To better ensure that developers do not obtain building permits before they pay the fee to the improvement fund, the county needs to finalize its improvement fund management procedures regarding the collection of the fee and the reporting of that collection to Public Works. Specifically, such policies should include a protocol for how Beaches and Harbors informs Public Works that the developer has paid the fee to the improvement fund.
The Department of Beaches and Harbors now has a stamp that informs the Department of Public Works that the Coastal Improvement Fund has been paid or is not required for a project.
The county had established formal guidelines specifying the Department of Beaches and Harbors' role and responsibilities in the management and implementation of the Coastal Improvement Fund (improvement fund), which includes informing the Department of Public Works that the improvement fund fee has been paid or is not required to ensure that developers do not obtain building permits before they pay their respective improvement fund fee.
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