Impact Fees

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Fire Impact Fees in Grand Fire Protection District No. 1

In 2003, Grand Fire Protection District initiated an Emergency Service/Fire Impact Fee Program to offset the District’s growth-related costs resulting from residential and commercial development. An impact fee is a one-time charge for new development that attempts to recover the cost incurred by local government in providing the public facilities required to serve new development. An impact fee program enables local government to collect revenues from a developer to cover capital costs that are directly related to the impacts generated by a proposed development. Every five years, Grand Fire undergoes a Fire Impact Fee Analysis Study to identify the projected costs of new or expanded facilities needed to accommodate the anticipated new development in the District and to identify the new development’s appropriate share of the costs.

When must the fire impact fee be paid?

Fees are to be collected from properties within Grand Fire Protection District at final plat or at building permit. (See map of District attached)

How much is the impact fee for a new residence?

The fee is $617 for each new dwelling. A “dwelling” is defined as any building or portion thereof that is used as the private residence or sleeping place for one or more human beings.

How much is the impact fee for non-residential property?

Non-residential property is calculated by multiplying the total square footage by 0.28. “Non-residential property” is defined as any building other than a dwelling (i.e. commercial space, storage facility, shed, barn or detached garage).

How much is the impact fee for a commercial development?

The fee for commercial development is the same as non-residential space and is calculated by multiplying the total square footage by 0.28. The minimum fee for any new (or addition to) commercial property is equivalent to the fee for 1,000 square feet ($280.00). “Commercial” is defined as any building or portion thereof used to conduct commerce, trade or business.

What is an accessory building?

An “accessory building” is defined as a subordinate, non-residential structure on the same residential property that is not attached to the primary unit but houses a use incidental to the principle use (i.e. storage facility, shed, barn or detached garage) and is less than 1,000 square feet. An accessory building is exempt from impact fees.

Are there other exemptions from impact fees?

Yes, but a written request for a waiver of the impact fee must be submitted to the Grand Fire Protection District Board of Directors. Waivers are issued on a case-by-case basis and may be considered for:

  • A remodel or an addition to a dwelling, not changing the original usage
  • A new residential dwelling that replaces an old residential dwelling not changing the original usage

Where is the fee paid?

Payments by cash or check are accepted at:
Grand Fire Protection District No. 1, 60500 US Highway 40, PO Box 338, Granby, Colorado  80446

After payment is confirmed, you will receive an official “Paid” receipt from Grand Fire (hard copy or digital file) to include in your building permit documents.

 Does the Fire District need to review my building plans?

Yes: for dwellings over 4,200 square feet and for all commercial/non-residential properties

No: for dwellings under 4,200 square feet

For questions who do I contact?

Please call 970-887-3380 or email grandfire@grandfire.org. For the District map, click here.


H. B. 11-1113 Annual Report

Under H.B. 11-1113, Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 is required to publish on its official website at least once annually, the allocation by dollar amount of each land development charge collected to an account or among accounts, the average annual interest rate on each account, and the total amount disbursed from each account, during the local government’s most recent fiscal year.

Grand Fire Protection District No. 1’s Impact Fee Collections are deposited into a separate Fire Impact Fee account located at COLOTrust.

2017 (as of 10/15/17)) Collections Expenditures Annual Interest Rate
Fire Impact Fees $29,752 $25,000 (budgeted) 1.26%

 

2016 (audited) Collections Expenditures Annual Interest Rate
Fire Impact Fees $24,568 $46,696 0.62%

 

2015 (audited) Collections Expenditures Annual Interest Rate
Fire Impact Fees $12,957 $16,712 0.37%

 

2014 (audited) Collections Expenditures Annual Interest Rate
Fire Impact Fees $35,557 $36,545 0.12%

 

2013 (audited) Collections Expenditures Annual Interest Rate
Fire Impact Fees $11,509 $24,203 0.05%

 

2012 (audited) Collections Expenditures Annual Interest Rate
Fire Impact Fees $17,094 $9,975 0.02%

 

2011 (audited) Collections Expenditures Annual Interest Rate
Fire Impact Fees $19,416 $49,422 0.04%