State asks for input on restricted species fees

COAST CITIES — The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is now accepting public comments on proposed changes to California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 14, section 703. The changes affect the fees associated with the inspection of Restricted Species Facilities. The authority to establish necessary fees for facility inspections are in Fish and Game Code section 2150.2. A 45-day public comment and review period will run through Sept. 10.Title 14, section 671 and Fish and Game Code section 2118-2195 specify the conditions under which an individual or entity can lawfully possess animals of restricted, not normally domesticated species. The permit types affected by this fee change are listed in Title 14, section 671.1. To make Title 14 consistent with statutory law in the Fish and Game Code, DFG recently proposed changes to section 671.1 and added section 678, which is now proceeding through the Fish and Game Commission regulatory process.

The proposed regulatory change provides for inspection and cost recovery by DFG as required by Fish and Game Code section 2150.2. The fees for inspections are based on the number of animal enclosures at a facility, using information gained during limited testing of the inspection method on permitted facilities.

The proposed regulations are on the DFG website at They will be available for public review through Sept. 10. Comments may be sent to Nicole Carion at or at the Department of Fish and Game, 601 Locust Street, Redding, CA 96001.

Questions about the regulations should be directed to Nicole Carion at (530) 357-3986 or


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