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Generators Power Boost In Ridgefield Building Permits

While Ridgefield does not charge permit fees for town owned buildings, permits are still required.
While Ridgefield does not charge permit fees for town owned buildings, permits are still required. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Ridgefield made less money on building permits in 2012 but saw a surge in residents looking to install generators.

The town issued 164 more building permits in 2012 than 2011, but revenue fell because the work was less expensive. Generator permits brought in $18,556, which was a huge increase compared to both 2011 and 2010 when no generator permits were issued. The town issued fewer permits for other types of work in 2012 than in 2011.

Other types of permits issued in 2012:

• Eleven new single-family home permits compared to 12 in 2011.

• Two permits for new commercial buildings, bringing in more than $127,000 in fees. One permit, for $120,000, was issued for the Prospector Theater, which is being constructed at 25 Prospect St. over the next year and is estimated to cost $15 million.

• About $122,000 in permits for 253 alterations and addition projects, down from the 274 projects in 2011.

• 14 space heater/wood stove permits were issued, up from 12 in 2011. And oil burner/heating/AC permits decreased to 267 from 279 in 2011. There were 460 gas permits issued, roughly 100 more than the amount that was issued in 2011.

In total, the building department collected $521,301 in fees and penalty costs in 2012, nearly half of what it collected in 2011. But William Reynolds, building director, said 2011 was an unusual year because of the more than $571,000 permit fees paid by Boehringer Ingelheim for two new buildings built by the pharmaceutical company.

The building department completed 3,707 inspections in town, almost 1,000 more than the number completed in 2011. The amount of penalties issued also increased from 23 in 2011 to 27 in 2012.

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