Sonoma LAFCO Local Agency Formation Commission

Sonoma LAFCO Fee Schedules

Fiscal Year 2017-2018, Effective July 1, 2017

Deposits

Where indicated in the Fee Schedule, deposits toward the actual cost of processing proposals 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., drafting 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 a proposal 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 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 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

All outstanding fee amounts due to Sonoma LAFCO must be paid prior to recordation of a certificate of completion or administrative approval.

Refunds of Fees

Payment of fees is not a guarantee of approval of the submitted request or proposal. Except for unused portions of deposits, all fees paid to Sonoma LAFCO are non-refundable.

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.

 

Fee Schedules

Applications Involving Annexation, Detachment or Combination Fees
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 (includes Environmental document review fee)
+ Environmental document review fee
+ 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 (includes Environmental document review fee)
+ State Board of Equalization (BOE) fees
+ Legal Counsel’s Time and Materials
Sphere of Influence Updates or Amendments Fees
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
Fire Protection Agency Contract Review

$5,000 deposit towards actual costs

(includes Environmental document review fee)
Applications Involving Fees
District Formations, Dissolutions, Consolidations $10,000 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 Application Fees
Categorically Exempt $335
Initial Study and Negative Declaration/ Mitigated Negative Declaration $2,210
Initial Study and Environmental Impact Report $3,069.75
Preparation of environmental documents when LAFCO is the Lead Agency $4,000 deposit towards actual costs
California Fish and Games Fees Fees

A California Department of Fish and Game fee may be charged when LAFCO is the lead agency for environmental review. The fees are as follows:

Negative Declaration/Mitigated Negative Declaration $2,216.25
Environmental Impact Report $3,078.25

(If the applicable fee has been paid prior to application to LAFCO, the applicant must provide a copy of the receipt of payment from the County Clerk. If a receipt is not provided, a check, made payable to the County Clerk, must be included with the application. If the proposal is denied, all checks will be returned to the applicant)

 
County Clerk Environmental Document Processing Fee - All Applications $50

(A Notice of Exemption or Determination will be filed for all applications. If the proposal is denied, the check will be returned to the applicant)

 

 

Other Fees Fees
Pre-Application Review Fee

Actual cost of staff time via telephone or email, after two hours

Pre-Application Meeting Actual cost of staff time, added to application fee
Request for Reconsideration $2,300
Special or Supplemental Studies Actual 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
Miscellaneous Fees
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
State Board of Equalization Fees Fees
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.
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