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Program Status

City Fee Waivers: Accepting applications.
SAWS Fee Waivers: Accepting applications.

Reduce Your Project Costs with an ICRIP Fee Waiver

If your project meets the minimum requirements, it may be eligible for a waiver of City fees and SAWS water and sewer impact fees. Exceptions apply. See notes below.

To be eligible for the program, your project must…

  1) Be located within the Inner City Reinvestment / Infill Policy (ICRIP) target area. Click here to map your property. If it lies in the shaded blue area, it meets the location requirement.
  2) NOT be one of the following ineligible project types:
  a. Projects over the Edwards Recharge or Contributing Zones;
  b. Retail stores such as, cash checking agencies, automotive part retailers, tire shops, non-bank financial retail outlets, nightclubs, bars, liquor stores, convenience stores, gun shops, pawnshops, gas stations, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, mobile food vendors and sexually oriented businesses;
  c. Hotels and Motels;
  d. Market Rate Residential housing projects located outside the IPTA that do not include any percentage of affordable housing units;
  e. Projects outside of the ICRIP that are not in a targeted industry, as defined in the City and County Joint Tax Abatement Guidelines;
  f. Entertainment facilities, specifically theme park and destination resorts, as defined in the City’s Unified Development Code;
  g. Projects built by and funded with state or federal appropriations on federal or state land, including projects on military installations;
  h. Construction of any sectarian or religious facility;
  i. Market-rate single-family or two-family dwellings are excluded, unless,
  i. Projects are located in an RPA;
  ii. Project costs are valued at fifty (50) percent or more of the latest BCAD; or,
  iii. Project is reconstruction of structures destroyed or ruined by flooding, fire, windstorm or other natural disaster

Additional Considerations

  - Average processing time for a fee waiver is 72 hours from the time of application.
  - There is an administrative fee of $100 for a City fee waiver and $100 for a SAWS fee waiver which must be paid prior to waiver activation.
  - Each application must include an estimate of the total fees to be waived for the project. For an estimate of City fees for your project, call 207-1111 or use the online Plan Fee Estimator Click here for Plan Fee Estimator. For an estimate of SAWS impact fees for your project, call 233-2009.
  - Your project may still qualify for a SAWS fee waiver even if it is outside the ICRIP if, 1) The project owner is a non-profit and the proposed project provides a community service at low or no cost; 2) the proposed project has an affordable housing component; or, 3) the proposed project is in a targeted industry and includes a capital investment of at least $50 million or creates at least 500 new full-time jobs.
  - Waivers do not provide reimbursement of fees already paid.
  - Waivers attach to the property, not individuals, so all project tradesmen can utilize the same waiver.
  - A separate application must be completed for each property address.
  - City fee waivers are valid for one year from the date of approval.
  - SAWS impact fee waivers are valid for 90 days from the date of approval.
  - Not all city fees are waived under this program. Click here for List of City Fees. from the Development Services Department. Note that eligible fees are in red; ineligible fees are in black.
  - All waivers are subject to funding availability.

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