Impact Fees (RRIF)

Since 1995, the Regional Road Impact Fee (RRIF) Program has constructed regional improvements in the form of new roads, road widening and intersection improvements totaling $400 million.

Pursuant to NRS 278B.255 and ordinances adopted by Washoe County, the City of Reno, and the City of Sparks, the Regional Road Impact Fees are scheduled to increase to reflect inflation on December 1, 2020.  Based on the index for 2015 through 2019, the impact fees will be increased by 2.38%.  See the updated 6th Edition RRIF Brochure Index Year 1 for impact fee rates.

6th Edition Regional Road Impact Fee Program

Current RRIF Brochure with Fee Schedule
Automation Program for Existing Credit Account Holders
Current Credit Holders
RRIF General Administrative Manual 6th Ed.
RRIF Capital Improvement Plan 6th Ed,
RRIF TAC Statement of Purpose Objectives Procedures
RRIF TAC Application for Membership 2019

The major changes included in the 6th Edition RRIF General Administrative Manual and Capital Improvement Plan include:

  • New Capital Improvement Plans for each Service Area, resulting in separate fees
  • Updated fee schedule for individual land uses based on trip generation rates from ITE’s 10th Edition Trip Generation Manual


Blaine Petersen, P.E.
Regional Transportation Commission
Engineering Department
1105 Terminal Way, Suite 108
Reno, NV 89502
775-335-1871 Office
775-348-3249 Fax

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Regional Road Impact Fee (RRIF)?
A. New development creates a demand for new roadway capacity. The RRIF is a tool to collect the cost of providing the new capacity for new development.

Q. How are impact fees assessed?
A. Fees are based on the land use type as identified in the RRIF Fee Schedule listed above. For a more detailed explanation of land use types, see the RRIF General Administrative Manual Section IV.

Q. How will the RRIF funds be used?
A. To build capacity improvements, such as new roads and ramps, road widening and intersection improvements, and to preserve right of way for future capacity improvements.

Q. When does the 6th Edition take effect?
A. On building permits applied for on and after December 1, 2019.

Q. When do impact fees need to be paid?
A. Fees are paid to the local agency at the time a building permit is issued, but may be deferred to the Certificate of Occupancy, if allowed by the jurisdiction issuing the building permit.

Q. What are RRIF Credits and Waivers?
A. RRIF Credits and waivers are earned by a developer through the dedication of right of way and/or construction of approved capacity improvements to the regional road network. RRIF Credits and waivers may be used to pay the regional road impact fees for new development.

Q. What are the differences between RRIF Credits and Waivers?
A. RRIF Credits were earned prior to adoption of the 5th Edition RRIF and are denominated in Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMTs).  RRIF Waivers are earned after the adoption of the 5th Edition RRIF and denominated in dollars. RRIF Waivers may only be used within the development of record associated with the Offset Agreement under which the waivers were earned. RRIF Credits may be used to pay the impact fees in Reno, Sparks or Washoe County in the benefit district they were earned. Districts are divided into the Northwest, Northeast and South benefit districts. To determine which service area and benefit district your project is located, access the RRIF GIS viewer above and enter the address or APN for your property.

RRIF Payment Options

Pay impact fees due with check or money order.
Pay impact fees due with credits earned for constructing capacity improvements or right-of-way dedication included in the RRIF Capital Improvements Plan (CIP).