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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I apply for a permit?

A: See Application Review Procedures page.

 

Q: How can I find out what zone my property is in?

A: You can find out what zoning district your property is in by utilizing the
    City's Interactive Maps.

 

Q:  How long will it take for my project to be approved?

A:  Many factors, such as the location or size of the project, can influence the amount of time it will take for your project to get reviewed by staff and taken to hearing for approval. 

Once you have identified the type of approval you will need for your project refer to the below flowcharts to anticipate how long it should take to reach certain milestones in the project approval process.

NOTE:  Incomplete applications and/or needing an Environmental Impact Report can greatly add to the amount of time to get approvals.

 

Q:  What is my zoning?

A:  Use the Parcel Map to find your zoning @ http://www.slocity.org/finance/gis/gis.asp

 

Q:  What is a Use Permit?

A:  Use permits allow flexibility in providing for, regulating, or preventing various uses, so they will be compatible with existing or desired conditions in their neighborhoods.  Conditions of approval can be applied to projects to help reduce or avoid their negative impacts.

 

Q:  What does Architectural Review evaluate?

A:  Architectural review evaluates the suitability and appropriateness of individual project design and to help achieve attractive and environmentally sensitive development.  Review the City’s Design Guidelines to learn more (http://www.slocity.org/communitydevelopment/docsandforms/adcodesdocs.asp).

 

Q:  I want to build an accessory building on my property?  What is the process?  What can I build?

A:  This depends to the scope of the project and how existing buildings and lots are configured.  Check your zoning, look at the Zoning Regulations, and then contact the Planning Department if you still have questions.

 

Q:  How do I appeal a decision?

A:  Refer to the appeals section of the Development Review Process brochure to find whom you would appeal to.  You will have to turn in an appeals form and pay a fee.  The appeals form can be found online @ http://www.slocity.org/communitydevelopment/docsandforms/Appeal%20Form2013.pdf

 

Q:  I want to build a small shed and a fence.  Do I need a permit?

A:  Contact the building department or visit the building department website to learn more about building permits (http://www.slocity.org/communitydevelopment/buildingsafety.asp).

To see a calendar of hearings visit the Advisory Bodies webpage @  http://www.slocity.org/communitydevelopment/advisory.asp

 

Q:  What type of approval will I need for my project?

A:  The first step would be to identify the zoning for your project.  With this information, take a look at the City’s Zoning Regulations (http://www.slocity.org/communitydevelopment/docsandforms/adcodesdocs.asp) The Zoning Regulations contain what uses will be allowed in each zoning district. This will guide you to what type of approval you will need for your project. For further clarification, contact the Planning Department. 

 

Q:  How long will it take for my project to be approved?

A:  Many factors, such as the location or size of the project, can influence the amount of time it will take for your project to get reviewed by staff and taken to hearing for approval. Please visit the Development Review website to view cycle-times for different application types

 

Q:  How can I comment on a project? 

A:  Attend the hearing to participate in public comment.  Be concise, do research, and summarize your concerns.

 

 

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