State Surcharge report: Permits get counted on this report when permit fees (not surcharge fees) are paid, voided, or refunded. Permit types like the 1 & 2 Family Dwelling may have permit fees in each of the Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing categories; a permit fee assessed in a category will count as 1 permit (so you may have 4 “permits” counted for a single 1 & 2 Family Dwelling permit). Each permit fee category that has a positive fee total counts as 1 permit in the permit count, while negative fee totals (caused by refunds or voids) count as -1 in the permit count. In other words, if you take a permit payment in one month it will count as 1 permit and if you refund that same permit payment six months later it will count as -1 on your next report. Also, if you take partial permit payments each payment will count as a permit fee paid, so your permit count will be too high for each extra permit payment you record.
Building Data Request report: This report looks for permits that have the status of “permit issued,” that also have a paid surcharge fee (looking for the surcharge fee weeds out the permits, like demolition permits, that are not covered by the building code and thus should not be included in the building data report).
In summary, the big differences between the reports:
Given all of this, when the mechanical, structural, plumbing, and electrical permit counts on the State Surcharge report are totaled for an entire year, the count is likely to be slightly higher than the permits issued count on the Building Data report for the entire year.
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