IME Opposes Proposed User Fees for Special Permits and Approvals


IME joined other industry associations on a letter to leaders in Congress asking them to reject the President's request to impose user fees on applicants for special permits and approvals issued by the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  [example letter].  This is the third year that the President has proposed the user fees.  The user fees are expected to generate annual revenues of $12 million, more than twice the estimated cost of the Special Permits and Approvals Program.  The fee structure follows:

  • New special permits: $3,000 per application
  • Modification of a special permit: $3,000
  • Renewal special permit: $1,000 per application
  • Party status special manufacturer approvals: $3,000 per application
  • All other approvals:  $700 per application