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Fee Change Requests (Old SB 333 Process)
According to ORS 291.050, agencies must get legislative approval after administratively changing fees.  There are a few exceptions, but most agency fee for service activities need to follow the prescribed process when changing or establishing fees.
 
The  Fee Approval Form (doc) and the Fee Change Detail Report (xls) must be submitted to the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) prior to modifying fees.  The DAS Director will need to approve the request for all Executive Branch agencies.
 
All administratively changed fees need to be ratified by the Legislature.  Even if the Legislature approved a fee change as part of a budgetary policy package, the law requires that after the fees are actually changed in rule the Legislature must ratify them at their next meeting.  If the changes are not ratified, the fees must return to their original levels.
 
There is an exception for temporarily decreased fees.  If the agency notes that the decrease is temporary (i.e. to lower ending balance) the agency can restore the fees without legislative approval.
 
Please contact your BAM Analyst (pdf) with any questions.