Plan check fees?

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    Gang Chen (Edited )

    This is what every architect does: prepare plans and assist the owner to obtain permit for the project. If you read B101,Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect, it requires an architect provide normal architectural services expected in the local area.

    In every project, we always try to find out about the plan check fees upfront, but we typically suggest the owner give us a blank check with a not to exceed amount in case some last minutes fees changes at the city when we go to submit the plans.

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Gang Chen (Edited )

    There are at least two separate fees when you deal with the governing agencies (typically a city or county):

    1. Plan check fees: the governing agencies will NOT accept the architect’s plans without the plan check fees. They do not work for free. The fees cover their staff’s time checking and processing your plans and other expenses. An architect often assists the owner to obtain the amount of plan check fees, but the owner is responsible to pay for them.
    2. Permitting fees: after the plans are approved, the staff at governing agencies will calculate the permit fees based on size or the project or valuation or some other criteria. An architect often assists the owner to obtain the amount of permitting fees, but the contractor is responsible to pay for them per A201.

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Paul Carson

    Very helpful Gang, thank you!  I associate "plan check fees" as "pre-app" meeting in my local area, so this does help.

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