County will hike fee for added inspections

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GREENFIELD — County residents building homes or adding new room additions will have to pay an additional $50 in inspection fees starting Jan. 1.

The Hancock County Commissioners on Monday approved the new inspection fee because of an added energy inspection required by state law. Rusty Burgess, county building inspector, proposed a series of other fee increases, but commissioners decided to hold off on those until Burgess could provide more proof that the increases are necessary.

The $50 raise in inspection fees applies to new homes and room additions – anything that would take insulation, Burgess said. The change affects all of Hancock County except for those who live in Greenfield, McCordsville, Cumberland, New Palestine and Wilkinson. The county’s building inspection department does not have jurisdiction in those communities.

Per statewide building inspection codes that went into effect last year, Burgess said an additional building inspection is required on insulation. So while people building new structures had been paying $50 for each of four inspections, they now will be required to pay an additional $50 for a fifth inspection.

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