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COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO
2007 DEVELOPMENT CODE

Prepared for:
County of San Bernardino
Land Use Services Division
385 North Arrowhead Avenue, 1st Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0182

Adopted March 13, 2007
Effective April 12, 2007
Amended September 23, 2016

Acknowledgements
The following individuals contributed to preparation of the
San Bernardino County General Plan
Board of Supervisors
Brad Mitzelfelt, First District Supervisor
Paul Biane, Second District Supervisor, Chairman
Dennis Hansberger, Third District Supervisor
Gary Ovitt, Fourth District Supervisor, Vice Chairman
Josie Gonzales, Fifth District Supervisor
Planning Commission
Ken Anderson, First District
Michael Cramer, Second District
Bill Collazo, Third District
Mark Dowling, Fourth District, Vice Chairman
Audrey Mathews, Fifth District, Chair
General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC)
Mark Bulot, Redlands
Ted Dutton, Lake Arrowhead
Scott Frier, Helendale
Matt Jordan, Redlands
Michael Kreeger, Chino Hills
Jornal K. Miller, Muscoy
Ken Morrison, Yucca Valley
Kathy Murphy, Fawnskin
Mark Nuaimi, Fontana
Marvin Shaw, Lake Arrowhead
Doug Shumway, Apple Valley
Jean Stanton, Bloomington
Eric Swanson, Hesperia
County Staff
Julie Rynerson Rock, AICP, Director, Land Use Services Department
Randy Scott, AICP, Deputy Director, Advance Planning
Jim Squire, AICP, Supervising Planner
Carrie Hyke, AICP, Supervising Planner
Dave Prusch, AICP, Senior Associate Planner
Ron Matyas, Senior Associate Planner
Matt Slowik, REHS, Senior Associate Planner

Consultants to the County
URS Corporation
Frank Wein, DPDS, FAICP, Project Director
Jeff Rice, AICP, Assistant Project Manager
Dennis Papillion, Principal in Charge
Brian Smith, AICP, Environmental Manager
Kavita Mehta, AICP, Urban and Environmental Planner
Bob Rusby, AICP, Senior Planner
Cynthia Gabaldon, Senior Engineer
Darryl Taylor, Environmental Planner
Christopher Chavez, Urban and Environmental Planner
Veronica Seyde, Senior Scientist
Tom Herzog, Senior Biologist
Leonard Malo, Natural Resource Manager
Diane Douglas, Senior Archaeologist
Paul Nguyen, Senior Air Quality Scientist
Chris Goetz, Senior Project Geologist
Jerry Zimmerle, Principal Engineer
Joe Devoy, GIS Specialist
Matt Eimers, GIS Analyst
Vaidas Sekas, GIS Analyst
Kristin Hammond, Word Processor
Wayne Lim, Senior Graphic Designer
Hogle-Ireland, Inc.
Paul Ireland, Partner
Mike Thiele, AICP, Principal
Kimiko Lizardi, Project Manager
Ron Pflugrath, AICP
Jacobson and Wack
Bruce Jacobson, AICP, Principal
RBF Consulting
Laura Stearns, Planner
Stanley R. Hoffman Associates, Inc.
Stanley R. Hoffman, FAICP, President
Debbie L. Lawrence, AICP, Project Manager
Bravishwar Mallavarapu, Planner

ISMS, Inc.
Doug Mende, Vice President
Economics Politics, Inc.
John Husing, Vice President
Meyer, Mohaddes Associates
Viggen Davidian, P.E, Project Manager
Matthew Simons, T.E., Senior Transportation Engineer
Adolfo Ozaeta, Project Engineer
Stephen Greene, Transportation Engineer
Yim Tse, Graphics Technician
Psomas
Dan McCroskey, PLS, Project Manager
Duane Haselfeld
Sergio Sanchez
Moore, Iacofano & Goltzman (MIG)
Pat McLaughlin, Office Manager
Esmeralda Garcia, Project Associate
Crawford, Multari and Clark
Paul Crawford
Special Acknowledgements
Bill Postmus, Past First District Supervisor and Chairman of the Board
Theresa Kwappenberg, Past Third District Planning Commissioner
Michael E. Hays, AICP, Past Director, Land Use Services Department
Sam Gennawey, Past Project Manager for MIG
Chuck Bell, Past GPAC Member

