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Fire Protection District Impact Fee On New Development

Concerning the authorization for a fire protection district to impose an impact fee on new development, and, in connection therewith, enacting the "Public Safety Fairness Act".
2016 Regular Session
Local Government
Bill Summary

As a condition of issuance of a development permit, the act allows a municipality or county (local government) to impose an impact fee to fund an expenditure by a fire protection district or fire authority (fire and emergency services provider) for a capital facility. Before issuing a development permit, a local government is required to confer with a fire and emergency services provider and the owner or developer of the development to assess and determine whether there should be an impact fee imposed to defray the impacts to the fire and emergency services provider. The local government and fire and emergency services provider are required to enter into an intergovernmental agreement defining such fees or other similar development charges and the details of collection and remittance.

A local government is prohibited from imposing an impact fee on an individual landowner to fund expenditures for a capital facility used to provide fire, rescue, and emergency services if the landowner is already required to pay an impact fee for another capital facility used to provide a similar fire, rescue, and emergency service or if the landowner has voluntarily contributed money for such a capital facility.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details