June 5, 2015

In a rarity at the Civic Center, county officials trimmed a host of planning permit fees by 7% this week.  Second unit permits will plummet from $1,135 to $500 consistent with the county’s affordable housing goal.  A sign permit will cost $200, down from $515.  A lot line certificate of compliance will be $2500 down from $2940.  A notice of exemption from requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act will cost $200 down from $370.  An overall long range planning surcharge will be set at 10%, down from 10.5%.

However, some planning fees rise slightly, and some will soar, including the cost of appealing a Planning Commission decision to the Board of Supervisors, which increases from $770 to $1200.  A big tree removal permit rockets from $150 to $600.  New charges include a $15 “technology fee” to offset software and high-tech maintenance costs.  Staff time for general services is billed at $130 an hours.

Fees covering food, restaurant, water well, septic, pool and related inspections by the Environmental Health Division were increased 5% - 10%.  Inspection fees of produce stands and water well drilling, and domestic water supply permits will remain the same.

Marin Independent Journal (6/5/2015)