Small-sized home projects are often subject to Design Review Exemption. The determination and approval process usually takes 1-2 Days.
Small-sized home projects are typically characterized as:
Most replacement and repairs including roofing, windows, and siding.
Minor exterior color or material changes including paint, roof, and siding material when consistent with the provisions of chapter 20.04.140.
Landscape changes or additions that are not part of a larger project subject to Design Review. Includes adding trees not larger than 12’ at maturity, removal of non-significant trees (with an Arborist report) and other changes to landscaping generally not visible to the public.
Renewable energy systems including installation of photovoltaic and battery backup systems.
Minor changes to previously approved plans which do not alter the intent of the plan.
If you think your project qualifies for Design ReviewExemption, complete the Design Review Exemption Application and submit it with applicable supporting documents to the Planning & Building Department. A staff member will make the final determination.
Large-sized home projects require Planning Commission Design Review. The approval process usually takes about 90 days. However, this can take longer depending on the complexity of the project and the impact it will have on the neighborhood.
Large home projects are typically characterized as:
Location and Design of all significant remodels and new structures.
Construction or installation of new fences, retaining walls, walkways, sidewalks, patios, decks, fountains, ponds, swimming pools, garbage or trash enclosures, and sport courts.
Landscape changes or additions when a visually significant portion of a lot is affected. Including the addition of trees exceeding a height of 12 feet at maturity.
Parking and loading areas, carports, garages and driveways.