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Developer Fees

Developer Fees/School Impact Fees

The District levies the current SAB Level I fees. To confirm that your address falls within San Diego Unified School District boundaries, please utilize the School Finder linked here before submitting payment or requesting a quote.

  • Residential Construction
    $4.79 per square foot of assessable space of new residential construction or additions of 500 square feet or more. No developer fees are due if the construction addition is 499 square feet or less

  • Commercial/Industrial Construction
    $0.78 per square foot of any amount of chargeable covered and enclosed space of commercial/ industrial construction

Before issuance of a building permit, you must pay your developer fees (school impact fees) directly to the San Diego Unified School District. A copy of the City's Approval Report showing the chargeable square footage must be provided to the Real Estate Department.  

For any further questions, please refer to the City of San Diego's Informational Bulletin: City of San Diego Information Bulletin 146 dated January 2020.

Developer Fees Request by Email: Our office will continue to accept developer fee requests via email at [email protected] and will continue to accept mail-in checks.

Check payments must be made payable to San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) and must include an email address, phone number, and project number. 

                       San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD)

                       Attn: Real Estate/Developer Fees

                       4860 Ruffner Street, Annex 14

                       San Diego, CA. 92111

Once payment is received via U.S. Mail, we will email your Certificate of Compliance (COC) to the email address noted on the check and to the City of San Diego Development Services Department.

In-Person Hours of Operation: 

The Real Estate Department is available to accept in-person payments and developer fee requests. Hours of operation will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am-3:00 pm (closed for lunch from 12:00 pm-12:30 pm).

Check payments must be made payable to San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) and must include an email address, phone number, and project number.  We do not accept cash or credit card payments.

At the time of in-person payment, our office will create and issue your Certificate of Compliance.

Real Estate and Rentals Department

4860 Ruffner Street, Annex 14

San Diego, CA. 92111

(619) 278-6720

 

Demolition Credits

The SDUSD Board of Education has approved exemption criteria for waivers of developer fees under certain conditions available here Demolition Credit Requirements. The required documents must be received by the Real Estate and Rentals Office, to [email protected] before fees can be credited to the project. If the documents are received before the issuance of a COC, the credit will be applied at the time the COC is issued. If the documents are received after the COC has been issued, the district will process a check for the credit which takes about 4-5 weeks.

Appeal Process

If for any reason you believe you were denied a refund or demolition credit, or you disagree with the school fees you were charged, there is an Updated Appeals Process or contact [email protected].

Government Code section 65995 and California Education Code section 17620 allows school districts to levy fees on residential or commercial/industrial construction projects within a school district's boundaries (pdf). The State Allocation Board (SAB) sets the per-square-foot Level I school impact fees (a.k.a. "developer fees") every two years at its January meeting on even years (2022, 2024, 2026, etc). Alternative School Fees (a.k.a. Level II or Level III fees) may also be collected by districts meeting certain requirements.