Posted by: Patricia Salkin | June 19, 2011

New Utah Law Requires Localities to Provide Information About Development Review Fees

A new law in Utah sets standards for development review fees. According to the Utah APA Chapter, the bill is a direct result of concerns in the development community that a number of local jurisdictions, to keep their planning offices afloat, were putting in place “new” or increased fees for various development-review services.  The new law requires local governments to provide justification for the fees that are charged as a general practice, and to conform with existing provisions in state code. The new law requires that when requested, local governments must provide basis for any fee charged, accounting of where fees go and what they are expended for. A process for appeal of fees must also be established.

2011 Utah New Laws, H.B. 78 

The legislation can be accessed at:

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