Senate Bill (SB) 1186 (Chapter 383, Statutes of 2012) created Government Code Section 4467. Among other things, this statute requires a one-dollar 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 applies to applications and renewals filed between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2018 and it is collected by the issuing jurisdiction (city, county, or city and county).
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. The funds accrued from this fee are then divided between the local entity that collected the funds, which retains 70 percent, and DSA, which receives 30 percent.
Quarterly Fee Submittal Requirement
Local jurisdictions are required to send to DSA 30 percent of the additional business license fee revenues collected within 15 days of the end of each fiscal quarter. Form DSA 786: Disability Access and Education Fee Report (PDF - 219 KB) must be included 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 posted an SB 1186 Annual Report (PDF - 99 KB) form online.
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.
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