California Code, Government Code - GOV § 66000

As used in this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:

(a) “Development project” means any project undertaken for the purpose of development.  “Development project” includes a project involving the issuance of a permit for construction or reconstruction, but not a permit to operate.

(b) “Fee” means a monetary exaction other than a tax or special assessment, whether established for a broad class of projects by legislation of general applicability or imposed on a specific project on an ad hoc basis, that is charged by a local agency to the applicant in connection with approval of a development project for the purpose of defraying all or a portion of the cost of public facilities related to the development project, but does not include fees specified in Section 66477 , fees for processing applications for governmental regulatory actions or approvals, fees collected under development agreements adopted pursuant to Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 65864 ) of Chapter 4, or fees collected pursuant to agreements with redevelopment agencies that provide for the redevelopment of property in furtherance or for the benefit of a redevelopment project for which a redevelopment plan has been adopted pursuant to the Community Redevelopment Law (Part 1 (commencing with Section 33000 ) of Division 24 of the Health and Safety Code).

(c) “Local agency” means a county, city, whether general law or chartered, city and county, school district, special district, authority, agency, any other municipal public corporation or district, or other political subdivision of the state.

(d) “Public facilities” includes public improvements, public services, and community amenities.

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