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Impact Fees

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Properties and land being developed in the City of San Diego are assessed an amount for public facilities. The assessment is determined by the type, size, and location of the development for the permit being issued. Monies collected are placed in a City special fund by community, to be used solely for those public facilities shown in the financing plan for each community.

In addition to the information provided below, please be sure to visit Development Services for additional fees that may also apply.

  • Impact Fee Changes
    Effective July 1, 2014, Regional Transportation Congestion Improvement Program Fees (RTCIP) will increase 2%, Development Impact Fees will increase 4.35%, and Facilities Benefit Assessments (PDF) will adjust according to applicable index.
  • Facilities Benefit Assessments (FBA)
    A Facilities Benefit Assessment (FBA) generally provides 100% of funds for public facilities projects which service a designated area of benefit and are identified in the Public Facilities Financing Plan (PFFP). The dollar amount of the assessment is based upon the cost of each public facility equitably distributed over a designated area of benefit in the community planning area. Fees will be paid on the actual development when permits are issued. To learn more about payment of FBA, review Municipal Code Section 61.2210 (PDF)
  • Development Impact Fees (DIF)
    Within urbanized communities which are near buildout, Development Impact Fees (DIF) are collected to mitigate the impact of new development through provisions of a portion of the financing needed for public facilities identified in the Public Facilities Financing Plan (PFFP) and to maintain existing levels of service for that community. Upon determination of the area of benefit and community buildout population, the estimated cost to construct the facilities is divided amongst residential and nonresidential development. To learn more about payment of DIF, review Municipal Code Section 142.0640 (PDF)
  • Regional Transportation Congestion Improvement Program Fees (RTCIP)
    This fee is applicable only on new residential development. On-site Affordable (low income) units may be exempt from the RTCIP fee. These fees were established to ensure that new development directly invests in the region's transportation system to offset the negative impact of growth on congestion and mobility. To learn more about the City of San Diego RTCIP Funding Program, review the latest adopted program.
  • Housing Trust Fund Fees (HTF)
    These fees are deposited into the San Diego Housing Trust Fund to meet, in part, affordable housing needs in San Diego. The fees are collected for non-residential development and must be paid prior to the issuance of building permits. To learn more about payment of Housing Trust Fund Fees, review Municipal Code Section 98.0610 (PDF).
  • School Impact Fees
    For information on School Impact Fees in the San Diego Unified School District area, please call (619) 725-7529.