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 (1400 Montecito Ave., 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.  

The District Office is open but due to Covid-19 we encourage conducting business remotely.  During this time please follow the below process to pay developer fees.

Copies of developer fee forms, and all accompanying documentation, such as demolition information sheets, can be scanned and emailed to Marina Romano at

We will confirm that the address is within MVWSD's boundaries.

We will email the requester the total amount due to MVWSD per the documentation provided by the City of Mountain View.

The requester will then mail the original developer fee form to MVWSD for signature with the check payment enclosed.

Once MVWSD receives the form and payment, the form will completed, signed, and mailed back to the requester.  

During this time please allow extra time for processing due to our mail forwarding system. 

Fee structure: On May 21, 2020 the Mountain View Whisman School District Board of Trustees voted to approve increase the Developer Fees. These fees are established by the District and are assessed against residential construction and reconstruction at $2.72 per square foot and against new commercial or industrial construction at $0.44 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”). In January 2020, the State Allocation Board’s biennial inflation adjustment changed the fee to $4.08 per square foot for residential construction and $0.66 per square foot for commercial/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.”

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