Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Affordable Housing

    • Does the City own or manage affordable housing units?

    • How do I qualify for affordable housing?

    • What affordable housing incentives are available?

    • What is affordable housing?

    • What is inclusionary housing?

  • Building Permits

    • How do I apply for a permit?

    • How long will it take to obtain a building permit?

    • How much will my application cost?

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

    • My property is on the Master or Contributing list of historic resources, what does this mean?

    • What does Architectural Review evaluate?

    • What materials do I need to submit for an exception?

    • What type of approval will I need for my business?

  • Business

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

    • My property is on the Master or Contributing list of historic resources, what does this mean?

    • What is a Use Permit?

    • What type of approval will I need for my business?

  • Code Enforcement

    • How can I dispose of bulk items such as couches, mattresses, televisions, etc?

    • How can I dispose of household hazardous materials such as paint, motor oil, etc?

    • How does City staff become aware of potential code violations?

    • I received a Notice to Correct for violations in my front yard , what does that mean?

    • What are some examples of City codes the City staff enforce?

    • What happens if my property is in violation?

    • What is Code Enforcement?

    • Why does the City enforce violations of Building and Zoning Regulations?

  • Development

    • How can I comment on a project?

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

    • How do I appeal a decision?

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

    • How many bedrooms/units can I have? Aka Density

    • How many parking spaces do I need?

    • How much will my application cost?

    • How tall can I build my fence?

    • How tall can I build my structure?

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

    • My property is on the Master or Contributing list of historic resources, what does this mean?

    • Should I do Pre-Application review?

    • What are current projects in the City?

    • What are my setbacks?

    • What does Architectural Review evaluate?

    • What is a Use Permit?

    • What materials do I need to submit for an exception?

    • Will a traffic impact study be required and if so what is the process?

  • Expanded Polystyrene

    • To whom does the ordinance apply?

    • What are the alternatives to EPS?

    • What are the exemptions?

    • What is Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)?

    • What makes food containers biodegradable, compostable or recyclable?

    • When will the ordinance take effect?

    • Why is EPS now regulated?

  • Flood Control Program

    • How can I get information on creeks in general?

  • Historic Preservation

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

    • My property is on the Master or Contributing list of historic resources, what does this mean?

  • Permit Process

    • How can I comment on a project?

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

    • How do I appeal a decision?

    • How do I apply for a permit?

    • How do I request an exception?

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

    • How long will it take to obtain a building permit?

    • How much will my application cost?

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

    • My property is on the Master or Contributing list of historic resources, what does this mean?

    • Should I do Pre-Application review?

    • What does Architectural Review evaluate?

    • What is a Use Permit?

    • What materials do I need to submit for an exception?

    • What type of approval will I need for my business?