California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Increases CEQA Document Filing Fees - Best Best & Krieger
Legal Alerts Dec 11, 2017

California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Increases CEQA Document Filing Fees

Filing Fees for CEQA Notices of Determination Increase Jan. 1

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Effective Jan. 1, filing fees by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will increase for all CEQA Notices of Determination filed on or after that day, as shown below.

As was the case in 2017, no DFW fee will be assessed for the filing of Notices of Exemption in 2018. Please note, however, that a local clerk’s processing fee may be charged for the filing of any NOD or NOE, depending on local county policy.

DFW Fee Schedule

CEQA Document

Fees Effective
Jan. 1, 2017

Fees Effective
Jan. 1, 2018

Negative Declaration

$2,216.25

$2,280.75

Mitigated Negative Declaration

$2,216.25

$2,280.75

Environmental Impact Report

$3,078.25

$3,168.00

Environmental Document Pursuant to a Certified Regulatory Program*

$1,046.50

$1,077.00

Notice of Exemption for a Statutory or Categorical Exempt Action

No DFW Fee

No DFW Fee

County Clerk Processing Fee**

$50.00

$50.00


*Including, but not limited to, timber harvesting plans and other state agency regulatory programs. (Public Resources Code, § 21080.5; State CEQA Guidelines, § 15251).

**Additional county fees may apply. Please check with the county clerk’s office for the current amount of the county’s processing fee. This fee is due for all filings, including a Notice of Exemption.

The DFW fee may be charged only once per project. If a project requires the filing of multiple NODs by lead or responsible agencies, the DFW fee is required at the time the lead agency files the first NOD. If a copy of the DFW fee receipt for the filing of the first NOD can be shown, subsequent NODs for the same project will not need to pay any additional DFW fees.

Should you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact one of the authors of this Legal Alert listed at the right in the firm’s Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group, or your BB&K attorney.

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