Prior to the issuance of a business license or building permit from Newton County, it is necessary to determine whether or not you are required to pay impact fees, pursuant to the Newton County Impact Fee Ordinance. Impact fees are a one-time fee on development. Development is defined to include any construction or expansion of a building, structure or use; any change in use of land, a building or structure; or, the connection of any building or structure to a public utility. In Newton County, fees assessed on commercial development pay for local road improvements, while fees assessed on residential development pay for both local road improvements as well as specified community projects, such as libraries and parks.
Newton County's Impact Fee program began in 2005. Therefore, buildings that were constructed prior to the effective date of the impact fee ordinance are 'grandfathered' in for their initial use. After that, a fee may be assessed based on changes to the building or the use of the building. To determine whether an impact fee will be assessed, the Impact Fee Coordinator first determines the applicable land use category for the use of the facility based on the information given at the time of the application. An impact fee for the use is then assessed based on the established fee schedule. Credits may be given for reuse of an existing building to "pay down" the impact fee assessed on the new use (business type).
In order to get your impact fee assessment, please provide the following information by calling Joy Honeycutt at (678) 625-1659 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Name and contact information
- Business name (if applicable)
- Type of business (if applicable)
- Physical address/location of the business or new construction
- Square footage of the facility
- Landlord's name and contact information (if applicable)
All payments are made at the Newton County Department of Development Services.
More in depth information on impact fees made be obtained by visiting the Georgia Department of Community Affairs at http://www.dca.state.ga.us.