Senate Bill (SB) 1186 (Chapter 383, Statutes of 2012) created Government Code Section 4467. This statute was recently amended by Assembly Bill 1379 (Chapter 667, Statutes 2017). Among other things, this statute requires:
- January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2017, a one-dollar ($1) additional fee to be paid by any applicant for a local business license, permit or similar instrument when it is issued or renewed. The fee is divided between the local entity that collected the funds, which retains 70 percent, and DSA, which receives 30 percent.
- January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2023, a four-dollar ($4) additional fee is to be paid by any applicant for a local business license, permit or similar instrument when it is issued or renewed. If no such instrument exists, the fee is to be paid by an applicant for a building permit. The fee is divided between the local entity that collected the funds, which retains 90 percent, and DSA, which receives 10 percent.
- On and after January 1, 2024, the fees and requirements remain in effect but the amount will reduce to one-dollar ($1). The city, county, or city and county will retain 70 percent of the fees collected and submit 30 percent to DSA.
The purpose of the fee is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements. Additionally, the fee assists local jurisdictions in supporting the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program and provides the Division of the State Architect (DSA) with funds to maintain oversight of the CASp program.
Quarterly Fee Submittal Requirement
Local jurisdictions are required to send DSA their share of the revenue collected within 15 days of the end of each fiscal quarter. Please include the form, separated by fee amount, with payment:
Local jurisdictions are required to submit an annual report to DSA by March 1 for the prior calendar year’s activity. The information that must be included in the report includes:
- Funds collected.
- Funds transmitted to DSA.
- Funds spent on administrative services (maximum of five percent of fees retained).
- The activities undertaken and funds spent to increase CASp services.
- The activities undertaken and funds spent on programs to facilitate compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements.
In order to help local jurisdictions meet their annual reporting requirement, DSA has forms available, one for each fee amount:
DSA created marketing materials for use in educating the public on the CASp program and the benefits it provides for business owners. The letter-size CASp Benefits Flyer (PDF – 344 KB) and the Spanish version (PDF – 665 KB) may be downloaded and posted on bulletin boards, handed out at the customer service counters, or used as an insert in mailers. A two-sided, 3.5 x 8.5 insert is also available by request through the Certified Access Specialist Outreach Materials order form.
If you are interested in having a DSA staff member provide a presentation on the CASp program to business owners, please contact us.
To find out what local jurisdictions are doing to promote construction-related accessibility, view our webpage containing examples of how funds from the SB 1186 Fee are used.
Please contact CASprogram@dgs.ca.gov with any questions.
Additional Resources for Accessibility Information
California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA)
Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) – Disability Access Services