Saipan - Businesses in the CNMI are crying foul over proposed amendments to the Fire Safety Code, with permits going up from $20 to $500 or from $20 to $10,000.
According to a report in the Saipan Tribune, what used to be a $20 annual permit for storing or handling aerosol products will go up to $500. That is a 2,400% increase.
In addition, the $20 permit to operate aircraft refueling vehicles will become $1,000. Other $20 permits will go up to $5,000 and even $10,000 an increase of 49,900 percent.
Even a $10 permit for putting up a Christmas tree will go up to $100.
Saipan Chamber of Commerce president Douglas Brennan has asked Gov. Fitial to withdraw and amend the new fire permit fees to truly reflect actual costs associated with “necessary, responsible and valuable fire inspections and permitting” for all CNMI commercial establishments.