Professional Service Contracting Bill Passed by Senate, House to Vote Soon

After addressing city concerns, the bill is likely on its way to the governor for his signature.
(Published May 13, 2019)

A bill that would require cities to provide an estimate of consulting fees upon request was passed by the Senate on May 8 by a vote of 57-8.

Under the bill, SF 998 (Sen. Mark Koran, R-North Branch), cities would be required, when requested by an applicant, to provide a non-binding estimate of consulting fees to be charged. The estimate would be based on the information provided at the time of the permit, license, or other approval relating to real estate development or construction.

Any concerns with the 60-day rule is avoided as the bill provides that the application is not deemed complete until: (1) the city provides an estimate to the applicant, (2) the city has received the required application fees, (3) the city has received a signed acceptance of the fee estimate from the applicant, and (4) the applicant has signed a statement that there is no reliance on the estimate to proceed with the final application.

Next steps

The bill will now go to the House floor, where it is scheduled to be heard on May 14.

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