Impact fees are charges assessed by local governments against new development projects that attempt to help alleviate the costs the existing community faces for infrastructure improvements specifically related to growth due to development. Ferndale is unique in the way it has set up the timing of impact fee payments, working to help alleviate these upfront costs for development.
Impact fees are very common in Washington State, and generally pay for less than half the cost of any growth-related project, meaning the existing community still pays a large portion of project costs for infrastructure related to growth.
The City of Ferndale currently charges transportation and park impact fees. The City also ensures any required school impact fees are paid to the Ferndale School District prior to building permit issuance.
School Impact Fees payable to the Ferndale School District are: $1,100 per Single Family Resident; $650 per Multifamily Resident