Payments & Fees
Fees associated with Washington County Building Services can be paid online using the Public Permitting and Services Portal.
Payments can be made with VISA, MasterCard or Discover or electronic check. FY 2019-20 Fee Schedule
First-time users will need to first complete the one-time account registration process. Watch the How-to Register video
Once an account is created, users can:
Fee changes effective July 1
Changes are being implemented to building permit and development fees effective July 1, 2020. The changes involve phased fee increases and assessment of “convenience fees” charged by major credit card companies for online payments.
Unlike many area jurisdictions, both LUT Building Services and Current Planning operate on a cost-recovery basis – meaning that these work groups’ activities are supported entirely by fees for service. These cost-recovery fee changes are necessary to maintain operations. The Board of County Commissioners opted to phase in the fee increases to help mitigate the financial impact on our customers. For a complete list of LUT fee increases, visit the Washington County Fiscal Year 2020-21 Fee Schedule (pages 13-31).
Building Services fees
Most Building Services fees will increase 2.5% effective July 1; and an additional 2.5% effective Jan. 1, 2021.
Current Planning fees
Current Planning fee increases vary. While most are increasing a minimum of 2.5% on July 1 and an additional 2.5% effective Jan. 1, other targeted increases are also being implemented to achieve cost recovery. These increases are also being phased in—half effective July 1 and half on Jan. 1.
Changes to online payments
Effective July 1, 2020, online payments will include assessment of “convenience fees” charged by major credit card companies, as follows:
- Online credit card payments (VISA, MasterCard, Discover): Average 2.45% of costs (minimum $1.50)
- Electronic bank checks: Flat service fee of 95¢ (Customer’s bank must allow electronic checks; routing and account numbers must be correct, or a return check charge may be applied by the bank.)
- Paper checks submitted via U.S. Mail: No fee
TDT & SDC Fees
The Transportation Development Tax (TDT) is imposed on new development and redevelopment within Washington County. The tax is charged to developers to help pay for the impact new development has on the transportation system.
- Residential SDC Estimation Table
- Commercial SDC Estimation Table
- TDT Estimate (Self-Calculation) Form
The TDT is collected before building permits are issued. In cases where building permits are not required, it is collected before final approval of a development application. However, there are options for payment including:
- Payment over time
- Deferral of payment until occupancy, in certain cases
Additionally, credit toward TDT may be approved for construction of eligible road or sidewalk improvements.
If you are interested in requesting a refund please fill out the refund request form.