Fees & Payments


Napa County has a long history of reviewing its fees; the most recent comprehensive study for Planning, Building and Environmental Services (PBES) was completed in 2009.

PBES was created in 2012 and has been operating as a consolidated permitting department for 5 years. There had been no fee study or change in fees authorized since this consolidation. Recently MGT Consulting Group (MGT) completed a comprehensive fee study, which considered this new organizational structure, and accordingly prepared recommendations for fee adjustments. PBES is planning on holding stakeholder meetings in June 2018, with the goal of presenting recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for their consideration and approval on July 31, 2018. 

Department management in conjunction with CEO are recommending fees remain consistent with previous Board direction of 80% cost recovery for all divisions in PBES with the exception of Building. Because Building division expenditures and revenues are contained in a special revenue fund, separate from the County's General Fund, the division is expected to recover 100% of its costs.

The study found that many fees are recovering less than 80% and therefore the recommendation is to increase those fees. There are also some fees that are recovering more than 80% of cost and for those fees the recommendation is a fee decrease. Some fees remained the same, some were eliminated or modified and some new fees were added all based on current business practices and time estimates.

This item is tentatively scheduled to be presented to the Board of Supervisors on July 31, 2018, please check the Board of Supervisors agenda page for supporting information.

Payment Options

Planning, Building and Environmental Services will now accept credit cards at our service desk for your convenience, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. A convenience fee of 2.29% is required by our payment processing vendor, and will show as a separate charge on your credit card statement, in addition to the fees you are paying to Napa County.

Our prior payment option are still valid, you can pay with a check or cash to avoid the cost of the convenience fee for with use of credit cards.