Lake County adopted five types of impact fees to help pay for additional infrastructure due to new development. To determine impact fees on a certain project, view Lake County's Residential Impact Fee Schedule. These fees are one-time charges on all development and are paid when a project is permitted. The fire-services impact fee is only charged on projects located in areas served by the Lake County Fire Rescue Division.
Collected impact fees can only be spent on projects that increase the capacity of whatever service for which they are being charged. For example, road impact fees are used to help pay the costs associated with increasing the capacity of arterial and collector roads, which are the major roads within the County’s transportation network. This may include the addition of lanes to existing roads or the construction of new roads. Impact fees cannot be used for routine maintenance of existing roads or for improvements to local roads, such as minor streets within subdivisions. Similar restrictions apply to collected school, fire, parks and library impact fees.
Additionally, impact fees can only be spent on projects within the district in which they were collected. Lake County is divided into three road impact-fee districts based on traffic characteristics in the County. There are three park impact-fee districts and fire, school and library have only one impact-fee district.
To learn more about impact fees on residential construction, review additional information about waivers, credits, refunds and exemptions.
Changes to Impact Fee Collection and Distribution beginning January 2014
Lake County adopted ordinances providing changes to the collection and distribution of impact fees effective in January 2014 as per Ordinance 2013-55 Educational & Transportation Impact Fees Suspension, Ordinance 2013-42 Transportation Impact Fees, and Ordinance 2013-7 Transportation Impact Fee Districts.
Notable differences are as follows:
- Lake County will be divided into three transportation impact-fee districts rather than six. These three districts now coincide with the three park impact fee districts: North, Central and South. View Impact Fee Benefits District map
- School impact fees will be 25 percent of the recommended fee prior to suspension. For example, if the school impact fee was $9,324 prior to the suspension, the new school impact fee will be $2,573,10 beginning January 13, 2014.