Collier County changes inspection fees for building permits

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Waterside Builders is heading construction of four cottages at 521 4th Ave. South that are being built for a project called Mustique of Old Naples on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 in Naples, Fla. The cottages are being built on a speculative basis.

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Dania Maxwell/Staff Waterside Builders is heading construction of four cottages at 521 4th Ave. South that are being built for a project called Mustique of Old Naples on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 in Naples, Fla. The cottages are being built on a speculative basis.

Collier County commissioners gave a unanimous thumbs up to a 5 percent reduction in processing, review and inspection fees for building permits.

With little discussion, commissioners agreed to the decrease, part of an effort to make the county more business friendly. It's slated to take effect Aug. 1, after county commissioners formally approve changes to the administrative code in July.

A study by the management team, for the county's Growth Management Division, found the reduction would not impact levels of service, reserves, or the ability to pay off debt. The change is estimated to save developers about $500,000 annually.

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