Village of Spring Valley, NY
Rockland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Spring Valley 2-25-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986; amended in its entirety 4-11-1995 by L.L. No. 1-1995. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 118-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to provide for a consolidated schedule of fees to be charged in the administration of Village laws, regulations and resolutions.

§ 118-2 Short title.

This chapter shall be known as the "Standard Schedule of Fees of the Village of Spring Valley."

§ 118-3 Applicability.

The fees set forth herein shall apply to the provisions of all of the local laws, regulations and resolutions adopted by the Village Board and shall supersede any specific fee contained or referred to in such laws, regulations or resolutions which have been adopted prior to the date of this chapter.

§ 118-4 Schedule of fees.

[Amended 9-24-1996 by L.L. No. 4-1996; 5-15-2002 by L.L. No. 3-2002; 8-14-2002 by L.L. No. 7-2002; 11-12-2002 by L.L. No. 10-2002; 5-27-2003 by L.L. No. 1-2003; 4-12-2005 by L.L. No. 6-2005; 11-22-2005 by L.L. No. 15-2005; 7-25-2006 by L.L. No. 5-2006; 12-19-2006 by L.L. No. 9-2006; 6-29-2015 by L.L. No. 1-2015[1]]
A. 
Applications to the Village Board.
(1) 
Petition to amend Chapter 255, Zoning (See Chapter 255, Zoning, Article XIV, Amendments.): $375 plus the publication cost of the notice of public hearing, plus the fees required in § 118-5 herein, plus, in the case of a petition to amend the Zoning Map, $150 per acre for each acre of land affected.
(2) 
Special permits. (See Chapter 255, Zoning, Article VII, Special Permit Use Requirements.)
(a) 
Application for special permit approval: $375 for one- and two-family houses and houses of worship; for all others: $1,250 in addition to the costs of fees otherwise payable to the Planning Board, and in addition to subdivision and fees charged by the Village (Planning Consultant) professional consultants.
(b) 
Application for extension or renewal of special permit approval: 1/2 of the original fee.
B. 
Applications to the Planning Board. (See Chapter 232, Subdivision of Land, and Chapter 255, Zoning, Article X, Site Development Plan and Architectural Review; Appearance Review Board.)
(1) 
Original site plan approval: $375 plus $112.50 for each acre of land or lot or dwelling unit, plus the fees required in § 118-5 herein. Application for revised site plan approval: $500 for one- and two-family houses and houses of worship; for all others: $700.
(2) 
Subdivision approval:
(a) 
Application for sketch plat approval: $150, plus $37.50 per lot proposed, plus the fees required in § 118-5 herein.
(b) 
Application for preliminary plat approval: $225 plus $75 per lot proposed, plus the publication cost of the notice of public hearing (if held), plus the fees required in § 118-5 herein.
(c) 
Application for subdivision plat approval: $375, plus $122.50 per lot proposed, plus the publication cost of the notice of public hearing, plus the fees required in § 118-5 herein.
(d) 
Application for revised approval of subdivision plat: $150, plus $75 per lot affected by the proposed revision(s), plus the fees required in § 118-5 herein.
(e) 
Application for reapproval of subdivision plat: 1/2 of the original fee.
(3) 
Inspection fee for improvements: 1.5% of the amount of the performance bond or the estimated cost of required improvements.
(4) 
Maintenance bond: the amount considered adequate by the Planning Board in order to assure the satisfactory condition of the required improvements for a period of one year after the date of the completion of the required improvements.
C. 
Application to the Zoning Board of Appeal. (See Chapter 255, Zoning, Article XII Board of Appeals.)
(1) 
Interpretation: $375 for one- and two-family houses and houses of worship; for all other matters: $750, plus the publication cost of the notice of the public hearing, plus the fees required in § 118-5 herein.
(2) 
Appeals: $375 for one- and two-family houses and houses of worship; for all other matters: $375 plus the publication cost of the notice of public hearing, plus the fees required in § 118-5 herein.
(3) 
Variances: $375 for one- and two-family houses and houses of worship; for all other matters: $750, plus the publication cost of the notice of public hearing, plus the fees required in § 118-5 herein.
(4) 
Application for extension of variance approval: 1/2 of the original fees paid.
D. 
Applications for architectural review. (See Chapter 255, Zoning, Article X, Site Development Plan and Architectural Review; Appearance Review Board.)
(1) 
One-family or two-family dwellings or accessory structures thereto permanently affixed to the ground: $125.
(2) 
Accessory structures that are not permanently affixed to the ground: $100.
(3) 
Multiple dwellings, each building: $150, plus, for each dwelling unit therein: $50.
(4) 
Commercial, industrial, storage and warehouse structures: $500.
(5) 
A shopping center, $500, plus, for each retail store or restaurant therein: $125.
E. 
Application to the Building Inspector. (See Chapter 82, Building Construction and Fire Prevention, and Chapter 255, Zoning, Article XIII, Enforcement and Administration.)
(1) 
