More On Fees

Dear Management Doctor:

I read with interest your most recent exchange about budget challenges. Your summary was right on target for what we have experienced. I am curious about the statement that planning fees "cover only 10 to 50 percent of the cost of the service." I am assuming that this was research conducted for your clients, and am wondering if you have published the results. We will be looking at our fee structure in the next year or so and would like to get a jump start on some research by looking into how other cities structure their land use fees.

If you have a report available, please tell me how I may obtain a copy.

Regards,

Sandy Howard
Seattle, WA

Dear Sandy,

We have not published anything on this. Our experience is that planning fees normally do not cover costs. However, we do have a few clients that may be charging 100%: San Jose, CA; Palm Desert, CA; and Merced County, CA are possible examples.

The Management Doctor

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