Subdivision 1. Application or license fee required, programs exempt from fee. (a) Unless exempt under paragraph (b), the commissioner shall charge a fee for evaluation of applications and inspection of programs which are licensed under this chapter.
(b) Except as provided under subdivision 2, no application or license fee shall be charged for child foster care, adult foster care, family and group family child care or state-operated programs, unless the state-operated program is an intermediate care facility for persons with mental retardation or related conditions (ICF/MR).
Subd. 2. County fees for background studies and licensing inspections in family and group family child care. (a) For purposes of family and group family child care licensing under this chapter, a county agency may charge a fee to an applicant or license holder to recover the actual cost of background studies, but in any case not to exceed $100 annually. A county agency may also charge a fee to an applicant or license holder to recover the actual cost of licensing inspections, but in any case not to exceed $150 annually.
(b) A county agency may charge a fee to a legal nonlicensed child care provider or applicant for authorization to recover the actual cost of background studies completed under section 119B.125, but in any case not to exceed $100 annually.
(c) Counties may elect to reduce or waive the fees in paragraph (a) or (b):
(1) in cases of financial hardship;
(2) if the county has a shortage of providers in the county's area;
(3) for new providers; or
(4) for providers who have attained at least 16 hours of training before seeking initial licensure.
(d) Counties may allow providers to pay the applicant fees in paragraph (a) or (b) on an installment basis for up to one year. If the provider is receiving child care assistance payments from the state, the provider may have the fees under paragraph (a) or (b) deducted from the child care assistance payments for up to one year and the state shall reimburse the county for the county fees collected in this manner.
Subd. 3. Application fee for initial license or certification. (a) For fees required under subdivision 1, an applicant for an initial license or certification issued by the commissioner shall submit a $500 application fee with each new application required under this subdivision. The application fee shall not be prorated, is nonrefundable, and is in lieu of the annual license or certification fee that expires on December 31. The commissioner shall not process an application until the application fee is paid.
(b) Except as provided in clauses (1) to (3), an applicant shall apply for a license to provide services at a specific location.
(1) For a license to provide waivered services to persons with developmental disabilities or related conditions, an applicant shall submit an application for each county in which the waivered services will be provided.
(2) For a license to provide semi-independent living services to persons with developmental disabilities or related conditions, an applicant shall submit a single application to provide services statewide.
(3) For a license to provide independent living assistance for youth under section 245A.22, an applicant shall submit a single application to provide services statewide.
Subd. 4. Annual license or certification fee for programs with licensed capacity. (a) Child care centers and programs with a licensed capacity shall pay an annual nonrefundable license or certification fee based on the following schedule:
Licensed Capacity Child Care Other Center Program License Fee License Fee 1 to 24 persons $300 $400 25 to 49 persons $450 $600 50 to 74 persons $600 $800 75 to 99 persons $750 $1,000 100 to 124 persons $900 $1,200 125 to 149 persons $1,200 $1,400 150 to 174 persons $1,400 $1,600 175 to 199 persons $1,600 $1,800 200 to 224 persons $1,800 $2,000 225 or more persons $2,000 $2,500
(b) A day training and habilitation program serving persons with developmental disabilities or related conditions shall be assessed a license fee based on the schedule in paragraph (a) unless the license holder serves more than 50 percent of the same persons at two or more locations in the community. When a day training and habilitation program serves more than 50 percent of the same persons in two or more locations in a community, the day training and habilitation program shall pay a license fee based on the licensed capacity of the largest facility and the other facility or facilities shall be charged a license fee based on a licensed capacity of a residential program serving one to 24 persons.
Subd. 5. Annual license or certification fee for programs without a licensed capacity. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a program without a stated licensed capacity shall pay a license or certification fee of $400.
(b) A mental health center or mental health clinic requesting certification for purposes of insurance and subscriber contract reimbursement under Minnesota Rules, parts 9520.0750 to 9520.0870, shall pay a certification fee of $1,000 per year. If the mental health center or mental health clinic provides services at a primary location with satellite facilities, the satellite facilities shall be certified with the primary location without an additional charge.
Subd. 6. License not issued until license or certification fee is paid. The commissioner shall not issue a license or certification until the license or certification fee is paid. The commissioner shall send a bill for the license or certification fee to the billing address identified by the license holder. If the license holder does not submit the license or certification fee payment by the due date, the commissioner shall send the license holder a past due notice. If the license holder fails to pay the license or certification fee by the due date on the past due notice, the commissioner shall send a final notice to the license holder informing the license holder that the program license will expire on December 31 unless the license fee is paid before December 31. If a license expires, the program is no longer licensed and, unless exempt from licensure under section 245A.03, subdivision 2, must not operate after the expiration date. After a license expires, if the former license holder wishes to provide licensed services, the former license holder must submit a new license application and application fee under subdivision 3.