San Bernardino County Development Code
Table of Contents

DIVISION 1 DEVELOPMENT CODE AUTHORITY
AND APPLICABILITY
Chapter 81.01
81.01.010
81.01.020
81.01.030
81.01.040
81.01.050
81.01.060
81.01.070
81.01.080
81.01.090

Purpose and Effect of Development Code ................................................. 1-3

Title ........................................................................................................................................ 1-3
Purpose and Intent of Development Code .............................................................................. 1-3
Authority for Regulating Land Uses ...................................................................................... 1-4
Responsibility for Administration .......................................................................................... 1-4
Applicability of Development Code ....................................................................................... 1-5
Partial Invalidation of Development Code ............................................................................. 1-6
Legal Defense Fee Responsibility .......................................................................................... 1-7
Use of Headings ..................................................................................................................... 1-7
Effect of General Plan Adoption or Development Code Changes on Projects in Progress.... 1-7

Chapter 81.02

Interpretation of Regulations.................................................................... 1-11

81.02.010 Purpose of Chapter ............................................................................................................... 1-11
81.02.020 Rules of Interpretation .......................................................................................................... 1-11

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DIVISION 2
LAND USE ZONING DISTRICTS
AND ALLOWED LAND USES
Chapter 82.01

Land Use Plan, Land Use Zoning Districts, and Overlays ....................... 2-5

82.01.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................... 2-5
82.01.020 Land Use Plan and Land Use Zoning Districts ...................................................................... 2-5
82.01.030 Overlays ................................................................................................................................. 2-9

Chapter 82.02
82.02.010
82.02.020
82.02.030
82.02.040
82.02.050
82.02.060
82.02.070

Allowed Land Uses and Development ...................................................... 2-11

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 2-11
General Requirements for Development and New Land Uses ............................................. 2-11
Allowed Land Uses and Planning Permit Requirements...................................................... 2-12
Exemptions from Planning Permit Requirements ................................................................ 2-14
Special Developments .......................................................................................................... 2-16
Temporary Uses ................................................................................................................... 2-16
(Reserved) ............................................................................................................................ 2-16

Chapter 82.03

Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning Districts... 2-17

82.03.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 2-17
82.03.020 Purposes and Location of the Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning
Districts ................................................................................................................................ 2-17
82.03.030 Minimum Area for Designation ........................................................................................... 2-17
82.03.040 Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses and Permit
Requirements ........................................................................................................................ 2-18
82.03.050 Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Subdivision Standards 2-22
82.03.060 Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Site Planning and Building
Standards .............................................................................................................................. 2-23
82.03.070 FW Land Use Zoning District Additional Standards ........................................................... 2-26

Chapter 82.04
82.04.010
82.04.020
82.04.030
82.04.040
82.04.050
82.04.060

Chapter 82.05
82.05.010
82.05.020
82.05.030
82.05.040
82.05.050
82.05.060

Residential Land Use Zoning Districts .................................................... 2-27

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 2-27
Purposes and Location of the Residential Land Use Zoning Districts ................................. 2-27
Minimum Area for Designation ........................................................................................... 2-27
Residential Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses and Permit Requirements ................. 2-28
Residential Land Use Zoning District Subdivision Standards ............................................. 2-32
Residential Land Use Zoning District Site Planning and Building Standards ..................... 2-34

Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts .................................................. 2-37

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 2-37
Purposes and Location of the Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts ............................... 2-37
Minimum Area for Designation ........................................................................................... 2-37
Commercial Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses and Permit Requirements ............... 2-38
Commercial Land Use Zoning District Subdivision Standards ............................................ 2-43
Commercial Land Use Zoning District Site Planning and Building Standards.................... 2-45

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Chapter 82.06

Division 2

Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning Districts ................... 2-51

82.06.010
82.06.020
82.06.030
82.06.040

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 2-51
Purposes and Location of the Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning Districts .. 2-51
Minimum Area for Designation ........................................................................................... 2-51
Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses and Permit
Requirements ........................................................................................................................ 2-52
82.06.050 Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning District Subdivision Standards ............... 2-57
82.06.060 Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning District Site Planning and Building
Standards .............................................................................................................................. 2-59
82.06.070 Adopted Planned Development Applications ...................................................................... 2-66

