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Increase to Public Health Fees Effective Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Upon recommendation by the Department of Public Health, on June 26, 2018, the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance to increase current public health permit/license and service fees by 15% effective Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19. As of August 1, 2018, the 15% increase will be in effect.

Billing statements for the FY 2018-19 Public Health Permit/License renewal mailed in May of 2018 reflected the FY 2017-18 rate, and were due on or before June 29, 2018. Whereas the 15% fee increase was approved by the Board, a second billing statement will be sent in mid-August for that portion of the fee representing the 15% increase and will be due by October 1, 2018.

If you would like additional information on the fee increase, please contact us at the following e-mail address:

Below are responses to Frequently Asked Questions.

  1. What is the Purpose of Public Health Permit/License Fees?
    The Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Division (DPH-EH) is a regulatory agency responsible for performing mandated services including, but not limited to, inspections and investigations related to food, housing, public swimming pools, drinking water, water pollution, solid waste, land use, and vector management.
  2. How are Public Health Permit/License Fees Established?
    Fees are designed to recover the actual costs associated with the services provided by DPH-EH. Permit/license fees are based on the work required for each permit/license category and include direct costs associated with providing each service activity and the indirect support costs.
  3. What is the Reason for the 15% Fee Increase?
    The last adjustment made to public health permit/license was in 2011 and as such the current fees are insufficient to recover the cost of the services being provided by DPH-EH.
  4. Why Doesn’t the DPH-EH Cut Costs Instead of Raising Fees?
    DPH-EH has implemented a new inspection and data management system and the reorganization of programs to increase efficiencies. However, there are operational costs including cost of living adjustments, and increases to employee benefits and indirect costs that are beyond the control of DPH-EH.
  5. What is the Due Date for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019 Public Health Permit/License Fees?
    The FY 2018-2019 public health permit/license fees that reflect the FY 2017-18 rate were due by June 29, 2018. A supplemental billing statement for that portion of the fee representing the 15% increase will be mailed to permit/license holders in mid-August and will be due by October 1, 2018.
  6. Do Public Health Permit/License Fees Increase Every Year?
    The last public health permit/license fee adjustment was in 2011. DPH-EH is considering more frequent, smaller fee adjustments to minimize the impact on permit/license holders.
  7. Why Did I Get a Notice About a Fee Increase for My Rental Property?
    Apartment buildings with five (5) or more units are licensed and inspected by DPH-EH. The license fee is assessed by the Los Angeles County Treasurer Tax Collector as part of the property tax. The fee increase will only affect the public health license fee portion of the property tax bill.
  8. Are There Any Other Changes in the Ordinance Amendment?
    In addition to the fee adjustment, DPH-EH is also modifying fees concerning soft serve, alternate water projects, swimming pool renovations, and x-ray machines to more accurately reflect the cost of services provided.

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