The City Council on Tuesday approved an update to a laundry list of general fees and charges for city services, including canceling a permit fee required for San Juan residents to operate businesses from their homes.
The updates will go into effect on July 1, but are still subject to change based on a review of the city’s cost allocation plan and the results of a fee and rate study.
In keeping with their goal to create a more business-friendly environment, the council did away with a home occupation permit that cost San Juan residents $58.39 to conduct approved businesses from their homes.
“Although there would be no fee for the permit, we would recommend that the application still be filled out to assure that businesses operating in residential areas do not adversely impact the neighborhood,” said City Treasurer Cindy Russell.
Other fees and charges that are scheduled to increase include the permit to install and remove advertising banners on Del Obispo and Camino Capistrano, which will go from $218.48 to $224.51, the city-issued alcoholic beverage permits that increases from $55.18 to $56.70, and a 20-cent increase to new neighborhood parking permits.
No changes were applied to fees for duplication of public records and documents for private use.
City staff said the fee increases were based on a 2.76 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers in Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties between October 2010 and October 2011