In these dark economic times I'm curious how many other communities are considering or have already made the move to turn their code enforcement activities into revenue generators? Around here there has historically been enough building activity during the last 40 years where the department could handily self-fund from building permits and plan review fees. Now building activity has slowed to a trickle and we're compelled to look elsewhere for funds (outside of the usual CDBG sources).
Anyone charge 'inspection fees' for code enforcement? If so, how much? I can't imagine such a move would be well-received in the spere of politics, but perhaps I'm mistaken.