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Planning Handouts

The documents on this page are updated from time to time without notice.  Please compare any documents you have saved with the currently posted documents to confirm that you are using the most current version.

Our handouts are divided into the following sections:  1) General Handouts, 2) Design Review Handouts, 3) Modification and Performance Standard Permits, 4) Planning Commission and Staff Hearing Officer, 5) Sign Committee Handouts, 6) Tree and Landscaping Information, 7) View Dispute Information, and 8) Ordinance Handouts and Links.  Please click on a preceding link or scroll down to the desired section.


Administrative Review of Minor Exceptions for Fences and Hedges
Appeal Process
Built Green: Built Green Information Brochure, Checklist
Coastal Exclusion Submittal Packet
Coastal Exemption - Temporary Events ONLY Submittal Packet
Coastal Exemption Submittal Packet
Consent to Grant a Fence and Hedge Exception Form
Fees for Planning 7-1-2014 to 6-30-2015
Master Application
Noticing Distance Requirements
On-Site Notice Posting Instructions
Owner/Agent Authorization Form
Parking Lot Repaving-Restriping Submittal Requirements
Planning Division – Other Services
Project Plan Requirements
Project Revision Process
Seasonal Holiday Sales
Slope Calculation Plan Submittal Information
Solar Energy Systems - Awards Application 
Solar Energy Systems - Get Started with Solar Brochure
Solar Energy Systems – Planning Counter Checklist
Solar Energy Systems – References and Resources
Story Pole Certification
Go to “Creeks” for more information on Storm Water Management Program (SWMP).
Tenant Displacement Assistance Ordinance (TDAO) Information
Visual Aid Submittal Packet
Website Information
Zoning Compliance Declaration Instructions
Zoning Enforcement Questions
Zoning Information Report (ZIR) Application
Zoning Information Report (ZIR) Questions

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Architectural Board of Review (ABR), Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) & Single Family Design Board (SFDB)
Note: Also see applicable Design Guidelines

Note: Also see Historic Preservation for information on historic resources
Archaeological and Historic Letter Reports Submittal Cover Sheet
Archaeological and Historic Reports Submittal Cover Sheet
Go to Consultant Lists for more information on Archaeology and Historical Consultants.
Historic Resource Evaluation
Mills Act Q & A
Required Documentation Prior to Demolition

General Design Review
ABR Ordinance – See SBMC 22.68
ABR Plan Substitution Cover Sheet
ABR Resubmittal Cover Sheet
Design Review Final Approval Submittal Checklist
Design Review Submittal Checklists
Design Review Submittal Packet
FAR (Floor to Lot Area Ratio) Calculator - Excel File
Green Building Requirements for SFRs Over 4,000 Sq.Ft.
Hand-Delivered Tenant Notification Instructions
HLC Ordinance – See SBMC 22.22
HLC Plan Substitution Cover Sheet
HLC Resubmittal Cover Sheet
Minor Design Review Projects Submittal Requirements
Project Statistics Forms Instructions for Design Review Projects (4 pages; Use Excel file below for required tables) 
Project Statistics Forms for Design Review Projects (12-9-08) – Excel File
Project Statistics Forms Instructions (Short version for Minor Projects) (4 pages; Use Excel file below for required tables) 
Project Statistics Forms (Short version for Minor Projects) – Excel File
SFDB Ordinance – See SBMC 22.69
SFDB Plan Substitution Cover Sheet
SFDB Resubmittal Cover Sheet
SFDB Supplemental Design Review Submittal Packet
SFDB 20 Closest Lots - Excel File
Single Family Residence Design Guidelines Checklist
Wireless Communication Facility Design Review Submittal Checklist

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Large Family Day Care Home Supplemental Information
Modification and Performance Standard Permit Submittal Packet
Modification and Performance Standard Permit Submittal Process


Coastal Development Permit Submittal Packet
Coastal Development Permit Tenant Notification Instructions
Condominium Conversion Packet – SBMC 28.88
Condominium Conversion Tenant Notification Instructions
DART Informational Packet
DART Submittal Packet
Hazardous Waste and Substances Requirements
Lot Line Adjustment Submittal Requirements
Medical Marijuana Storefront Collective Dispensary Permit Information
Planning Commission & Staff Hearing Officer Submittal Cover Sheet
Pre-Application Review Team Submittal Requirements

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Sign Committee Submittal Packet
Sign Committee Resubmittal Cover Sheet
Sign Ordinance (Excerpt) – SBMC 22.70
Sign Program Informational Handout
Outdoor Vending Machine Submittal Checklist
Outdoor Vending Machine Guidelines
Election Signs Memorandum


Agriculture Submittal Packet
Certified Arborists List
Landscape Compliance Requirements
Landscape Design Standards for Water Conservation
Landscape Plan Requirements
Tree and Landscaping Checklist
Tree and Landscaping Reference Guide
Tree and Landscaping Submittal Sheet
Vegetation Removal Permit - Questions and Submittal Requirements
Go to Water Conservation for more information on Sustainable Landscaping.
Go to Forestry Program for more information on tree regulations.


Arbitrators List
Mediators List
Tree and Views Brochure
View Dispute Resolution Process Brochure
View Dispute Resolution Process Ordinance - See SBMC 22.76

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Air Quality Design Standards for Development Near Highway 101 - See SBMC 22.65
AUD Program Calculator - Excel File
AUD Program - Common Questions

Average Unit-Size Density (AUD) Program Ordinance – See SBMC 28.20
Bed and Breakfast Inns
Building Height Limitations – SBMC 28.04.120
Conditional Use Permits – See SBMC 28.94
Fences, Screens, Walls and Hedges – See SBMC 28.87.170
Fences, Screens, Walls and Hedges Guidelines (Resolution No. 14-052)
Home Occupation Definition – See SBMC 28.04.385
Inclusionary Housing Ordinance - See SBMC 28.43
Landscape Planter Requirements
Non-Conforming Ordinance (Excerpt) – SBMC 28.87.030
Nonresidential Growth Management Program - Common Questions
Nonresidential Growth Management Program Ordinance - See SBMC 28.85
Nonresidential Growth Management Program Resolution
Outdoor Lighting Ordinance - See SBMC 22.75
Parking Ordinance – See SBMC 28.90
Performance Standard Permits – See SBMC 28.93
Residential Condominium Requirements – See SBMC 27.13.60
Secondary Dwelling Units Guidelines - Granny Units
Solar Access Packet
Subdivision Ordinance – See SBMC 27
Tentative Map Requirements – See SBMC 27.07.030
Uses Permitted in the Various Zones
Variable Setbacks
Variances & Modifications - See SBMC 28.92
Zoning Plan Check Basic Compliance Checklist
Single Family Zoning Standards
R-2 Zone (Excerpt) – SBMC 28.18
R-3 and R-4 (Excerpt) – SBMC 28.21

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