Development Impact Fees

The City of Surprise has experienced tremendous growth in past decades. To ensure new growth pays its proportionate share of infrastructure costs, development impact fees are collected by cities and towns to evenly and fairly distribute the burden of facility capacity to serve new development. These one-time charges are assessed to new development by local governments to recover the proportional cost of facilities benefiting new development based on specific calculations using standardized assessment schedules. Each development project pays a proportionate share of the cost of new infrastructure or necessary public services needed to support the new development.

Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) §9-463.05 provides a framework for cities and towns to assess, collect and administer development fees.

As required by law, the city of Surprise retained the services of an outside consultant to complete an update of the City’s development impact fees for compliance with the requirements of ARS 9-463.05. The following documents and timeframe outline the City’s process for updating and adopting new fees.

Development Impact Fee Documents

Transportation Impact Fee Study 2020-2021

The city is working to develop a Transportation Impact Fee that would ensure adequate transportation infrastructure as we grow. The fee amount will be determined through a Transportation Impact Fee Study that will outline recommended transportation improvements for future growth, as guided by our city’s General Plan.

The study will produce: the cost of improvements associated with growth; draft fees; and a draft ordinance. Consideration by City Council for adoption is anticipated in June 2021.

Sign up for public news related to this study. If you are a developer interested in being part of stakeholder discussions, please email Martin Lucero at

If you are a stakeholder wishing to participate, please contact Martin Lucero at or (623) 222-3142.

Transportation Impact Fee Study Update

 A Transportation Impact Fee Study is currently in progress. The City has been making adjustments to the Infrastructure Improvements Plan (IIP) based on comments received from stakeholders and the general public. The City is also evaluating the method for calculating and applying a future transportation impact fee. Once these changes have been completed, staff will send out notification to the stakeholder group for additional comments.

Staff anticipates bringing an updated IIP to the Transportation Stakeholder Group this fall. 

To view the Land Use Assumptions and the Published IIP, please click on the tab below titled “DRAFT Land Use Assumptions & Infrastructure Improvements Plan” (posted 12/4/2020). 

Any comments on the Land Use Assumptions can be submitted to

View the DRAFT Land Use Assumptions & Infrastructure Improvements Plan (posted 12/4/2020)
View Transportation Development Impact Fee Study Stakeholder Meeting Notes (November 17, 2020)