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    constructionArizona State Statutes authorize counties to collect development impact fees to fund infrastructure necessitated by growth. 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.

    For a current fee schedule, please scroll to the bottom of the page.  Fees are listed for different types of developments. 

    Impact Fee Update 2020
    Pima County has updated the impact fee program in compliance with A.R.S. §11-1102.  On August 17, 2020 the Board of Supervisors approved a new ordinance which will become effective on January 1, 2021.  The Board also approved a gradual phase-in of the new rates in part, due to the economic uncertainty of COVID-19. The table below shows existing rates and the phased-in rates over the next three years.

    Existing and Proposed Phased-In Impact Fees

    Click/tap image above for the complete list.

    New Roadway Impact Fee Program Documents

    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 listed are effective July 1, 2020- December 31, 2020


    Residential Unit Fee per Unit*
    Standard residential Per unit $6,613
    High Density (> 6 residences per acre) Per unit $4,960
    Retirement Community Per unit $4,960
    High Density Retirement (> 6 residences per acre) Per unit $3,704

    Land Use Unit Fee per Unit*
    Assisted Living Facility  Per Bed $521
    Athletic Club  1000 sq. ft. $21,014
    Auto Car Wash 1000 sq. ft. $6,934
    Auto Repair 1000 sq. ft. $1,842
    Auto Sales  1000 sq. ft. $2,140
    Bank with Drive Thru 1000 sq. ft. $9,646
    Big Box retail - freestanding, >100,000 sf 1000 sq. ft. $3,798
    Church - no fee charges $0
    Commercial/ Retail 1000 sq. ft. $3,128
    Congregate Care Facility Dwelling Unit $334
    Convenience Store - 24 hour 1000 sq. ft. $25,525
    Convenience Store /Gas Station 1000 sq. ft. $22,390
    Day Care 1000 sq. ft. $7,272
    Discount Club 1000 sq. ft. $2,936
    Discount Superstore - free standing 1000 sq. ft. $3,899
    Drug store w/ drive through 1000 sq. ft. $6,652
    Fast Food with Drive Thru 1000 sq. ft. $19,465
    Fast Food without Drive Through 1000 sq. ft. $17,458
    Gas/ Service Station veh fuel pos $5,900
    Health/ Fitness Club 1000 sq. ft. $11,625
    High School - no fee charged Student
    Home Improvement Superstore 1000 sq. ft. $1,602
    Hospital 1000 sq. ft. $1,657
    Hotel/Motel Rooms $1,638
    Industrial - Heavy  1000 sq. ft. $1,725
    Industrial - Light 1000 sq. ft. $2,739
    Industrial Park 1000 sq. ft. $2,421
    Manufacturing - per 1,000 sq. ft. 1000 sq. ft. $2,116
    Medical/ Dental Office 1000 sq. ft. $5,252
    Mega Big Box Retail >150,000 sf 1000 sq. ft. $7,538
    Mega Shopping Center > 300,000 sq. ft 1000 sq. ft. $6,857
    Nursery - Retail 1000 sq. ft. $9,313
    Nursery - Wholesale 1000 sq. ft. $10,972
    Nursing Home 1000 sq. ft. $1,870
    Office 1000 sq. ft. $2,196
    Racquet/ Tennis Club 1000 sq. ft. $3,954
    Restaurant - High Turnover 1000 sq. ft. $11,155
    Restaurant - Quality  1000 sq. ft. $4,602
    RV Park Dwelling Unit $608
    School (K-8) -no fees charged $0
    Shopping Center 1000 sq. ft. $2,630
    Supermarket 1000 sq. ft. $5,737
    Vet Clinic 1000 sq. ft. $7,754
    Warehouse 1000 sq. ft. $898

    *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 can only be used for projects identified in the improvements plan.  Fees cannot be used for road maintenance. 

    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?

    Impact fee-eligible road projects and benefit area maps are shown on the "Benefit Area Maps" tab.

    Who pays the roadway development fee?

    All new development, including both residential and non-residential construction in unincorporated Pima County is assessed a fee. 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 currently exempted from impact fees, but new schools will be assessed a fee after January 1, 2021.

    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?

    Impact fees may currently be waived for property owners that meet the income limits as determined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Forms and instructions are provided in the "Affordable Housing Waiver" tab.

    NOTE: After January 1, 2021 Pima County will no longer offer an Affordable Housing Waiver.

    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:

    Affordable Housing Waiver  

    *NOTE: This program will no longer be offered after January 1, 2021

    Affordable Housing Waivers are currently 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 $75.00 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.

    2020 Program Income Guidelines 

    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 $38,300 5 persons $59,100
    2 persons $43,800 6 persons $63,500
    3 persons $49,250 7 persons $67,850
    4 persons $54,700 8 persons $72,250

    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 additional 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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