I am going to start a new series which I expect to continue for some time on a regular basis. In the nearly 30 years selling real estate here in the Napa Valley has brought me in contact with many people. Some past clients who are now good friends, others who have referred me business continually through the years. But most are those I come into contact on a daily basis at an open house, from an email or phone call and am constantly answering their questions.
Many of these questions are about my listings or a specific property they are sitting in front of. The majority from ads be it internet or print. Many of these questions are about the property in general; i.e. price, bedrooms/baths, square footage, etc.. But many others are about what it is like to live here, build here, schools and some you might like answered. So in each of these posts, I am going to take a recent question and give specific answers thereto.
Just in case you would like a question answered, you can contact me here or go to my Q & A site, Napa Valley Real Estate Questions. There you can see many past questions asked and answered.
This week’s question was on Myrtle Street, my vacant lot listing in Calistoga. It was how much is the building permit here? They were a bit taken back when I told $70,000 +/-. But after I explained this fee was a bit higher in St. Helena, similar for Napa County and very much the norm for many resort, second home communities, it seemed to take a bit of the shock out of hearing this number. The one odd fact, Yountville has by far the lowest building permit fees at around $25,000.
Here are the links to several of Napa Valley building department’s impact development fees. Please remember, sometimes not every fee is on these lists. One fee often left off, the school impact fee which is $5.25 per square foot for residential building. Yountville’s $25,000 fee does not include this plus there are two special fee areas with another $2,600 and $2,900.
I hope this helps and if I can answer any of your Napa Valley Real Estate Questions, let me know