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Fee Schedules

Fiscal Year 2018-2019, Effective July 1, 2018 


Where indicated in the Fee Schedule, deposits toward the actual cost of processing applications must be paid at the time an application is submitted. Applicants must sign an At-Cost Fee Agreement, consenting to reimburse LAFCO for all costs incurred in processing. Staff work time on applications, which includes overhead costs, is tracked on an hourly basis. Periodic invoicing of costs is provided.

If actual costs exceed the deposit amount, LAFCO will invoice the applicant for the additional costs. Processing of the application may be suspended until payment is received. Any portion of the deposit not used for processing is refunded.  

Outside Agency Fees

If the Executive Officer determines that the processing of an application requires LAFCO to contract with another agency, private firm or individual for services that are beyond the normal scope of LAFCO staff work (e.g., preparation of an Environmental Impact Report or Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis), the applicant shall be responsible for all costs associated with that contract or service. The applicant shall provide LAFCO with a deposit sufficient to cover the cost of the contract or an amount determined by the Executive Officer to be a reasonable estimate of the costs. 

Legal Counsel Fees

Applicants will be charged the actual costs of fees associated with legal consultation or review. While most applications do not require legal review, occasionally an application will develop significant legal issues that require considerable legal counsel involvement. In the event the Executive Officer identifies significant legal issues associated with the application, the applicant will be assessed, from that point forward, an additional minimum fee equivalent to two hours of legal counsel time at the current rate and any additional cost accrued above the minimum fee amount. Legal fees must be paid in full prior to the final processing of an application.  

Pre-Application Review Fee

Prior to the receipt of an application, LAFCO staff will allocate up to two (2) hours of time, at no additional cost, to discuss the application and/or work with an applicant, an applicant’s agent, and/or affected agencies via telephone, fax, or email. Beyond that, or if the applicant requests a meeting with LAFCO staff, LAFCO staff time is assessed at actual cost, including overhead. For flat-fee applications, this fee is added to the standard cost, and payment is required at the time of application. Where a deposit toward the actual cost of an application is paid, pre-application review fees are added to the charges.    

Payment of Fees

Payment of fees is not a guarantee of approval of a submitted application. Except for unused portions of deposits, all fees paid to Sonoma LAFCO are non-refundable. All outstanding fee amounts due to Sonoma LAFCO must be paid prior to recordation of a certificate of completion or administrative approval. 

Waiver of Fees

The Commission may waive a fee in special circumstances or if it finds that payment would be detrimental to the public interest. Fees may be waived or reduced for applications filed in response to a condition imposed by or a recommendation made by the Commission. A request for waiver, including an explanation for the request, must be submitted in writing to the Commission. Staff will present the request to the Commission, along with analysis and recommendation, for its determination. 

Proposals Involving Annexation, Detachment or CombinationFees
With 100% landowner consent - all owners within the affected territory have provided written consent to the proposed action $5,500
+ Environmental document review fee
+ State Board of Equalization (BOE) fees
+ Legal Counsel’s Time and Materials
Without 100% landowner consent and with fewer than 50 registered voters - all owners within the affected territory have not provided written consent to the proposed action $9,900
+ Environmental document review fee
+ State Board of Equalization (BOE) fees
+ Legal Counsel’s Time and Materials
Without 100% landowner consent and with more than 50 registered voters $5,000 deposit towards actual costs

+ State Board of Equalization (BOE) fees
+ Legal Counsel’s Time and Materials
Complex proposal, as determined by EO, including but not limited to, an EIR, the potential for substantial development with 50 or more units, significant effect on the community and/or amendment to the sphere of influence $5,000 deposit towards actual costs
+ State Board of Equalization (BOE) fees
+ Legal Counsel’s Time and Materials

Sphere of Influence Updates or AmendmentsFees
Standard Update or Amendment (with or without a Municipal Service Review) $5,000 deposit towards actual costs
Sphere Amendment concurrent with annexation, detachment, or reorganization $775

Proposals Involving Fees
District Formations, Dissolutions, Consolidations $10,000 deposit towards actual costs
Incorporation $10,000 deposit towards actual costs
Fire Protection Contract Review  $5000 deposit towards actual costs

Outside Services Area Agreements (OSAA) Fees
Application Fee - Administrative Determination $2,200
+ Environmental document review
+ Legal Counsel’s Time and Materials
Application Fee - Commission Determination $4,300 + Environmental document review + Legal Counsel’s Time and Materials
Appeal Fee of Administrative Determination $2,300

Review of Environmental Documents Related to Proposal Fees
Categorically Exempt $335
Initial Study and Negative Declaration/ Mitigated Negative Declaration $1,175
Initial Study and Environmental Impact Report $2,400 
Preparation of environmental documents when LAFCO is the Lead Agency$4,000 deposit towards actual costs

Other FeesFees
Pre-Application Review FeeActual cost of staff time via telephone, Fax, or email, after two hours
Pre-Application MeetingActual cost of staff time, added to application fee
Request for Reconsideration $2,300
Special or Supplemental StudiesActual cost of staff and consultant services
Request for Activation or Expansion of District Latent Powers $1,000 deposit towards actual costs
Special Meeting or Hearing $1,000 deposit towards actual cost
Municipal Service Review (not initiated by Commission ) $5,000 deposit towards actual cost of staff and consultant
Proposal Referral to Legal Counsel Equivalent of two hours of legal counsel time at the current rate plus actual costs above the minimum

Petition Signature Verification Costs assessed by Registrar of Voters
Copies of documents $.10 per page (after 10 pages)
Copy of audio recording of meeting $20 each
Annual Agenda Mailing Fee $25 per year
Archive Retrieval Fee Actual cost of staff time 

California Fish and Games Fees*Fees
Negative Declaration/Mitigated Negative Declaration$2,280.75
Environmental Impact Report $3,168.00
County Clerk Environmental Document Processing Fee (All Applications) Check should be made payable to the County Clerk. If the proposal is denied, the check will be returned to the applicant. $50
* A California Department of Fish and Game fee may be charged when LAFCO is the lead agency for environmental review or when LAFCO determines that such a fee has not been paid during or after lead agency consideration of the proposal.

State Board of Equalization Fees*Fees
Less than 1 acre $300
At least 1 acre up to including 5 acres $350
At least 6 acres up to including 10 acres $500
At least 11 acres up to including 20 acres $800
At least 21 acres up to including 50 acres$1,200
At least 51 acres up to including 100 acres $1,500
At least 101 acres up to including 500 acres$2,000
At least 501 acres up to including 1000 acres $2,500
At least 1001 acres up to including 2000 acres$3,000
At least 2001 acres and above $3,500
* If a proposal contains more than one area, applicant will be charged a fee for each area based on the total number of acres within that area.

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