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Developer Fees

Background:

In 1986, the California Legislature authorized school districts to levy school impact or developer fees on residential and commercial/industrial development for the purpose of funding the construction or reconstruction of school facilities.  The basis of the school facilities legislation is the relationship between new development, and the impact on school districts to provide adequate school facilities for the student population new development generates.  The authority for the District's assessment of developer fees is set forth in Education Code Section 17620.

Current Fees:

Residential** $4.08 per square foot
Residential (Senior Housing) $0.66 per square foot
Commercial/Industrial

$0.66 per square foot

 **Construction of new “residential units” (single-family detached, single-family attached, manufactured homes and mobile-homes, condominiums, multi-family housing, including apartments, residential hotels and ADU’s) and additions or remodels of existing residential units resulting in an “increase of assessable space” equal to or greater than a net of 500 square feet.

Exemptions:

  • Residential construction <500 sq. ft.
  • Development used exclusively for religious purposes, private schools, or government owned/occupied property.

Developer Fees may be paid in person or by mail:

1.   Please email Certificate of Compliance/Project Information Sheet to:
2.   You will receive a reply email with your fee calculation. Please send check/money order payable to Vista Unified School District or VUSD, include a phone number, email address and project address. Mail all payments to:
Vista Unified School District
Business Services Dept.
1234 Arcadia Ave
Vista, CA 92084

3.   Once payment is received by VUSD we will sign and email the Certificate of Compliance/Project Information Sheet to the email address provided.

Contact Us:

Fee Collection Hours: 8:00 - 4:00 PM
Phone Number: 760-726-2170 ext. 92300
Developer Fees may be paid in person at:
Vista Unified School District
Business Services Department
1234 Arcadia Ave
Vista, CA 92084