F.C. Council Votes to Waive Certain Fees

The Falls Church City Council Monday night voted 6-0 to give a final OK allowing for a waiver of certain building permit fees in the case of business re-locations in the City where a business has been at a location for more than a year, and is compelled to relocate because of new development that is the result of the granting of a special exception. The waiver would occur when the redevelopment results in an established business in the City relocating to another location in the City. Granted an initial OK on Nov. 23, it was given a unanimous approval Monday.

It was noted that the adoption of the ordinance will result in a decrease of revenues. For some business relocations, the permit fees may simply be for a certificate of occupancy of $200, but for businesses requiring a major interior fit out for a new restaurant, for example, the permit fees may exceed $6,000, and therefore the overall impact of this new law will be hard to predict.