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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.

New Title 30 Adopted by Council, July 25, 2017 - Click Here
Effective Date: October 1, 2017 (outside of the Coastal Zone)
(See Adopting Ordinance No. 5798 for amendments
to other Chapters of the Municipal Code) 
Updated handouts will be posted as they are made available... 

Existing Title 28 will remain effective in the Coastal Zone. 
(Applicability of Title 30 within the Coastal Zone will follow certification by the California Coastal Commission,
tentatively expected in late 2018/early 2019.)

Important Notice for New and Pending ProjectsClick here


Administrative Review of Minor Exceptions for Fences and Hedges
Appeal Process - updated 09-30-2017
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 effective 2019-08-18 - updated 08-16-2019
Master Application
Minor Zoning Exceptions Submittal Requirements
Noticing & Posting Affidavit
Electronic Submittal Affidavit - NEW 
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 - Inside Coastal Zone - updated 05-18-2018
Tenant Displacement Assistance Ordinance (TDAO) Information - Outside Coastal Zone - updated 05-18-2018
Vacation Rentals
Visual Aid Submittal Packet
Website Information
Zoning Compliance Declaration Instructions
Zoning Enforcement 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 Checklist (Excerpt from Submittal Packet)
Design Review Submittal Packet
Design Review Submittal Quick Reference Guide
Design Review Triggers
 (Excerpt from Submittal Packet)
FAR (Floor to Lot Area Ratio) Calculator - Excel File - updated 05-18-2018
Hand-Delivered Tenant Notification Instructions
HLC Ordinance – See SBMC 22.22
HLC Plan Substitution Cover Sheet
HLC Resubmittal Cover Sheet
Infill Projects - Supplemental Information
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 – Excel File
SFDB Ordinance – See SBMC 22.69
SFDB Plan Substitution Cover Sheet
SFDB Resubmittal Cover Sheet
SFR Supplemental Design Review Submittal Packet - updated 04-03-2019
SFR 20 Closest Lots - Excel File
Single Family Residence Design Guidelines Worksheet
Wireless Communication Facility Design Review Submittal Checklist
Design Standards and Guidelines for Small Cell Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way - updated 04-15-2019

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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 - updated 02-07-2018


Coastal Development Permit Application - updated 01-08-2018
Condominium & Hotel Conversion Packet – SBMC 28.88
DART Informational Packet
DART Submittal Packet - updated 01-08-2018
Hazardous Waste and Substances Requirements
Lot Line Adjustment Submittal Requirements
Planning Commission & Staff Hearing Officer Submittal Cover Sheet
Pre-Application Review Team Submittal Requirements - updated 04-20-2018

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Sign Committee Submittal Packet - updated 04-03-2019
Sign Committee Resubmittal Cover Sheet
Sign Ordinance (Excerpt) – SBMC 22.70 - updated 04-03-2019
Sign Review Guidelines
Sign Program Informational Handout
Outdoor Vending Machine Submittal Checklist
Outdoor Vending Machine Guidelines


Window Signage Template
Window Signage Examples
Contact Approved Printers


Agriculture Submittal Packet - updated 01-08-2018
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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Accessory Dwelling Units Common Questions - updated 06-22-2018
Accessory Dwelling Units Submittal Requirements - (Inside Coastal Zone and for building permit applications submitted prior to June 14, 2018) - updated 05-31-2018
Accessory Dwelling Units (and JADUs) Submittal Requirements - (Outside Coastal Zone and for building permit applications submitted on or after June 14, 2018) - updated 05-31-2018
    Please refer to "Accessory Dwelling Units" under "Major Planning Efforts" for additional information
Air Quality Design Standards for Development Near Highway 101 - See SBMC 22.65
AUD Program Calculator - Excel File - updated 02-07-2018
AUD Program - Common Questions - updated 09-30-2017
AUD Variable Setbacks
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
Home Occupation Zoning Affidavit - updated 11-19-2018
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
Solar Access Packet
Subdivision Ordinance – See SBMC 27
Tentative Map Requirements – See SBMC 27.07.030
Uses Permitted in the Various Zones
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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Last Updated: Sep 26, 2019
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