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May 18, 2004 Public Hearing:

  1. Fees For City Services/Programs

The City Council will conduct Public Hearings on new and/or increases fees for the following services and/or programs.

  1. Tuolumne Camp Fees

  2. Collection of Refuse and Organics, Transfer Station Disposal and Special Service Rates

  3. Sewer Connection Fees 

  4. Senior Center Rental Fees

  5. Transaction Fee for Payments Via the Web

  6. Building Permit and Development Review Fees-Effective July 19, 2004


  1. Tuolumne Camp Fees

    The Parks Recreation and Waterfront Department is proposing Tuolumne Camp fees be increased up to 7.9% for the 2005 camp season and up to an additional 7.9% for the 2006 camp season.

    For more information contact David Poock at (510) 981-5155.

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  1. Collection of Refuse and Organics, Transfer Station Disposal and Special Service Rates

    The Department of Public Works is proposing a 5% increase in rates for the collection of refuse and compostable materials, and special services; and increases in fees at the Transfer Station from 5% to 33%.

    For additional information, contact Becky Dowdakin, Solid Waste Transfer Station at (510) 981-6357.

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  1. Sewer Connection Fees 

    The Department of Public Works is proposing an increase in sewer connection fees up to 14% for Fiscal Year 2005.  That fee would be increased up to 3% per year for four subsequent years (FY 06 FY 09).

    For further information, please contact Darryl Moore at (510) 981-6306.

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  1. Senior Center Rental Fees

    The Department of Health and Human Services proposes the following increases: 1) rental of senior center facilities by City agencies, commissions, non-profit organizations and other agencies for use after regular business hours from $20 to $40 per hour; 2) fee for holiday use - $60 per hour; 3) a 4% cost of living adjustment for or all other rental categories; 4) refundable security deposit fee - from $350 to $500; 5) flat rate for kitchen use - from $60 to $100 in conjunction with dining room use; and 6) a non-refundable cleaning fee of $500 for parties that serve food/beverages or use the kitchen.

    For further information call Lisa Ploss, Senior Programs Administrator at (510) 981-5178

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  1. Transaction Fee for Payments Via the Web

    The Department of Finance proposes to establish a transaction fee for web-based payments of $2 to $4 per transaction.

    For further information, please contact Susie Monary-Wilson at (510) 981-7229.

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  1. Building Permit and Development Review Fees-Effective July 19, 2004

    Building and Safety:  10% increase to all fees for building permits, plan check and related services, to cover increased costs associated with cost of living, equity, and fringe benefit adjustments in FY 05, in addition to the following:

  • Increase minimum filing fee from $14 to $20;

  • Add code violation administrative review fee of $110 per hour;

  • Increase plan check revision fee for accelerated and fast track procedures to $165 per hour;

  • Change code compliance inspections from flat to hourly fee;

  • Adjust code violation re-inspection fees to match hourly cost and increase differential between second, third and subsequent re-inspections; and

  • Creek identification fee of $224.

Zoning, Development Review, Landmarks and Condominium Conversions:  10% increase to all zoning, development review, landmarks, and condominium conversion fees with the following exceptions: sign and awning review; non-applicant appeals fees; and fees set by the Landmarks Preservation Ordinance to cover increased costs associated with cost of living, equity, and fringe benefit adjustments in FY 05, in addition to the following:

  • Add Community Planning fee of 15% to Zoning, Use, and Administrative Use permits to recover a portion of the GP and ZO maintenance costs;

  • Increase applicant appeals fees from $578 to $1,156;

  • Add Zoning plan check fee for non-discretionary projects  (first and second corrections are free, third correction is based on the hourly rate);

  • Add pre-application process fees for staff level and ZAB and PC review; 

  • Add National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) fee;

  • Change Housing Density Bonus fee from flat to hourly;

  • Adjust Zoning Permit modification and transfer fees to more accurately reflect the cost; and

  • Adjust Zoning complaint re-inspection fees to match hourly rate and increase the differential between second, third and subsequent re-inspections.

Engineering:  10% increase to all fees, except those set by state law, to cover increased costs associated with cost of living, equity and fringe benefit adjustments in FY 05.

Toxics Management:  12% increase to all fees, except those set by state law, to cover increased costs associated with cost of living, equity and fringe benefit adjustments in FY 05, in addition to the following:

  • Increase hazardous materials management fees to include time spent gathering and entering data resulting in higher fees ranging from 12% to 37%;

  • Add regulated substance registration fee for California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP) facilities; and

  • Add penalties for late hazardous waste generator (HWG) reports and operating without valid permits.

Copies of the report and detailed fee schedule are available at the Permit Service Center Welcome Station, 2120 Milvia St., Berkeley, CA 94704.

For more information, please contact Laura Allen at (510) 981-7403.

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Graphic: New Information Note: Some City buildings and services will be closed to the public on holidays and reduced services days. Access the City's Holiday and Reduced Service Days Schedule.