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Fee Deferral Program

PDF icon Municipal Code Section 142.0640 allows for the deferral of 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 DIF. The 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 DIF are paid.

Development Impact Fee (DIF) Deferrals

For fee deferrals in FBA communities, the fee amount due is determined by the fee schedule in the applicable Public Facilities Financing Plan in effect when the Fee Deferral Agreement is executed, or the fee schedule approved by the City Council for a subsequent update of the Financing Plan, whichever fee is less.

For fee deferrals in DIF communities, the amount due is the fee in effect when the Fee Deferral Agreement is executed by the City, plus an automatic increase effective July 1 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.

Housing Impact Fees (HIF) Deferrals

For HIF deferrals, the amount due shall be in accordance with the fee schedule in effect at the time of payment, as shown in Appendix A of Municipal Code Section 98.0618.

Fee Deferral Agreement

To apply for deferral of Development Impact or Housing Impact Fees, contact the Public Facilities Planning Section at 619-235-5200 to determine eligibility. Once eligibility is determined, you will need to complete the PDF icon Development Impact Fee/Housing Impact Fee Deferral Agreement

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.

Payment of Deferred Development Impact and Housing Impact Fees

When ready for final inspection on your project, contact Public Facilities Planning at 619-235-5200 to request an invoice for the applicable fees due on the project. The fees can be paid on-line at OpenDSD or at the Development Services Center (1222 First Ave., third floor).

Affordable Housing Projects

Affordable housing projects are eligible to participate in the DIF deferral program. 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, 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.

Water and Sewer Capacity Charges

For PDF icon Water and Sewer Capacity charges, contact Public Utilities at 858-614-5764.


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