Fee Waiver Included in Governor’s Proposed Budget
Additional details about the proposal that will be released with the Governor’s Proposed Budget.
Update: This information has been superseded by the Governor Signs Legislative Package Providing Fee Waivers.
On January 5, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom previewed his Equitable Recovery for California’s Businesses and Jobs plan, the business and workforce recovery elements of his 2021-22 Proposed Budget that will help California through the COVID-19 Pandemic and advance an equitable, broad-based recovery.
This plan includes $70.6 million for fee waivers to individuals and businesses most impacted by the pandemic – including barbers, cosmetologists, manicurists, bars and restaurants. These waivers will assist those who have not been able to operate or are operating at reduced capacity during the pandemic. Of this amount, $45 million is proposed to provide fee waivers to approximately 59,000 entities (restaurants and bars) heavily impacted by health and safety restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Restaurants and bars will be eligible for fee waivers of licenses with expiration dates between February 1, 2021, and January 31, 2022. The proposed statutory changes authorize the waiver of license renewal fees for specified license types. The requirements and guidelines for submitting a fee waiver request and the process of certification for licensees will be published on the ABC’s website.