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  • Roadway Development Impact Fee

    The Roadway Development Impact Fee is assessed for new or proposed developments to help pay for the arterial roadway capacity needs created by new development.  Monies collected must be used to increase roadway traffic capacity (i.e. widening) on roadways specified for improvements.  The fees are charged in ten benefit areas.  Fees can not be used for roadway maintenance or to improve local roads.  The fee is assessed at the time of development.   


    Updated Draft Land Use Assumptions Report – Land Use Assumptions Report establishes the assumptions of growth over the next 10 years that is the basis of the proposed new impact fee program.

    Updated Draft Infrastructure Improvements Plan – Infrastructure Improvements Plan identifies the roadway infrastructure needs and projects planned for the 10 year period of the plan.

    Roadway Development Impact Fee Rates

    Please note: If your specific use is not listed below, contact us at
    (520) 724-6410

    The table below lists the rates charged for each type of land use development.  Fees are assessed per residential house/unit and per 1,000 square feet for commercial development (typically).  Fees are adjusted annually on July 1 based on the change in the Construction Cost Index, as published by McGraw-Hill Engineering News Record.

    Fees listed are effective July 1, 2019
    Residential Unit Fee per Unit*
    Standard residential Per unit $6,502
    High Density (> 6 residences per acre) Per unit $4,877
    Retirement Community Per unit $4,877
    High Density Retirement (> 6 residences per acre) Per unit $3,642

    Land Use Unit Fee per Unit*
    Assisted Living Facility  Per Bed $513
    Athletic Club  1000 sq. ft. $20,663
    Auto Car Wash 1000 sq. ft. $6,818
    Auto Repair 1000 sq. ft. $1,811
    Auto Sales  1000 sq. ft. $2,104
    Bank with Drive Thru 1000 sq. ft. $9,485
    Big Box retail - freestanding, >100,000 sf 1000 sq. ft. $3,734
    Church - no fee charges $0
    Commercial/ Retail 1000 sq. ft. $3,075
    Congregate Care Facility Dwelling Unit $318
    Convenience Store - 24 hour 1000 sq. ft. $25,099
    Convenience Store /Gas Station 1000 sq. ft. $22,015
    Day Care 1000 sq. ft. $7,150
    Discount Club 1000 sq. ft. $2,887
    Discount Superstore - free standing 1000 sq. ft. $3,834
    Drug store w/ drive through 1000 sq. ft. $6,541
    Fast Food with Drive Thru 1000 sq. ft. $19,139
    Fast Food without Drive Through 1000 sq. ft. $17,166
    Gas/ Service Station veh fuel pos $5,802
    Health/ Fitness Club 1000 sq. ft. $11,431
    High School - no fee charged Student
    Home Improvement Superstore 1000 sq. ft. $1,575
    Hospital 1000 sq. ft. $1,629
    Hotel/Motel Rooms $1,611
    Industrial - Heavy  1000 sq. ft. $1,697
    Industrial - Light 1000 sq. ft. $2,693
    Industrial Park 1000 sq. ft. $2,380
    Manufacturing - per 1,000 sq. ft. 1000 sq. ft. $2,081
    Medical/ Dental Office 1000 sq. ft. $5,164
    Mega Big Box Retail >150,000 sf 1000 sq. ft. $7,412
    Mega Shopping Center > 300,000 sq. ft 1000 sq. ft. $6,760
    Nursery - Retail 1000 sq. ft. $9,157
    Nursery - Wholesale 1000 sq. ft. $10,789
    Nursing Home 1000 sq. ft. $1,838
    Office 1000 sq. ft. $2,160
    Racquet/ Tennis Club 1000 sq. ft. $3,888
    Restaurant - High Turnover 1000 sq. ft. $10,969
    Restaurant - Quality  1000 sq. ft. $4,525
    RV Park Dwelling Unit $598
    School (K-8) -no fees charged $0
    Shopping Center 1000 sq. ft. $2,586
    Supermarket 1000 sq. ft. $5,642
    Vet Clinic 1000 sq. ft. $7,624
    Warehouse 1000 sq. ft. $883

    *A $75.00 administrative fee per permit is also charged.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Will all roads be widened and maintained with the fee?

    No. By state law, impact fees cannot be used for road maintenance. In addition, only a small portion of substandard roads can be widened due to limited funds.

    How are the road projects to be funded with impact fees determined?

    A wide variety of information is gathered and analyzed including traffic patterns, traffic volumes, anticipated growth and changes to the infrastructure. Planners and engineers then recommend the road projects that will provide the most benefit to the greatest number of households in a benefit area. The Pima County Board of Supervisors then decides which road projects to fund with impact fees.