Application for the demolition of any existing structure:
(a) 
One-family dwellings: $350.
(b) 
Two-family dwellings: $500.
(c) 
Multiple dwellings, per building: $650.
(d) 
Commercial structures, per building: $1,000, plus $50 per $1,000 or part thereof over $5,000.
(e) 
All other structures, per building: $250 per building.
(2) 
Application for renewal of building permits shall be 10% of original fees:[2]
(a) 
One-family dwellings: [$37.50].
(b) 
Two-family dwellings: [$75].
(c) 
Multiple dwellings, per building: [$112.50].
(d) 
Commercial structures, per building: [$150].
(e) 
All other structures, per building: [$37.50].
[2]
Editor's Note: So in original.
(3) 
Applications for new construction: The fees will be based upon the Building Valuation Data (BVD) Table which will be updated at six-month intervals (February and August).
(a) 
The following formula will be employed for new construction of one- and two-family detached units:
Building gross area x square foot construction cost ÷ 1,000 x $8.50. To include footing, foundation, structural and nonstructural components, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and interior as well as exterior finish and site work.
A copy of the applicable table will be available in the Building Department.
(b) 
Estimated value of additions or alterations to single- or two-family residences or construction or additions or alterations of accessory buildings, decks, swimming pools or fences in connection therewith up to $2,500: $250, plus $50 for the cost of certificate of use; each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof: $8.50.
(c) 
The following formula will be employed for new construction of all others (multifamily/commercial):
BLDG GROSS AREA x SQ. FT. CONSTRUCTION COST ÷ $1,000 x $10.
To include footing, foundation, structural and nonstructural components, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and interior & exterior finish and site work.
(d) 
For multifamily and commercial alteration of such structures up to $25,000: $500; each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof: $8.50.
(e) 
Tree cutting of six inches or more in diameter or more than 15 feet in height, five or more trees: $75.
(f) 
Roofing: $75, plus $37.50 for the cost of certificate of use.
(g) 
All other residences: $250.
(h) 
Building permit for security gates: $112.50 each.
(4) 
Application for a certificate of occupancy and violation search:
(a) 
Existing certificate of occupancy (existing and new):
[1] 
Single-family residences: $75.
[2] 
Two-family residences: $112.50.
[3] 
Multiple residences: $225, plus $37.50 per unit.
[4] 
Commercial structures: $375, plus $75 per unit.
[5] 
Condominium or cooperative residences: $75.
To verify a building has no violations, a physical inspection of the property must be done by the Building Department. If there are no violations on the property, the Building Department shall issue a copy of the certificate of occupancy or letter stating no violations. However, if there are violations, they must be corrected before the certificate of occupancy will be issued.
(b) 
New certificate of occupancy:
[1] 
Single-family residences, new construction, additions or alterations: $200.
[2] 
Two-family residences, new construction, additions or alterations: $275.
[3] 
Multiple dwellings, new construction, additions or alterations: $350 per dwelling, plus $50 per unit.
[4] 
Commercial buildings, new construction, additions or alterations: $800 per building, plus $125 per unit.
[5] 
Cooperatives and condominimum residences: $200 per unit.
[6] 
All other certificate of use or compliance: $250 per building.
[7] 
Hotel: $1,000 per building; $30 per room.
(5) 
Application for a certificate of use or compliance: Certificate of use or compliance: swimming pools, fences, decks, plumbing, sewers, roofs, sheds, stairs, security gates, signs, canopy, awning, siding and tree cutting: $150.
(6) 
Annual firesafety inspection of all one- and two-family dwellings of community residence use, multiple dwellings (permanent, transient, senior citizen and adult residential care use), commercial buildings (business, mercantile, industrial, storage, institutional, assembly and miscellaneous use), special or hazardous use facilities, common areas of a commercial building for compliance with state and local law. Additional fees as applicable. The fees for certificate of compliance firesafety inspections shall be as follows (The fee is waived if building permit is issued): See Fee Schedule for certificate of compliance of firesafety inspections available from the Building Inspector.
(a) 
Dwellings and commercial occupancy use.
[1] 
One- and two-family dwellings: For a family or community residence per single- or two-family dwelling, as applicable: $50.
[2] 
Multiple dwellings: permanent occupancy: Buildings containing three or more dwelling units; apartment houses; community residences; garden apartments: $60, plus $3 for each approved living unit.
[3] 
Multiple dwellings: transient occupancy, includes hotels, motels, lodging houses, buildings with sleeping facilities used for six or more persons such as a dormitory, club, fraternity house, etc.: $60, plus $3 for each approved guest room.
[4] 
