Permit Cost Structure


The cost structure (if any) a city or municipality decides to implement is a double edged sword. On the one hand, most cities and municipalities like the prospect of making additional revenue through non-traditional sources, so they can allocate it for different purposes and not rely on state or federal government.  On the other hand, cities can use the cost structure to de-facto regulate the number of scooters and companies in their cities. The types of cost structures cities have adopted with respect to E-scooters are extremely diverse and have included a variety of options.

Cost Structure Options: 

  1. No Cost Structure/Permit Scheme

One option that some cities have chosen is to simply not address the permit/regulatory scheme in their respective areas, but still allow companies to operate in their cities.

     2. Permit Fees

Almost all municipal regulations, ordinances, and pilot programs impose some sort of fee for a permit or simply access in order to operate in the city. The fees have ranged from a few hundred dollars to as much as $15,000. Keep in mind that that is just the cost to apply for the permit. That does not include the bond (which many cities require deposited prior to a company’s launch), not any additional fees the city may impose. Cities have also used these types of fees for mere pilot programs–allowing them to impose a second additional fee when the actual ordinance is passed.

Potential Legal Language: *[brackets] indicate a place where a city should insert their own figures. 

An provider must submit a permit application fee of [$500] with the application.

      3. Fees Per Unit

In conjunction with a general permit fee, many cities have opted to charge companies per E-scooter. This strategy helps keep the overall number of scooters in a city down, and de-facto regulates the fleet size of any one company in the city. These can range from fees per unit per year (the higher figures) or fees per unit per day (the lower figures).

Potential Legal Language: *[brackets] indicate a place where a city should insert their own figures. 

A provider must pay an [additional] operation fee of [[$1]/day/unit OR [$100]/year/unit].

4.  Progressive Integration Model 

Some cities have chosen to progressively integrate scooters into their city by increasing cost as the size of the fleet increases. This middle-of-the-ground approach allows companies flexibility when deciding how many scooters they are going to drop into a city while simultaneously providing an incentive to keep the numbers of scooters in any given city down.

Potential Legal Language: *[brackets] indicate a place where a city should insert their own figures. 

An operator must pay [$2,000] for the first [1-100] units, [$4,000] for [101-200] units, and [$6,000] for [201-300] units and [$100] for each unit thereafter.

Examples of Cost Structures: *(non-exhaustive)*

City Name Permit Cost Structure
Austin, TX $100/unit
Alexandria, VA $5,000 per permit
Atlanta, GA
  • $100 to file the permit
  • $12,000 annually for first 500 devises
  • $50 annually for each devise after 500
Arlington, VA $8,000 per permit
Baltimore, MD
  • $15,000 per permit
  • $1/day per unit
Boise, ID $100/unit
Dallas, TX
  • $808 permit application fee
  • $2,100 for the first 1-100 units
  • $4,200 for 101-200 units
  • $6,300 for 201-300 units
  • $8,400 for 301-400 units
  • $10,500 for 401-500 units
  • $21 per vehicle in excess of 500
Denver, CO
  • $150 permit application fee
  • $15,000 permit fee
Durham, NC
  • $1,000 permit fee
  • $100 per unit
Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • $150 permit filing fee
  • $10 per unit
Greensboro, NC
  • $500 permit fee
  • $10 per unit
Indianapolis, IN
  • $15,000 permit fee
  • $1 per unit
Los Angelas, CA
  • $5,000 application fee
  • $32.50 per unit
Louisville, KY
  • $1,000 for application trial period fee
  • After trial period, $2,000 probationary application fee
  • Then, $50 per unit every year and $1 per day per unit
Nashville, TN $500 permit fee
Oklahoma City, OK
  • $302 license fee
  • $30 per year per unit
Raleigh, NC $300 per unit
Richmond, VA
  • $1,500 application fee
  • $40,000 for the first 100 units
  • $60,000 for between 100-200
  • $80,000 for 200-500 units
San Antonio, TX
  • $500 vendor fee
  • $10 per unit
San Jose, CA $124 per unit
Santa Monica, CA
  • $20,000 base fee
  • $130 per unit
St. Louis, MO
  • $500 application fee
  • $500 annual permit fee,
  • $10 per unit annually
Tempe, AZ
  • $7,888 permit fee
  • $1.06 per unit