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Planning & Development Services Proposes New Fee Schedule Based On Time And Materials Cost Recovery

County Executive Office - Press Release

January 27, 2003

Planning & Development Services Department

Larry Leaman
Interim Director
300 N. Flower St. Santa Ana, CA

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 4048
Santa Ana, CA 92702-4048

For Further Information, contact:
Brian Murphy, 834-3763
Diane Thomas, 834-6203

Planning & Development Services Proposes New Fee Schedule
Based On Time And Materials Cost Recovery

"This would be the first fee increase in a decade," Leaman explained. "In fact, in 1999 and 2001, the fees were lowered by nearly one-third and the County subsequently returned more than $1 million to 1,363 applicants who had paid fees in the previous six months. Now, with rising costs to County departments, it's time to adjust to a real cost-based system for better tracking as well as equity."

A public hearing on the proposal will take place Jan. 28 at the Board of Supervisors meeting at the Hall of Administration (HOA) at 9:30 a.m. Information on the proposal is posted in the lobbies at the HOA, 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana, and the Osborne Building, where PDSD is located, at 300 N. Flower in Santa Ana. Information is also available at the office of the Clerk of the Board in the Hall of Administration. Agenda and meeting notices may also be found on the Board of Supervisors page at

A comparison chart depicting the current, proposed and comparable jurisdictions' fees is attached.

Comparison of Existing County Building Permit Fees to Proposed Time & Material Costs
Processing, and
City Fees for Three Typical Permits
Permit Type Description County of Orange Existing Fee Proposed Time & Material Cost Estimate* 1993 County of Orange Fee City of Irvine** City of Newport Beach City of Orange

2,000 Sq.Ft. House with 400 Sq.Ft. Garage







10,000 Sq.Ft. Commercial Building







500 Sq.Ft. Addition to an Existing Residence







* The estimate is based on the actual cost for the minimum number of hours for plan check and inspection; the costs will be higher for more complex projects.

**Irvine fees include a $1500 deposit for zoning clearance and a systems development charge.