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Environmental Filing Fees

A project that requires the filing of a Notice (for Exemption, Negative Declaration/Mitigated Negative Declaration, or Environmental Impact Report) will also be subject to applicable County filing fees. The base fee for posting at the County Clerk's Office is $75.00 (per filing of a Notice) so that the necessary notices can be filed in accordance with the provisions of CEQA. In cases where the City has retained an environmental consultant (e.g., MND or an Environmental Impact Report), the consultant will typically handle the filing of all required notices, but may ask for an additional payment from the applicant for the California Department of Fish & Wildlife filing fees (see below).

In addition, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife reviews Negative Declarations, Mitigated Negative Declarations, and Environmental Impact Reports. An additional fee may need to be paid to the County Clerk, unless specifically exempted by the Department of Fish & Wildlife, as follows:

    • $2,216.25 for a Negative Declaration/Mitigated Negative Declaration (effective January 1, 2017)
    • $3,078.25 for an Environmental Impact Report (effective January 1, 2017)
    • Checks for the County's filing fees and any applicable Fish & Wildlife fee must be payable to "Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk."        
    • Additional information about current County fees may be found at the County Clerk's website:  https://www.lavote.net/home/county-clerk/environmental-notices-fees

    Appeals

    Most administrative decisions by the Community Development Director may be appealed to the Planning Board and/or City Council, and all Planning Board decisions may be appealed to the City Council, by filing an appeal form at the Planning office. 

    Appeal form

    Appeal forms must be submitted in person at the Planning Division office. Appeal forms submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail will not be accepted. Generally, appeals must be filed within 15 days of the date the decision is made. For information about filing an appeal for a specific project, please contact the project planner listed on the public notice.

    All appeals must be filed by the appeal deadline along with the required filing fee. The current fees as of July 1, 2017, are: $371 appeal to CD Director related to Single Family Residential; $1,241 appeal to Planning Board related to Single Family Residential; $781 appeal to CD Director related to business; $2,754 appeal to Planning Board related to business. If more than one appeal is filed, all appeals will be heard together at a single public hearing. However, if a person decides to withdraw their appeal and only one appeal was filed, there will be no public hearing. Therefore, it is important that any person interested in appealing a project file their own appeal, even if another appeal has already been filed. If you do not file your own appeal and the only person who filed an appeal decides to withdraw, there will not be a public hearing and the decision will become final. If this situation occurs and the appeal deadline has already passed, no additional appeals may be filed, even if the original appeal is withdrawn.

    If multiple individuals wish to appeal a decision for the same reasons, the individuals may file a single appeal form and share the cost of the appeal. For such an appeal to be withdrawn, all persons signing the original appeal form must submit a written request to withdraw the appeal.

     

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