FEES and charges are being aligned after the merger of Armidale Dumaresq and Guyra Shire Councils.
The proposed changes will apply across all services provided by the new Armidale Regional Council and affect every sector from business to the arts.
Armidale Regional Council CEO Peter Dennis said it was important for the community to understand that the new fees and charges cover a wider scope of services provided by a larger Council.
“Guyra region residents will see some new charges that were not included in the former Guyra Shire Council’s fees and charges,” he said.
“The draft fees and charges now cover a larger scope of services that are offered to the new local government area.
“The impact these fees have on members of the community depends on the level of service you require or utilise as a ratepayer, resident or through business.”
Armidale residents can expect a majority of fees that aren’t location specific to remain business as usual.
Beauticians and hairdressers will save $15.00 on inspection fees, overall water connection charges will lower by $221 and solar hot water systems will cost $5 less to install.
Those building new properties or making adjustments to their existing will save $30 on commercial, additions to commercial, industrial and additions to industrial inspection fees.
For pool, garage, shed and carport inspection fees – owners will pay $10 less than they did in 2016.
But, not everything will be cheaper for Armidale residents, the most significant price increase is on installations of ramps on public roads – jumping from $13,405 to $18,825.
The proposed fees and charges are on public exhibition until May 11 and are expected to come into effect on July 1, 2017.