Changes Proposed to Regulation of Restricted Species Facilities

Media Contacts:
Nicole Carion, DFG Wildlife Branch, (530) 357-3986
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is now accepting public comments on proposed changes to California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 14, section 703. The changes affect the fees associated with the inspection of Restricted Species Facilities. The authority to establish necessary fees for facility inspections are in Fish and Game Code section 2150.2. A 45-day public comment and review period will run through September 10, 2012.

Title 14, section 671 and Fish and Game Code section 2118-2195 specify the conditions under which an individual or entity can lawfully possess animals of restricted, not normally domesticated species. The permit types affected by this fee change are listed in Title 14, section 671.1. To make Title 14 consistent with statutory law in the Fish and Game Code, DFG recently proposed changes to section  671.1 and added section 678, which is now proceeding through the Fish and Game Commission regulatory process.

The proposed regulatory change provides for inspection and cost recovery by DFG as required by Fish and Game Code section 2150.2. The fees for inspections are based on the number of animal enclosures at a facility, using information gained during limited testing of the inspection method on permitted facilities.

The proposed regulations are on the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/news/pubnotice/. They will be available for public review from July 27, 2012 to September 10, 2012 at 1812 9th Street, Sacramento (95814). Comments may be sent to Nicole Carion at ncarion@dfg.ca.gov or at the Department of Fish and Game, 601 Locust Street, Redding, CA 96001.

Public comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. September 10, 2012. Comments received by the due date will be considered before the regulations are considered for adoption by the Office of Administrative Law.

Questions about the regulations should be directed to Nicole Carion at 530-357-3986 or ncarion@dfg.ca.gov.

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