Zoning Clearance

A ZONING CLEARANCE IS NOT AN "OVER THE COUNTER" PROCESS. Typical processing time ranges from APPROXIMATELY 7 TO 10 DAYS.

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 during covid-19 crisis?

To obtain a Zoning Clearance, follow the steps below:

  • Digital plans for work to be done (typically Site plan, Elevations, Floor Plans, and/or Roof plans) should be emailed to Megan Sinkula.
  • Copy of Homeowners Association approval of proposed work (residential projects only) should be included in the email to Megan Sinkula.
  • $50 application fee (check only) should be mailed to City Hall (31200 Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91361) with a clear note as to what the project address is. 
  • Please note the time frame for this process typically ranges between 7 to 10 business days from receipt of a completed application package. Incomplete applications will result in longer processing times.  

CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION

Any demolition of existing structures or portions there of, and new development that may generate solid waste is required to fill out Construction and Demolition Form 1 prior to commencing the project, and Form 2 within 45 days of project completion.
Construction and Demolition Form 1
Construction and Demolition Form 2