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Permit program comes back with changes

A city permitting program that recently caused a stir at City Hall has been updated and will go into effect Wednesday.

The City Council asked staff to continue to work on changes to the Facilities Permit Program Tuesday night. In the meantime, a new interim version of the program will be used.

City Attorney Eileen Teichert said after Tuesday night’s City Council meeting that the interim version of the program aligns with city and state laws.

A report from Teichert states that the FPP had caused problems with city and state laws.

City code was violated because builders did not have to pay fees and receive a building permit before starting construction on FPP projects, Teichert’s report said.

In another violation of city codes, FPP projects’ building plans and specifications did not need to be reviewed and approved ahead of construction, according to Teichert.

“Obviously there are some issues where we didn’t amend our code and we should have,” said Councilman Steve Cohn.

Read about the interim program here.

Kathleen Haley is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.

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