Model Agreements: Joint Use in California

Model Agreements: Joint Use in California

A joint use agreement (JUA) is a formal agreement between two separate government entities–often a school and a city or county–setting forth the terms and conditions for shared use of public property or facilities. Just as there is no one model JUA, there is no single method to develop an agreement. Successful JUAs require a lot of thought, effort, and cooperation to reach agreement on a range of issues.

ChangeLab Solutions (formerly Public Health Law & Policy (PHLP)) has developed a series of Model Agreements for Joint Use in California. You can download all four agreements below.

  • Joint Use Agreement 1: Opening Outdoor School Facilities for Use During Non-School Hours (for California) is the simplest of the model joint use agreements. It is an agreement in which the community can use designated school district outdoor recreation facilities.
  • Joint Use Agreement 2: Opening Indoor and Outdoor School Facilities for Use During Non-School Hours (for California) is a model agreement in which the community can use designated school district indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. 
  • Joint Use Agreement 3: Opening School Facilities for Use During Non-School Hours & Authorizing Third Parties to Operate Programs (for California) is a model agreement in which the community can use designated school district indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, and it also allows for third parties, such as youth organizations or youth sports leagues, to operate recreation programs using school facilities. 
  • Joint Use Agreement 4: Joint Use of District and City Recreation Facilities (for California) is a model agreement in which the school district and local government agree to open all or designated recreational facilities to each other for community and school use. It also allows for third parties, such as youth organizations or youth sports leagues, to operate recreation programs using school facilities.

You can also download national versions of the Model Joint Use Agreements.