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June 26, 2014

Council sets rental permit fees

The Centerville City Council by a 5-0 vote Wednesday approved a resolution establishing new fees for rental permits and a new fee for a rental permit license.

The council by the same 5-0 vote at City Hall approved the first reading of an ordinance amending City Code pertaining to rental permits and added a section pertaining to rental permit licenses. The council will listen to the second reading of the same ordinance during their July 7 regular meeting.

The resolution states beginning on July 1, rental unit owners, authorized agents or operators will have to pay a base rental permit fee of $15 for a structure and one unit and $7 for each additional unit. So, if a structure has eight rental units, the owner, authorized agent or operator will owe $64.

Rental permits will be valid for one year from date of issuance. Before, rental permits were good for two years from date of issuance.

If a rental unit owner, authorized agent or operator successfully completes a city-run training program conducted by the city’s building and code compliance official, the base rental permit fee for a structure and one unit drops to $10 and each additional unit drops to $5. So, if a structure has eight rental units, the owner, authorized agent or operator will owe $45.

Beginning on July 1, the city clerk shall issue a one-time rental permit license after receiving a $30 payment.

When the ordinance is finally approved and published, the effective start date will be retroactive to July 1.

The council decided rental unit owners, authorized agents or operators will be given 90 days to comply or face a penalty that has yet to be determined.

Training times and dates have yet to be determined.

The ordinance requires rental unit owners, authorized agents or operators to have a separate permit for each structure and each separate dwelling unit within the structure.

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