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10/25/2017 - Proposal to Change Health Department Fees

Please see information below provided to the Fairfield Board of Health at the October 16th, 2017 meeting.  The Board will consider voting on these changes at the November 13th, 2017 meeting which is held at 7:30pm in the first floor conference room of Sullivan Independence Hall, 725 Old Post Road, Fairfield. Those wishing to provide comments regarding the proposed changes can attend the November 13th meeting or comments can be sent by email to healthdept@fairfieldct.org.

 

 

Proposal to Change Fairfield Public Health Code Section 1.7 - Health Department Fee Schedule

 

Factors Driving and Taken Into Consideration Regarding Proposed Changes:

  • With the intent to increase Town revenue, the First Selectman’s Office asked the Health Department to compare its license, permit and other fees to area health departments or districts with similar demographics and who offer similar services.  In those areas where the department was below the “market rate” we were instructed that the department should work to increase fees to be close to the market rate.    In cases where Fairfield was significantly below the market rate, efforts were made to balance the requirement to move toward the market rate and to avoid dramatic increases in the actual dollar increase in the fee.

  • A comparison was done between the permit and license rates of Fairfield compared to those same fees in other towns in Fairfield County, including Greenwich, Norwalk Stamford, and Westport.  The comparison indicated that the Town of Fairfield rates were under the market rate average in many categories.

  • New regulations were adopted this year by the CT State Legislature that partially went into effect October 1, 2017 and goes fully into effect July of 2018.  The October 1, 2017 portion of the new regulations require the re-categorizing of all food establishments and therefore necessitates changes to our license structure to be in compliance to those standards set forth in the FDA Model Food Code. 

  • Since the changes to the fees structure where necessitated by new regulations, the Department is seeking to take the opportunity to greatly simplify its licensing/permit structure.  The proposal reduces the number of different license and permit categories/fees from 38 down to 18.

 

 


Current Section 1.7 – Fee Schedule

 

1.7 All license, permit and plan review fees shall increase two percent each January 1st.  The increased fees shall be rounded to the nearest whole dollar. An updated fee schedule shall be placed in the code each January 1st. Other fees shall be based upon costs and adjusted accordingly each January 1st.

LICENSES

2017 Fees

Food Service Establishments (expires January 31)

 

CLASS I

133.00

CLASS II

212.00

CLASS III

302.00

CLASS IV

381.00

CLASS III & IV (No seating)

250.00

Retail Food Stores (expires January 31)

 

CLASS I

133.00

CLASS II

212.00

CLASS III

302.00

CLASS IV

381.00

CLASS III & IV (Greater than 5000 sq. feet)

434.00

Other Food Service

 

Caterers without Establishment In Fairfield Class IV (expires January 31)

159.00

Temporary - profit (Not to exceed 14 days)

53.00

- non-profit

0

Convalescent Hospitals (expires January 31)

381.00

Vendors (expires January 31)

212.00

Reinspection (rating score <80)

53.00

Seasonal / Market Master / Farm Market Vendor multi-event non farmer

159.00

Housing

 

Certificate of Rental Occupancy (CRO) (per unit)

28.00

Rooming House (expires September 30)

53.00

Hotels/Motels (expires September 30)

106.00

Cosmetology (Barbers, Hairdressing, Nail Salons) (expires March 31)

 

1-5 stations

81.00

6- 10 stations

106.00

11 and more stations

133.00

Public Pools (expires May 31)

106.00

PERMITS

Septic

 

Soil Tests (percolation)

106.00

New System

212.00

Repair – failed system

106.00

For dwelling renovation per: State Regulation 19-13 B100

159.00

Well Drill

28.00

Sandblasting

28.00

PLAN REVIEW FEES

 

 

Class I & II (FSE & RFS)

53.00

Class III & IV (FSE & RFS)

106.00

Cosmetology Shops

53.00

OTHER FEES

Radon Kits

20.00

Tick Test

5.00

Qualified Food Operator Class with Exam (offered once per year)

75.00

Qualified Food Operator Exam Only (offered once per year)

50.00

FOI copy fee per page

.50

 


 

Comparison of Proposed Changes to Fees with Average of Area Comparable Fees:

LICENSES, PERMITS AND FEES

 

Food Licenses and Fees (expires January 31)

Proposed Fairfield 2018 Fees

Average of Area Comparable Fees

Low Risk Establishment

200

233

High Risk Establishment

400

496

Reinspection Fee/License Renewal Late Fee

100

100

Temporary Vendor– Profit/Non-Profit (Not to exceed 14 days)

100/0

113

Itinerant Vendors (expires January 31)

325

323

Seasonal / Market Master / Farmer’s Market Vendor multi-event non farmer

175

224

Housing Certificates and Licenses

 

 

Certificate of Rental Occupancy (CRO) (per unit)

40

95

Hotels/Motels/Rooming House License (expires September 30)

200

315

Cosmetology License (Barbers, Hairdressing, Nail Salon ) (expires March 31)

150

149

Public Pool License (expires May 31)

200

495

Septic Permits - Soil Tests (percolation), New, Repair, Renovation

200

239

Well Drilling Permit

40.00

320

Plan Review Fee (Food, Cosmetology)

200.00

222

Radon Kits

*20.00

N/A

Tick Test

**5.00

N/A

Qualified Food Operator Class with Exam (offered once per year)

100.00

150

Qualified Food Operator Exam Only (offered once per year)

75.00

75

FOI copy fee per page

.50

N/A

 

 

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*Radon Kits $20.00 cost from supplier.

**Tick Test $5.00 cost of postage to send to state lab.

 

The Health Departments/Districts of Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport were used for comparison as they are also larger municipalities with numerous food service establishments, having large portions of the town with homes on septic systems, having many cosmetology facilities and Stamford and Norwalk also issue housing certificates.   


 

New Proposed Section 1.7 of Fairfield Public Health Code

 

 

 

1.7 All license, permit, certificate and plan review fees shall increase two percent each January 1st.  The increased fees shall be rounded to the nearest whole dollar.

 An updated fee schedule shall be placed in the code each January 1st. Other fees shall be based upon costs and adjusted accordingly each January 1st

 

LICENSES, PERMITS AND FEES

Food Licenses and Fees (expires January 31)

Proposed Fairfield 2018 Fees

Low Risk Establishment

200

High Risk Establishment

400

Reinspection Fee/License Renewal Late Fee

100

Temporary Vendor– Profit/Non-Profit (Not to exceed 14 days)

100/0

Itinerant Vendors (expires January 31)

325

Seasonal / Market Master / Farmer’s Market Vendor multi-event non farmer

175

Housing Certificates and Licenses

 

Certificate of Rental Occupancy (CRO) (per unit)

40

Hotels/Motels/Rooming House License (expires September 30)

200

Cosmetology License (Barbers, Hairdressing, Nail Salon ) (expires March 31)

150

Public Pool License (expires May 31)

200

Septic Permits - Soil Tests (percolation), New, Repair, Renovation

200

Well Drilling Permit

40

Plan Review Fee (Food, Cosmetology)

200

Radon Kits

20

Tick Test

5

Qualified Food Operator Class with Exam (offered once per year)

100

Qualified Food Operator Exam Only (offered once per year)

75

FOI copy fee per page

.50