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.

Water (per ERU)  $6,725.07
Sewer (per ERU)  $6,394.00
Sewer in Local Improvement District (per ERU)  $3,269.00

Impact Fees:

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.

Fire Impact Fee  $0.36 per square foot
School Impact Fee - Single Family Dwelling  $4,500.00
School Impact Fee - Multi-Family Dwelling  $1,900.00
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.

Land Use Permits:

Multiple land use applications submitted concurrently, excluding Environmental, TIA, and Annexations, are charged only the highest permit fee. Examples:
  • An administrative site plan review ($750), planned residential development ($375), and environmental review ($150). Charged $900 as the highest permit fee is $750, plus the environmental review fee of $150 which is a separate fee.
  • A subdivision alteration ($375) and ministerial site plan review ($250). Charged $375 as this is the highest permit fee.
Ministerial Land Use Permits:
 Right of Way Permit Basic (Access Only)
 Right of Way Permit Standard (Work in ROW)
 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)
 $125
 $250 + Cut Fees
 $200
 $400
$400 + $400 for each additional 100 sf
 Certificate of Appropriateness (Historic Register) $125
 Civil Plan Review $250 + staff and consultant costs
Staff - $54 per hour
Consultant - actual cost 
 Ministerial Site Plan Review  $250 + consultant costs
 Boundary Line Adjustment  $250
 Home Occupation Permit  $50
 Final Subdivisions and Binding Site Plans  $250 plus consultant costs
 Final Short Subdivisions  $125 plus consultant costs
 Sign Permit  $125
 Street Tree Permit
Zoning Verification Letter
 $125
$125


Administrative Land Use Permits:

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

Quasi-Judicial Land Use Permits:

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

Legislative Land Use Permits:

Amendment of Unified Development Code  $750 + consultant costs
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 + consultant costs

Appeals:

 Appeal to Hearing Examiner  $1,250 + consultant costs
 Appeal to City Council  $500 + consultant costs


Other
:

 State Environmental Policy Act Threshold Determination  $400
 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 + consultant costs
Petition for Annexation  $2000 + consultant costs
Right of Way, Subdivision, or Easement vacation  $750 + consultant costs
Wireless Communication Facilities Technical Document Review  $500 + consultant costs


Notes:


Recording Fees 

Applicants will be responsible for Thurston County recording fees for any documents recorded as part of a development project. Please see the Thurston County Recording Fee Schedule here. Applicants will also be responsible for a $5 processing fee per document.

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.