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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
FROM: CITY MANAGER
DATE: NOVEMBER 19, 2002
SUBJECT: ESTABLISHMENT OF MASSAGE TECHNICIAN EXAMINATION FEE AND MASSAGE FACILITY INSPECTION FEE
Staff Coordinator: Gina Park, Senior Administrative Analyst
Approve Resolution No. _____approving the establishment of two fees to offset the Cityís costs to process business permits for establishments offering massage services and for massage technicians.
On February 19, 2002, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 373, adopting by reference the Los Angeles County Code provisions governing massage establishments and massage technicians, as amended. On November 5th the City Council introduced Ordinance No. 384, as amended, to 1) eliminate any ambiguity regarding which specified professionals or State licensed professionals are exempted by Section 7.54.040; 2) introduce a hardship waiver procedure that allows the City Manager to waive required physical requirements for massage facilities under specific circumstances for existing businesses that provide massage services as a secondary service; and 3) authorize verification of applicant qualifications to perform massage services by administering written/practical examinations.
In addition, the Council approved entering into an agreement with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to administer the examinations for prospective massage technicians as well as conduct health and safety inspections of massage establishments on behalf of the City. These County services to be provided on behalf of the City fulfill regulation requirements for massage establishments and technicians. The Countyís fees for health and safety services are established each fiscal year to reflect the Countyís direct costs. Until further notice, the County will bill the City $203 for each massage facility inspection and $130 for each massage technician examination that is administered to an applicant for a massage business permit.
To offset the Cityís costs to process applications for business permits for massage technicians and for businesses that provide massage services, staff proposes the establishment of two new fees to be charged to prospective business license applicants:
1) Massage Facility Inspection Fee of $229 annually and 2) Massage Technician Examination Fee of $156 per examination. The fee breakdown is as follows:
Massage Facility Inspection Fee
County Inspection Service Fee $203
Massage Technician Examination Fee
County Examination Service Fee $130
Staff estimates a total of 30 minutes of staff time will be necessary to help facilitate the County Health Service Department approval process for each business license applicant. City Finance Department staff will be responsible for providing guidelines to prospective applicants, accepting and processing the application and appropriate fees, issuing the RPV business license, and processing payments to the County. City Managerís Office staff will be responsible for notifying the County of new applications for massage technician examinations and massage establishment inspections, tracking applications through the approval process, reviewing written results of inspections and examinations, reviewing County invoices for payment, and responding to applicant inquiries.
To establish the proposed new service fees, City Council is asked to hold a public hearing. Staff published two notices of public hearing on November 9th and November 16th in the Palos Verdes Peninsula News regarding the two new fees.
Should Council approve staff recommendations, the Massage Facility Inspection Fee of $229 annually and the Massage Technician Examination Fee of $156 per examination will become effective immediately. The proposed fees are anticipated to offset the costs that will be incurred by the City in processing applications for permits for massage technicians and for businesses that provide massage services. It should be noted that the proposed fees are separate from any business license taxes that are required by the City.
RESOLUTION NO. 2002-
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES DOES RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1: Based on the foregoing, the City Council hereby approves the establishment of two new fees to offset the Cityís costs to process applications for business permits. For establishments offering massage services, the amount of the application fee is $229.00. For massage technicians, the amount of the application fee is $156.00. The City Council hereby directs the City Clerk to add these two new fees to the table that sets forth the other fees that have been approved by the City Council.
PASSED, APPROVED and ADOPTED this 19th day of November, 2002.
State of California )
I, JO PURCELL, City Clerk of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, hereby certify that the above Resolution No. 2002- was duly and regularly passed and adopted by the said City Council at a regular meeting thereof held on November 19, 2002.