How does the Metropolitan Bakersfield Habitat Conservation Plan affect me?

If you plan to grade, build, or otherwise develop land within the Metropolitan Bakersfield area, you will be responsible for payment of a one-time MBHCP habitat mitigation fee of $2,145 per gross acre of land involved in your development. The fee for parcels containing less than 2 1/2 acres is based on the size of the parcel. For example, if your development site is a half acre parcel your habitat mitigation fee would be $1072.50.

The habitat mitigation fee is collected from you by the County Building Inspection Division along with any other fees that are associated with the building or grading permit. The habitat mitigation fee is due at the time that your grading or building permit is issued.