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March 18, 2011
Pursuant to the Environmental Impact Screening Forms and Environmental Impact Statements Amendment Act of 2010 (enacted as section 6061 of the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Support Act of 2010; D.C. Law 18-223; effective September 24, 2010), beginning on April 18, 2011, the District of Columbia will begin collecting a fee for environmental impact studies required under the Environmental Policy Act.
The fee shall be $55.00 per hour, with a maximum charge of one percent (1.0%) of the total project cost of a proposed “major action". The term “major action” is defined as “any action that costs over $1 million and that under § 7201.2 may have a significant impact on the environment, or any action that costs less than $1 million and that under § 7201.4 imminently and substantially affects the public health, safety, or welfare.”
The fee is for the reviews conducted by several District agencies, including the District Department of the Environment, the District Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Works, the Office of Planning, and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
In calculating the total fee to be charged, each agency will provide the number of hours it spent conducting the review and the total amount will be included in an invoice issued by DCRA that can be paid at the cashier at the DCRA Permits and Licensing Center.
Effective April 18, 2011 the District of Columbia will start collecting fees for environmental impact studies (EISF).