Building permits, the first step someone must take to begin a construction project in the city, are on the increase, city officials said.
“We have several ongoing construction projects or those about to begin,” said Joseph Gerardi, city Bureau of Codes administrator.
The city averages $250,000 up to $300,000 a year in revenue from building permits, he said.
That’s slightly less than a third of a mill of real estate tax, according to the city budget.
For any building project that is estimated to be $10,000 or over the applicant is required to pay a $141 fee, plus $15 for each additional $1,000, according to city code.
Last year, revenue from permits was on the lower end — with COVID-19 pandemic postponing some projects — and this year it was conservatively budgeted at $250,000, Gerardi said.
“We have about seven projects underway,” he said, mentioning some of the larger ones.