Multiple dwellings: senior citizen occupancy (defined as a building primarily for persons 62 years old or older, for each approved apartment, who do not require assistance with activities of daily living): $60, plus $1 for each unit.
[5] 
Multiple dwellings: adult residential care facility, includes buildings for adults who require assistance with activities of daily living or requiring supervision and services: $60, plus $1 for each approved apartment.
[6] 
Commercial occupancy use: Business, mercantile, industrial, storage, institutional and miscellaneous:
Square Footage
Fee
0 to 2,500
$80
2,501 to 5,000
$100
5,001 to 10,000
$130
10,001 to 15,000
$160
15,001 to 25,000
$190
25,001 to 50,000
$210
50,001 to 75,000
$270
75,001 to 100,000
$330
100,001 to 125,000
$390
(b) 
Assembly, based on capacity in persons:
Number of Persons
Fees
0 to 100
$80
101 to 300
$150
301 to 600
$210
601 to 1,000
$270
1,001 to 2,000
$330
(c) 
Special or hazardous use facility:
[1] 
Gasoline service station: without repair or maintenance facilities: $100; with repair and maintenance facilities: $300.
[2] 
Chemical laboratory: $250.
[3] 
Lumber storage: $250.
[4] 
Junkyard or wrecking yard: $250.
[5] 
Propane storage and/or distribution: $250.
(d) 
Common areas of building (where a commercial building with multiple tenant spaces has a lobby, atrium, multiple hallways with a form of fire suppression system, and/or elevator, and/or stairwell): $100.
(7) 
Additional fees as applicable.
(a) 
Plan reviews for issuance of a building permit. No charge for first and second review. All additional reviews: $100 per hour.
(b) 
Reinspection fee for each reinspection visit required due to violations found uncorrected: $45.
(8) 
Application for sewer permit. (See Chapter 205, Sewers and Sewage Disposal.)
(a) 
Sewer permit for connection for commercial or industrial structures: $150.
(b) 
Sewer permit for connection for a multiple dwelling, per building, per connection: $250.
(c) 
Sewer permit for connection for a one- or two-family dwelling, per connection: $100.
(d) 
Sewer permit for sewer capping: $100.
(e) 
Sewer permit for connection of properties outside Village boundaries: $3,500 per sewer unit.
(9) 
Initial application for a fire permit: $50; annual renewal: $25.
(10) 
Application for plumbing inspection:
(a) 
Townhouses, single- and two-family residences: $100, plus $35 for each fixture to be installed.
(b) 
Multifamily and commercial structures: $300, plus $35 for each fixture to be installed.
(c) 
Mechanical equipment replacement: $125.
(11) 
Application for a sign. (See Chapter 209, Signs.)
(a) 
Each temporary sign: $100. Permit can be renewed for an additional 30 days for a fee of $50.
(b) 
Each permanent sign, canopy or awning: $250.
(c) 
Political, civic, philanthropic, or educational signs: $100 to be refunded if signs are removed with a specified period. If not removed, the permittee is subject to the imposition of a fine for littering.
(12) 
Chapter 229, Streets and Sidewalks.
(a) 
Excavation operations.
[1] 
No excavation shall be made in any street or sidewalk unless a permit is first obtained from the Building Department for which a fee of $225 shall be paid by the applicant to the Village for such excavation measuring not more than 27 cubic feet plus $0.50 for every cubic foot over 27 cubic feet. A bond is posted before a permit is obtained from the Building Department for which a fee of $200 shall be paid to the Village for such excavations measuring not more than 27 square feet, plus $0.50 for every square foot over 27 square feet.
[2] 
All applicants (other than utilities) shall, in addition to obtaining a permit, post a bond for the faithful performance of the work.
(b) 
Sidewalk repair. It shall be unlawful for any person to repair, excavate or remove any portion of any sidewalk within the Village of Spring Valley unless a permit therefor has been issued by the Building Inspector. The fees for said permits shall be as follows:
[1] 
For work encompassing 12 linear feet or less: $150.
[2] 
For work encompassing more than 12 linear feet: $150, plus 5% of the cost of construction or repair.
(c) 
Curb cuts. No person shall construct a curb cut unless a permit therefor is issued by the Building Inspector. The fee for said permit shall be $100. In addition, a cash bond shall be deposited with the Village by the person who obtains the permit. The amount of the cash bond shall be at the rate of $15 per linear foot.
(13) 
Chapter 101, Contractors, Article I, Fire Protection Sprinkler Systems.
(a) 
Application fee for a certificate holder: $225, nonrefundable; renewal: $75.
(b) 
Fire protection sprinkler system contractor's license: $750, nonrefundable; renewal: $150.
F. 
Applications to the Police Department.
(1) 
Reinspections.
(a) 
First two reinspections: $0.
(b) 
Third resinpection: $100, payable prior to reinspection.
(c) 
All additional reinspections: $200, payable prior to each reinspection.
(2) 
Noncriminal fingerprinting.
(a) 
Immigration and naturalization: $25.
(b) 
State Liquor Authority application: $25.
(c) 
Private investigator/security: $25.
(d) 
License applications: $25.
(3) 
Accident reports and complaint sheets: per-page fee of $0.25 New York State mandated.
(4) 
Noncriminal applications and licenses.
(a) 
Good conduct letter: $6.
