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Fees Charged For Fire Department Inspections Could Increase In Sacramento

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Fees to inspect schools, hotels and marijuana dispensaries could increase in the city of Sacramento.

The proposal has passed a City Council committee and will go to the full council in two weeks.

The Sacramento City Fire Department says revenue generated by fire prevention inspections is $2 million shy of the cost.

The department is proposing sliding-scale increases to inspections of hotels, apartment complexes, daycares and other businesses. Fees for small daycares and large apartment complexes would nearly double.

Fire Marshall Jason Lee says the department conducts 8,000 state and locally-mandated inspections each year.

"A lot of these inspections are for apartments. Also, we have inspections for place of assemblies such as restaurants, movie theaters and so forth," Lee said. 

Lee says fees currently pay for 48 percent of the cost. The city's general fund makes up the rest.

There would also be new fees for cannabis businesses and hot food vendors.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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