Oceanside fees increase for inspections, plan checks and other non-urgent services


Someone may have to pay the next time the firefighters are called to help someone get back to bed in Oceanside.

City council on Wednesday approved new “harm reduction charges” that include charges for “non-emergency use of fire department resources when a comparable service was available to the requester.”

One example is when staff at an assisted living facility call firefighters because the employees can’t or won’t put someone back to bed, said the chief of the Oceanside Fire Department and the Fire Marshal David Parsons.

The amount of the charge has not yet been established and would not apply in an emergency. All new fees will take effect next year.

The scale adopted by the city council includes 62 rate increases, 29 rate reductions and 18 which remain unchanged.

All municipal charges are calculated to cover or nearly cover the cost of providing services, not to make a profit. The fire department estimates that there are 6,000 fire protection systems in the city that require monitoring.

Council also approved the creation of a full-time fire safety specialist position at a cost of $ 123,378 annually in salary and benefits and $ 10,000 for training and equipment. The incumbent will be responsible for quality assurance and will conduct inspections, fire investigations and participate in community education programs. The expenses will be covered by the increased costs.

Under the new fees, a construction inspection or fire alarm system review, now $ 222, will increase to $ 251. The fees for an inspection of things such as fire sprinkler systems depend on the size of the building. The charge for a sprinkler system in a building less than 5,000 square feet, now $ 628, will increase to $ 715.

The fees that will not change include the cost of $ 40 for an open burning permit and the fees for a false alarm, which range from $ 0 for the first alarm up to $ 1,000 for the fifth and subsequent alarms. .

The reduced fees include the pre-wired inspection of an alarm system in a building under 5,000 square feet, now $ 385, which will be $ 223.

In most cases, the reduced fees were for services previously covered by a one-time fee that negatively affected small installations.


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