Chapter 82.07
82.07.010
82.07.020
82.07.030
82.07.040

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 2-67
Location Requirements......................................................................................................... 2-67
Development Standards ........................................................................................................ 2-67
Land Use Limitations ........................................................................................................... 2-67

Chapter 82.08
82.08.010
82.08.020
82.08.030
82.08.040

Agricultural Preserve (AP) Overlay......................................................... 2-69

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 2-69
Location Requirements......................................................................................................... 2-69
Development Standards ........................................................................................................ 2-69
Land Use Limitations ........................................................................................................... 2-70

Chapter 82.09
82.09.010
82.09.020
82.09.030
82.09.040
82.09.050
82.09.060

Additional Agriculture (AA) Overlay ...................................................... 2-67

Airport Safety (AR) Overlay..................................................................... 2-73

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 2-73
Location Requirements......................................................................................................... 2-73
Airport Safety Review Areas................................................................................................ 2-73
Applicable Airport Comprehensive Land Use Plans ............................................................ 2-74
Review Procedures ............................................................................................................... 2-75
Development Standards ........................................................................................................ 2-76

Chapter 82.10

Alternate Housing (AH) Overlay .............................................................. 2-79

82.10.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 2-79
82.10.020 Location Requirements......................................................................................................... 2-79
82.10.030 Development Standards ........................................................................................................ 2-79

Chapter 82.11
82.11.010
82.11.020
82.11.030
82.11.040
82.11.050

Chapter 82.12
82.12.010
82.12.020
82.12.030
82.12.040
82.12.050

Biotic Resources (BR) Overlay ................................................................. 2-81

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 2-81
Location Requirements......................................................................................................... 2-81
Application Requirements .................................................................................................... 2-81
Development Standards ........................................................................................................ 2-82
Professional Qualifications................................................................................................... 2-82

Cultural Resources Preservation (CP) Overlay ...................................... 2-83

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 2-83
Location Requirements......................................................................................................... 2-83
Application Requirements .................................................................................................... 2-83
Development Standards ........................................................................................................ 2-84
Native American Monitor .................................................................................................... 2-84

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Chapter 82.13
82.13.010
82.13.020
82.13.030
82.13.040
82.13.050
82.13.060
82.13.070
82.13.080
82.13.090

Division 2

Fire Safety (FS) Overlay ............................................................................ 2-85

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 2-85
Location Requirements......................................................................................................... 2-85
Fire Safety Areas .................................................................................................................. 2-85
Application Requirements .................................................................................................... 2-86
General Development Standards .......................................................................................... 2-88
FS1, FS2, and FS3 Development Standards ......................................................................... 2-89
Reserved ............................................................................................................................... 2-98
Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plans/Permits ............................................................... 2-98
Alternate Hazard Protection Measures ............................................................................... 2-104

Chapter 82.14

Floodplain Safety (FP) Overlay .............................................................. 2-107

82.14.010
82.14.020
82.14.030
82.14.040
82.14.050

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 2-107
Location Requirements....................................................................................................... 2-107
Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 2-108
Floodplain Safety Review Areas ........................................................................................ 2-108
Development Standards for Projects within FP1 and FP2 Floodplain Safety Review
Areas................................................................................................................................... 2-111
82.14.060 Exceptions and Modifications ......................................................................................... 2-114.4
82.14.070 Boundary Changes .......................................................................................................... 2-114.5

Chapter 82.15
82.15.010
82.15.020
82.15.030
82.15.040

Geologic Hazard (GH) Overlay .............................................................. 2-115

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 2-115
Location Requirements....................................................................................................... 2-115
Professional Reports ........................................................................................................... 2-115
Development Standards ...................................................................................................... 2-117

Chapter 82.16 Hazardous Waste (HW) Overlay ................................................................ 2-119
82.16.010 Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 2-119
82.16.020 Location Requirements....................................................................................................... 2-119
82.16.030 Development Standards ...................................................................................................... 2-120

Chapter 82.17
82.17.010
82.17.020
82.17.030
82.17.040

Mineral Resources (MR) Overlay .......................................................... 2-123

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 2-123
Location Requirements....................................................................................................... 2-124
Application Requirements .................................................................................................. 2-124
Development Standards ...................................................................................................... 2-124

