2019-2020 Updates

The latest updates to your Handbook are complete and may be obtained by ordering a copy through our Client Services department.

Fulfillment Options

The 2019-2020 updates will be provided for a fee of $25. If your Handbook is not up-to-date, a comprehensive update of all content pages (including the 2019-2020 updates) will be provided for a fee of $65. Order these updates by clicking the request form tab on the right hand side of this page.

If you prefer a replacement or additional copy of the Handbook that includes the 2020 updates, either are available for a fee of $75 and can be ordered here.

Please complete the form to submit a request to purchase the 2019-2020 Developer Fee Handbook Updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail us at: clientservices@lozanosmith.com.

Sample Updates Included in this Release:

The most significant change is that the State Allocation Board has authorized its every-even-year Level 1 fee increase on January 22, 2020. The new fee is $4.08 per square foot of residential development and $0.66 per square foot of commercial development. School districts must take certain actions, as set forth in Section 2 of the Handbook, in order to implement the fee increase. The remaining 2019-20 revisions to the Handbook generally reflect legislative changes, recent case law, and minor clean-up items and clarifications.

In order to increase the Level 1 fee, school districts may need to update their justification studies. As part of the prior update to the Handbook, we mentioned that we had seen an uptick in development throughout the state, as well as in challenges and threatened challenges to developer fees. As a result of that trend, in 2018-19, there have been several court decisions related to the imposition of developer fees.

The 2019-2020 Handbook updates provide detailed information regarding the developments referenced above, and more. For more information about the Handbook or developer fees generally, please feel free to contact any of the attorneys in our Facilities and Business Practice Group. We are glad to provide continued service to you through our regular supplementation of the Developer Fee Handbook. We also welcome your feedback and suggestions.