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Julie Patel, Home Owner in Cupertino, CA

Like to know actual cost of all permit fees (school, park, inspection, gas, electric, pluming) to build a new home in Cupertino for approx 2900 sqft.

Asked by Julie Patel, Cupertino, CA Wed Jan 23, 2013

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I just finished a new residential construction in Cupertino last year. For the school fees (they call it "Developer Impact Fee"), CUSD charged $1.782 per square foot while FUHSD charged $1.19 per square foot.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 2, 2013
Hi Jerry - do you mind sharing your contractor's info and how much it costs you overall to built your home: permit fees, construction fees, materials, landscape, other, etc?
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Hi Juliana - Thank you so much for sharing your story and stats with me. This really helped us in evaluating our options. You mentioned my costs estimates were on low side but achievable, will you be able to share your contractor's contact. Also, if you can share what you could have done differently and some of the main big things to watch out for or we should be aware, that would be great.

Hi Monica - can you please email me your Contractor's and Architect information if you have it?

Based on what's out there in market right now and pricing, it makes sense to us to built a new home rather than to buy one mainly for the reason that whatever is out there its not what we like for the price and would still end up changing things, but then again we don't want to be under water right away either so we are trying to keep our costs low.

I would appreciate all the suggestions and help and stories people have to share.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 31, 2013
I had a custom home built for me in 2009 and posted a short diary about my experiences building a new home at: http://julianalee.com/diary.htm

I created some statistics to help understand how much a newly built home would sell for over the purchase price of the knock down home. It shows the increased price (per square foot) of newly built homes.
Please see http://julianalee.com/cupertino/new-cupertino-homes.htm

I would say your cost estimates are on the low side but could be achieved. If you are just building it as an investment and intend to sell it, your contractor & architect can make good progress with only a moderate amount of your time. If you intend to build your dream house be prepared to spend a lot of your time.

Many of the permit and inspection fees are based on the value of the work done. You may decide to hire an approved outside plan checker to speed up the process. You may have neighbors object to your plans and have to redraw them or your plans may be approved without issue. Predicting the cost of the permits and inspections can at best be a rough guess at the minimum.

Cupertino has a "Building Permit Fee Estimator" link at
which will download a pdf form for you to fill out.

Juliana Lee, MBA LLB
Cell: 650-857-1000
Top 3 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty

Over 20 years experience
Over 1,000 home sales completed in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties
Web Reference: http://julianalee.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 25, 2013
Hi Julie,

Perhaps permits would be the lowest cost for you. If major electrical work is involved and you have to bring more power from city meter, costs and time factor go up. Best bet for you is to meet with 2-5 different contractors, discuss the plans with them. Each will explain thigs to you in detail, and you will get a better understanding of the process. A simple breakdown:

1. Architect costs
2. Permit
3. Contractor/construction costs
4. Interior upgrades
5. Cost to move out and rent a place to live during construction

Know that it will be a long and involving process, which will test your patience, no matter how good the contractor. I know of a few contractor who have done similar projects in the area, you can interview them. Please let me know if you want their contact info.

Monica Goyal
DRE# 01781926
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 24, 2013
dont trust monica, she is not trustworthy
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Hi Julie,

Call (408-316-0793) me or email me (rpablaza@comcast.net) to set up an appointment. I work with investors / home filppers so I can help with your valuations. I can help you evaluate whether you should sell the home or construct a new one. Both have advantages and can be determined by your financials, the cost to rebuild based on design parameters. The City permits follow the design, size, etc. I will explain the entire process to you.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 24, 2013
Hi - Thank you for all the responses. Yes we already own a home (a fixer upper) and looking to demolish and build a new home. Currently we are evaluation our options to either sell it (since prices have increased quite a bit) or go into construction. I understand besides the finance aspect, there are many other factors that plays in part, but this is strictly based on $$$. We have been told that to build a new home including all permit fees, construction fees, material and labor (ALL) is approx from $200/sqft to $350/sqft. I understand this can be based on quality of materials we pick and etc but I am looking for just a breakdown on 3 main large costs involved: permit fees, construction fees, interior materials (at least this part its in our control). Thanks.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 24, 2013
Hi Julie,

The City of Cupertino Planning Department can give you all that information. Either go or call them. Best is to go so they can explain first hand all the permits and fees associated with building a new home.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
Do you already own the lot? How large is it? Will it have a basement? How many bath rooms and bedrooms? Is it actually in Cupertino? or outside the city limits in the county, just shares the Cupertino zip code?

Stu Carson & Davlyn Giovanetti
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
Hi Julie and thanks for your post.

There is "no way" for you to get an "exact" cost from the City for the various building and mechanical permits. Part of the reason is that the permit pricing is often based on the cost of the actual item being installed, rebuilt, refurbished or upgraded. So, for example, if you're planning to install a $30,000 heating system with duct, then when you apply, the cost will be based on the cost of the heating system. Unless you know ALL the costs involved in building the components of your home, and I would bet strongly that you do not, then you would never know the permit and inspection costs. Keep in mind, too, that fees change, so what they quote you now, will probably not be the same in the summer.

Best to work with your contractor and architect to get a good estimate of the costs involved in permit and inspections. No one will know the exact amount until the time comes to get those items approved by the City.

Grace Morioka
Allison James Estates & Homes
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
I agree with Terri - go to the city and talk to them. You can also check on line at http://www.cupertino.org/index.aspx?page=175
Web Reference: http://talisrealestate.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
I suggest you go directly to the source - Town of Cupertino Building Permits and ask them directly. Or you can contact a general contractor.
Web Reference: http://www.terrivellios.com
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