State law allows school districts to levy fees on new construction and construction resulting in an increase of assessable space over 500 square feet for the purpose of providing school facilities.
Current Level 1 Fees Effective June 20, 2022:
$4.79 per square foot of assessable space for new residential construction (including additions) within the District boundary;
$0.78 per square foot for the retail and services, office, research and development, industrial/warehouse/manufacturing, hospitals and hotel/motel, commercial/industrial development categories within the District boundary; and
$0.056 per square foot for the storage commercial/development category within the District boundary.
Paying the Fee
State law prohibits a city or county from issuing a building permit unless the local school district has certified that the application is in compliance with its Developer Fee Program. Following is the procedure for obtaining this certification:
Applicant submits plans to the city or county for review and receives a School Facilities Fees Determination form signed and dated by the plan checker showing the square footage and valuation.
Applicant brings the original School Facilities Fees Determination form and a cashier's check payable to Irvine Unified School District for the calculated fee to:
Irvine Unified School District
Facilities Planning and Construction Office
Irvine, CA 92620
Facilities Planning - Tracy Franks
M-F 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (closed holidays and winter break)
The fee is paid to Irvine Unified School District and the applicant is issued the required Certificate of Compliance. Applicant will submit the Certificate to the City or County to obtain the building permit.
- School Facilities Fees Information Sheet (provided by the City of Irvine)
- Commercial/Industrial Development School Fee Justification Study (March 2, 2022)