Cost of Service Fee Study

The Planning and Economic Development Department has contracted with MGT Consulting Group (MGT) to prepare a Development Related Cost of Service Fee Study (Study).  The Study includes a comprehensive review of service fees for development related functions provided by the Planning and Economic Development, Transportation and Public Works and Fire Departments. The draft Study addresses the costs and potential fees associated with providing development related services such as plan review, permit processing, inspection and long range and current development planning activities. The scope of the Study does not include the analysis of any existing or new impact fees addressed under the State of California's Assembly Bill number 602. View a copy of the draft Study.

The goal for the Study was to present a well-documented and defensible cost of service plan that would identify rates that would be used to recover the billable costs for services and to develop user fees that comply with Proposition 26, Proposition 218 and other applicable statutory requirements. The primary goals are as follows:

  • Create a fee structure that is easy for all parties to understand.
  • Define what it costs the City to provide the various fee-related services.
  • Determine whether there are any services where a fee should be collected.
  • Identify service areas where the City might adjust fees based on the full cost of services and other economic or policy considerations.
  • Develop revenue projections based on recommended increases or decreases to fees.

As a companion document to the Study, MGT prepared a Stakeholder Outreach and Comparison Survey.  The survey provides a brief summary of public engagement around the proposed fee modifications and compares the proposed full cost to provide services and the current adopted fee structure with 6 jurisdictions in the general region. View a copy of the survey results.

Next steps and how YOU can get involved!

The Planning & Economic Development Department will be hosting a community meeting on Monday, January 22, 2024, at 5:30pm in City Hall Council Chambers to provide information on Study. Staff will present information regarding potential amendments and additions to the existing service fee schedules and identify options for cost recovery strategies. Staff will then present the Study to City Council during a study session on Tuesday, January 30, 2024.

Community Meeting (In-Person or Zoom)

  • Monday, January 22, 2024 | 5:30 p.m.
  • City Hall Council Chambers | 100 Santa Rosa Avenue | Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  • Zoom Meeting Link or Telephone: (877) 853-5257 (US Toll Free) | Webinar ID: 836 6030 0899

City Council Study Session