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The Georgia Development Impact Fee Act (DIFA) was enacted into law
in 1990. It sets rules for local governments that wish to charge new
development for a portion of the additional capital facilities needed
to serve it. Under DIFA, local governments may impose exactions on
developers to help finance the expansion of their infrastructure systems
only through an impact fee system and only for the specific types
of facilities and infrastructures listed in the law.
The intent of the Act is to: More...
Ensure that adequate public facilities are available
to serve new growth and development;
Promote orderly growth and development by establishing
uniform standards by which municipalities and counties may require
that new growth and development pay a proportionate share of the
cost of new public facilities needed to serve new growth and development;
Establish minimum standards for the adoption of
development impact fee ordinances by municipalities and counties;
Ensure that new growth and development is required
to pay no more than its proportionate share of the cost of public
facilities needed to serve new growth and development and to prevent
duplicate and ad hoc development exactions.
Local governments that wish to impose development impact fees must
have an adopted comprehensive plan that meets the Minimum Standards
and Procedures for Local Comprehensive Planning. The comprehensive
plan must include a Capital Improvements Element (CIE) in order to
be in compliance with DIFA. A current plan can be amended to include
The requirements for local governments that include CIEs in their
comprehensive plans include:
Updating their CIEs annually. The annual update
- the Annual Financial Report on impact fees required by DIFA;
- a new fifth year schedule of improvements, and any changes
to or revisions of previously listed CIE projects, including alterations
in project costs, proposed changes in funding sources, construction
schedules, or project scope.
Updating their entire Short Term Work Programs
Information and Resources
Georgia Development Impact Fee Act , O.C.G.A. § 36-71
DCA Rules for Development Impact Fee Compliance
Guidebook, Introduction to Impact Fees
Guidebook, Impact Fees: How to Address Georgia's Impact Fee Requirements
Guide to Preparing CIE Annual Updates
CIE Annual Update Forms
Process for Discontinuing a Local Impact fee Program
Local Governments with Authorized Impact Fee Programs (PDF)
For more information please contact the Office of Planning & Environmental Management at 404-679-5279.
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231