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Frequently Asked Questions

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Culinary Water & Utilities

What should I do if I see a water leak?
If a water main breaks or you notice a drastic drop in water pressure, please call our Water Department supervisor, Jed Woodward, at 435-770-9339 or Mayor Mike Benson 435-770-2188 to report it.
How do I sign up or transfer water billing to my name?
Newton Town provides culinary water to residents within Newton Town boundaries. Garbage and recycling services are contracted with Logan and billing is included with your water bill. If you are a homeowner, you must fill out this form and bring it to the Newton Town office during business hours.

Business

How do I get a business license in Newton Town?
If you are opening a business in town or running a business from your home, you will need to obtain a business license from Newton Town.  In some cases, a conditional use permit will also need to be obtained from the Newton Planning Commission.
Please click here for the application for a business license. Once you've filled it out, please bring it to the Newton Town office.  All license requests are reviewed for approval.  Licenses must be renewed annually.  The business license fee is $25.

Building Permits

Do I need a permit for a fence?
No, but the fence can't be higher than six feet. And if you're on a corner lot, it can't obstruct the view of the intersecting streets. The fence must be located on your property.
Do I need a permit for a storage shed?
As long as the square footage of the shed is under 200 sq. ft you won't need a building permit. However, if you plan to run any utilities to the shed, regardless of size, you will need a permit. When planning where to put the shed on your property, if it is 50 feet back from your front property line, than it can be one foot off the side or back property line. Also, it must be 10 feet from the dwelling. Contact any member of the Newton Planning Commission to verify your setbacks.
Do I need a permit to finish my basement?
Only if additional plumbing, electrical or heating/cooling work will be done. If the basement has already been "roughed" in with those items, a building permit is not required.
Do I need a permit to remodel my house?
Same conditions as the basement apply. However, if you are doing any type of structural addition or modification, you will need a permit.
How do I get a building permit?

Procedure for Newton Town Building Permit Application

• We are now using City Inspect software for all building permit applications.
https://newton.cityinspect.com/register?registration_id=15989d4f23a6be
• A builder must create an account or if you already have an account with City Inspect just log in and create a new application. The portal tells you everything you need to submit. It varies from type of application (shed, remodel, new home). After your submission you will get plan review emails and updates. With City Inspect you can see the status of your project not only during plan review, but during construction.
A new plan review fee will be implemented by Hyde Park City, March 1, 2022, of $200 for new home construction or $50 for other construction projects.The review fee should be paid to Newton Town at time of application.
• A building permit application may require all of the following:
  • Completed application
  • Building plans drawn to scale, including: exterior elevations, floor plans, foundation plan, framing detail, cross-section, stair detail, electrical plan, and plumbing/heating plan.
  • For new home construction; a model energy code analysis. www.energycodes.gov
  •  site plan showing building, property lines and set backs
  • proof of ownership or county plat map
  • notarized owner/builder form if applicable
• Site Plans submitted along with the application and plans will be automatically reviewed by a member of the Newton Planning Commission.
• To receive your building permit after receiving notice of plan review approval from the building inspector or town clerk, please make an appointment to submit fees and any additional supporting documentation (if needed) to the town clerk – Karla Ferguson (435)563-9283 (Town Hall)
Or (435)563-0165 (home)
newtontown@comcast.net
• Building Permit Fees must be paid at time of permit issuance.

Also required for New Home Construction
• Bear River Environmental Health Dept. septic tank permit. Go to www.brhd.org for instructions and application.
• Proof of a Newton Secondary water share (copy of share certificate)
• $2,600 water meter connection fee
• $1,500 water impact fee

Building Inspection and Plan Review contracted through Hyde Park City
Hyde Park City Offices
113 East Center, Hyde Park, UT
(435)563-6507 Or contact at: planreview@hydeparkcity.org
• Call to schedule inspections at (435) 563-6507 ext. 25
• Questions, scheduling and additional required information can now be conducted through the City Inspect software.


Newton Town Building Permit Fees

Building Permit Fee

see table below

Water Connection Fee

$2,600.00

Water Impact Fee

$1,500.00

Subdivision Application

$25.00

Service Change Fee

$90.00

Conditional Use Permit

$25.00

Plan Review Fee SFD

$200.00

Plan Review Fee Other

$50.00

 

Newton Town Building Permit Fee Schedule

Total Valuation

Fee

$1.00 to $500.00

$30.55

 

$501.00 to $2,000.00

$30.55 for the first $500.00 plus $3.97 for each additional $100.00 valuation, or fraction thereof, to and including $2,000.00

$2,001.00 to $25,000.00

$90 for the first $2,000.00 plus $18.20 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $25,000.00

$25,001.00 to $50,00.00

$508.63 for the first $25,000.00 plus $13.13 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000.00

$50,001.00 to $100,000.00

$836.88 for the first $50,000.00 plus $9.10 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000.00

$100,001.00 to $500,000.00

$1,291.88 for the first $100,000.00 plus $7.28 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.00

$500,001.00 to $1,000,000.00

$4,203.88 for the first $500,000.00 plus $6.18 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $1,000,000.00

$1,000,001.00 and up

$7,291.38 for the first $1,000,000.00 plus $4.10 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof.

 

How do I schedule a building permit inspection?
To schedule an inspection call Hyde Park City at (435)563-6507 ext. 25

Park Pavilion & Building Classroom Rental

How do I make a reservation?
Please contact the Newton Town office during business hours to make a reservation? You can check for  availability on our town calendar.

Dog License

Do I need to license my dog?
Any dog six months or older is required to be licensed yearly with Newton Town. All dogs that live in Newton (regardless of ownership) are required to be licensed even if they stay inside your home or never leave your yard. Proof of rabies vaccination is required. All dogs must be licensed beginning January 1 to  March 31. After this date license fees double. Owners may be issued a citation for failure to have his/her dog properly licensed. Three or more dogs require a conditional use permit and kennel license.

Newton Cemetery

Where can I find information about the Newton Cemetery?
The Newton Cemetery is located about a mile north of Newton Town. The Newton Cemetery is managed by its own special district and not Newton Town. For information about the cemetery, please contact Newton Cemetery secretary, Penny Douglass, at (435)563-3916.

Library

When is the library open?
Library Hours:
Monday - 3 to 7 pm
Tuesday - 10 am to 1 pm & 3 to 6 pm
Wednesday - 3 to 6 pm
Thursday- 10 am to 1 pm & 3 to 6 pm, 
Story Hour on Thursday at 10:30 am
Saturday - 12 to 4 pm
Closed Friday and Sunday

 

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