Application and Escrow Fees
When you file your application, it is likely that you will be asked for several payments. One is the application fee. The other is an escrow deposit for professional review expenses.
The application fee should remain fixed unless it turns out that you have categorized the application incorrectly or it turns out that a variance is required. The escrow fee is an initial estimate of professional charges. If this deposit is exceeded, you will be asked to add more money to the account. If you fail to do so, action on your application may be suspended.
The municipality gets to charge you for their cost in reviewing your application. They are required to send itemized bills identified by the board’s professionals who may be municipal employees or private consultants.
If you wish to dispute these charges you must first contact the chief financial officer of the municipality. If you are not satisfied with his/her decision, you may file an appeal with the County Construction Board of Appeals.