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 four 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 February 11, 2019
Lake County adopted ordinances whereby creating a new impact fee benefit district, per Ordinance 2018-52; and new and adjusted rates in all transportation impact fee benefit districts, per Ordinance 2019-3.
Notable differences are as follows:
- Lake County will be divided into four transportation impact-fee districts rather than three: South, North Central, Central and Northeast/Wekiva Benefit District. There are three park districts: North, Central and South and one district for fire, parks, school and library. View Impact Fee Benefits District map (PDF).
- New and adjustment rates in all transportation impact fee benefit districts and new categories, effective April 22, 2019.
- Per the adopted ordinances, the transportation impact fee schedule will be adjusted to reflect the fees as adopted, and will be effective on the dates as follows: April 22, 2019 for all benefit districts; August 12, 2019 for the Northeast/Wekiva Benefit District and North Central and Central Benefits; and on February 10, 2020 for Northeast/Wekiva Benefit District.