Impact Fees

What’s Happening Now

Impact fees are one-time charges on new development to fund new public capital facilities. Cities can charge impact fees for transportation, parks and recreation, schools, and/or fire facilities. Currently, the City of Seattle does not charge any impact fees.

In 2015, a City working group began studying the possibility of using impact fees as part of a comprehensive strategy for funding key City priorities. The working group developed the Impact Fee Policy Assessment and Work Plan Development Summary. Based on the findings in the summary, Council Central staff were given direction and funding to develop impact fees for transportation. It is anticipated that Council will consider and possibly vote on a transportation impact fee in the fall of 2020.

For information on Council's work to develop impact fees, visit: