The new law creates new city requirements when applicants ask for consulting fee estimates.
(Published May 21, 2019)
A bill that would require cities to provide an estimate of consulting fees upon request was signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz on May 17. Chapter 27 (SF 998) will take effect on Aug. 1.
The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 57-8, and the House passed it 127-0.
This new law requires cities, 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 that time for a permit, license, or other approval relating to real estate development or construction.
Any concerns with the 60-day rule are avoided, as the bill provides 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.
For more background information about this bill, read a previous Cities Bulletin article.
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