[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Farmington 11-24-1987 by Ord. No. 86; amended in its entirety 1-30-1992. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 9-28-1993; 5-25-1999; 4-8-2003; 6-9-2015]
The following schedule of fees for the processing of applications by Town agencies and for the use of the Town's Geographic Information System (GIS) is established to be effective on and after December 1, 1993:
NOTE: Subsections A through P are subject to an additional mandated $60 State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) fee. 
Modification of prior approval: $150.
Modifications of special permit or special exception: $150.
Change in text of Zoning or Subdivision Regulations: $250.
Use variance: $150.
Appeal from decision of Zoning Enforcement Officer or Building Official: $150.
Regulated activity in a wetland or upland review area requiring public hearing: $150 plus $5 per wetland acre, plus $75.
Change in wetland boundary: $150 plus $5 per wetland acre.
Modification of prior wetland approval: $150.
Building permit: $15 per each $1,000 of building costs or portion thereof.
Work started without a permit fee: The fee for any permit required or sought after the fact [that is, for which the activity has already been initiated or completed prior to seeking the required permit(s)] shall be two times the fee(s) required herein. These fees shall be in addition to any fine(s) as may be properly imposed by the Building Official or Hearing Officer or Court.
Permit to obstruct traffic: $100.
Health and sanitation permits and services: The Farmington Valley Health District sets its own fee schedule annually, which can be found at www.fvhd.org.
Fees shall only be waived for projects on Town-owned land or as prohibited for other governmental agencies.
In the event that an application is withdrawn at the request of an applicant, the application fee shall be refunded in a sum according to the following conditions:
The application fees for subdivisions and resubdivisions, special permits, zone changes, variances, special exceptions and significant wetland activities shall be fully refunded where an application is withdrawn within one week of the date of submission, except that portion of the fee already spent on the cost of the legal advertisement.
No portion of a fee shall be refunded where an application is withdrawn on or after the date of the scheduled public hearing.
[Amended 3-26-2002; 6-9-2015]
Certain applications for extraordinarily large or otherwise significant projects pose environmental, traffic and/or other issues beyond the expertise of the Town Plan and Zoning Commission's staff to evaluate and make appropriate recommendations. In such instances, which occur only infrequently, if the Commission, after reviewing the matter with its staff, reasonably concludes that outside, independent studies and/or consultations are necessary for the Commission to decide the issues before it, the Commission may require an applicant, as a condition of processing its application, to pay for the costs of such studies or consultations. The total amount of such costs which an applicant shall be required to pay shall be reasonable. The Commission shall seek, to the extent practicable, to identify the need for such studies or consultations prior to the commencement of the public hearing process; provided, however, that the Commission may also make such a determination during the hearing process. The Commission shall notify the applicant of its determination that such studies or consultations are needed as soon as practicable following such determination. The Commission shall select, at its sole discretion, the persons or entities who are to perform such studies or consultations, and the Commission shall direct the performance of such studies or consultations. The Commission may require the applicant to post a cash bond secured by a passbook savings account, or any other form of security satisfactory to the Town Manager, in an amount reasonably calculated to reflect the anticipated actual cost of such studies or consultations. Any portion of such bond or other security which is not exhausted shall be returned or released to the applicant. The provisions of this section shall also apply to applications to the Farmington Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency.
Changes in the above fees may be made by resolution adopted by the Town Council or by the Farmington Valley Health District, whichever is applicable, and such changes shall be filed in the office of the Town Clerk.