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About Community Development

Where do my fees go?

Business Building and Remodeling
Some business construction projects may receive fee waivers. Learn more.

When you pick up a building permit or pay for a short plat application, the fees charged pay for many different improvements and services. A small percentage single family home fees fund staff to review building plans, issue the permit and provide inspections during construction. Traffic, park and school impact fees comprise the rest of the fees charged. Impact fees are collected to ensure that adequate facilities are available to serve new growth. 

Fees for commercial development have a similar composition. In the examples below, about 50 percent of the fees paid are used to fund transportation improvements that accommodate growth. Conversely, a majority of the fees paid for an industrial development relate to the building permit and construction inspection.

 

SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE
3,000 s.f. single family residence - $330,000 total valuation
NE COUNTY
NE county single family residence chart
Impact fee districts:
• Traffic - North Orchards
• Parks - District 5
• School - Battle Ground
NW COUNTY
NW county single family residence chart
Impact fee districts:
• Traffic - Hazel Del5
• Parks - District 9
• School - Vancouver

Plan review iconPlan review Traffic impact fee iconTraffic Impact Fee
Permits iconPermits (includes issuance and inspection costs) Parks impact fee iconParks Impact Fee
School impact fee iconSchool Impact Fee

Impact fees are paid by new development to ensure that adequate facilities (roads, parks, schools) are available to serve new growth.

COMMERCIAL SITE PLAN
Professional office complex: 3 buildings on one 4-acre lot;
80,000 s.f. impervious surface; $6,200,000 total valuation
North Orchards traffic imact fee area chart
North Orchards Traffic Imact Fee area
Hazel Dell Traffic Impact Fee area chart
Hazel Dell Traffic Impact Fee area

Plan review iconPreliminary approval Traffic impact fee iconBuilding permits
Permits iconFinal construction Parks impact fee iconTraffic Impact Fees

Impact fees are paid by new development to ensure that adequate facilities (roads, parks, schools) are available to serve new growth.

INDUSTRIAL SITE PLAN
15,000 s.f. single-tenant light industrial building on one 1-acre lot
30,000 s.f. impervious surface; $1,100,000 total valuation
North Orchards Traffic Impact Fee chart
North Orchards Traffic Impact Fee
Hazel Dell Traffic Impact Fee chart
Hazel Dell Traffic Impact Fee

Plan review iconPreliminary approval Traffic impact fee iconBuilding permits
Permits iconFinal construction Parks impact fee iconTraffic Impact Fees

Impact fees are paid by new development to ensure that adequate facilities (roads, parks, schools) are available to serve new growth.

 

 

 

 
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