What are impact fees and will they apply to my project?

Impact fees are monies assessed to a new development by the Fire District pursuant to C.R.S. 29-20-1045 to help pay for the Fire District’s capital infrastructure needed to serve that development. As of January 1, 2018, the Fire District assesses such fees for projects located in unincorporated portions of Adams County under an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Adams County Commissioners. If it is determined that an impact fee applies to your project, the fee structure for impact fees is as follows:

Single-family Homes/Residential Units = $557.00 per unit

2+ Residential Units = $436.00 per unit

Commercial/Office/Institutional Development = $0.38 per square foot of development

Industrial Development = $0.05 per square foot of development

All plans for projects located within unincorporated Adams County submitted to the Fire District for review must be accompanied by a completed Adams County Impact Fee form. If it determined by the Fire District that an impact fee applies to your project, the impact fee must be paid directly to the Fire District after the development permit is issued by Adams County, and before any building permits can be issued. The Fire District will promptly notify Adams County when the impact fee has been paid, after which time, building permits may be released pending approval by the Adams County Building Division. Impact fees are separate, and in addition to, any permit and plan review fees authorized to be charged by the Fire District under the fire code adopted by Adams County.

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1. What codes and standards does my project have to be in compliance with?
2. I’ve heard that thumb-turn style door locks are illegal. Is this true? If so, what kinds of locks can I have in order to be in compliance with the code but also provide protection from theft?
3. How far from the road and from existing buildings can my building be?
4. Are duct smoke detectors required for my building? If so, do they need to be connected to the building’s alarm system?
5. I’m constructing a new building. Does my building need to be equipped with sprinklers?
6. I’m moving my offices into a currently empty tenant space within a two-story office building? Does my space need a fire alarm system?
7. What can really happen to me if I refuse to comply with the fire code?
8. Why does the fire district require that the exterior horn/strobe on my sprinklered building sound on all alarms as opposed to just water flow?
9. My project is unique and cannot be effectively built using the prescriptive requirements set forth within the code. What can I do?
10. I have been a fire protection contractor for over 20 years. Why do I have to change the way I’ve been doing things just for your jurisdiction?
11. What are impact fees and will they apply to my project?