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Reimbursement Guidelines & Worksheet

As of January 1, 2002, a county for which a Certified Unified Permit Agency (CUPA) has not been certified on or before January 1, 2000, and where the Unified Program is implemented after that time, is eligible for an allocation of up to $60,000, pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 25404.8 California Health and Safety Code (HSC). Any CUPA may apply for the Rural CUPA Reimbursement Account if it meets the following criteria.

General allocation standards:

  • If the county has a population of less than 70,000 persons, the amount of the funds allocated from the account shall not exceed 75 percent of the amount budgeted by the CUPA to implement the unified program.
  • If the county has a population of more than 70,000, but less than 100,000 persons, the amount of the funds allocated from the account shall not exceed 50 percent of the amount budgeted for the CUPA to implement the unified program.
  • If the county has a population of more than 100,000 but less than 150,000 persons, the amount of the funds allocated from the account shall not exceed 35 percent of the amount budgeted for the CUPA to implement the unified program.
  • Each CUPA must institute a single fee system (Section 25404.5), so that the revenues collected under the single fee system and the amount allocated are sufficient to pay the necessary costs incurred by the CUPA in implementing the unified program. Each CUPA must determine the level to be paid by regulated persons under the unified program by conducting a workload analysis that establishes the direct and indirect costs to the CUPA of implementing the unified program.

To receive a disbursement from the Rural Reimbursement Account, a county must provide all of the following to the Unified Program and meet certification requirements:

1.  A completed Disbursement Worksheet for Rural Reimbursement Account funds. CUPAs reapplying for the Rural Reimbursement Account must complete and submit a Year-End Worksheet. Worksheets may be submitted at the same time.
(PDF Format or MS Word).

2.  A copy of the final CUPA Budget approved by the Board of Supervisors for the current fiscal year. The budget should contain a breakdown of the specific CUPA funding. If it does not please contact Brittani Donnachie at (916) 445-6800.

3.  CUPAs that are certified after June 2002, must submit evidence of adoption of a Single Fee system and official documentation of population. (Current U.S.Census data [2000] or other recognized source.)

No more than $60,000 may be allocated for all CUPAs in an eligible county. No disbursement can be distributed until an applicant county is fully certified and has adopted a single fee system.

For help completing the Disbursement Worksheet or the Year-End Worksheet, please contact Brittani Donnachie at (916) 445-6800.

Technical Assistance

Last updated: August 12, 2010
Certified Unified Program, http://www.calepa.ca.gov/CUPA/
General Contact: cupa@calepa.ca.gov