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Developer Fees

Government Code Section 65995 and California Education Code Section 17620 allows school districts to levy fees on residential and 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 (“Developer Fees”) every two (even) years at its January meeting.  

Developer Fee Rates will Increase Effective June 17, 2024
New Developer Fee Rates – Board Approved April 17, 2024

Residential Construction: $5.17/square foot
Commercial/Industrial Construction: $0.84/square foot
Hotel/Motel Construction: $0.84/square foot
Rental Self-Storage Construction: $0.16/square foot

School Facilities Fee Justification Study 2024

Resolution No. 23-2324

CUSD Fee Studies Public Hearing



Effective June 13, 2022

Residential Construction: $4.79/square foot

Commercial/Industrial Construction: $0.78 square foot

Hotel/Motel Construction: $0.78 square foot

Rental Self-Storage Construction: $0.05



School fees are determined based on the square footage of all new construction and additions on residential and commercial property falling within the Carlsbad Unified School District boundaries.  Any new additions or construction less than 500 square feet is not subject to a fee; however a Certificate of Compliance (B-34 form) is required.

Fees may be paid by cash or check at the Carlsbad Unified School District Office, 6225 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA.  Please make checks payable to Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD).  The District Office Summer Hours are Monday - Thursday 7:30 - 12:30 and 2:00 - 4:30 excluding District holidays. 

For additional questions or concerns:  (760) 331-5000

For questions regarding Mello-Roos:  (866) 807-6864 Willdan Financial Hotline

*Fees are subject to change.