Commissioners to consider health department fee increases

WESTMINSTER — The Board of County Commissioners will meet this week to discuss a proposal to change the current fee schedule for various permits and services from the county's Department of Health.

The meeting will be held at the County Office Building during the commissioners' Thursday, July 24, open session.

The changes were proposed by the department and presented to the commissioners last week. If adopted, they would become effective Sept. 1.

Many of the proposals involve increasing existing fees. For instance, a commercial food service license for "high priority" facilities — those that prepare food in advance and undertake several steps to serve food and keep it hot — would see an increase from $150 to $275; "low priority" food service operations serving mainly pre-packaged food would go from $60 to $75; and temporary food serve licenses would go from no charge to $25, according to fees listed on the health department web sites.

The fee schedule also includes a number of licenses and permits related to septic permits, subdivision reviews, public water and sewer plans and percolation tests.

The full list of proposed fees is available at the Health Department's website

Comments may be made in advance via email at, by phone at 410-386-2043 or by mail to the commissioners' office, 225 N. Center St., Westminster, MD 21157. The public can also attend the July 24 session to comment.

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