What are School Concurrency Fees and School Impact Fees? And when are they required to be paid?
School Concurrency Fees are determined when the developer submits a residential preliminary plat (or the functional equivalent). A review is conducted to determine whether the project can meet the level of service (100% permanent capacity) as determined in the Interlocal Agreement. Staff evaluates current enrollment, school capacity, development reservations, planned capacity in the first three years of the 5-Year Work Plan, and projected students generated by the project. If the assigned schools or an adjacent concurrency service area has adequate capacity to accommodate the proposed project, then a Certificate of School Concurrency is issued (no fee required at this time). If the development cannot meet the level of service, then a developer has the option to wait until additional capacity is constructed (as outlined in our 5-Year Facilities Work Plan) or may enter into a Proportionate Share Development Mitigation Agreement to fund the additional capacity required to meet the level of service. If a proportionate share mitigation agreement is approved by the School Board and the local jurisdiction, the development may continue to proceed through the development review process.
School Impact Fees are a separate fee assessed by Hillsborough County (not the School District) at the time of residential construction and are paid prior to the issuance of a C.O. (Certificate of Occupancy). The amount of this fee is determined by Hillsborough County and can be accessed at https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/businesses/permits-and-records/permit-fees/impact-fees. Please contact Hillsborough County regarding any impact fee questions at (813) 635-5400.
My project does not pass school concurrency and I have the option of entering into a Proportionate Share Development Mitigation Agreement, what is this and how would it benefit my project?
A Proportionate Share Development Mitigation Agreement is an agreement between the developer of the project, the School District, and local government which establishes a commitment from the developer that they will pay for capacity in order to meet the level of service. This agreement permits the project to continue through the development review process at the local government without having to wait for additional school facilities to be constructed by the School District (as identified in the 5-Year Facilities Work Plan).
If you are interested in entering into a Proportionate Share Mitigation Agreement and you have applied for the preliminary plat, you may start the process by completing the Proportionate Share Development Mitigation Agreement Form. Please email to Ayesha Brinkley at Ayesha.Brinkley@sdhc.k12.fl.us. Once staff verifies the information, staff will draft an agreement using a template that has been approved by the School District and the local jurisdiction. If the developer agrees to the terms, the item will be placed on a School Board agenda for consideration. If approved, then the applicant must receive approval through the local jurisdiction. See flow chart for additional steps.
If I enter into a Proportionate Share Development Mitigation Agreement, when do I have to pay? Do I receive impact fee credit?
A Proportionate Share Development Mitigation Agreement must be paid between preliminary plat approval and administrative final plat approval. A check or wire are acceptable forms of payment, which is collected by the School District.
What is a Certificate of School Concurrency? And why does my project need one?
If, at the time of residential platting, a project adequate for the students they are generating than the project will receive a Certificate of School Concurrency. This certificate will temporarily reserve capacity for the project while it proceeds through the development review process at the local government. If a certificate is not obtained, either through the submittal process of the residential plat at the local government or by entering into and meeting the conditions of a Proportionate Share Development Mitigation Agreement, than the project cannot receive final plat approval per the ILA.