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For Information on Public Counter Notices Re: COVID-19 click hereInformation on how to submit Electronic Applications is available here. The new application procedures are effective December 10th 2020. The final date to submit using our old forms is 4:30PM on Monday, December 21st.

Planning Application

Any project that requires discretionary review (design review and development review) must submit a Planning Application. For minor design review projects, see Administrative Design Review below. The property owner must sign either the Planning Application or the Owner Authorization form. Please note that the Master Application is no longer accepted for Planning Applications.

Planning Application Guide
Planning (PLN) Application
Project Plan Submittal Guide
Resubmittal Form
Fees for Planning effective 09-01-2021 - New
Owner Agent Authorization Form
Appeal Process

Administrative Design Review

A number of minor design review projects may be approved by staff without a public hearing. If you meet the criteria for Administrative Design Review and your project requires a building permit, complete the Administrative Design Review Supplemental Application and submit it directly to Building & Safety along with your building permit application.

Administrative Design Review Supplemental Application 
Basic Site Plan Requirements
Design Review Checklist

NEW Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

The City recently updated its ADU Ordinance to comply with recent changes in State law. More information on Accessory Dwelling Units is available here. If you meet the criteria for ministerial approval, you may submit directly to Building & Safety. If your project requires discretionary review (design review and development review), you must submit a Planning Application with the supplemental ADU application below.

Accessory Dwelling Unit Guide (effective December 10, 2020) 
Accessory Dwelling Units Supplemental Application (effective December 10, 2020)

Supplemental Applications

Supplemental applications and checklists collect additional information required for project-specific reviews and processes and are a required component of an application.

Affordable Housing Streamlined Approval
Coastal Zone Review
Condo & Hotel Conversion Permits
Density Bonus (City & State)
Design Review Final Approval Checklist
Floor to Lot Area Ratio (FAR)
FAR (Floor to Lot Area Ratio) Calculator - Excel File
Parking Lot Repaving-Restriping Submittal Requirements
Single Family Residence 20 Closest Lots - Excel File
Small Cell Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way Design Standards and Guidelines
Supportive Housing Streamlined Approval Supplemental Application
Temporary Use Permit
Tenant Displacement Assistance
Visual Aid & Story Poles
Wireless Communications Facility Checklist
Zoning Modifications

Pre-Application Review

Submittal requirements for the various pre-application review services. 

Pre-Application (PRE) Review
Housing Development Project Preliminary Application (SB 330)

Sign Applications

All new signs and outdoor vending machines require a Sign Permit. Complete the Sign Permit (SGN) Application and submit it directly to Planning for review.

Sign Application Guide
Sign Permit (SGN) Application
Resubmittal Form
Start-Up Business Temporary Sign Printers Contact List
Start-Up Business Window Signage Template Examples

City-Qualified Consultant Lists

The following handouts provide information about City-qualified consultants.

Archaeological Consultant List
Barbareño Chumash Archaeological Site Monitors List
Certified Arborists List
Historical Consultants List
Large Format Photographic Consultants
View Dispute Arbitrators List
View Dispute Mediators List

Design Guidelines Checklists

Applicants are encouraged to submit these checklists for Full Board/Commission projects to demonstrate how your project meets the City’s existing discretionary Design Guidelines.

Infill Development Checklist
Outdoor Vending Machines Checklist
Single-Family Development Checklist
Single-Family Hillside Housing
Single-Family Good Neighbor

General Information & Resources

The following handouts provide additional information about specific project types and planning & zoning resources.

Average Unit-size Density Incentive Multi-Unit Housing Program (AUD) Calculator - Excel File
Average Unit-Size Density Incentive Multi-Unit Housing Program (AUD)- Common Questions
Average Unit-size Density Incentive Multi-Unit Housing Program (AUD) Variable Setbacks
Coastal Zone: Building Height Limitations – SBMC 28.04.120
Coastal Zone: Fences and Hedges Administrative Review
Coastal Zone: Fences and Hedges Exception Consent Form
Coastal Zone: Fences and Hedges Guidelines
Coastal Zone: Single Family Zoning Standards
Coastal Zone: Solar Access Packet
Coastal Zone: Uses Permitted in the Various Zones
Coastal Zone: Vacation Rentals
Home Occupation Zoning Affidavit
Mills Act Application
Mills Act Q & A
Remote Public Hearings
Required Documentation Prior to Demolition
Nonresidential Growth Management Program - Common Questions
Nonresidential Growth Management Program Resolution
Zoning Enforcement Questions
Zoning Plan Check Basic Compliance Checklist

Tree & Landscaping Information

Information and submittal requirements for trees and landscaping, vegetation removal, and view dispute issues:

Agriculture Submittal Packet 
Landscape Compliance Requirements
Landscape Design Standards for Water Conservation
Landscape Plan Requirements
Landscape Planter Requirements
Tree and Landscaping Checklist
Tree and Landscaping Reference Guide
Tree and Landscaping Submittal Sheet
Tree and Views Brochure
Vegetation Removal Permit - Questions and Submittal Requirements
View Dispute Resolution Process Brochure

These resources are periodically updated as changes are made to City policies and Municipal Code. Always check the City’s Municipal Code for the most current regulations. Title 28 Zoning Ordinance is effective in the Coastal Zone. Title 30 is effective outside of the Coastal Zone.

Last Updated: Sep 1, 2021
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