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The Los Angeles County Certified Unified Program Agency (LACoCUPA) collects permit fees from the regulated businesses in order to implement and administer the unified programs in the unincorporated and incorporated jurisdictions of the County.  The consolidated permit is processed by the LACoCUPA.  After the owner or operator creates and submits all the required information in the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS), either the Health Hazardous Materials (HHMD) or the Participating Agency (PA) that regulates the jurisdiction of the applicant notifies the Financial Management Division (FMD) to create a consolidated permit account.  Thereafter, FMD mails an invoice to the owner of a business that has any of the following applicable program elements:

  • Hazardous Waste Generator;
  • Hazardous Waste Generator Onsite Treatment;
  • Aboveground Storage Tank;
  • Underground Storage Tank;
  • Hazardous Materials; and/or
  • California Accidental Release Prevention

After the owner sends a payment to FMD, which must be made before the delinquency date that is documented on the invoice to avoid a late payment penalty, FMD sends the consolidated permit to the owner.

In order to fulfill the single fee system requirement that is mandated by the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) within the LACoCUPA and Participating Agencies (PA) jurisdictions, FMD receives the permit fees from the owners or operators of regulated businesses and processes the consolidated permit for the business. Moreover, FMD collects those fees on a consolidated permit account associated with program elements that are regulated by a PA and transmits them to the PA.  For example, FMD collects the fee from the owner who has an underground storage tank at a gas station in an unincorporated jurisdiction of Loa Angeles County then transmits it to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, the PA who regulates businesses with underground storage tanks in the unincorporated jurisdiction.  In addition, FMD collects a state service charge on the consolidated permit account and transmits it to Cal EPA.  The implementation of the single fee system requirement maintains both the consolidation of program elements on one permit and also the coordination among the CUPA and PAs with the administration of the unified program.

The consolidated permit is valid for one fiscal year.  FMD sends an invoice each year to the owner or operator of the regulated business, collects the permit fees, and mails a valid consolidated permit to the regulated business. This permit must be posted in a conspicuous place at the regulated business.  If the ownership changes, the new owner must submit all the required information in CERS, receive an invoice from FMD, pay the fees for the applicable program elements, and post the consolidated permit at the regulated business.

Any owner or operator of a regulated business who fails to apply for a consolidated permit, pay for the permit fees, or post a valid consolidated permit is guilty of a misdemeanor.

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL HANDLER FEE CATEGORY DESCRIPTION

SMALL QUANTITY HANDLER

Only one hazardous material onset, which is a:

  • Liquid: 55 – 500 gallons or
  • Solid: 500 – 5,000 pounds or
  • Compressed Gas: 200 – 2,000 cubic feet or
  • Regulated Substance: Threshold Quantity – 500 pounds

MINOR HANDLER

Two or more hazardous materials onsite, which are:

  • Liquid: 55 – 500 gallons or
  • Solid: 500 – 5,000 pounds or
  • Compressed Gas: 200 – 2,000 cubic feet or
  • Regulated Substance: Threshold Quantity – 500 pounds

MODERATE HANDLER

Two or more hazardous materials onsite, which are:

  • Liquid: 501 – 2,750 gallons or
  • Solid: 5,001 – 25,000 pounds or
  • Compressed gas: 2,001 – 10,000 cubic feet

MAJOR HANDLER

Two or more hazardous materials onsite, which are:

  • Liquid: 2,751 – 50,000 gallons or
  • Solid: 25,001 – 500,000 pounds or
  • Compressed Gas: 10,001 – 200,000 cubic feet

MAJOR HANDLER (Large Volume)

Two or more hazardous materials onsite, which are:

  • Liquid: 50,001 gallons or over or
  • Solid: 25,001 – 500,000 pounds or
  • Compressed Gas: 10,001 – 200,000 cubic feet

MAJOR HANDLER (Complex)

A refinery, chemical plant, distillery, bulk plant, or terminal which handles:

  • Liquid: 175,001 gallons and over or
  • Solid: 700,001 pounds and over or
  • Compressed Gas: 200,001 cubic feet and over or two or more liquid/solid/compressed gas: 500,000 pounds and over

The fee schedule for the previous and current fiscal years is shown in the following table.

 

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL HANDLER PROGRAM
ANNUAL FEES
Fee Category Program Level FY 17-18 Fee
3000 Small Quantity Handler $270
3001 Minor Handler $391
3002 Moderate Handler $500
3003 Major Handler $692
3004 Major Handler – Large Volume $985
3005 Major Handler – Complex $1,521
CALIFORNIA ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION PROGRAMANNUAL FEES
Fee Group Risk Unit Range FY 17-18 Fee
3501 < 5 $569
3502 ≥5 : <15 $998
3503 ≥15 : <50 $1,793
3504 ≥50 : <100 $3,430
3505 ≥100 : <250 $5,797
3506 ≥250 : <500 $9,350
3507 ≥500 : <1,000 $16,928
3508 ≥1,000 : <3,000 $25,857
3509 ≥3,000 : <10,000 $34,505
3510 Refineries $108,790
ABOVEGROUND PETROLEUM STORAGE ACT PROGRAM
ANNUAL FEES
Fee Category Program Level FY 17-18 Fee
3701 <10,000 gals $197
3702 >10,000 – 100,000 gals $632
3703 >100,000 – 1,000,000 gals $948
3704 >1,000,000 – 10,000,000 gals $1,264
3705 >10,000,000 – 100,000,000 gals $5,725
3706 >100,000,000 gals $11,944
HAZARDOUS WASTE GENERATOR PROGRAM ANNUAL FEES
Fee Category Program Level FY 17-18 Fee
1000 / 1100 0-2 Employees $512
1001 / 1101 3-5 Employees $746
1002 / 1102 6-19 Employees $1,066
1003 / 1103 20-100 Employees $1,439
1004 / 1104 101-500 Employees $2,132
1005 / 1105 >500 Employees $3,624
1006 Silver Waste $373
TIERED PERMIT PROGRAM
ANNUAL FEES
Fee Category Treatment Type FY 17-18 Fee
2001 – 2005 Conditionally Exempt $174
2010 Conditionally Authorized $1,159
2020/2025 Permit by Rule $1,680
COST RECOVERY AND MISCELLANEOUS FEES
Fee Category FY 17-18 Fee
4060 Emergency Response Initial Fee $604
4065 Emergency Response Hourly Fee $164
4050 Site Mitigation Initial Fee $2,212
4055 Site Mitigation Hourly Fee $156
4010 Re-inspection Fee $409
3099 Late Submittal Fee $398
 8041 CERS Service Fee $100
STATE SURCHARGES
California Environmental Protection Agency Oversight $49
Underground Storage Tank Program $20
Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act Program $26
California Accidental Release Prevention Program $270