NORTH COAST UNIFIED AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

RULE 300 - PERMIT FEES

(a) Application Fee
Every applicant, including any federal, state or local government agency or public district, for an Authority to Construct or a Permit to Operate any stationary source of air contaminant emissions for which an Authority to Construct or a Permit to Operate is required by the Rules and Regulations of the District or federal and state laws, including any applicant for a permit pursuant to Regulation 5, shall pay an application fee in the amount prescribed in Rule 310.

(b) New Source Review Fees
Every applicant, including any federal, state or local government agency or public district, for an Authority to Construct or a Permit to Operate any stationary source of air contaminant emissions for which the additional new source review procedures of Rule 220(b) are required, shall pay an additional fee to the District in an amount determined by the Control Officer. Said review fee shall not exceed the actual cost of administration of the new source review requirements.

(c) Cancellation or Denial
If an application for an Authority to Construct or a Permit to Operate is canceled, or if an Authority to Construct or a Permit to Operate is denied and such denial becomes final, the initial application fee required herein shall not be refunded nor applied to any subsequent application.

(d) Transfer of Location or Owner
Where an application is filed for a Permit to Operate any stationary source of air contaminant emissions by reason of transfer of location or owner, and where a Permit to Operate had previously been granted under Chapter II and no modifications to the source or change of operation have been made the applicant shall pay a $50.00 transfer fee.

(e) Alteration of Equipment
Where an application is filed for an Authority to Construct or a Permit to Operate exclusively involving revisions to the conditions of an existing Authority to Construct or Permit to Operate or involving alterations or additions resulting in a change to any existing stationary source holding a permit under the provisions of Chapter II of these Rules and Regulations, or under Regulation 5, the permit fee shall be calculated on the basis of the weighted labor rate and time involved in processing the requested revisions.

(f) Annual Fee
On July 1 of each year, all holders of an Authority to Construct or Permit to Operate shall be notified by the District of the annual fee based upon the current fee schedules. The fee schedule shall be adjusted annually in accordance with Section 42311 of the California Health and Safety Code and Section 2212 of the Revenue and Taxation Code to account for changes in the California Consumer Price Index for the preceding year. The fees shall not exceed the actual cost of District programs for the immediately preceding year with an adjustment not greater than the change in the annual California Consumer Price Index. The schedule of fees shall be calculated on an annual basis by the Control Officer.

1979-80 CPI Fee Base = 1.00
1993-94 CPI Fee Adjustment Factor = 2.17
1994-95 CPI Fee Adjustment Factor = 2.20
1995-96 CPI Fee Adjustment Factor = 2.24
1996-97 CPI Fee Adjustment Factor = 2.28
1997-98 CPI Fee Adjustment Factor = 2.33
1998-99 CPI Fee Adjustment Factor = 2.37

(ii) Clean air Act Title 5 Fee
In addition to the above permit fee, each major source as defined in Regulation 5, shall pay a Clean Air Act Title 5 fee equal in amount to one and one-half times the permit fee. This permit fee shall become operative upon the effective date of Regulation 5 or July 1, 1994 or whichever date is later.
The permittee shall pay the permit fee and Clean Air Act Title 5 fee to the District Office in person or by mail postmarked no later than August 30 of that year. If the fees (permit and Clean Air Act Title 5) are not paid by August 30, the fee shall be increased by one-half the amount thereof, and the District shall thereupon promptly notify the permittee by mail of the increased fee. If the increased fees are not paid within 60 days after such notice, the permit shall be immediately suspended and the District shall so notify the permittee by mail. Any suspended permit may be reinstated only upon payment in full of all accrued fees and penalties or by filing a new application complete with initial fee. Fees will continue to be required until such time as the Authority to Construct and/or Permit to Operate cancellation or denial becomes final and all operations involving the stationary source have ceased. Fees for less than a one-year period will be prorated for the balance of the annual permit period.


(g) Multiple Locations
When permits have been issued to operate movable equipment at two or more locations, only one annual fee pursuant to Rule 300(f) will be charged.

(h) Duplicate Permit
A request for a duplicate Permit to Operate shall be made in writing to the District within 10 days after the destruction, loss or defacement of a Permit to Operate and shall contain the reason a duplicate permit is being requested. A fee of $10.00 shall be paid for a duplicate Permit to Operate.

(i) Late Fee Penalty
If any stationary source of air contaminant emissions is constructed, modified, operated or replaced (except for identical replacement) without the owner or operator obtaining an Authority to Construct in accordance with Rule 200, the applicant shall be assessed a late fee penalty which is one and one-half times the applicable initial fee. The assessment of a late fee penalty shall not limit the District's right to pursue any other remedy provided for by law.