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Developer Fees

School Developer Fees

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Effective January 1, 1987, Assembly Bill 2926, Section 53080 to the California Government Code authorizes school districts to levy "School Developer Fees" on new, remodels or additions to residential, commercial and industrial development projects.


The Maintenance and Operations department of the Sequoia Union High School District, collects school developer fees for both the Belmont/Redwood Shores, Las Lomitas, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Ravenswood, Redwood City, San Carlos and Woodside Elementary School Districts and the Sequoia Union High School District. Legislation also provides that "No building permits may be issued until the district's certify that any fees due have been paid."


Fees are calculated based on the total square footage of the project. As of June 19, 2016 the square footage rate for residential projects is $3.48 a square foot and $0.56 a square foot for commercial/industrial projects. (See rate schedule for details)


Every two years, the Sequoia Union High School District will retain legal services in order to conduct a developer fee justification survey for the district. This will determine if there is a need for the district to increase the rate and if so, by what amount.


Resolution No. 1569 was APPROVED, PASSED and ADOPTED by the Governing Board of the Sequoia Union High School District on April 20, 2016.

Instructions and Procedures

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Remember - The law states that no building department may issue a building permit unless the district certifies that all fees have been paid.

For your convenience, you may request a copy of our "Instructions and Procedures" packet from the building department when applying for your building permit.

The "Instructions and Procedures" packet contains detailed information on how to proceed with this process and answer questions or concerns you may have.

If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact our office Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays, at 650.369.1411, ext. 22290 or 22203.
Developer Fees Rate Schedule

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Resolutions & Justification Report

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Elementary School Districts

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  • Belmont-Redwood Shores
    2960 Hallmark Dr., Belmont 94002-2943 650.637.4800 Fax - 650.637.4811
  • Las Lomitas
    1011 Altschul Ave., Menlo Park 94025-6706 650.854.2880 Fax 650.854.0882
  • Menlo Park
    181 Encinal Ave., Atherton 94027-3102 650.321.7140 Fax 650.321.7184
  • Portola Valley
    4575 Alpine Rd., Portola Valley 94028-8040 650.851.1777 Fax 650.851.3700
  • Ravenswood
    2120 Euclid Ave. East Palo Alto 94303-1703 650.329.2800 Fax 650.323.1072
  • Redwood City
    750 Bradford St., Redwood City 94063-1727 650.423.2200 Fax 650.423.2294
  • San Carlos
    826 Chestnut St., San Carlos 94070-3802 650.508.7333 Fax 650.508.7340
  • Woodside
    3195 Woodside Rd., Woodside 94062-2598 650.851.1571 Fax 650.851.5577