    What are the benefit area boundaries and the road projects to be funded with impact fees?

    Handouts detailing the road projects and benefit area boundaries are available at the Department of Transportation, Transportation Systems Division, 201 N. Stone, 5th floor, or may be received by calling 724-6403. A list of the road projects and maps of the benefit areas may be accessed at the following website: http://www.dot.pima.gov/transsys/impactfees.

    Who pays the roadway development fee?

    All new residential and non-residential construction in unincorporated Pima County that increases units. In addition to site-built homes, this includes manufactured homes, travel trailers, trailers, mobile homes, and recreational vehicles plus non-residential development. Churches and schools are exempted from impact fees.

    When and how was the fee implemented?

    The Pima County Board of Supervisors originally implemented the roadway development fees on November 18, 1996 with Pima County Ordinance 1996-09 and 1996-73. The most current ordinance regarding impact fees is 2009-95.

    When is the fee paid?

    Per Arizona Revised Statutes 11-1102 et seq and Pima County Ordinance 2009-95, roadway development impact fees are assessed and paid at the time the building permit is issued.

    What is and Affordable Housing Waiver?

    Affordable Housing Waivers are available to current property owners that meet the income limits as determined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Affordable Housing Waivers are for the amount of the roadway development impact fee only, and does not cover the $75.00 administrative fee or any other building permit costs. Forms and instructions are available at the Department of Transportation, Transportation Systems Division, 201 N. Stone, 5th floor, or may be received by calling 724-6410.

    Roadway Development Impact Fee Benefit

    Click the image below to see a map of Pima County and all benefit areas.  For a more detailed map of each sub-area, click on the names below.

    impact fee map

    Sub-Area Maps:

    Housing Waiver

    Affordable Housing Waivers are available to households in the unincorporated areas of Pima County who meet the income limits as determined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. A household may receive only one Affordable Housing Waiver for the amount of the Roadway Development Impact Fee only, and it does not cover the $50.00 administrative fee or any other building permit costs.

    For Roadway Development Fee questions you may contact:
    Transportation Planning & Design
    201 N. Stone, 4th Floor, Tucson, AZ 85701
    (520) 724-6410

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Property must be in unincorporated Pima County
    Proof of current ownership in the form of a recorded deed
    Total household income (includes all earners living in household) cannot exceed the income limits listed below.

    2016 Program Income Guidelines (80% of median income)

    Number of Persons in Family Maximum Annual Income Number of Persons in Family Maximum Annual Income

     Number of Persons in Family

    Maximum Annual Income

    Number of Persons in Family

    Maximum Annual Income

    1 person $35,800 5 persons $55,200
    2 persons $40,900 6 persons $59,300
    3 persons $46,000 7 persons $63,400
    4 persons $51,100 8 persons $67,500

    To apply for the waiver, download the following forms:

    Impact Fee Ordinances, Amendments and Reports

    • Ordinance 2014-24: Established the Southeast Benefit Area by combining the Rincon Valley Benefit Area and the Mountain View Benefit Area.
    • Resolution 2014-48: Amended the eligible projects list for the Canada del Oro Benefit Area. 
    • Ordinance 2009-94: - Established new Southwest Benefit Area and roadway projects within that benefit area that are eligible for impact fee funding. Revised project lists for the Avra Valley and San Xavier benefit areas.
    • Ordinance 2009-95: - Amended Title 19 of the Pima County Code to add the Southwest Benefit Area fee schedule, updated fee schedules, and updated terms and definitions.  No increase in fees. Fee schedule applies to all benefit areas.
    • Ordinance 2009-96: - Amended Major Streets and Scenic Routes Plan to include the roadway projects established in the Southwest Benefit Area.
    • 2007 Program Update - Status report on impact fee collections, expenditures and future projects.
    • Ordinance 2006-25 - Increased residential and non-residential fees, change annual fee escalator, defined credits.
    • BOS Memo, March 21, 2006 - Analysis and recommendations for increasing fee.
    • BOS Memo, November 15, 2005 - Direction and discussion regarding ordinance changes.
    • Ordinance 2003-40- Added non-residential fees, established new benefit areas, new fees, new administrative provisions.
    • Ordinance 1996-73 - Amended original 1996 ordinance to add addtional benefit areas and adjusted fee. 
    • Ordinance 1996-09 - Adopted original impact fee, established Cañada del Oro benefit area.

    Southwest Infrastructure Plan (SWIP) Reports

    Pima County Code Title 19

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