Child care providers in California can challenge high zoning and business licensing fees

September 23, 2014

California law prohibits cities from regulating small family child care homes (licensed for eight or fewer children) but allows cities to place some restrictions on large family child care homes, which may serve no more than fourteen children.

Cities can only charge fees:

  • Reasonably related to parking
  • Reasonably related to spacing and concentration
  • Reasonably related to traffic control
  • Reasonably related to noise control

The cost of conducting public hearings cannot be included in the fees. Child care providers are entitled to a list of all fees and costs associated with permit, and any other permit required by the city.

You can follow the lead of child care providers in San Rafael and Clovis who successfully challenged their local fees. Read our Toolkit: What To Do If Your City Requires Business Licenses or Zoning Fees and our Know the Law About Business Licenses and Zoning Fees in California

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