Supervisors approve license fee exemptions for businesses

Some types of businesses have not been able to hold events since the coronavirus quarantine began, and some of those busi­nesses are subject to annual license or registration fees. On No­vember 17 the San Diego County Board of Supervisors waived the Sheriff’s Department licensing and registration fees for certain types of businesses. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote waived the fees for an amusement establishment license, a carnival or circus license, an entertainment establishment license, an enter­tainment establishment manager’s registration, a public dance license, and a public dance manager’s registration.

“Businesses are hurting right now, so this is just another small gesture which would give them less financial worry,” said Super­visor Dianne Jacob. The county health order issued on March 12 prohibited gatherings of more than 250 people. On March 16 the order was amended to prohibit gatherings of more than 50 peo­ple, and that order also closed all bars which did not serve food.

“They have not been able to hold events,” Jacob said.

The current annual fee for an amusement establishment li­cense is $622 plus $60 per device. The fee for a carnival or circus annual license is $336 and there is also a fee of $100 per day. An entertainment establishment license currently costs $293, and the manager’s registration fee is $105. The initial fee for an an­nual public dance license is $135 while renewals cost $110 annu­ally, and $105 is charged for the manager’s registration.

The county expects to absorb approximately $75,000 in lost revenue due to the waiver of the fees.


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