Road Fee Programs FAQs

  1. What are Road Fees?


    Road Fees are fees that are imposed by the County of Orange on new development projects, to pay for a portion of construction cost or needed expansion of offsite capital improvement projects.  These fees are implemented to help reduce the economic burden to the County of Orange in order to deal with the population growth within the area of benefit.
  2. How are Road Fees assessed and collected?


    Road Fees are assessed on a per unit basis for single family (SFD) and multi-family (MFD) residential units, and on a per square footage basis for new or expanded commercial square footage.  Road Fees are collected on new residential dwelling units or new commercial square footage in designated Area(s) of Benefit.   Cities shall collect road fees when a building permit is issued.
  3. Where do the collected Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) fees get submitted?


    Cities shall submit TCA fees directly to TCA.  Please visit the TCA website or contact Greg Walker at envelope gwalker@thetollroads.com or Andrew Seibly at envelope aseibly@thetollroads.com for more information. 

  4. Where are Road Fees applicable and how much are the fees?


    Road Fees apply in designated Road Fee Program Area(s) of Benefit (AOB).  Boundaries of each AOB include development areas which were estimated to benefit the most by the circulation improvements.  Please refer to Road Fee GIS map (link below) to determine if the project falls within an AOB.  Every July 1st rates for all Road Fee Programs are adjusted per changes made in the California Construction Cost Index (CCCI). Current rates can be located at the link below.
  5. What conditions are required for Road Fees to apply to a residential permit?


    Road Fees apply if the following conditions are met: the units contain a kitchen, living space and bedroom.  Studios where a living space and bedroom are combined meet the conditions as well and qualify for Road Fees.
  6. What if I am remodeling a home by installing and replacing a new kitchen, do Road Fees apply?

    No.  Road Fees only apply if there is an addition to the residential unit such as a new kitchen, living space and bedroom.  Remodeling, including painting and new flooring, do not constitute the application of Road Fees.

  7. Are tax exempt properties like churches subject to Road Fees?


    No.  Tax exempt properties with a current claim form are not subject to Road Fees. Please see BOE link below.
  8. How can I estimate the Road Fees due on my project?


    To obtain an estimate of Road Fees Fees due for a specific project, please use the map on Road Fee GIS link below and enter the address of your project.  This map is a reference for estimating Road Fees only; exact Road Fees due for any project will be assessed at the time of permit issuance.
  9. When are Quarterly Remittance Reports Due?

    QUARTER

    PERIOD 

    DUE DATE *

    First Quarter July - September October 22
    Second Quarter October – December  January 22
    Third Quarter January – March April 22
    Fourth Quarter April – June July 22

    *Due dates are subject to change depending on if the due date falls on holidays, weekends and/or other circumstances.

  10. What backup documentation is required to be submitted in Quarterly Remittance Reports?

    -  An Excel schedule detail of permits issued with permit numbers, classification of dwelling unit, number of units / square footage, address of properties and amount collected
    -  Copies of issued permits
    -  Copies of issued receipts
  11. Where do I go if I need more information?


    Please visit our Road Fee website at the link below.  If you have additional questions about Road Fee Programs, please contact us at envelope OCRoadFee@ocpw.ocgov.com or at phone icon 714-955-0301. 

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