Roswell has approved changes to its planning and zoning, engineering and building application fee schedule that could bring in $200,000 in new revenues. AJC FILE

Roswell raises hotel tax, updates construction fees

Roswell is raising its hotel-motel tax and revising construction-related fees.

Taking advantage of authority granted the city this year by the state Legislature, the Roswell City Council approved an increase in the hotel-motel excise tax from 6 percent to 8 percent, effective July 1. Staff estimated the change could raise an additional $350,000 a year in revenues.

The council also voted to approve changes July 1 to planning and zoning, engineering and building application fees, which could generate $200,000 in new revenues.

The new fee structure “will bring the city more in line with industry practice as well as account for the changes in code and other regulations that require more staff review and development inspection,” staff said in a report to the council.

The cost of a plan review for a single-family land disturbance permit, for example, will go from $50 to $100. A valuation-based building permit fee for a residential job costing $2,001 to $5,000 – now $25 for the first $2,000 plus $7 for each additional $250 – will go to to a flat $110.

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