(5) 
Taxicabs and vehicles for hire. (See Chapter 239, Taxicabs and Vehicles for Hire.)
(a) 
Taxicab operating license: new, $250; renewal, $175.
(b) 
Vehicle for hire operating license: new, $250; renewal, $175.
(c) 
Taxi fleet: new, $2,500 for 15 cars; $100 for each additional car up to 25 cars.
(d) 
Replacement, transfer or substitution of vehicles within the registration period: $50 per vehicle.
(e) 
Reinspection after failure to pass first inspection: $50.
(f) 
(Reserved)
(g) 
Taxicab driver's license: $75. One half of said fee shall be waived for a period of two years to any taxicab driver who has provided information to law enforcement authorities leading to the conviction of a person for committing a misdemeanor felony within the Village of Spring Valley. Such right to such a waiver shall be determined by the Village of Spring Valley Police Chief.
(h) 
Duplicate taxicab driver's license: $50.
(i) 
Permit for exterior advertising: $100.
G. 
Applications to the Village Clerk.
(1) 
Yearly sign installer's license fee: new $450; renewal $300, plus proof of insurance.
(2) 
Public scavengers: $300, plus $150 per vehicle.
(3) 
Barricade, per permit: $80.
(4) 
Plumber's license (See Chapter 185, Plumbing.): new $500; renewal $280.
(5) 
Pawnbroker's license (See Chapter 178, Pawnbrokers.): $500 per year.
(6) 
Bingo. (See Chapter 76, Bingo.) License fee and admission fee: as prescribed by General Municipal Law Article 14-H.
(7) 
Snowplowing permit (See Chapter 219, Snowplowing.): $250 for each vehicle (permit runs from November 1 to October 31)
(8) 
Soil removal permit, nonrefundable. (See Chapter 223, Soil Removal.)
(a) 
Removal of up to 5,000 cubic yards of soil: $200.
(b) 
Five thousand cubic yards or more: $0.10 for each cubic yard in excess of 5,000.
(9) 
Miscellaneous licenses and permits. (See Chapter 156, Licenses and Licensing.)
(a) 
Outside retail sales: $300.
(b) 
Employment agencies: $150.
(c) 
Peddler and solicitor: $300 for six months. Each agent shall pay a fee of $100 per employee.
(d) 
Auctions and auctioneers: $50 per month.
(e) 
Junk dealers: $300 per year.
(f) 
Permit for special sales: $150 per month.
(g) 
Political, civic, philanthropic or educational signs: $150; $75 refundable after removal.
(h) 
Medical transportation fleet (up to 25 vehicles); new $500; renewal $250.
(10) 
Amusements and amusement devices. (See Chapter 67, Amusements and Amusement Devices.)
(a) 
Bowling alleys: $200.
(b) 
Menageries: $200.
(c) 
Movie picture houses, per screen: $300.
(d) 
Shooting galleries: $200.
(e) 
Skating rinks: $200.
(f) 
Theaters: $300.
(g) 
Circus, per day: $200.
(h) 
Carnivals, per day: $200.
(i) 
Other places of amusement: $200.
(j) 
Jukeboxes: $200 for the first and an additional $75 for every other jukebox at the same location.
(k) 
Cigarette vending machines: three for $150, plus $40 per machine over three.
(l) 
Food and beverage machines: three for $150, plus $40 per machine over three.
(m) 
Pinball, video or pool tables: three for $150, plus $40 per machine over three.
H. 
Application to Code Enforcement Bureau for copies of records of the Code Enforcement Bureau (See Chapter 8, Code Enforcement Bureau.) as mandated by the state.
I. 
Other fees and expiration times for permits referenced elsewhere in the Village Code.
Fees; Application; Licenses; Permits
Name
Expires
Fee
Carting (scavenger)
End of Year
$300; $150 per vehicle
Ice cream vendor
3-1 to 10-31 each year every 6 months
$500; $150 each agent
Exterior advertising
End of year
$100
Inspection failed - (RE-INS)
Any time
$50
Juke box
End of year
$200; additional $75
Landscaping
End of year
$250 per vehicle
Movie house
End of year
$300 per screen
Outdoor retail sales
End of year
$300
Pawnbroker
End of year
$500
Plumbers
End of year
$280 renewal; $500 new
Political signs
2 weeks after the event
$150; $75 refundable (after removal)
Sign installer
End of year
$300; renewal $450 new
Snowplow
Season 11-1 to 10-31
$250 per vehicle
Taxi (hack license)
End of year
$75
Taxi (numbers)
March 31
$200 renewal; $275 new
Taxi (fleet)
End of year
$2,500 for 15 cars, $100 for additional cars up to 25 cars
Taxi (duplicate license)
Any time
$50 (license was lost)
Taxi (replacement) Numbers
Any time
$50 per vehicle
Vending machines
End of year
$150 (3); additional $40
Video games
End of year
$150 (3); additional $40
J. 
Miscellaneous fees.
(1) 
Chapter 62, Alarm Systems. Alarm user registration: annual fee of $50.
(2) 
Chapter 71, Animals, Article I, Dogs.
(a) 
Impoundment.
[1] 
First impoundment: $12.
[2] 
Second impoundment within 12 months: $50.
[3] 
Third impoundment within 12 months: $75.
(b) 
Boarding fee: $20 per day for each and every day or a fraction thereof.
(c) 
Additional local license fee: $4.50 per license.
(3) 
Chapter 135, Games of Chance. License fee: as prescribed by General Municipal Law § 191, Subdivision 1(a) and (b).
(4) 
Chapter 190, Property, Abandonment of.
(a) 
Redemption fee: $30.
(b) 
Storage and removal fee: $30.
(5) 
Chapter 229, Streets and Sidewalks.
(a) 
Excavation operations.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: See § 118-4E(12).
[1]
Editor’s Note: This local law also repealed L.L. No. 4-2009, adopted 9-8-2009, as amended, and L.L. No. 1-2010, adopted 2-4-2010, as amended.

