Unused Site Program

The Unused Site Program requires that districts and county superintendents of schools pay a fee for properties that are not used for school purposes after specific time periods.

The Unused Site Program became law in 1974. The provisions of this program are governed by Education Code (EC) Sections 17219 through 17224. In addition, the State Allocation Board (SAB) has adopted regulations set forth in Title 2, Subgroup 10, California Code of Regulations, commencing with Section 1864.1 through 1864.10, which affect the administration of this program. 

Unused Site Program Handbook (PDF)

See all Unused Site Program forms (link).


For purposes of EC Section 17219 et. seq., a site is considered “unused” unless it meets at least one of the following exclusions:

  • The site is currently used for the specific purposes for which it was acquired. This means use as an active K–12 school. A district may substitute a site acquired for use at one grade level for use at another grade level.
  • The site is currently used to house students for any California Department of Education program (including Adult Education) authorized by the Legislature, and operated by public school districts for which the district is receiving State School Fund apportionments.
  • The site is currently used to house Special Education students.
  • The site is currently used for district administration purposes including such support services as warehousing and maintenance facilities.
  • The site is currently used for preschool or child care centers when operated by or under contract with a public school district or a county superintendent of schools.
  • The site is currently used for a community college if attendance is allowed for high school students in the eleventh or twelfth grade.


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