Development Impact Fees & Planning Application Processing Fees

Development Impact Fees

On February 26, 2019, the City Council adopted San Bruno Municipal Code Chapter 12.260 Development Impact Fees that imposes fees upon development projects to fully or partially offset the costs of public facilities and infrastructure that is needed to serve new demand created by development projects. The related Resolution Number 2019-20 setting the fees and calculation methodology was approved by the City Council on February 12, 2019. The fees will be imposed upon the developer of each development project in the city as requirement that must be met prior to building permit issuance. These fees were effective on May 1, 2019.

The City of San Bruno prepared the San Bruno Development Impact Fee Nexus Study designed to provide the City of San Bruno with the necessary technical documentation in order to adopt a comprehensive Development Impact Fee (DIF) program. As discussed in the nexus study, development impact fees are one-time charges on new development projects that are collected and used by jurisdictions to cover the cost of capital facilities and infrastructure needed to serve the new residential and development growth. Impact fees are regulated by Assembly Bill (AB) 1600 (Government Code Section 66000 et seq.). The purpose of the nexus study is to determine the maximum allowable fees that the City can charge for facilities and infrastructure consistent with the legal requirements of AB 1600. Fees collected under AB 1600 are to be collected for capital facility and infrastructure improvements only, used to fund facility needs created by new development rather than existing deficiencies, and the fees are to be based on a rational nexus between new development and the costs of the capital facilities and infrastructure needed to accommodate such development.

Development Impact FeesThe following Development Impact Fees apply to all new development in the City.

Impact Fees are different from and apply in addition to, planning entitlement and building permit application fees, which are used to cover the cost of the City's review of a given proposal. Impact fees are calculated by the Planning Division and are collected by the Building Division upon permit issuance.

In adopting the Development Impact Fee, the City repealed Section 12.44.140 of Title 12 of the City of San Bruno Municipal Code in its entirety. This section commonly known as the "Quimby Fee" requirement, is a parkland dedication requirement that was applicable only to certain land subdivisions and not multi-family rental projects which also created parkland demand but were not assessed a fee since there was no subdivision of land. The new Community Facilities development impact fee has a more streamlined calculation methodology and will fund parkland acquisitions necessary to serve all new development going forward.

All fees and detailed calculation methodology is included in the current City Council Resolution Number 2019-20 setting the Fees. View the Resolution NO. 2019-20 (PDF)

San Bruno Municipal Code Chapter 12.260 Development Impact Fees is available in the City's online Municipal Code. View the Municipal Code Chapter 12.260 Development Impact Fees.

Master Fee Schedule

The Master Fee Schedule (available here on the Finance Department page) lists fees for City services including planning and building review of private development projects. This schedule is updated every year and submitted to the City Council with the annual budget for approval. If you are applying for a building or planning permit, you should consult with the Building Division or Planning Division to determine the required fees for your project.

  • Building Fees
    • Building Fees Handout
    • These include fees for building permits, electrical permits, mechanical permits, plumbing permits, other inspections and fees, miscellaneous fees related to building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing regulations.
  • Planning Fees
  • Other Development Fees: Private development projects may include fees required by other departments including Fire Department, Public Services Department, Wastewater Services, and Water Services.

A development project may also require payment of fees to outside agencies, such as school district fees.