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Street impact fees help fund roadway capacity projects necessitated by new development. The Austin City Council adopted ordinances creating a Street Impact Fee Program on Dec. 10, 2020. The ordinances amend the City Code and set fee collection rates and other policies. Collection began on June 21, 2022.

Street Impact Fee Program

The Street Impact Fee program is the culmination of a multi-year analysis and calculation of the costs to fund roadway infrastructure to meet the needs of new development. City Council adopted the Street Impact Fee Study Report, linked below, which provides the City Council with the maximum allowable roadway impact fee that could be assessed by the City of Austin, complying with Chapter 395 of the Texas Local Government Code.

Following public review, discussion and a public hearing process, the City Council determined an amount to be assessed and adopted ordinances in December 2020 to create the City of Austin Street Impact Fee program.

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Street Impact Fee Service Area Map

Street impact fee service area map

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Previous meetings

May 19, 2022 Small-Scale Developer Webinar

May 19, 2022 Large-Scale Developer Webinar

April 20, 2022 Small-Scale Developer Webinar

June 29, 2021 Webinar

May 27, 2021 Webinar

Understanding the Street Impact Fee

What is a Street Impact Fee (SIF)?

Street impact fees help fund roadway capacity projects necessitated by new development. Impact fees are meant to recover the incremental cost of the impact of each new unit of development creating new infrastructure needs.

Who must pay a SIF?

A Street impact fee applies to any increased entitlements that generate at least 10 trips in the PM Peak hour.

When is a SIF collected?

The fee is collected at the time of building permit issuance. A building permit shall not be released if an applicable street impact fee is unpaid.

How is a SIF determined?

A street impact fee is calculated based on zoning entitlements for a property, and the rate varies based on the property’s location. On December 10, 2020, Austin City Council adopted the Street Impact Fee Study, a multi-year analysis and calculation of the costs to fund roadway infrastructure required to meet the needs of new development. The Street Impact Fee Study provides the City Council with the maximum allowable roadway impact fee that could be assessed by the City of Austin, complying with Chapter 395 of the Texas Local Government Code.

Those maximums vary by Service Area, which state law limits to be six miles or less in length. In Austin, this restriction necessitated the creation of 17 separate Service Areas. All fees collected within the Service Area must be spent on eligible improvements within the same Service Area.

Why was the SIF created?

The Street Impact Fee program was created to assist with covering expenses to expand transportation infrastructure in an area experiencing increased development. SIF funds are only allowed by state law to be spent on increased capacity on arterial and collector roadways that serve the overall transportation network.

How will SIF funds be spent?

SIF funds must be spent within the Service Area in which they are collected. The Street Impact Fee Roadway Capacity Plan identified more than 1,100 projects pending funding that are eligible for SIF funds. City staff has developed evaluation criteria to prioritize projects in each Service Area. More information can be found on the Transportation Project Development Program website.

Are Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs, subject to paying a SIF?

Generally, no. Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs, are not a primary use in Austin's land development code, which is what determines how and when the Street Impact Fee applies. Additionally, an ADU does not generate at least 10 trips during the PM peak hour, which is the primary trigger for SIF.

*In some rare cases where a larger development is proposed which has ADUs included, there may be SIF implications.

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The Impact Fee Advisory Committee advises the City on its impact fee programs and approves reports twice yearly on each program.

Have questions for program staff? Email StreetImpactFee@AustinTexas.gov

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