State Fish and Wildlife Environmental Document Filing Fees

Environmental impact documents, agendas, and notices are filed with the Office of the County Clerk of the Board and are posted for 30 days. All notices will be posted within 24 hours of receipt in the Clerk of the Board Office (Public Resources Code 21152(c)).

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was adopted in 1970 and incorporated in the Public Resources Code Section 21000-21177. Its basic purposes are to: inform governmental decision makers and the public about the potential significant environmental effects of proposed activities; identify ways that environmental damage can be avoided or significantly reduced; require changes in project through the use of alternatives or mitigation measures when feasible; and disclose to the public the reasons why a project was approved if significant environmental effects are involved. CEQA applies to projects undertaken, funded or requiring an issuance of a permit by a public agency.

Notice of Determination (NOD) is a notice filed with the Clerk of the Board Office following project approval which describes a project and identifies expected environmental impacts, if any. The type of determination is specified in the notice (Negative Declaration or Mitigated Negative Declaration) and indicates if California Department of Fish and Wildlife fees are required. A filing of a Notice of Determination starts a 30-day period for legal challenge.

Notice of Exemption (NOE) is a brief notice filed at the Clerk of the Board Office, which states the Lead Agency has approved or will carry out a project that is exempt from the requirements of CEQA.

An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is a detailed report about a project's environmental effects, ways to minimize the project's significant environmental effects, and reasonable alternatives to the project.

Fish and Wildlife filings are governed by California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 753.5 and Fish and Wildlife Code Collection of Filing Fees. Click the following link for more information from the Department of Fish & Wildlife.

How to File an Environmental Impact Document with the Clerk of the Board

Submit one original for posting plus one copy for the Department of Fish & Wildlife. A scanned copy including the date/time of posting will be emailed to the Lead Agency and Project Applicant. If you would like a return copy, please submit an extra copy along with a pre-addressed, stamped envelope. Please also complete and submit the 'CEQA Transmittal Memorandum' available online or at the Clerk of the Board Office.  For further information regarding CEQA filings, including forms, address, Clerk of the Board office hours and contact information please go to:

Please note:  Filings will not be accepted by the County of Santa Barbara without one of the following:

  • The proper fee as indicated below;
  • A cash receipt indicating that the required fee has been previously paid; or
  • A "No Effect Determination" letter issued by the Department of Fish and Wildlife for exempted projects.

Below is the table of current fees effective January 1, 2021. There is an additional $50.00 Clerk of the Board Processing Fee for each CEQA notice filed with the Clerk of the Board Office.


CEQA Documents

2021 FEES (EFFECTIVE 1/1/2021)


Negative Declaration (ND) $2,480.25 CEQA Filing Fee
$50.00  Clerk of the Board Processing Fee
Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) $2,480.25 CEQA Filing Fee
$50.00  Clerk of the Board Processing Fee
Notice of Exemption (NOE) No CEQA Filing Fee for NOE
$50.00  Clerk of the Board Processing Fee
Environmental Impact Report (EIR) $3,445.25 CEQA Filing Fee
$50.00  Clerk of the Board Processing Fee


Information on when it is necessary to file a Notice of Determination with the State of California Clearinghouse is available at

There is no charge for posting all other notices (Notice of Public Hearing, Notice of Intent, Notice of Availability, etc.).