During normal business hours the Real Estate and Rentals department are available to collect fees Monday through Friday, from 9AM to 3PM. 


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. 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 in even number years (i.e., 2010, 2012). Alternative School Fees (a.k.a. Level II or Level III fees) may also be collected by districts meeting certain requirements.


New Developer Fees go into effect July 16, 2018.

On January 24, the State Allocation Board authorized an increase in the maximum Level 1 developer fees per square foot as follows:  up to $3.79 per square foot of assessable space of new residential construction, and up to $.61 per square foot of chargeable covered and enclosed commercial/industrial space. 
The San Diego Unified Board of Directors approved this increase on May 15.  New rates will go into effect July 16, 2018.  


The District levies the current SAB Level I fees. All checks (no cash or credit cards accepted) must be made out to San Diego Unified School District.   
For information on Developer Fees please contact (619) 278-6723

  • Residential Construction
    $3.48 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
    $0.56 per square foot of any amount of chargeable covered and enclosed space of commercial/ industrial construction.

Beginning January 1, 2016, the Development Services Department staff from the City of San Diego will no longer coordinate the collection of developer fees with the Real Estate Office staff.  Prior to 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 Office located at 4860 Ruffner Street, Annex 14, San Diego, CA 92111 (see map below).  The Real Estate Office staff will calculate the developer fees and provide you with a Certificate of Compliance (COC) for the construction project.  Fees for the developer fees will be collected at that time by the Real Estate Office staff.  Payments accepted are personal, cashier, bank checks or money orders.  You will need to take a copy of the COC to the City to show you have paid your school fees.

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 Office staff before fees can be credited to the project. If the documents are received prior to 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 Appeal Process.

For Developer Fee questions please visit us at:
4860 Ruffner Street, Annex 14
San Diego, CA 92111
Or call:
Lori LeMasters
(619) 278-6723