Traffic Impact Fees

What Are Traffic Impact Fees?
When an individual or company develops property in unincorporated Pierce County, they pay traffic impact fees. The fees are charges on new development that help pay for transportation system improvements required to accommodate higher travel demand added by new development. 

Fees can only be used to add transportation system capacity required to support new development and are not used for maintenance or operations work.

Traffic impact fees are used to help:
  • Reduce traffic congestion
  • Reduce delays at intersections
  • Build more roadway connections
  • Encourage economic development
2019 Traffic Impact Fee Program changes
Changes to the Traffic Impact Fee program went into effect Feb. 1, 2019. Learn about rates, methods used for calculating rates, policies, and regulations adopted by Pierce County Council Ordinance 2018-71s. You may also view the fee schedule.

The Pierce County Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC), working with Pierce County Planning and Public Works, started meeting January 2017 to review the Traffic Impact Free program and develop recommendations for the 2019 update.

The program was initially passed by Ordinances 2006-60s and 2006-61s with effective date of Jan. 1, 2007. It was later updated by Ordinance 2012-63.

Transportation Service Areas 
Pierce County is divided into four Transportation Service Areas under the updated program. These geographical areas are based on future land use, growth and transportation investment needs. Traffic impact fees by type of development vary within the areas.

Roadway and intersection projects anticipated to support future transportation needs reflect a total cost of $700 million, with Traffic Impact Fees expected to generate $253 million for these projects.

The projects include:
  • Intersections (traffic signals, turn lanes and roundabouts)
  • Road projects that address:
    • Concurrency (keeping roadways within acceptable congestion levels)
    • Corridors and connectors (linking roadways to improve traffic flow)
    • Plateau corridors (Tehaleh and nearby communities)
    • Mobility (economic development)
    • Completed projects (awaiting additional Traffic Impact Fees)
Pierce County is divided into Tran
Transportation Service Areas 
Pierce County is divided into Tran
TIF Deferral Program
On October 26, 2010, the Pierce County Council adopted two ordinances that allow builders to defer Traffic Impact Fees, Park Impact Fees, and sewer connection charges.

Read more about the deferral program.
TIF Refund Survey
Did you recently receive your Traffic Impact Fee refund in the mail?

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TIF Guides and Forms
These bulletins are available at the Pierce County Development Center to aid customers with an overview of the TIF program for various types of projects:
These forms are used in the administration of the TIF program. Copies of these forms are available at the Pierce County Development Center.

TIF Calculator
The TIF Calculator can be used to estimate the amount of traffic impact fees that will be required for various projects. This calculator has been provided for estimating purposes only. Actual fee amounts will be calculated by Pierce County.
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