Development Fees

2018 SCTDF Update is Underway

The County is currently in the process of a comprehensive update to the SCTDF to accommodate travel demand generated by new development through about 2047.  The County will be rolling out various draft documents during the summer of 2018 to provide for public review and comment.  The first set of documents can be found on the Sacramento County Transportation Development Fee Program page.


The County relies on a wide range of funding sources to finance transportation improvement projects and programs.  These sources include federal, state and local funding programs that allocate funds through direct subventions, formula allocations, competitive grants and earmarks.  Development related funding sources are described below.

Sacramento County Transportation Development Fee Program (SCTDF):  In 1988, the County enacted a transportation development fee program for new residential, commercial and industrial development.  The development fees were a condition of receiving funds from the Measure A transportation sales tax and complement this funding source by mitigating the impacts of new development.  On December 16, 2008, the Board of Supervisors approved a comprehensive update to the SCTDF including the adoption of new fee rates, district boundaries, and capital improvement program.  The SCTDF funds improvements to major roadway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities needed to accommodate travel demand generated by new development through 2032.  It includes six districts encompassing the entire unincorporated area, each with its own fee schedule.  The program’s new fee rates are currently being phased-in over multiple years, and are subject to annual adjustments based on construction cost indices.  Allocation of SCTDF funds to specific projects is based on project need and the availability of revenues within the program.  Fee revenue availability is dependent upon the level of development activity.

Sacramento Countywide Transportation Mitigation Fee (SCTMF): In 2004, Sacramento County voters approved a 30-year extension to the Measure A transportation sales tax.  In addition to the sales tax extension, voters adopted the SCTMF which establishes a uniform development fee to be collected by all Sacramento County jurisdictions on new building permits.  The SCTMF and Measure A sales tax extension went into effect on April 1, 2009. The fee studies and nexus analysis for the SCTMF were developed and adopted by the Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA). The County collects the fees with the issuance of new building permits in accordance with an agreement with the STA which defines all requirements associated with the collection, administration and use of the SCTMF.  SCTMF fees are updated annually.  


For addition information regarding Sacramento County development fee programs please contact:

Refugio Razo, Senior Civil Engineer
Phone: 916-874-6074