This bill would restrict local governments by removing the ability to determine a regulatory fee amount based on the number of square feet of a new construction project or the cost of all other construction projects.
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 require that the proceeds of the regulatory fee be used to fund the regulatory activity but would not require the local government to establish a separate account for the funds.
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.