This bill would restrict local governments ability to determine building inspection fees by removing the ability to determine the fee amount based on the cost of the project for construction projects not considered new construction.
The legislation would also make several other changes concerning local government collection of regulatory fees. Under current law, the amount of the regulatory fee charged must approximate the cost of the regulatory activity performed by the local government. This bill would allow someone charged a fee to challenge the calculation of the fee and would require the city to calculate the actual cost of regulation. The fee charged must not exceed 20 percent of the actual cost of regulation or a refund by the city would be required.
Additionally, current law provides a nonexclusive list of industries that may be subject to local government regulatory fees. This bill would remove from that list taxicab and limousine operators, boxing promoters, shooting galleries and firearm ranges, and firearms dealers. The bill would add sport shooting ranges and firearm dealers to the list of industries that cannot be subject to a regulatory fee.