Fees & Deposits

Hourly Rate:

Processing of all development applications and appeals, such as General Plan amendments, Zoning Ordinance amendments, use permits, subdivisions, design review, environmental review and all other development review processing is charged at an hourly rate for required staff time. Charges for staff time spent processing this application will be based on the Council-approved fee schedule, which is currently an hourly rate of $185.

Fees & Deposits Schedule:

The 2016-2018 Fees & Deposits schedule has been updated to include Master Fee Schedule changes approved by City Council and effective July 1st, 2016. Please review the new schedule for a complete list. Within that list, please note two new fees in particular:

I.  Public Hearing Noticing Fee, $215 per hearing: This fee will replace charges that were previously billed at an hourly rate plus direct expenses.

II. Planning Records Fee, $35 per entitlement: This fee is similar to the records imaging fee charged for building permits and offsets costs incurred for planning permit records management.

Deposits:

The initial deposit is a retainer and not a fee. Each application requires a deposit. The total deposit amount is the sum of the deposits for each type of application requested. The deposit amount for each application type reflects the average amount of time spent to process a standard application of that type but in no way reflects the individual aspects of a project that may extend the processing time nor is the deposit amount intended as a cap. This deposit will set up an account which shall be charged at the current hourly rate for all staff processing time.

At the time that costs exceed the deposit amount, the account will be billed monthly at the current hourly rate for the additional charges. If the final costs are less than the deposit amount, the unused portion of the deposit will be returned at the conclusion of the process or final inspection of the completed project, whichever occurs later. (The necessary staff time will vary according to the complexity of the application and the project.) Please notify the City at least 30 days in advance of any project / entitlement transfers (e.g. change in ownership, etc.) and any changes to the applicant / owner / billing contact information.  

A list of tasks associated with the review process is contained on pages 2 and 3 of the Standard Planning Application.

Applications
Deposit
Rate
Appeals, re-considerations, and complaints (non-applicants only) -
$205 (flat)
 Public Hearing Noticing Fee  $215 per hearing
 Public Hearing Publication Fee  Actual Cost
Environmental Review (1)

    Environmental Assessment

$1,200
$185/hr

    Probable Negative Declaration

$2,500
$185/hr

    Environmental Impact Report

$5,000
$185/hr
         (1) Does not include Department of Fish & Game filing fee. Refer to CA DFG web page for more information.
Design Review

    Single Family Homes - Staff Design Review

$2,500
$185/hr

    Single Family Homes - Design Review Commission

$5,000
$185/hr

    New Buildings/Projects

$10,000
$185/hr

    Small Additions/Remodel & Storefronts

$1,200
$185/hr

    Awning & Canopy Permit

-
$185 (flat)
Sign Review

    Freestanding Signs, Sign Programs & Exceptions

$1,200
$185/hr

    Signs requiring staff approval only

-
$360 (flat fee) plus $30 per additional sign
    Sign Subcommittee Review $370
$185/hr

    Sign Face Change Only

-
$90 (flat)

    Sign Retrieval Fee

-
$90 (flat)

    Signs installed without permit penalty

-
Actual Cost up to $700
    Blade Sign - $185 (flat)



Pre-Application Review
$2,000
$185/hr

Zoning  Amendment, Rezoning

$4,000
$185/hr

General Plan Amendment

$4,000
$185/hr
Subdivisions

    Tentative map (4 or fewer parcels)

$4,000
$185/hr

    Tentative map (5 or more parcels)

$10,000
$185/hr

Minor Use Permit/Fence

$1,200
$185/hr
Use Permit
$2,500
$185/hr
Administrative Use Permit $800 $185/hr
Banner Permit
-
$92.50 (flat)
Grand Opening Permit
-
No Charge
Short Term Promotional / Temporary Activity Permit
-
$185 (flat)
Variance
$2,500
$185/hr
Large Family Daycare Permit
$2,000
$185/hr
Annexation Requests
$2,000
$185/hr
Street Name / Number Change Requests
$1,200
$185/hr
Home Occupation Permit (Staff Review Only)
-
$92.50 (flat)
Home Occupation Permit (Zoning Administrator Review)
$1,200
$180/hr
Sidewalk Dining Encroachment Permit
-
$200 per year
Wireless Antenna Requests (Design Review/Use Permit)
$5,000
$185/hr
Preliminary Review Team (PRT)

    Multifamily & Commercial, 1st Review

-
$185 (flat)

    Multifamily & Commercial, 2nd Review

$1,200
$185/hr
    Single Family Dwelling, 1st Review - No Charge

    Single Family, 2nd Review

-
$92.50 (flat)
General Records Research (per hour plus actual cost of documents) No charge 1st 15 minutes $185/hr

Specific Records Research (per hour plus actual cost of documents)

-
$185/hr
 Building Permit Planning Division Review $185/hr w/W.O or 15 % of building permit plan check fee. 
 Certificate of Zoning Status or Zoning Interpretation  $370 $185/hr, 2-hour minimum
 Planning Records Fee (Per entitlement, i.e.GPA, RZ, CUP)  -

$35 per entitlement

 Off-street Private Parking Lot Certification

- $150 per lot 
 Private Lot Enforcement  Certification - $295 per lot
 Subordination Agreement $280  (flat)
 First-Time Down Payment Assistance Loan  $280  (flat)