Forsyth County enacted Impact Fees in 2004, as enabled by the Georgia Development Impact Fee Act.
Update: At their meeting April 7, 2016, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved a Resolution adopting a modified Forsyth County Impact Fee Ordinance. The amended Impact Fee Ordinance will become effective June 1, 2016. Click here to view the Ordinance.
Impact Fees are a charge on development to pay for the construction or expansion of capital improvements that are necessitated by and benefit the development. Impact Fees are not a tax but rather a part of the development approval process, similar to meeting site planning and zoning requirements. Impact Fees must be paid when a building permit is obtained.
Forsyth County charges Impact Fees on residential buildings for the following categories: Roads, Parks, Library, and Public Safety. Non-residential buildings are charged for Public Safety. On June 1, 2016, the Amended Impact Ordinance fee schedule (see below) became in effect and was later revised for the Park and Recreation fees on February 3, 2017. Unless a letter of certification has been provided by the Impact Fee Administrator (pursuant to O.C.G.A. 36-71-4(h)) all applicants must pay the new fees.
For questions, please contact Mark McKinnon, Impact Fee administrator at (770) 886-2775.