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We cannot comment on such a local issue from this webite as you understand. However, from the fact you provide, you are in a strong position to challenge the request for a fee. In situations similar to these, the burden would be on the person or entity requesting the fee to cite to the statute or regulation that permits them to require a fee. Stating that other developers are charging a fee does not provide legal justification for the fee requirement. Your research into the matter is appropriate and the developer should show proof of the right to charge the fee.
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