Legal Alerts Dec 13, 2018

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Annual CEQA Document Filing Fee Increase

Effective Jan. 1

Effective Jan. 1, filing fees imposed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will increase for all CEQA Notices of Determination. The CDFW is required to adjust the fees annually. The fees are used to defray the agency’s costs related to, among other things, consulting with public agencies, reviewing environmental documents, making mitigation recommendations and developing monitoring programs, according to the agency’s website.

The cost increases for NOD filed on or after Jan. 1 are as follows: 

DFW Fee Schedule

CEQA Document

Fees Effective
Jan. 1, 2018

Fees Effective
Jan. 1, 2019

Negative Declaration



Mitigated Negative Declaration



Environmental Impact Report



Environmental Document pursuant to a Certified Regulatory Program*



Notice of Exemption for a Statutory or Categorical Exempt Action

No DFW Fee

No DFW Fee

County Clerk Processing Fee**



*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.

As was the case in 2018, no DFW fee will be assessed for the filing of Notices of Exemption in 2019. 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.
The DFW fee may be charged only once per project. In the event that 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 provided as proof of payment, 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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