System Development Charges

  • SDCs are a one-time charge for wastewater, water, stormwater, transportation and parks.

    SDCs are collected when a development permit is issued.  

    The City uses SDC revenue to:

    • Construct new public facilities as Gresham grows.
    • Pay for debt on already-built public facilities.
  • SDC update

    The City is reviewing and updating all System Development Charges (SDCs) related to Water, Wastewater, Parks, Stormwater and Transportation. Each utility is undergoing a separate review, methodology update, and adoption of new SDCs. Stormwater, parks, water and wastewater’s updates are complete. All new SDCs adopted by the City Council are proposed to take effect on July 1, 2017. 

    To be included in the interested parties mailing list for upcoming SDC reviews, email Tam Driscoll at or call 503-618-2623.

    Why SDCs

    Our philosophy is each development should pay for its share of the cost of providing public facilities to serve new development.

    SDCs honor the value and commitment rate-payers have put into developing and maintaining the public systems over the years.

    SDC fees and financing

    City fee schedule 

    SDC financing

    Pleasant Valley, Springwater SDCs

    Parks, stormwater and transportation SDCs are higher in the newer urban growth areas of Pleasant Valley and Springwater, reflecting the higher costs to extend and construct facilities in these areas.