstructural reroofing and siding and windows in historic district
Construction costs up to $5,000
$100
Construction costs between $5,000 and $10,000
$120
Construction costs above $10,000
First $10,000
$120
Each additional $1,000 up to $50,000
$15
Each additional $1,000 above $50,000
$5
Permits for alteration, repair and interior demolition of multiple dwellings or nonresidential building and installation of permanent equipment
First $2,000 of construction costs
$130
Each additional $1,000 up to $50,000
$25
If construction value is over $50,000
First $50,000
$1,330
Each additional $1,000 up to $1,000,000
$18
Each additional $1,000 over $1,000,000
$5
Other permits
Temporary buildings, other than builders' construction trailers
Same as for new building
Annual permit renewal
$100
Heating and air-conditioning equipment
First $2,000 or fraction of estimated cost
$100
Each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof of estimated cost
$8
Residential PV systems
$400
Commercial systems up to 10 kW
$400
10-50 kW
$800
50-100 kW
$1,500
100-500 kW
$3,000
Up to 1,000 kW
$4,000
Fuel storage tanks of every description, removal
Residential tank removal
$90
Commercial tank removal
$175
Tank and pump installation
First 2,000 gallons
$80
Each additional 1,000 gallons or fraction thereof
$20
Gas pumps
$40
Display signs, installation
From 5 to 40 square feet (including awnings with signage)
$100
Above 40 square feet
$140
Awnings
Awnings extending to street lines or over public walks with no signage
$100
Other awnings
No fee
Site inspection fees
$65 inspectors' hourly rate
Reinspection fees
Each inspection
$75
Plan review fee
Each plan review - residential
$75
Each plan review - nonresidential
$125
Sprinkler systems
First $5,000 cost of the job
$240
Each additional $1,000
$18
In addition to the permit fees listed above, the following fees are required when work requiring a permit is performed without first obtaining the required permit:
Construction costs up to $10,000
$225
Construction costs between $10,000 and $25,000
$350
Construction costs between $25,000 and $50,000
$700
Construction costs over $50,000
$1,500
For all permits issued for the construction of a new structure or addition over 100 square feet, the Township will periodically establish an inspector's hourly rate based upon the Township's actual cost for providing inspection service. If actual time required for site inspection to determine compliance with site inspection requirements established in Chapters 62, 101 and 121 of the Code exceeds $65, the Township shall render a statement therefor to the applicant. Such additional amounts must be paid to the Township prior to final approval of the construction project.
Commercial fire alarm
Commercial fire alarm with plan, first $10,000
$250
Each additional $1,000
$7
Swimming pools
$625
Portable swimming pools, flat fee
$100
Pool heater
$100
Filling in of pool
$100
Tanks
Removal of fuel storage tanks of every description
Residential
$100
Commercial
$175
Installation of tanks or pumps
First 2,000 gallon tank
$100
Each additional 1,000 gallons or fraction thereof
$20
Tennis courts and other hard-surfaced recreational courts
$275
Tent permits
Over 200 square feet
$85
Tents for single-family dwellings
$85
Tents for single-family dwellings with floor system
$130
Tents for institutional or commercial uses
$100
Tents for institutional or commercial use with floor system
$180
Fence permits
Each fence permit
$100
Trailer fees (permit expires 6 months after installation)
Residential trailers
$75
Commercial trailers
$125
Chapter 145, Vehicles and Traffic
[Added 3-21-2001 by Ord. No. 3604; amended 12-18-2002 by Ord. No. 3663; 12-20-2006 by Ord. No. 3803; 5-16-2018 by Ord. No. 4134]
Towing service license fee
$250
Chapter 149, Watercourses
[Last amended 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 4147]
Application for permit to stop, fill up, confine, pave or otherwise interfere with or change the course of any drain, ditch, stream or watercourse
$1,135, plus the actual costs of any inspections, per each hour or portion thereof a Township inspector is engaged on the work
Chapter 155, Zoning
[Last amended 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 4147]
Appeals or applications to the Zoning Hearing Board, or to the Board of Commissioners, generally
Dwelling
$600
Each postponement or continued hearing requested by appellant or applicant
$200
Private educational institution, hospital, religious or philanthropic use, sanitorium, nursing home, convalescent home for the aged or other building or use not enumerated
$1,200
Each postponement or continued hearing requested by appellant or applicant
$400
Apartment, commercial or industrial building
$1,400
Each postponement or continued hearing requested by appellant or applicant
$700
Conditional use/rezoning applications
Residential
$1,305
Apartments, commercial and other uses
$1,930
Challenges to the validity of the Zoning Ordinance or Zoning Maps, to the Board of Commissioners or to the Zoning Hearing Board
Each appeal or application
$1,750
*Plus initial consultants' review fee escrow deposit
$1,200
Each postponement or continued hearing requested by appellant or applicant
$300
Statement of zoning district classification
1- and 2-family dwellings
$100
All others
$125
Statement of floodplain classification
1- and 2-family dwellings
$75
All others
$100
Preliminary zoning opinion
$150, plus reimbursement for the cost of advertising
Zoning compliance plan review
$90
Statement of use/change of occupancy
$85
Request for a certificate of occupancy
$85
Request for a certificate of compliance with Township codes
$85
Home occupation fees
Nontraffic home occupation
$100
Minor home occupation
$140
Nonconforming home occupation
$150
Petition to Board of Commissioners requesting change or amendment to Zoning Maps or Zoning Ordinance
Minimum charge
$1,500
Plus for each 2,000 square feet of lot area
$50
Maximum charge
$3,000
*Plus initial consultants’ review fee escrow deposit
$1,200
*Should the balance of the escrow account fall below 25% of the original amount deposited, additional deposit(s) may be required to restore the escrow account balance to the amount originally deposited or to pay the anticipated balance of the actual cost, whichever is lesser, in order for the review process to continue. Any amounts remaining in the escrow account after all professional consultant review fees are paid from the account will be returned to the applicant.
Property records search
$100
Zoning permits
$85
Elevation certificate
$150
Amendment to floodplain
$200, plus reimbursement of Township Engineer's time to review floodplain map amendment engineering calculations
For impervious surface authorized under § 155-141 not requiring a grading permit or RECP permit
$200
Chapter A168, Park Rules and Regulations
Application for permit to use Township property
Morning or afternoon (5 hours)
$25
Evening (4 hours)
$25
Saturday, Sunday or holiday (8 hours)
$35
All other days (11 hours)
$50
[1]
Editor's Note: See fees under Ch. 143, Uniform Construction Code.
[2]
Editor’s Note: The fees for Chapter 109, Parks and Playgrounds, added 10-16-1991 by Ord. No. 3258, as amended 12-17-2008 by Ord. No. 3871, which immediately followed, were repealed 4-20-2011 by Ord. No. 3942.