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For specific information on how height is measured, please see our Height Calculation Diagram.
Any new single-family residence that results in a FAR of more than 45% will require a Single-Family House Permit application submittal. For more information on the Single Family House Permit and floor area ratio, please visit our Single-Family House Permit page.
Secondary units are not allowed in R-2 Two-Family and R-M Multi-Family Zoning Districts.
Other applicable regulations are described in Section 20.30.200 of the Zoning Ordinance.
For multi-family residential or commercial/industrial properties, fences must not only comply with City regulations but are also subject to design review by the Planning Division as a part of a Development Permit or Permit Adjustment application. For more information, please contact the Planning Division at (408) 535-3555.
A building permit from the Building Division is generally not required for fences six feet or less in height. However, please note that different requirements apply to retaining walls and swimming pool/spa enclosures. For more information, please refer to the Building Division’s Informational Handout on fencing and Swimming Pools and Spas Enclosure Requirements, or contact the Building Division at (408) 535-3555.
Home Occupation Criteria
To ensure that residential neighborhoods are not adversely affected by home occupations, every home occupation must meet the following criteria:
Clients: Only two clients are permitted in the dwelling at one time.
Employees: Only occupants of the dwelling may be employees or unpaid volunteers of the home occupation.
Environment: Obnoxious odors, vibrations, glare, fumes, dust, electrical interference or noise shall not be detectable outside the dwelling or through the vertical or horizontal common walls of an attached dwelling.
Hours: Clients are permitted at the residence only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Vehicles: A maximum of one business vehicle with a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight of less than 10,000 pounds is permitted to be kept, garaged, or stored at the residence.
Signage: Signage must conform to the residential signage requirements set forth in the Municipal Code.
Location: Home occupations, including storage, are permitted in the dwelling unit. They are also permitted in an attached garage, provided that the required number of covered parking spaces is not displaced. In a detached garage or accessory building, only 100 square feet floor area may be devoted to a home occupation, and the required number of covered parking spaces may not be displaced. Home occupations, including storage, are not permitted in carports or the yard areas.
Manufacture: No manufacture or assembly, other than hand-crafted products, is permitted.
Sales: An order may be filled on the premises if it is placed earlier by a customer using telephone, mail order, or through attendance at a sales party. Although not part of a home occupation, twice-yearly special sales may be held at the residence for the purpose of selling hand-produced goods to invited guests. Such sales are allowed provided that (i) no more than two such sales are allowed in any calendar year; (ii) no such sale is conducted for more than four consecutive days; and (iii) such sales are conducted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Certain home businesses are not compatible with a residential neighborhood because of their potential for either hazard or nuisance. The following activities are prohibited as home occupations by the Municipal Code:
Is Payment of the Business License Tax Required for a Home Occupation?
Yes, a signed and completed business tax registration form and tax payment are required by the City Treasury Division. The Treasury Division is located in the Development Services Center (first floor of City Hall), and can be reached at (408) 535-7055.
You may go through Preliminary Review process by submitting a Preliminary Review application at the Planning Counter to receive feedback from planning staff on your proposal.
Be advised that, given the recent economic downturn, the City Council has adopted several ordinances to allow certain additional Development Permit extensions.