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Resource Management Agency

Environmental Services

Environmental Services
1441 Schilling Place
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 755-4879
(831) 755-5877

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Although every effort is made to provide complete and accurate information on this website and all its documents, users are advised to contact applicable County Resource Management Agency staff before making project decisions and fee estimates.

Environmental Services fees for processing various land use permits are included in the Monterey County Master Fee Resolution as Article IX - RMA Land Use.

The current resolution was adopted by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on September 17, 2019, and the fees became effective November 17, 2019. Permit fees are collected by the Resource Management Agency.

Fee Waiver Policy

The Director of Planning may waive application and appeal fees for discretionary permit applications for:

  • Small day care centers (less than twelve children).
  • Inclusionary portions of proposed residential developments.
  • Special Handling affordable housing projects, as detailed in the adopted Special Handling criteria (25% affordable housing). Amount of fees waived is based on the percentage of affordable housing provided, and may include additional fees beyond the original application fees.
  • Persons age 62 or over on a fixed, very low income as defined by Housing and Urban Development.
  • Reclassification applications to bring property into consistency with existing General Plan land use designations.
  • County or other government agencies.
  • Permit fees for the repair or reconstruction of property and structures damaged or destroyed by an act or event that has been declared a disaster by the Board of Supervisors where insurance is inadequate to pay the applicable fees.
  • Development, enhancement, expansion or modification of needed community facilities by non-profit organizations and community groups meeting the following criteria:
    • The proposed project is available for use by the general public; and
    • Provides a scope of benefit beyond the residents of the immediate vicinity; and,
    • Is of obvious public benefit. Evidence of public benefit includes, but not limited to, projects that:
      • Meet a public need previously identified or recognized by the Board of Supervisors;
      • Provide a public facility not presently available in the community;
      • Have generated obvious, substantial community support; or,
      • Would either reduce County costs or increase County revenue.
  • General Plan amendments for parcels with inappropriate or inaccurate land use designations provided the property has been field checked and verified that it is inaccurately or inappropriately designated.

Requests Not Conforming to Policy:

The Planning Commission shall consider all requests for fee waivers not meeting the above criteria.

Appeal of Director's Decision:

The Planning Commission shall consider all appeals of decisions of the Director on fee waiver requests.