Grapevine City Council approves new building permit fees to comply with Texas law

Construction on four new buildings will begin early next year.

Construction on four new buildings will begin early next year.

To comply with a new state law, the city of Grapevine has changed its building permit fees.

Grapevine City Council adopted the following new building permit fees for residential dwellings June 18: $0.55 per square foot for single- and two-family home construction and townhouses and $0.30 per square foot for apartment and condominium construction.

The city will also charge an additional $1 per square foot for additions or alterations made in either of these categories.

Under House Bill 852, which was signed May 21 and went into effect immediately, cities can no longer charge building permit fees or inspection fees for residential construction based on the value of the property.

The bill also bans cities in most situations from requiring residential property owners to disclose the cost of construction as a condition of obtaining a building permit.

As a result, Grapevine will base its fees on square footage.

Only fees for residential construction are changing. There are no proposed changes to nonresidential building projects, according to meeting documents.

During a presentation, city staff noted to the council that it recommended the $0.55 rate for projects because the rate reflects the costs usually associated with this type of work.

There are no anticipated changes in revenue for the city, but Director of Development Services Scott Williams said the staff will monitor permits and fees and present any necessary changes to the council.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.