Building Inspections Required

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The Town of Star Valley wants residents to know there is a process in place for people building homes or moving homes onto lots that must be followed.

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Star Valley building inspector, Karl Reed, left, was hired part-time by the town council several months ago. In the past month, Reed has done 75 building inspections.

Town Manager Vito Tedeschi said there might be an issue where some residents do not know there is a building inspector and zoning ordinances in place.

A few months ago, the Star Valley Town Council hired Karl Reed on a part-time basis as its building inspector. Reed works at Town Hall every weekday morning.

"The purpose is to ensure compliance with the current adopted zoning code," Reed said.

He is responsible for looking at the quality and safety of the structure of homes to protect the public.

"It gives them the assurance the building is being built right with no structural damage and so forth," Reed said.

The permit fees are based on the value of the structure or addition being built.

For additions up to $500, the fee is $23.50 and for structures in the $50,000 to $100,000 range, the fee would be almost $644 for the first $50,000, plus $7 for each additional $1,000.

For structures that cost more than $1 million, the fee is $5,608 for the first $1 million, plus $3.65 for each additional $1,000.

Reed said those figures will be modified soon.

Reed said mobile homes are only partly exempted from this practice.

The builder and the state of Arizona do inspections for mobile homes.

"They still have to receive a permit from us for setbacks and zoning ordinances," Reed said.

In the past month, Reed has done 75 inspections for the Town of Star Valley. In many instances, he has to go out to a site several times to review different parts of the structure. Of those 75 projects, 16 were for plan reviews.

"Some are for remodels. Some are mobile home sites, and some are for smaller projects," he said.

Reed said, if a person builds a structure without getting the proper permit, the builder could be issued a stop order and in extreme steps may be asked to disassemble the structure so the town could inspect it.

He said a more likely move would be to add something to the title to tell future buyers that the residence was not properly inspected.

"There are ways to deal with it, but is messy for the homeowner," Tedeschi said, when talking about discovering a structure that is already complete, but has never received a permit from the town.

Since July 1, the town has received more than $29,000 in building inspection fees.

The town budgeted $20,500 for home inspection fees, and, Tedeschi said, when the fiscal year is complete, he expects the fees to increase to about $50,000.

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