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Impact Fees

Park Impact Fee

Impact fees are fees that are collected in order to pay for the capital costs to construct, expand or improve public park facilities which are necessary to accommodate land development in the city. The imposition of impact fees is intended to ensure that public park facilities are adequate to meet the development needs of the City and that new development pays a proportionate share of new, expanded or improved facilities required by such development. Park impact fees are determined at the time of development approval and are generally payable in full, at the annually adjusted rate then in effect, at the time of issuance of any building permit under Chapter 29 of the Madison General Ordinances. The Parks Division administers park impact fees for parks located throughout the City of Madison. See Madison General Ordinance Chapter 20 for more information on impact fees within the City of Madison, Madison General Ordinance Chapter 16 for more information regarding parkland dedication requirements, or Wis. Stat. Sec. 66.0617.

Needs Assessment

Each individual impact fee that has been created by the City must have a public facility needs assessment associated with it. The Needs Assessment for an impact fee provides the rationale for the fee, sets forth how the fee was determined and explains how the fee will be used.

Park and Open Space Plan

Every five years, the City adopts the Park and Open Space Plan as a supplement to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Park and Open Space Plan sets forth the desired vision for the future of the City’s park and open space and provides recommendations to guide land use, policy and investment decisions over time to ensure that the vision for the City’s park and open space is achieved. This Plan also guides the City’s impact fee revenue expenditures.

Park Impact Fee Revenues

Park Impact Fee Expenditures

Impact Fee Districts

Impact Fee District


Contact Madison Parks

  • City of Madison Parks Division
    330 E. Lakeside Street
    Madison, WI 53715
  • Phone: (608) 266-4711
  • Fax: (608) 267-1162
  • Contact Form
  • WI Relay Service
  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Park Hours: 4:00am - 10:00pm
  • After Hours, Weekends & Holidays: Contact Park Rangers, (608) 235-0448