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(a) Collection of Deposit and Fees. The Director shall establish procedures for billing, collection, and refund of a deposit(s), fees, and other charges provided for in this Article. The Director shall deposit all funds in accordance with Sections 10.117-119 and 10.117-120 of the San Francisco Administrative Code.
(ii) In the event that the Director determines, after preparing a report pursuant to Section 2.4.45, that there has been an overcollection of any of the fees identified in this Subarticle, the Director shall establish procedures to refund excess fee proceeds in a manner which fairly and reasonably reimburses those excavators who paid the fee during the relevant period consistent with their level of excavation.
(iii) In the event that a project is completed prior to the permit expiration date, a permittee may make a written request for a refund of the inspection fee that is proportionate to the number of calendar days the project was completed early. Prior to the issuance of any refund, the Department shall verify the date of completion, that the project has been satisfactorily completed, that all punch list work has been completed, and that there are no outstanding fines or penalties pending against the permittee or its agent. The Department shall not release the requested refund until any and all outstanding fines or penalties pending against the permittee and its agent have been paid. The permittee seeking a refund shall pay the Department a fee of $110 for the cost of the calculation and processing of the refund.
(c) Deductions for Deposits. The Director may make deductions from the balance of a permittee's deposit(s) to ensure the faithful performance of the obligations under a permit to excavate, to pay fees, to offset the costs for any excavation done or repairs made by the Department, or to pay any assessed penalties or costs associated with violations of this Article.
(d) Retention of Deposit for Three Years. Each deposit made pursuant to Section 2.4.40 shall be retained by the City for a period of three years after the satisfactory completion of the excavation to secure the obligations in the permit and this Article.
(e) Return of Deposit. Upon expiration of three years from the satisfactory completion of the excavation, a permittee's deposit(s), less the deductions made pursuant to Subsection (c), shall be returned to the permittee or to its assigns.
(Added by Ord. 341-98, App. 11/13/98; amended by Ord. 33-02, File No. 020051, App. 3/28/2002; Ord. 131-07, File No. 070466, App. 6/15/2007)