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Capital Improvement Expansion Fees

Fees Effective as of October 1, 2017

Land Use Type Unit N'hood
Park
Comm.
Park
Fire Police Gen.
Gov't
Transp. Total
CEFs+
Transp
Resid., up to 700 sf Dwelling $1,343 $1,751 $377 $177 $431 $1,827 $5,904
Resid., 701-1,200 sf Dwelling 1,797 2,342 509 239 581 3,392 8,860
Resid., 1,201-1,700 sf  Dwelling 1,962 2,558 554 260 634 4,404 10,393
Resid., 1,701-2,200 sf Dwelling 1,983 2,585 563 264 644 5,150 11,188
Resid., over 2,200 sf Dwelling 2,210 2,881 627 294 716 5,520 12,248
Commercial (Single Phase) 1,000 sf 0 0 475 223 1,088 6,721 8,507
Office and Other Services (3-phase) 1,000 sf 0 0 475 223 1,088 4,951 6,737
Industrial/Warehouse (Large Comm) 1,000 sf 0 0 111 52 257 1,598 2,017

Rates effective January 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017

Land Use Type Unit N'hood
Park
Comm.
Park
Fire Police Gen.
Gov't
Transp. Total
CEFs +
Transp
Resid., up to 700 sf Dwelling $1,300 $1,102 $281 $141 $330 $1,905 $5,059
Resid., 701-1,200 sf Dwelling 1,667 1,414 357 178 423 2,143 6,182
Resid., 1,201-1,700 sf Dwelling 1,842 1,562 395 198 465 3,112 7,574
Resid., 1,701-2,200 sf Dwelling 1,919 1,628 410 206 487 3,112 7,762
Resid., over 2,200 sf Dwelling 2,056 1,743 440 220 523 3,112 8,094
Commercial 1,000 sf 0 0 339 169 803 11,930 13,241
Office and Other Services 1,000 sf 0 0 339 169 803 7,760 9,071
Industrial 1,000 sf 0 0 80 41 188 1,130 1,439

What are Capital Improvement Expansion Fees?

Capital expansion fees require new developments to pay a proportionate share of infrastructure costs to “buy-in” to the level of service the City of Fort Collins provides for Fire, Police, General Government facilities, Neighborhood Parks and Community Parks. This concept of growth paying for the impact of growth is a policy decision that City Council made and continues to support. Fees are paid upon application of a building permit by a developer and assessed by land use type.

Why do the Fees change?

In 2012 and then again in 2016, the City of Fort Collins contracted with Duncan Associates to analyze the methodology and update the fees.

The results of the 2016 study recommend retaining the incremental expansion approach, however, the fees are changing due to the following factors:

  • Land values were updated to accurately reflect the difference in the cost of land in different quadrants in Fort Collins.
  • Updated household size data.
  • Updated all formula inputs including current asset info based on the cost of construction per square foot.
  • Additional capital added to General Government fees.
  • The fees should be analyzed and updated every 3-5 years.

For transportation capital expansion fees, Engineering contracted with TischlerBise to update the fees in 2016 and assess methodology. 

The results of the 2016 study (linked below under "Next Steps") recommend:

  • Changing the name from “Street Oversizing” to “Transportation Capital Expansion Fee”
  • Using Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) as the basis for determining impact, instead of trips generated.
  • Simplifying the transportation impact fee schedule from 43 categories of use to only a handful; Residential (by size of unit) and two broad categories for commercial and industrial.
  • Increase fee to include additional improvements

Additionally, fees are updated annually to account for inflation indices including the Denver Boulder Greeley Consumer Price Index and the Engineering News Record Cost of Construction Index.  

For more information:
If you have questions please contact:

Tiana J. Smith, Revenue and Project Manager
970-221-6626
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