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Filing fees rise slightly at county clerk's office
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Certain document filing fees impacting developers will be increasing in the new year, announced Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder & Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan.

The fee changes are being brought on by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The California Department of Fish & Game imposes and collects a filing fee to defray the costs of managing and protecting California's fish and wildlife resources. For projects with local lead agencies, the county clerk collects any applicable filing fees at the time the notice of determination is filed. The project proponent is responsible for payment of the filing fee. State code requires the Department of Fish and Game to adjust filing fees.

A Negative Declaration (ND) will be rising in cost from $2,210 to $2,210.25 while a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) will increase by a quarter from $2,210 to $2,210.25. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will increase from $3,069.75to $3,070. The cost of a Substitute Document pursuant to a Certified Regulatory Program (CRP) stays the same at $1,043.75.

There is no increase in fees for vital and marriage documents. Copies of birth certificates are still $28.
Death certificate copies will still be $21. Fetal Death Certificates remain at $18. Marriage and Confidential Marriage Certificates cost $15. A Marriage License costs $76 while a Confidential Marriage License costs $81.