Fee Deferral Program
The San Diego City Council approved Ordinance O-20100 (PDF) that allows for the deferral of Facilities Benefit Assessments (FBA) and Development Impact Fees (DIF). A Fee Deferral Agreement must be processed by the applicant, properly executed, duly recorded, and the applicable administration fee paid to defer the collection of FBA or DIF. The FBA or DIF can be deferred for a maximum period of two years, or until request for Final Inspection, whichever is shorter. The Final Inspection shall not be scheduled until the applicable FBA or DIF are paid.
Developers of eligible projects must sign an agreement with the City to pay the fees prior to Final Inspection. An administrative fee of $500, to cover the costs of processing and recording the agreement with the Office of the San Diego County Recorder, will be charged. Any deferred fees must be paid before a Final Inspection can be scheduled by Development Services. The property cannot be occupied until it receives an approved Final Inspection and a Certificate of Occupancy.
Affordable Housing Projects
Affordable housing projects are eligible to participate in the FBA and DIF deferral programs. An affordable housing project means a project that consists entirely (with the exception of a manager's unit) of residential housing units reserved for extremely low, very-low, low, or moderate income households as defined in California Health and Safety Code Sections 50105, 50106, 50079.5 and 50093, (link below) as evidenced through a recorded agreement. For more information, visit the State Department of Housing and Community Development website.
Regional Transportation Congestion Improvement Program Fees (RTCIP)
Regional Transportation Congestion Improvement Program Fees (RTCIP) are not eligible for fee deferral.
The FBA deferral program will be in effect for two years from the date of ordinance approval (termination date 12/31/2014). FBA, including all annual inflationary rate increases, due shall be as set forth in the fee schedule in effect when the Fee Deferral Agreement is executed by the City, or the fees approved by the City Council for a subsequent update of the financing plan, whichever fee is lower. To apply for deferral of FBA, contact the Facilities Financing Section at (619) 533-3670 to determine eligibility. Once eligibility is determined, you will need to complete the FBA Deferral Agreement (PDF). Note: To be accepted by the Office of the San Diego County Recorder, this document along with Notary signature page (provided by Notary) must be legibly printed and all signatures made in blue ink.
The DIF deferral program will continue indefinitely. DIF due shall be the amount in effect when the Fee Deferral Agreement is executed by the City, plus an automatic increase effective July 1st of each year based on the one-year change (from March to March) in the Los Angeles Construction Cost Index as published monthly in the Engineering News Record. To apply for deferral of DIF, contact the Facilities Financing Section at (619) 533-3670 to determine eligibility. Once eligibility is determined, you will need to complete the DIF Deferral Agreement (PDF) . Note: To be accepted by the Office of the San Diego County Recorder, this document along with Notary signature page (provided by Notary) must be legibly printed and all signatures made in blue ink.
Paying the Deferred Facilities Benefit Assessments and Development Impact Fees
Before the project can receive Final Inspection, contact your Facilities Financing Project Manager to request an invoice. The fees must be paid at the Development Services Center (1222 First Ave., 3rd Floor).
Water and Sewer Capacity Charges
For Water and Sewer Capacity charges, contact Public Utilities at (858) 614-5764.