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.

Applicants are responsible for costs of the Joint Project Reviews and other related processes, as required by RCA Board Resolution No. 06-05. An initial deposit must be submitted with the application. Costs and expenditures incurred during the process will be billed against the deposit amount. Should the costs exceed the initial amount, the applicant will be billed the difference. If the costs are less than the initial amount, the difference will be refunded.

The initial deposit required to start the following processes are as listed:

Joint Project Review
$1,500
Meet and Confer
$1,500
Criteria Refinement
$5,000
Plan Amendment
$5,000

 

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 $2,168/unit
Residential development between 8.1 and 14 dwelling units per acre $1,388/unit
Residential development greater than 14.1 dwelling units per acre $1,127/unit
Commercial development $7,382/acre
Industrial development $7,382/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.