How to pay developer fees

If your construction project contains an addition of five hundred (500) square feet or more of habitable area, your project will be assessed with School Impact Fees per the City of Mountain View's Government Code.

Developers will be required to visit the MVWSD District Office (750A San Pierre Way, Mountain View) to pay fees. Payment is required before the City will issue your building permit.

You will be provided the required forms to pay these fees from the City of Mountain View's Building Division when your project has been approved and is ready to issue.  

Fee structure: The Governing Board of the Mountain View Whisman School District approved at its April 7, 2016 meeting an increase in development fees. These fees are established by the District and are assessed against residential construction and reconstruction at $2.32 per square foot and against new commercial or industrial construction at $0.37 per square foot. The proposed fees are authorized by Education Code Section 17620 and Government Code Section 65995. 

History and background

The initial maximum fee that can be levied is adjusted every two years by the statewide index for Class B construction set by the State Allocation Board (“SAB”). On February 24, 2016, the SAB increased the school fee to $3.48 (“Level I Fee”) per square foot of assessable space for residential construction and $0.56 per square foot of covered and enclosed space for commercial and industrial construction. This fee is shared by Mountain View Whisman School District and the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District.

Why fees? In order to determine if the District is eligible to collect the fee, an enrollment projection must be completed, in addition to an analysis of the District’s current capacity to house students. This justification study reflects that the District is currently over its capacity (5,083 students) and enrollments are projected to remain over capacity through the projection period.

In September 1986, the Governor signed into law Assembly Bill 2926 (Chapter 887/Statutes 1986) which granted school district governing boards the authority to impose developer fees. This authority is codified in Education Code Section 17620 (formerly Government Code Section 53080), which states in part “…the governing board of any school district is authorized to levy a fee, charge, dedication or other form of requirement against any development project for the construction or reconstruction of school facilities.”