Section 251.57--Rental Fees Several respondents objected generally
to charging permit fees for activities subject to the proposed rule. Three respondents
stated that permit fees should not be charged for noncommercial uses. One respondent
stated that authorized officers might start charging ever-increasing permit fees. One
respondent stated that permit fees could still be charged for noncommercial uses, given
the vagueness of the definition of ``commercial use or activity'' and probably would
be charged, given the history and apparent intent of the regulation.
Section 251.57(d) of the proposed rule provided that no permit fees would be charged
for activities subject to the rule.
Two respondents stated that all persons or organizations subject to the
requirement for a special use authorization should be required to pay reasonable
application, processing, and land use fees.
Under the final rule, an authorized officer may not charge a permit fee
for activities subject to the rule. As discussed in response to comments on Sec. 251.51,
the Department has clarified and narrowed the definition of ``commercial use or
activity'' so that it cannot be construed to include noncommercial activities.
not the Department's intent to charge permit fees for noncommercial group uses. As
stated above, the Department's intent is to ensure that no undue burdens are imposed
on the exercise of First Amendment rights.
Having considered the comments received, the Department has retained without change
Sec. 251.57(d) in the final rule.
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