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Last Updated 09/19/21

The city government of Santa Clara has not yet updated it’s local zoning codes to comply with the State ADU mandate so the State Standards apply to the ADU development.


Planning And Development Fees / Permit Fees

DEVELOPMENT FEES


Development Type

Planning Fees

Type

Single-Family

Townhouse

Multi-Family

General Plan Amendment

$7,636

Rezoning

$1,728

$3,280

$4,715

Tentative Parcel Map

$922

n/a

Tentative Subdivision Map

$1,692

n/a

Zoning Administrator Action

$216

$564

Architectural Review

n/a

$974

$974

Public Notification

$180

$180 or $615

$615

Engineering Fees

Parcel Map Checking

$1,754

n/a

Final Map Checking

$1,935

(plus 35 per lot beyond 5 lots)

n/a


Sanitary Sewer

Greater of $300 per unit, $1,124 per lot, or $5,090 per acre

Greater of $300 per unit or $5,090 per acre

Greater of $300 per unit or $5,090 per acre

Conveyance Fee

$1,140 per unit

Connection Fee

$2,700 per unit

Storm Drain

$5,090 per acre

Electric

Various

Street Improvements

$67.80 per front foot

Street Curbing

$20.75 per front foot

Sidewalk Improvements

$7.00 per front foot

Other Fees

Recreation Tax

$15 for first bedroom; $5 for each additional


School Impact Fee

Applicable to ad- ditions over 500 square feet – Varies per district


Varies per district


Varies per district


Santa Clara County and the Bay Area. In some cases, fees for street trees, drainage, and traffic mitigation are also collected. Table 8.12-5-4 provides a breakdown of planning, engineering, and other fees. The Home Builders Association of Northern California (HBANC) has analyzed and published the comparative costs of eight South Bay cities. A summary of these findings—on a per unit basis for single-family and multi-family project examples—is shown in the text box at right for Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and San José. Of the three examples, Sunnyvale reports the lowest fees and Mountain View reports the highest.


TIMELINES FOR PERMIT PROCEDURES


Type of Approval or Permit Typical Processing Time Approval Body

Ministerial Rview

0 to 2 weeks

Staff

Conditional Use Permit

1 and 1/2 to 4 months

Planning Commission

Zone Change

4 to 9 months

City Council

General Plan Amendments

4 to 9 months

City Council

Site Plan Review

2 to 6 weeks

Staff

Architectural/Design Review

2 to 6 weeks

Architectural Committee

Tentative Map (fewer than 5 parcels)

2 to 4 months

City Council

Tentative Map (more than 5 parcels)

3 to 6 months

City Council

Initial Environmental Study

Included in above

Approval Body

Environmental Impact Report

Included in above

Approval Body







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