Fee Waivers and Reductions

Jurisdictions can choose to waive or reduce development fees in exchange for providing affordable housing or providing other public goods. At the same time, these fees are charged for a reason, and many jurisdictions may struggle to provide the necessary public services and infrastructure required to serve new development while waiving fees. In either case, cities can review how their fees are structured to limit the extent to which fees discourage housing development. One example could be shifting from a flat, per-unit fee structure to a structure that is more responsive to the impact of the development on public services.

Where it Works

Fee waivers and reductions are most likely to have a significant effect in areas experiencing rapid growth.

Assessing Needs and Measuring Performance

  • Permit activity over time
  • Developer surveys

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