Fee Schedule

Environmental Health Fee Schedule

General Fee Schedule

Monitoring Well & Soil Boring Fee Policy

General Fee Schedule available only in Adobe Acrobat PDF file.
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* All fees updates go into effect July 1*

Environmental Health Fee: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why is there an increase in my annual public health fee?
  2. Were permit holders notified of the proposed increase?
  3. How were public health permit fees determined
  4. Why doesn’t the Department cut costs instead of raising our fees?
  5. The inspector was only at my business for an hour, but my fee is several hundred dollars. Why does it cost so much?
  6. Are there things I can do to lower my bill?
  7. Are noncompliant businesses charged more because they take more time to inspect? 

Why is there an increase in my annual public health permit fee?

Public health permit fees were adjusted to cover the cost of the inspections provided. The cost includes the time to conduct an inspection, as well as the number of times per year a facility is inspected.

Were permit holders notified of the proposed increase?

Notification regarding the proposed fee changes was posted on the Yolo County website. Environmental Health will provide additional outreach by emailing permitted facilities that have provided email contact information, and with regular postal mail service to other groups. Postal mail was not sent to every permitted facility due to the cost of mailing. If you have a permitted business and would like to be added on the email list-serv, please contact Environmental Health with your email address and state that you would like to be on the proposed fee increase list-serv.

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How were public health permit fees determined?

The Health Department works with the Auditor/Controller’s office and Chief Administrator’s Office to complete a comprehensive study to determine the actual costs to perform each service. The costs included the time to conduct the service, such as a restaurant inspection, and the number of times per year that the service was conducted. These fees were submitted to and approved by the Board of Supervisors.

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Why doesn’t the Department cut costs instead of raising our fees?

The Environmental Health Division is increasing existing fees only to the extent necessary to offset actual costs and is working to identify further cost reduction efficiencies.

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Do public health permit fees increase every year?

No. Each fee is evaluated annually and adjusted appropriately. This may result in no change to the fee, an increase to the fee, or potentially a decrease.

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The inspector was only at my business for an hour, but my fee is several hundred dollars. Why does it cost so much?

The frequency of inspections depends on the environmental health program. Depending on the program, inspectors may conduct inspections between once every three years or up to two times a year. The cost of the fee covers time spent by the inspector before an inspection, such as file review, travel time to the facility, onsite inspection time, time to write the inspection report and investigation paperwork, and time spent after the inspection for updating records. Additional time is spent generally in each program for program development, such as developing handouts, webpage development, training, etc. Therefore, even though the inspector is physically at your facility for a limited amount of time, additional time is spent performing the work offsite away from your business.  

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Are there things I can do to lower my bill?

The Environmental Health Division is working to identify cost savings measures. Streamlining processes and greater use of technology, such as electronic inspection tablets are some of the ideas we are working to implement. We are also starting to examine the possibility of compliance based programs, which would reward compliant businesses.

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Are noncompliant businesses charged more because they take more time to inspect?

Most inspection fee categories cover the cost of inspection and one follow-up inspection. If a business is still not in compliance after the first follow-up inspection, the business is charged a follow-up inspection fee. If the business remains non-compliant they can be assessed fines and penalties.

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