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Capital Facilities Fees

Capital Facilities Fees (CFF) are impact fees established to mitigate the impacts of new development as outlined in §66000 of the California Government Code.  These fees may be used for the purchase, construction, expansion, rehabilitation, or acquisition of public facilities. 

  • CFF are inflated annually effective July 1st
  • CFF programs are updated every five years
  • CFF are due and payable at the time of building permit issuance.
  • CFF Exemption and Deferrals are available for qualified projects.
  • Projects that are assessed for CFF include:

    Ø      New building/construction projects

    Ø      Nonresidential building additions

Related Documents:
  1. 2011 Capital Facilities Fees Summary Report
  2. CFF Documentation for Justification for Impact Fee Mitigation
  3. CFF Policies and Procedures
  4. CFF Fee & Schedules


Capital Facilities Fee Deferral & Exemption Programs

The City of Modesto (City) supports economic development through the growth of Modesto businesses. It also encourages the construction of residential and affordable housing development projects within the City. However, due to the continued rise in development costs and today’s weak economy, many development projects are stalled or abandoned. Since the early 1990’s, the City has offered several Capital Facilities Fees (CFF) deferral and exemption programs to encourage economic development, as well as affordable housing developments. By implementing CFF deferral and exemption programs, the City seeks to ease this cost barrier by deferring the time for payment of certain development impact fees.

New development increases the demand for health and safety services provided by the City, affect the quality of the community’s infrastructure, and increases the need for public facilities. Typically, CFF is paid to the City at the time a building permit is issued and helps pay for the cumulative impact of new development through infrastructure improvements and additions, thereby also contributing to the community’s economic development. Facilities partly funded by CFF include park, police, fire and administrative buildings, bike trails, public landscape areas, community centers, transportation and transit facilities, as well as roadway improvements. CFF does not fund maintenance of existing or future city facilities.

CFF deferral and exemption programs benefit economic growth and development by allowing the deferral and/or waiver of impact fees. In most cases, the deferral programs allow developers and single-family affordable homeowners to pay a small portion of CFF at building permit issuance, and defer or delay paying the remainder of the fees until a later date (deferral period varies). CFF deferrals and exemptions are administered by the Infrastructure Finance Program office located in the City’s Community & Economic Development Department. To defer or waive CFF, homeowners and/or developers are required to complete an application and enter into an agreement with the City. Upon approval by the City Council, the agreement is recorded and a lien is placed on the property until the terms of the agreement are met. Below is a summary of the City’s current CFF deferral and exemption programs.