(a) Until the department has approved a bank, in writing, and, if applicable, a conservation easement has been recorded on the site, no bank shall be operative, vested, or final, nor bank credits issued. No amendment to an approved bank shall be effective without the written approval of the department.
(b) Following approval of a final bank agreement package and establishment of a bank, the department shall conduct compliance review activities as provided in the approved bank enabling instrument.
(c) (1)The department shall establish and maintain a database that allows bank sponsors to accurately update and add
information about mitigation and conservation banks. This data shall be available on the departments Internet Web site or accessible by a link from the departments Internet Web site. The available information shall include, but is not limited to, the total number of each type of bank credit, the types of credits sold or obligated, the number of credits sold or obligated, the number of credits applied, the balance of each type of credit remaining, the status of the species and habitat at the bank, links to the banks long-term management plans, and links to the complete annual monitoring reports required by departmental policy.
(2) Information contained in the database created pursuant to former Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 1850) on January 1, 2011, shall be incorporated into the database established pursuant to paragraph (1).
(d) By January 1, 2014, and annually
thereafter, the department shall provide a report to the Legislature. The report shall include the following information based on data from the previous calendar year:
(1) Number of new bank applications, prospectuses, bank agreement packages, and amendments received.
(2) Number of bank applications approved, rejected because not complete, rejected because not acceptable, and withdrawn.
(3) Name of new or existing bank, geographic location, number of acres, number of credits approved for each habitat type or species, and number of credits sold.
(4) An accounting of fees collected pursuant to this chapter.
(5) A statement of whether or not the timelines for bank review in this chapter were
(6) Other information determined by the department to be relevant in assessing the effectiveness of the departments mitigation and conservation banking program.
(e) (1)The department shall collect fees to pay for all or a portion of the departments bank implementation and compliance costs.
(2) The department shall collect a total payment of sixty thousand ($60,000) per bank, apportioned by an amount that equals the ratio of the number of credits released to the total number of credits in the bank, and shall be identified in the bank enabling instrument. Payments shall be due following each credit release no later than the due date for the submission of the banks annual report. The payments shall be submitted following each credit release and no later than the time of the submission of
the banks annual report. The department may require the bank to cease selling credits and may stop credit releases until these fees are paid in full. The department shall assess a penalty of 10 percent of the amount of fees due if there is a failure to remit the amount payable when due.