Escrow Information

In addition to the building permit fee, a separate check for a refundable deposit is required in the amounts below. These funds are held in escrow by the City as assurance for completion of the project, compliance with the building and zoning codes, compliance with all storm water and land disturbance ordinances, compliance with the approved site plans, and repair of damage to public property.

Escrow Deposits - Residential

Type of Work Being Done Amount
Single Family Residence $5,000
Room Addition / Garage Addition $2,000
Swimming Pool $3,000
Basement Finish / Interior Remodel ($5,000 or more) $500
Retaining Wall / Deck ($5000 or more) $500
All Projects Less Than $5,000*  

Escrow Deposits - Commercial

Type of Work Being Done  Amount
Commercial project with a construction valuation of equal or more than $125,000
2% of the construction valuation not to exceed $10,000
Commercial project with a construction valuation of equal or more than $10,000 but less than $125,000
$2,500
Commercial project with a construction valuation of less than $10,000
$500

Escrow Deposits - Demolition

Type of Work Being Done Amount
Site Improvement Dependent on Cost of Construction
Moving of Building $500

Escrow Deposits - Excavation

Type of Work Being Done Amount
Driveway $500
Greater than 3 feet from Road on Private Property $50
Under Road or Close to Edge of Road on Private Property $1,000
Utility Company Infrastructure Repairs  

Escrow Deposit Refunds


Escrow deposits are automatically refunded after the final inspection has been made and approved by the building inspector. There is no need for the contractor to call to request the refund, which are made twice a month.

For additional escrow information, please contact the Building Department at (314) 872-2500.

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