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Bill Detail: HB21-1284

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Title Limit Fee Install Active Solar Energy System
Status House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments (05/07/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Energy
House Sponsors K. Van Winkle (R)
A. Valdez (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Priola (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 04/21/2021
Summary

Current law imposes a limitation on the permit, application review,
or any other related or associated fees that may be assessed by counties,

municipalities, state agencies, and political subdivisions of the state for
the installation of an active solar electric or solar thermal device or
system. The bill modifies this language so that the limitation applies to
the aggregate of all charges or other related or associated fees the state,
a county, municipality, state agency, or any other political subdivision of
the state (governmental bodies) shall impose or assess for the installation
of an active solar energy system.
The bill sets a limit on the aggregate of all charges or other related
or associated fees any governmental body may impose or assess to install
an active solar energy system of $500 for a residential permit and $1,000
for a commercial permit. In the case of a nonresidential application, on an
individual installation basis only, if the governmental body incurs actual
costs for issuing the permit that are greater than $1,000, the governmental
body is entitled to recovery of its actual costs for issuing the permit by
submitting in writing and disclosing to the applicant for the particular
permit proof of the governmental body's actual costs.
In connection with existing statutory requirements affecting state
agencies and political subdivisions, the bill clarifies that the duty to
clearly and individually identify all fees and taxes assessed on an
application on the invoice lies with the state or any agency, institution,
authority, or political subdivision of the state.
Under existing law, one component of determining the lawful fee
for issuing a permit or reviewing an application requires a comparison of
the lesser of the actual costs of providing such services or $500 for a
residential application. The bill restricts a governmental body from
increasing its fees or other charges by more than 5% on an annual basis
until the $500 limitation is achieved.
The bill also extends the repeal date of the existing fee limitation.

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