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The San Francisco Planning Code authorizes the imposition of certain development impact fees on new development in San Francisco, including the Transit Impact Development Fee (TIDF). While the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) is currently responsible for collection of these fees, the Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is responsible for collecting the information needed to determine the TIDF due on a project.
The law governing the TIDF, formerly Chapter 38 of the San Francisco Administrative Code, is found at Sections 411 et seq. of the San Francisco Planning Code. Additional information about the other development impact fees authorized under the Planning Code (Chapter 4) can be obtained from DBI or the Planning Department.
Calculation of TIDF
Before obtaining the first construction document, as this term is defined in Section 107A.13.1 of the San Francisco Building Code (typically a building or site permit), for any new development, a project sponsor or the sponsor’s architect or engineer needs to complete the TIDF Project/Building Use and Square Footage Report. This file is an accesible, saveable PDF.
After the SFMTA receives the completed forms and any supporting materials, SFMTA will review the information, calculate and notify DBI of its Preliminary Estimate of TIDF, if any. After DBI receives SFMTA’s notification and any other development fee estimates from other agencies, DBI will provide the project sponsor a Project Fee Development Report.
If the project sponsor disagrees with any of the development fee estimates, the project sponsor will need to contact DBI, which then will work with the appropriate city agency or agencies to resolve the disagreement.
If project sponsor is still dissatisfied with the calculation of the development impact fees, the project sponsor has the right to submit a written appeal to the Board of Appeals, as provided in Section 404(b) of the San Francisco Planning Code and Section 107A.13.9 of the San Francisco Building Code.
Payment of TIDF
A. Where the first construction document for a project is issued on or after July 1, 2010, the TIDF is due and payable to DBI prior to issuance of the first construction document. However, the project sponsor has the option to defer payment of the TIDF subject to certain conditions.
B. Where the first construction document for a project was issued prior to July 1, 2010, the TIDF is due before the issuance of the project’s first certificate of occupancy. Payment can be made and coordinated with DBI and SFMTA.
If you have any questions about TIDF, please contact us using the contact information provided below:
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Forms, instructions, and additional information about the TIDF can be accessed through the following links:
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