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July 21, 2014

Fee for all

Filed under: Alameda, City Council, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Under a post last week someone posted this:

Might want to check with planning……But I think all building permits in Alameda were going to be tripled July 15,2014…..So landlords wanting to do upgrades will pass on these costs…..Wholesale Lumber Costs are up almost triple since Jan 2008….Plus any new bond issues and new taxes just get passed onto to Renters…..

When other folks pushed back and said that the information didn’t sound quite right, crickets.

This, people, is how rumors get started.

What the City Council did a few weeks ago was to increase the Development Impact Fee for new construction.   Now, arguably, you can say that the notice given about this development impact fee increase was pretty miserable and that the only real group outside of the city staff to have input on the increased fees was the Chamber of Commerce.   But framing this as “all building permits” that will affect landlord upgrades is not exactly precise.

The Development Impact Fee is levied on new construction only and is used to create new infrastructure or new buildings like the Sports Complex.   From the staff report:

In 2001, the City Council of the City of Alameda approved a Citywide Development Fee for financing transportation, park, public safety, and other public improvements. Commonly called development impact fees, these are one-time charges to new development that fund the portion of capital improvements needed to serve new development.

Is the amount rising a lot?  Yeah.   Is it going to affect current landlords and therefore renters?  No.


  1. Lauren any reason the City of Alameda doesn’t post all their fees online by Department like many Cities do.

    If someone is told by the city that permits are being tripled on July 15th for the job you are having done and would be best that you did the work now and avoid the increase.. Who is spreading rumors?

    Comment by Crickets — July 21, 2014 @ 8:46 am

  2. City of Alameda Master Fee Schedule

    Comment by Lauren Do — July 21, 2014 @ 8:54 am

  3. Sorry Lauren , you are mistaken ,
    plywood index was $646 in 2008 it is $ 515 rounded figures
    Lumber was $360 in 2008 it is now $380 … prices have remain stable.

    Why cost of permit increase , cost of leaving , Gentrification of Alameda put building construction at the same level as San Francisco , this aside everything went up , no one complain when you buy a single bell pepper at $1 a piece which you eat in a minute , but everyone complain about permit cost which allow long lasting improvement .
    It is widely known that for 1 legal permit about 5 are not taken if not more ….

    Communism seem to have take over Alameda
    It now a shame to be a landlord ??? Pretty soon shameful to be successful , instead of buying an I phone , last generation TV, Newest car model , save it and buy a house …..
    Most of landlord are Mom and Pop , which have put their saving for retirement into building rather than trusting the Banks and Wall Street , they were right as both kissed the toilet a few years ago , mainly caused by their greed in the mean time it is the Small and medium business which have supported the US economy ,
    Nothing to do with San Francisco’s dirty dozen , which prey on poor and elder , Alameda Gentrification has brought the same greed .
    Those landlord are the bottom of the trash can.

    Not to be mistaken for the one that was called a bad businessman at a public hearing by Mr Chen , Which conveniently forgot that bad landlord has sponsored Alameda’s Kids activities for several decades , Mr Chen also conveniently forgot to mention that renter actually aside of getting public assistance , had 2 sides jobs leaving at a rent which had not been raised for years .
    But then How could a convicted felon be able to remember it ….

    Comment by joel Rambaud — July 21, 2014 @ 9:42 pm

  4. Lauren I talked with the person who had work done where I stated the City was to triple permit fees on July 15th 2014.

    He paid 700.00 for Electrical Permit . The Electrical permit would have been 2100.00 five Days Later.

    This information came straight from the City. No Rumor

    Comment by Crickets — July 28, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

  5. 4. I’m still betting there is a serious misunderstanding about this. No way construction permits triple over night.

    3. hey Joel, I am not Jack the syntax police, but I struggle sometimes with yours. If I’m not mistaken, English is your second language? You seem to manage better than I would if I lived (not “leaved”) in France, but at times it takes more energy to try to parse your exact meaning than I am willing to spend on reading yours comments. In #3 above I believe you used “leave” twice instead of “live”. To “leave” is to go away or to vacate. To “live” is like “joie de vivre”, or “I live in Alameda”. I’m not trying to make fun of you, just a friendly tip.

    Comment by MI — July 28, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

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