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Developer Fees

Fees Increase June 6, 2022

Santa Clara Unified School District - Residential and Commercial/Industrial Development School Fee Justification Study

The Board of Trustees approved an increase to the fees on April 7, 2022, which will start on June 6, 2022.

Fees as of June 6, 2022:

  • Residential: $4.79 per square foot
  • Commercial: $0.78 per square foot
  • Hotel/Motel: $0.47 per square foot
  • Self-Storage: $0.03 per square foot

These are the minimum fees required to be paid by property owners and are set by the State Allocation Board (SAB), which oversees the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC).

No impact fees are due on Additional Dwelling Units (ADU's) or additions to existing residential units under 500 square feet.  The Building Department will fill out the SCUSD form, which calculates the required fees.

Payment: Developer Fee Payments Can be Made by Appointment Only

Please email to schedule an appointment.

Developer Fees are no longer paid at the District Office. Payments are now only accepted at the Facility Development and Planning Office located at 3350 Brookdale Ave. Portable P1, behind the Bond Projects Office.

Exact cash or checks only. Checks should be made out to Santa Clara Unified School District or SCUSD. We cannot accept credit cards.

The actual impact cost of residential construction on school facilities is:

  • Single Family Detached: $14.33 per square foot, based on a 2,229 square foot average.
  • Multi-family Attached: $15.44 per square foot based on a 1,556 square foot average.

This is a residential monetary shortfall of $10.32 (single-family detached) and $11.43 (multi-family attached) per square foot developed.

The actual impact cost of commercial construction to school facilities per square foot constructed is:

  • Retail and Services: $1.58
  • Office: $2.47
  • Research and Development: $2.15
  • Industrial/Warehouse/Manufacturing: $1.90
  • Hospital: $1.97
  • Hotel/Motel: $0.80
  • Self Storage: $0.05

The State Statutory fee for commercial construction is $0.78 per square foot.

Due to the monetary shortfall, the District requests developers to include a Voluntary Community Benefit amount to fully mitigate the actual impact of the development. Please contact the FDP Department for more information or refer to the Developer Fee Justification Studies.

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