Council renews permit, inspection services

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Northglenn City Council unanimously approved a resolution to extend the contract with Safe Built Colorado for building inspection services.

The vote came during council’s regular meeting on May 20.

The city has outsourced its building permit, plan review and inspection services to Safe Built since October 2009. This is the second time the city is extending the contract with the company.

Interim City Manager David Willett said the contract did two things:

• It allowed for a three-year extension (instead of the two-year contract as in years past) and

• It reduces the percent collected by Safe Built for building permits on projects with more than $1 million in valuation.

Safe Built used to collect 75 percent of those costs, but has reduced that percentage to 70, Willett said, as a trade-off for an additional year on the contract with the city.

Before the vote, Willett and some council members praised the job done so far by Safe Built.

“I got to say, I hear a lot less complaints about the service than when we were running it,” said Mayor Pro Tem Susan Clyne, Ward III.

Council voted in 2009 to suspend its building permitting and inspection services as a way to reduce costs. Three full-time jobs were eliminated.

Safe Built has two employees who work out of city offices, conducting business for Northglenn and other municipalities.

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