TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. – If you’re planning to build in Tehama County, you may want to factor in a potential building fee increase.
People who plan to build homes or businesses here in Tehama County should plan to pay about 50% more for their building permits.
Tehama County Chief Administrator, Bill Goodwin said the last time these fees were increased was in 2009. Goodwin says he's not talking impact fees, the county is just planning to raise the price of building services.
Goodwin says this will only impact developments outside of the cities - people living within city limits will go by their city's building codes.
"You know it sounds like a huge percentage, 50% increasing fees, I mean that's a big jump, however, we have compared it to all of our neighboring counties and cities and even with that 50% increase, we will be lower than even the city of Red Bluff and our surrounding counties," Goodwin said.
Goodwin added that he doesn’t know if this increase will be gradually phased in or if the price jump will be all at once. He said there is no set date yet, but the board of supervisors will discuss a plan in the coming months.
Some Tehama County leaders say it may be a good idea, moving forward, to consider raising fees every two years -- rather than making such a dramatic increase after more than a decade.