Building Division now accepting credit cards for payment of most building permits
The Building Division is excited to announce they will be accepting credit cards starting January 3rd 2012. Payments must be made in person (no credit cards will be taken over the phone or via fax) and will be accepted for contractor registrations, reinspection fees and some building permits fees.
Building permit fees may be paid via credit card with the exception of:
- Utility water/sewer tap permits
- New residential or commercial permits
Please contact the building division with any questions you may have.
Building Permit Fees
Did you know that you can present a copy of a building permit when purchasing construction materials for your permitted project so that the local sales tax will NOT be charged? The following link has further information:
Building Permit Use Tax Information
Please be aware that payment of tap fees is required at the time the Building Permit is issued. As already required, if the building use changes in the future, tap fees will be recalculated and additional tap fees may be due. Be sure to install and activate water meters as soon as possible to lock in the tap fee.
Water/Sewer Tap Fees
Tap fees are charged to new construction to cover costs related to its impact on the City’s utilities. Current customers do not pay tap fees. Westminster’s water tap fee includes the following components:
- The Infrastructure or Treated Water Investment Fee is set to recover an equitable portion of the value of the City’s infrastructure required to meet the demand of the new customer. The infrastructure includes all components of the utility system required to divert, treat and distribute water to customers. Infrastructure tap fees are calculated based on fixture count and resulting meter size, which is the best determination of projected peak demand on the infrastructure system.
- The Water Resources Fee is set to recover the value of the City’s water supplies developed to meet the demand of the new customer. Water resources are calculated in terms of Service Commitments (SC). One SC is equal to 140,000 gallons of annual use, which is the projected use of one new single-family home. For those other than single-family homes, multiples of service commitments are purchased based on a projected volume of use.