Development Fees


The County relies on a wide range of funding sources to finance transportation improvement projects and programs.  These sources include federal, state and local funding programs that allocate funds through direct subventions, formula allocations, competitive grants and earmarks.  Development related funding sources are described below.

Sacramento County Transportation Development Fee Program (SCTDF):  The purpose of the SCTDF is to fund the construction of roadway and transit improvements needed to accommodate traffic and transit ridership generated by new land development allowed by the present County General Plan and land use zoning. Assessing a Development Fee is also a condition of receiving Measure “A” Transportation Sales Tax allocations. The SCTDF was first adopted August 31, 1988, establishing County Code Chapter 16.87. The SCTDF was subsequently updated on December 16, 2008, again on April 10, 2010, and most recently on April 23, 2019. 

The SCTDF funds improvements to major roadway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities needed to accommodate travel demand generated by new development through approximately 2050.  It includes six fee districts encompassing the entire unincorporated area, each with its own fee schedule.  The SCTDF fee rates are adjusted annually based on construction cost indices.  Allocation of SCTDF and Transit funds to specific projects is based on project need and the availability of revenues within the program.  Fee revenue availability is dependent upon the level of development activity.

Proposed 2019 SCTDF/TIF Update And Credit/Reimbursement Policy  ** NEW
The current SCTDF has only general provisions for credits and reimbursements for the construction of facilities covered by the SCTDF/TIF Program. A formal “Policy” will be proposed to the Board of Supervisors (BOS) on December 17, 2019 (10:15AM agenda item, subject to change) to standardize the details of implementing the credit and reimbursement process and establish consistent treatment amongst all development projects.  Review the proposed policy here.

The proposed Policy necessitates certain changes to the SCTDF/TIF Program Nexus Study and fees to conform to certain funding of ROW and frontage costs. Additionally, since implementing the 2018 Update to the SCTDF/TIF Program (April 23, 2019 BOS Meeting), staff has identified some inconsistencies and errors in individual project cost estimates. These changes are now incorporated into the November 2019 Nexus Study of the SCTDF/TIF Program and SCTDF/TIF Fee Tables, (see links in the right column) that will also be presented at the December 17, 2019 BOS meeting requesting their approval. The net effect of these changes in all six SCTDF districts is a reduction of SCTDF/TIF fees.  If approved by the BOS, the 2019 SCTDF/TIF Program, Fees and Policy are proposed to go in effect on January 1, 2020.

Sacramento Countywide Transportation Mitigation Fee (SCTMF): In 2004, Sacramento County voters approved a 30-year extension to the Measure A transportation sales tax.  In addition to the sales tax extension, voters adopted the SCTMF which establishes a uniform development fee to be collected by all Sacramento County jurisdictions on new building permits.  The SCTMF and Measure A sales tax extension went into effect on April 1, 2009. The fee studies and nexus analysis for the SCTMF were developed and adopted by the Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA). The County collects the fees with the issuance of new building permits in accordance with an agreement with the STA which defines all requirements associated with the collection, administration and use of the SCTMF.  SCTMF fees are updated annually.  


For addition information regarding Sacramento County development fee programs please contact:

Refugio Razo, Senior Civil Engineer
Phone: 916-874-6074