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Vail seeks to streamline permit process

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Town Council will review proposed changes to the town’s building permit review process during its work session on Nov. 2. The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers, 75 S. Frontage Rd. The discussion is listed as the sixth item on the agenda and will include an overview by George Ruther, director of Community Development.

Currently the town allows applicants to apply separately for demolition, building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits for each development project. The proposed changes would combine the multiple permit applications into a single building permit. Building fees would remain unchanged under the proposed new process.

The town currently spends over $1.75 million annually to implement the building permit and plan review process. In 2009 the department processed 1,123 building permit applications. Ruther says the changes would help reduce the department’s expenses related to staffing, contract labor, administrative support, vehicles and equipment, and general overhead.

A Contractors’ Roundtable Lunch has been scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Community Development department conference room to gather more input on the process.

Following favorable review by the Town Council and the development community, Ruther says the department will begin testing the proposed process internally, determine the new fee structure and submittal process, and host a series of informational workshops.

For more information, contact Ruther at 479-2145.

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