The Hinsdale Village Board voted Tuesday to raise its fees each year by the consumer price index.

With automatic increases tied to the U.S. index, the fee for reviewing plans and inspecting projects will reflect the cost of doing that work on a more timely basis, village officials said.

“Basically, our fees would be indexed for inflation,” said Village Board member Luke Stifflear.

The last time permit fees were increased was in May 2015. To recapture rising labor costs since then, the fees will be increased by 4.9 percent immediately.

The fee for village staff to review a plan, for example, will go up from $80 an hour to $83.92.

The permit fee for building a new structure will rise from $1 per square foot to $1.05.

The permit for remodeling a building, without adding square footage, is set at 2 percent of the value of the construction. The minimum fee, however, will rise from $100 to $104.90.

The increases will raise an estimated $70,000 in the this fiscal year, which ends April 30, Stifflear said.

From then on, the fees will go up on May 1 each year, by the CPI as determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The annual increases are estimated to raise the village’s total revenue from permit fees by between $25,000 and $30,000 a year, Stifflear said.

The increases apply to permits for buildings, driveways, demolition, electrical and plumbing work, and swimming pools.

The Village Board specified if the consumer price index falls, the fees shall not decrease.

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