Orange County Updates School Impact Fee Rates

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On December 1, 2020, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance updating the County’s school impact fees for residential development.

A school impact fee is a one-time capital charge levied against new development to fund school capacity consumed by new growth. School impact fees are typically assessed based on specific student generation rates ("SGR"), or students per housing unit, for each type of residential land use, including single family, townhouse, multi-family and mobile homes.

School impact fees apply to all new residential development in Orange County, even within cities. Orange County’s school impact fee schedule was last updated in 2016.

The BCC voted to adopt the fee schedule recommended by the County’s School Impact Fee Study Advisory Committee, which originally convened in October 2018 and submitted its final recommendations in August 2020.

The new fee schedule, which becomes effective on July 4, 2021, will make the following updates to the County’s school impact fee rates:

  • A significantly lower rate ($307.00/unit) for multi-family residential buildings considered “high-rise”;
  • Higher rates across all other residential categories; and
  • Tiered fee rates across all residential categories, as shown below.

School Impact Fee Schedule

Land Use Type Impact Fee
Single Family Detached <2,000 sq. ft. $8,829.00
Single Family Detached 2,000 - 2,499 sq. ft. $9,513.00
Single Family Detached 2,500 - 2,999 sq. ft. $11,402.00
Single Family Detached 3,000 - 3,999 sq. ft. $12,015.00
Single Family Detached >=4,000 sq. ft. $9,584.00
Multi-family (High Rise) $307.00
Multi-family (Non High Rise) $6,751.00
Townhouse $8,805.00

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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