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Developer Fees

Study, Resolution & Fees:

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, pursuant to Government Code 65995. Developer fee rates are reevaluated through the Developer Fee Study process. The results of these studies dictate the rates levied by the district. You can find our current Developer Fee Study and Board Resolution of Developer Fees in the links below.

Developer Fee Study 2018

Board Resolution of Developer Fees


The current Developer Fee rates are in the table below. In order to pay your fees please bring a Certificate of Compliance Form issued by the City of Solvang, Building Department and a cashiers check payable to Solvang School District for the amount of the proposed square footage multiplied by the applicable fee rate to the Business Office. Our office is open from 8:30-4:00 for the collection of these fees, Monday thru Friday.

For questions about developer's fees please contact Sandra Tomasini at 805-688-4810 x 4456 or

Current Developer Fees:

Residential Single Family  $2.090 Sq. Ft.
Residential Multiple Family $2.620 Sq. Ft.
Residential Senior $0.422 Sq. Ft.
Commercial Industrial $0.422 Sq. Ft.
Commercial Self Storage $0.029 Sq. Ft.


Annual Accounting of Developer Fees:

Article 66001 and 66006 of the California Government Code requires that within 180 days of the close of each fiscal year, school districts that collect statutory school facilities fees/developer fees, make the following information available to the public:

  • a brief description of the type of fee
  • the amount of the fee
  • the beginning and ending Developer Fee balances from the prior fiscal year
  • the fees, interest and other income
  • the amount of expenditures made during the year

The Developer Fee transactions are accounted for in a separate fund known as the Capital Facilities Fund (Fund 25). The annual accounting must be reviewed by the governing board at a regularly scheduled meeting, at least 15 days after the accounting was made available to the public. Expenditures in the Capital Facilities Fund are restricted to the purposes specified in Government Code sections 65970-65981 or to the items specified in agreements with the developer (Government Code sections 66006).

Below is a link for the current annual accounting of Fund 25 Capital Facilities Fund.

2017-2018 Annual Accounting of Capital Facilities Fund 25 


Five Year Accounting of Developer Fees:

Government Code sections 66001(d) requires the District to make a five-year accounting recap of the Capital Facilities Fund 25 and make available to the public 15 days prior to the regularly scheduled board meeting. The Five-year accounting recap reflects all developer fees received, other financing sources and interest earned on the fund by year over the past five years. Also, details all expenditures incurred and a summary by project over the past five years.

Five Year Accounting of Capital Facilities Fund 25 from 2011-2012 through 2015-2016