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New permitting fees to take effect Friday

New permitting rates and fees are set to take effect Friday with the Maui County’s fiscal year 2023 budget, the Department of Planning announced Wednesday.

The new fee schedule is based on a cost-recovery study performed by Matrix Consulting Group, according to a county news release. The Planning Department hired Matrix to help develop a fee structure based on the actual cost of processing each type of permit administered by the department.

The new fees approach 40 percent cost recovery and are based on costs of staff salaries, department overhead and administrative support, according to the county. Currently, the department recovers only 17 percent of the cost of processing permits. Plans call for more cost recovery fees to be phased in with future Maui County budgets.

All permit fees relating to the special management area and shoreline area are deposited into the Special Management Area Revolving Fund, while all other fees go into the general fund, according to the county.

The fee schedule can be found at mauicounty.gov/1315/Development-Permits-Applications-Reviews.

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