The Alabama Building Commission Collection of Use Fees begins TODAY, October 1, 2014
Administrative Rule 170X-8 Collection of User Fees goes into effect today, October 1, 2014. As mentioned in an earlier Aho blog post, state agencies, K-12 schools, community colleges, universities, and others whose construction projects are reviewed by the Alabama Building Commission, will be required to pay a Plan Review Fee, Permit Fee, and, in some instances, a Contract Administration Fee. The fee schedule is generally figured as a percentage of the construction contract amount.
Additionally, this new rule outlines the procedure for scheduling inspections and some additional requirements for required inspections.
While this added project cost may seem like a burden, we anticipate one of the benefits of this change will be increased responsiveness. As an example, the plan review fee will be refunded to the Owner for reviews not completed within 30 days. Aho Architects supports the adequate and more-sustainable funding of the Building Commission so that it is better equipped to perform its duties.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.