§ 118-5 Reimbursement for professional consulting services.

A. 
The Village Board, the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals, in the review of any application described above, may refer any such application presented to it to such engineering, planning, environmental or other technical consultant as such Board shall deem reasonably necessary to enable it to review such application as required by law. The charges made by such consultants shall be in accord with charges usually made for such services in the metropolitan New York region or pursuant to an existing contractual agreement between the Village and such consultant. The Village Board shall approve all such charges before they are incurred. All such charges shall be paid upon submission of a Village voucher. The applicant shall reimburse the Village for the cost of such consultant services upon submission of a copy of the voucher therefor, receiving full credit for all moneys paid pursuant to any per acre, per lot or other unit charge specified herein. Such reimbursement shall be made prior to final action on the application.
B. 
In the event that an application is required to be reviewed by the Village Board and any other board, then, in such event and to the extent applicable, both Boards shall use the same consultants, who shall, in such case, prepare one report providing the data, information and recommendations requested by both Boards. In all instances, duplications of consultants' reports shall be avoided wherever possible in order to minimize the cost of such consultants' reports to the applicant.

§ 118-6 Refunds.

All petitions for refunds shall be made to the Village Board. Refunds of fees will be allowed in proportion to the status of the application and any funds expended in the processing of such application. In no case shall more than one-half ( 1/2) or 50% of the fee be refundable. Where applications are submitted which do not contain the required materials for review, an administrative fee of 10% of the application fee will be assessed with the returned application. No fee is refundable after the scheduling of a required public hearing.

§ 118-7 Periodic review.

The Village Board may periodically review the fee schedule set forth in this chapter and shall, by resolution after the public hearing for which notice shall be given 10 days prior thereto, amend the fees set forth herein.