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Proposed Increase to Public Health Fees Effective Fiscal Year 2018-2019

A recommendation by the Department of Public Health to increase most public health permit/license and service fees by approximately 15 percent effective FY 2018-19 went before the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors on April 24, 2018. The Board continued the agenda item until June 26, 2018. This is a Board public hearing date that is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, California 90012.

With the continuation of this Board item, the Department is taking the opportunity to provide additional outreach to public health permit/license holders and stakeholders to discuss and answer questions regarding the proposed public health fee increase. Over the next few weeks, the Department will schedule meetings and post the dates, times and locations of these meetings on this web page once scheduled. As part of its outreach effort, the Department also has a phone number, 626-430-5457, and an e-mail address, permitfees@ph.lacounty.gov , where permit/license holders and stakeholders can ask questions or provide their comments.

Please note that billing statements for the FY 2018-19 Public Health Permit/License renewal will be mailed as usual in May using the current fee rate. If the proposed 15% fee increase is approved by the Board, a second billing statement will be sent for that portion of the fee representing the 15% increase and would be due by October 1, 2018.

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 are due by June 29, 2018. If the proposed fee increase is approved by the Board, a supplemental billing statement for that portion of the fee representing the 15% increase will be mailed to the permit/license holders. The supplemental fee 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 referenced in the notification 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.

For questions or to leave a comment, please contact DPH-EH at (626) 430-5457 or email: permitfees@ph.lacounty.gov.

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