Permits and Fees

Any individual, business, or public agency wishing to construct a project within the Criteria Area covered by the MSHCP must obtain an approval from RCA and a permit for the project from the local agency responsible.

Approved projects pay fees both for the review of the project, called Joint Project Review and for constructing the project itself.

Joint Project review fees are:

Joint Project Review
Meet and Confer
Criteria Refinement
Plan Amendment


Forms are available for Joint Project Review.

Fees to construct projects were originally established by the Final Mitigation Fee Nexus Report for the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Conservation Plan and are annually adjusted using the Consumer Price Index.

The current MSHCP Fees:

Residential development less than 8 dwelling units per acre $2,104/unit
Residential development between 8.1 and 14 dwelling units per acre $1,347/unit
Residential development greater than 14.1 dwelling units per acre $1,094/unit
Commercial development $7,164/acre
Industrial development $7,164/acre


Public agency projects such as libraries, city halls, fire stations, community centers, etc. pay at the same rate as commercial and industrial projects.

Some projects such as city and county roadways, flood control projects, several projects under the Riverside County Transportation Commission, projects by Caltrans and State Parks, and others, were covered as qualified infrastructure projects by the MSHCP. These projects pay 5% of the capital cost of the project.