Zoning Clearance

What is a Zoning Clearance?

The Planning Department's equivalent to a "Plan Check" results in the issuance of a Zoning Clearance. This is a minor administrative approval that confirms the compliance of a proposal with the City's Zoning Ordinance. Matters for which Zoning Clearances are issued include, but are not limited to:

  • Commercial/Industrial Tenant Improvements
  • Small additions to buildings
  • Decks, patios, and balconies
  • Swimming pools, spas, and waterfalls
  • Firepit/BBQ structures and gas lines
  • Accessory Structures

Do I need a Zoning Clearance?

In most cases, a Zoning Clearance will be required prior to the issuance of a Building Permit. The best way to determine whether a Zoning Clearance is required is to contact the Planning Department.

How do I obtain a Zoning Clearance?

To obtain a Zoning Clearance, bring to the Planning Department counter at City Hall:

  • Four (4) copies of plans for work to be done (typically Site plan, Elevations, Floor Plans, and/or Roof plans)
  • $50 application fee (cash or check)
  • Copy of Homeowners Association approval of proposed work (residential projects only)

A Zoning Clearance is NOT an "over the counter" process. Processing time is typically from 1 to 3 days.