A building permit and the associated fees are required for almost all construction related work. Below are some online tools to assist contractors, developers and the general public with estimating their own building permit fees for potential projects. Other fees associated with the permit such as Zoning, Sewer Connection, and other Impact fees are not included in the fee estimates. Information and available Nexus studies regarding these fees are available below the Estimates section of this page.
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Plan Check, Inspection and Administration Fees
Building permit fees are based on a formula that utilizes valuation as the primary input. Valuation is defined as the total cost of materials and labor to build the project. All sub−permits (plumbing, mechanical and electrical) are included in the fees for new construction and alterations. Along with the basic fees for plan check and inspection services, there are also a series of administrative fees added to all permits.
Fire Department and HazMat Fees
Many projects require a review by the Fire department based on their location in the City, type of chemicals stored or used in the facility and type of use. There will also be fees for sprinklers and alarms that will be processed as separate permits through the Fire Prevention Office.
Improvement Plan Review Fees
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Grading Permit Fees
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Park Impact Fee
Under Chapter 10, Article 16 of the Hayward Municipal Code, new residential development, residential bedroom additions to homes built after February 19, 2020, new industrial development, and industrial additions are subject to this one−time impact fee. For residential development and additions, fees are calculated by bedroom count. For industrial development and additions, fees are calculated based on gross floor area. Fees are updated annually and published in the City’s Master Fee Schedule. Projects will be subject to the park impact fees that are in effect at the time of building permit issuance.
Some types of residential projects are exempt from park impact fees, including publicly owned senior housing, nursing homes, and 100% affordable projects developed by a non-profit. Other residential projects and units qualify for a 50% reduction in fees, including 100% affordable projects developed by for-profit developers and on-site affordable units that meet the requirements of the Affordable Housing Ordinance. Additionally, credits toward a project’s park fee obligations may be allowed for on-site publicly accessible park space and/or parkland dedication. See Chapter 10, Article 16 of the Hayward Municipal Code and/or the park fee calculation worksheet for more information about fee calculations, exemptions, fee reductions, and credits.
Water and Sewer Impact Fees
New single−family homes, new commercial buildings and modifications to existing buildings may require new utility connections and/or modifications to existing water or sewer services.
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School District Impact Fees
The Hayward Unified School District charges for new square footage of habitable space. These fees are not collected by the City of Hayward but are paid directly to HUSD.
Transportation Impact Fees
The City of Hayward is currently working on developing a Transportation Impact Fee Program which is anticipated to be submitted to City Council for consideration in the Summer of 2020.
The objective is to ensure that adequate transportation facilities will be available to meet the projected needs of the City of Hayward as it grows.
Transportation impact fees are one-time fees typically paid prior to the issuance of a building permit and imposed on development projects by local agencies responsible for regulating land use (cities and counties). To guide the widespread imposition of public facilities fees, the State Legislature adopted the Mitigation Fee Act (the Act) with Assembly Bill 1600 in 1987 and subsequent amendments.
New development within the city will create an additional burden on the existing street system. All types of development require and use the multimodal transportation system. There are not adequate public funds available to provide all multimodal improvements required to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the community.
it is necessary that new development pay a fee representing a fair and equitable share of improvement costs. The transportation impact fee is based upon the evidence that new development generates additional residents, employees, and structures which, in turn, place an additional cumulative burden upon the local transportation system and should be expected to pay a share of the new infrastructure improvements.
The purpose of this fee is to help provide adequate transportation-related improvements to serve cumulative development within the city. The transportation improvements for which the fee will be used are identified in the city's capital improvement program (CIP) and/or in the cost recently approved transportation impact fee nexus study.
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Affordable Housing Impact Fee
Under the Affordable Housing Ordinance, residential development projects that comprise of two or more dwelling units, that are not providing the minimum number of required affordable housing units, are subject to pay a one-time affordable housing in-lieu fee. The fee is calculated by multiplying the project’s total habitable square footage by the fee rate applicable to the project.
- High-Density Condominiums (35 units per acre or more): $15.12
- All other Dwellings Unit Types: $18.33
Payment of the fee after the issuance of permits but before the issuance of certification of occupancy increases the fee by 10%. Projects that are 9 units or less pay a reduced rate.
- BUILDING CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENT TAX (HMC Ch. 8, Article 8): Each dwelling unit is subject to this one−time tax. For single−family dwelling with < 1,500 square feet of habitable area: $600. For single−family dwelling with > 1,500 square feet of habitable area: $750. For multi−family dwellings with < 800 square feet of habitable space: $300. For multi−family dwelling units with > 800 square feet of habitable space: $450.
- SUPPLEMENTAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION & IMPROVEMENT TAX (HMC Ch. 8, Article 15): New single-family homes are subject to a one-time tax of $1,200 per unit. New multi-family buildings are subject to a tax of $960 per unit. New commercial space is charged a one−time tax per square foot of $1.44 for warehouse, $3.96 for retail and $3.00 for office. If an existing building is demolished on the same site, a credit will be applied to the new building based on the same rates applied to the square footage of the previous use.