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?
You can find out what zoning district your property is in by utilizing
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
NOTE: Incomplete applications and/or needing an
Environmental Impact Report can greatly add to the amount of time to get
Q: What is my
A: Use the
Parcel Map to find your zoning @
Q: What is 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?
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?
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 @
Q: I want to
build a small shed and a fence. Do I need a permit?
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
Q: How long will
it take for my project to be approved?
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.