Adopted Fee Regulations

Effective January 1, 2023, all credit card transactions will be charged an additional fee of 2.9% of the total amount due.

All of the documents adopting 2021 fees for Brighton are included herein.  Use tax is the only fee that is not adopted by fee resolution but rather is adopted in Brighton Municipal Code.  Use tax is 3.75% of 50% of the project valuation.

Please also see the Development Impact Fee Summary outlined below, which isolates all of the fees associated with new and re-development projects for your convenience.

2023 City of Brighton Fee Resolution

2023 Development Fee Summary:

Effective 1-17-2023

Fee Explanation Summary

This table identifies a list of fees that are charged prior to, or at the time of construction for new development, includes an explanation for each fee that may be charged, and outlines applicability for each fee item.  Fees figured and collected for new development are based on those fees in effect at the time of permit issuance. 

Applicability

Non-Residential      Residential

Fee Type

Fee Explanation

x

x

Permit Fee

This fee is charged at permit issuance based on a formula derived from the project valuation (cost of materials and labor.)  The permit fee covers the scope of work for the permit, which can include any combination of building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, right-of-way, and on-site utility and road infrastructure.  The fee formula can be found in the adopted fee resolution.  


x

Electrical InspectionThis is a permit fee which applies to all new residential construction types in accordance with Fee Resolution 2022-98. This fee is calculated at $120 per dwelling unit.

x

x

Plan Review Fee*

A permit plan review fee is charged at 65% of the permit fee, and covers two full rounds of review of the building plans.  If consultants are used for building plan review, the consultant review fee may be charged at the discretion of the Building Official and pursuant to the adopted fee resolution.

x

x

Use Tax

Use tax is figured at 3.75% of 50% of the project valuation estimate pursuant to Brighton Municipal Code, Sec. 3.32, which allows the City to pre-collect sales tax on materials that may be purchased in another jurisdiction.  Contractors are not required to pay City sales tax at the point of sale after paying Use Tax on materials.

x

x

Utility Inspections

Inspections are charged on water and sewer per tap pursuant to the adopted utility fee ordinance.

x

x

Water Meters 

Water meters are charged at current inventory purchase costs. Developers are required to purchase water meters through the City.

x

x

Water Plant Investment Fee (PIF)

This fee is charged for any new water tap in the City based on the tap size and the use. The Water PIF is the portion figured after the water dedication – or the “with water” portion of the PIF.  This fee covers the investment buy-in associated with design and construction of the City’s existing potable water system and can include off-site storage, transmission lines, pumping and treatment for the water distribution system.

x

x

Fee-in-Lieu of Water Dedication

The City requires water shares to be dedicated for all development unless a previous agreement has been established. In cases where an agreement is in place, a fee-in-lieu of water dedications must be paid based on tap size, water demand, and use. This fee is in addition to the Water PIF. Fee-in-Lieu funds must be used by the City for the future acquisition of water.

x

x

Sewer Plant Investment Fee (PIF) - by district

A Sewer PIF specific to the investment buy-in needed to purchase existing treatment capacity at one of the two Districts based on the development site location: Metro Water Recovery OR Town of Lochbuie. In both instances, the fee is set by the District and must be paid prior to permit issuance, as defined by the agreement.  

x

x

Sewer Connection

This fee is collected in conjunction with the Sewer PIF and allows connection to Brighton’s existing sewer infrastructure.  The connection fee is charged regardless of which sewer district is treating the wastewater emanating from the development property and is used to cover the investment buy-in associated with the design and construction of the existing city-wide wastewater collection system, including off-site pumping and collection mains.

xx

Drainage Impact Fee


This fee is charged to cover costs associated with the design and construction of the city-wide storm drainage system.  This fee is charged regardless of site connectivity to an existing on or off-site storm drainage system, and revenues can cover land acquisition, construction of major channels, culverts, and/or regional ponds as indicated in the Storm Drainage Master Plan.
xx

Traffic Impact Fee


The TIF covers costs associated with the design and construction of the city-wide roadway system.  This fee is charged regardless of a developer’s responsibility for construction of on-site development of roads, and revenues can cover right-of-way acquisition, road widening, and new construction.

xCrossing Impact FeeThe crossing fee covers costs associated with the design and construction of off-site, city-wide bridge systems.  This fee is charged regardless of the developer’s responsibility for on-site construction of bridges and crossings.

x

27J Capital Facility Foundation Fee

School District 27J collects this fee to assist in the construction of schools.  A developer is requested to sign a participation agreement for this foundation fee at the time of final plat.  Please see Brighton School District 27J for more information and current rates.

x

27J Land Dedication/ Fee-in-Lieu of Land Dedication


Per an intergovernmental agreement with School District 27J, new residential development is required to dedicate land for future school sites.  At the sole discretion of the school district, a fee-in-lieu of the required land dedication may be accepted.  This fee is typically due in a lump sum prior to, and as a condition of the release of construction permits for the development site.  Please visit 27J’s Planning Department for a calculator for this requirement.

x

Community Park Impact Fee


Based on the size of the residential development, and whether or not a land dedication is required, this fee is utilized for the construction of a park for new development.  This fee is at 50% of the construction rate as Brighton utilizes Parks and Recreation capital funds to assist with construction.

x

Neighborhood Park Impact Fee

Based on the size of the residential development, and whether or not a land dedication is required, this fee is utilized for the construction of a park for new development.

x

Park Land Dedication/ Fee-in-Lieu of Land Dedication

Residential development is required to dedicate land for neighborhood and community park sites based on the total number of residential units within the proposed development. A fee-in-lieu of the dedications may be allowed in some cases as determined by the City.

x

Open Space Land Dedication/ Fee-in-Lieu of Land Dedication

Residential development is required to dedicate land for open space based on the total number of residential units within the proposed development.  A fee-in-lieu of the dedications may be allowed in some cases as determined by the City.
xx

District Impact Fees


Fees collected by agreement for any special districts, metropolitan districts, etc., as identified by legal boundary and agreement.  Contact information will be provided for applicable districts during the land entitlement process.
xx

Other Fees per Agreement


Additional specific fees may be due pursuant to the site-specific development agreement and may include, but shall not be limited to the following:  reimbursements for pre-constructed infrastructure that benefits the development, escrowed funds for required improvements that will not be constructed at the time of development, etc.
xx

Financial Guarantees for Public Infrastructure Requirements

A financial guarantee may be required prior to construction activity on a development site when is it the developer’s responsibility to complete public improvements for the development.  Financial guarantee may be secured in the form of a bond or letter of credit in a format template supplied by the City.  A cash deposit may also be accepted at the discretion of the City.  A financial guarantee must be secured at 115% of the total estimated public improvements.

*Review fees associated with land entitlements are not included in this calculated fee.