HEALTH DEPARTMENT: UPDATE FEE STRUCTURE
Fees charged for inspections, permits, licenses issued by the Environmental Health Division do not undergo normal review to ensure that they remain current.
Regularly revise the Department’s outdated fee structure.
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Changes in the Department’s fee structure require approval from the City Council.
Pursue the necessary administrative and legislative steps to implement a revised fee structure.
The Department’s Environmental Health Division is responsible for preventing environmental conditions that foster the growth and spread of disease. To fulfill this function, the Department conducts inspections of establishments that serve food, day and foster care providers, hospitals, and schools. Additionally, the Division has enforcement responsibilities related to lead paint and animal licensing.
All fees charged by the Department should be reviewed on an annual basis and adjusted as necessary. Some of the Department’s current fees have not been adjusted in over nine years. It should be noted that the Department recently received approval from City Council to adjust its fee structure. It is projected that the adjustment should result in a $450,000 annual increase in the level of fees collected. This projected positive financial impact, furthermore, should be reinforced by Recommendations 7-D and 7-E.