Development Charges & Fees

System Development Charges:

These are charges applied to new developments to help fund pre-existing infrastructure paid for by existing utility customers. The Yelm City Council adopted system development charges to ensure that growth pays for growth and is not subsidized by current citizens.

Water and Sewer charges are based on Equivalent Residential Units (ERU).  The average single-family household in Yelm uses 875 cubic feet of water per month, which is one ERU.

Transportation charges are based on the number of new peak PM trips the proposed user will generate into the system. A single family dwelling generates 1.01 peak PM trips.

Water (per ERU)  $6,661.79
Sewer (per ERU)  $6,394.00
Sewer in Local Improvement District (per ERU)  $3,269.00
Transportation Facilities Charge (per Peak PM Trip)  $1,497.00

 

Other Development Charges:
 Water Meter - 5/8" or 3/4"  $300.00
 Water Meter - 1"  $400.00
 Water Meter - 1 1/2"  $650.00
 Water Meter - 2"  $1,000.00
 Water Meter - 3" and larger Cost, plus 15%
 Sewer Inspection Fee (per ERU) $145.00

Building Permits and Fees:
Yelm has adopted the fee schedule from the old Uniform Building Code.  Building values are calculated using the latest version of Building Valuation Data published by the International Code Council.
 
Total Building Value  Building Permit Fee
 $1 to $500  $23.50
 $501 to $2,000  $23.50 + $3.05 for every $100 over $500
 $2,001 to $25,000  $69.25 + $14.00 for every $1000 over $2,000
 $25,001 to $50,000  $391.25 + $10.10 for every $1000 over $25,000
 $50,001 to $100,000  $964.75 + $7.00 for every $1000 over $50,000
 $100,001 to $500,000  $993.75 + $5.60 for every $1000 over $100,00
 $500,001 to $1,000,000  $3,233.75 + $4.75 for every $1000 over $500,000
 $1,000,001 and up  $5,608.75 + $3.15 for every $1000 over $1,000,000
 
Plan Review fees are 65% of the building permit fee and are non-refundable.  The Plan Review fee for stock plans that have been previously reviewed and approved is 65% of the full plan review fee.
 
Plumbing and Mechanical permit fees are calculated per the old Uniform Plumbing and Mechanical Codes.

Ministerial Land Use Permits:
 Right of Way Permit Basic
 Right of Way Permit Standard
 Right of Way Street Cut 1 - 50 sf
 Right of Way Street Cut 51 - 100 sf
 Right of Way Street Cut 100 sf or greater
 Right of Way Street Cut Admin. Fee
 $125
 $250
 $200
 $400
 $400 + $400 for each additional 100 sf
 $25
 Certificate of Appropriateness (Historic Register) $125
 Civil Plan Review  $250 plus consultant costs
 Ministerial Site Plan Review  $250
 Boundary Line Adjustment  $250
 Home Occupation Permit  $125
 Final Subdivisions and Binding Site Plans  $250 plus consultant costs
 Final Short Subdivisions  $125 plus consultant costs
 Sign Permit  $125
 Street Tree Permit  $125


Administrative Land Use Permits:

Administrative Site Plan Review  $750
Short Subdivision  $750
Administrative Subdivision  $750
Subdivision Alteration or Amendment  $375
Administrative Variance  $375
 

Quasi-Judicial Land Use Permits:

Subdivision $2,000
Special Use  $2,000
Binding Site Plan  $2,000
Planned Residential Development  $375
Mixed Use Development  $375
Variance  $2,000
Critical Area Exception  $2,000
Request for Public Hearing for Administrative Subdivision  $1,250
 

Legislative Land Use Permits:

Amendment of Unified Development Code  $750
Conceptual Master Planned Development $5,000 plus staff and consultant costs
Final Master Planned Development $5,000 plus staff and consultant costs
 Yelm Historical Register Listing  $125
Removal from Yelm HIstorical Register  $125
Comprehensive Plan Amendment $2,000

Appeals:

 Appeal to Hearing Examiner  $1,250
 Appeal to City Council  $500


Other
:

 State Environmental Policy Act Threshold Determination  $150
 Environmental Impact Statement  Staff and consultant costs
Critical Area Report Review  $125 plus consultant costs
Traffic Impact Analysis  Staff and consultant costs
Notice of Intent to Commence Annexation  $350
Petition for Annexation  $900
Right of Way, Subdivision, or Easement vacation  $750
Wireless Communication Facilities Technical Document Review  $500 plus consultant costs


Notes:


Appeal Fee Waiver

The City Council may waive the fee required for filing an appeal when the appellant can show that: 

  • the appeal will create a financial hardship; or
  • the appeal fee is a barrier to public fairness; or
  • overriding public interest, health, or safety; or
  • the appellant is a nonprofit corporation registered with the State of Washington and demonstrates to the City Council that the appeal fee would impact the ability to forward the corporations mission to serve the community of Yelm.
The appellant shall apply for the waiver at the same time as the appeal is filed, and shall provide documentation to the satisfaction of the City Council that the appeal fee should be waived.

Appeal Fee Refund

The Hearing Examiner may refund a portion of or the entire appeal fee if a finding is made that the original decision was based on unreasonable grounds or without proper consideration of circumstances.

Administrative Subdivision Fee Refund

The Hearing Examiner may refund a portion or the entire hearing request fee when the applicant can show that:
 
  • the fee will create a financial hardship; or
  • the fee is a barrier to public fairness; or
  • overriding public interest, health, or safety; or
  • the entity requesting a hearing is a nonprofit corporation registered with the State of Washington and demonstrates to the City Council that the appeal fee would impact the ability to forward the corporations mission to serve the community of Yelm.