Chapter 82.18

Noise Hazard (NH) Overlay .................................................................... 2-125

82.18.010 Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 2-125
82.18.020 Location Requirements....................................................................................................... 2-125
82.18.030 Development Standards ...................................................................................................... 2-125

Chapter 82.19
82.19.010
82.19.020
82.19.030
82.19.040
82.19.050

Open Space (OS) Overlay ....................................................................... 2-127

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 2-127
Location Requirements....................................................................................................... 2-127
Special Requirements for Natural Resources ..................................................................... 2-128
Development Standards within Scenic Areas..................................................................... 2-128
Development Standards for Trails ...................................................................................... 2-130

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Chapter 82.20
82.20.010
82.20.020
82.20.030
82.20.040

Division 2

Paleontologic Resources (PR) Overlay................................................... 2-135

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 2-135
Location Requirements....................................................................................................... 2-135
Development Standards ...................................................................................................... 2-135
Paleontologist Qualifications ............................................................................................. 2-137

Chapter 82.21

Sign Control (SC) Overlay ...................................................................... 2-139

82.21.010 Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 2-139
82.21.020 Location Requirements....................................................................................................... 2-139
82.21.030 Development Standards ...................................................................................................... 2-139

Chapter 82.22
82.22.010
82.22.020
82.22.030
82.22.040
82.22.050
82.22.060
82.22.070
82.22.080
82.22.090
82.22.100
82.22.110
82.22.120
82.22.130
82.22.140
82.22.150
82.22.160
82.22.170
82.22.120
82.22.120
82.22.200
82.22.210
82.22.220

Chapter 82.23
82.23.010
82.23.020
82.23.030
82.23.040

Sphere Standards (SS) Overlay .............................................................. 2-141

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 2-141
Location Requirements....................................................................................................... 2-142
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Adelanto ................................... 2-142
Development Standards within the Sphere of the Town of Apple Valley ......................... 2-142
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Barstow .................................... 2-146
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Big Bear Lake .......................... 2-147
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Chino ....................................... 2-147
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Colton ...................................... 2-147
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Fontana .................................... 2-147
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Hesperia ................................... 2-147
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Highland .................................. 2-147
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Loma Linda .............................. 2-147
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Montclair.................................. 2-148
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Needles .................................... 2-148
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Rancho Cucamonga ................. 2-148
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Redlands .................................. 2-148
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Rialto ....................................... 2-148
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of San Bernardino ........................ 2-148
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Twentynine Palms ................... 2-148
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Upland...................................... 2-149
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Victorville ................................ 2-149
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Yucaipa .................................... 2-149

Community Plans, Specific Plans and Area Plans ................................ 2-151

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 2-151
Adopted Community Plans ................................................................................................ 2-151
Adopted Specific Plans ...................................................................................................... 2-152
Adopted Area Plans ............................................................................................................ 2-153

Chapter 82.24

Bear Valley Community Plan ................................................................ 2-155

Chapter 82.25

Bloomington Community Plan .............................................................. 2-157

Chapter 82.26

Crest Forest Community Plan ............................................................... 2-159

Chapter 82.27

Hilltop Community Plan ........................................................................ 2-161

Chapter 82.28

Homestead Valley Community Plan ..................................................... 2-163
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Chapter 82.29

Joshua Tree Community Plan ............................................................... 2-165

Chapter 82.30

Lake Arrowhead Community Plan ....................................................... 2-167

Chapter 82.31

Lucerne Valley Community Plan .......................................................... 2-169

Chapter 82.32

Lytle Creek Community Plan ................................................................ 2-171

Chapter 82.33

Morongo Valley Community Plan ......................................................... 2-173

Chapter 82.34

Muscoy Community Plan ....................................................................... 2-175

Chapter 82.35

Oak Glen Community Plan .................................................................... 2-177

Chapter 82.36

Oak Hills Community Plan .................................................................... 2-179

82.36.010
82.36.020
82.36.030
82.36.040
82.36.050

General Provisions ............................................................................................................. 2-179
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning Districts................................. 2-179
Residential Land Use Zoning Districts............................................................................... 2-180
Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts ............................................................................. 2-181
Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning Districts ................................................ 2-182

Chapter 82.37

Phelan/Pinon Hills Community Plan ..................................................... 2-185

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DIVISION 3 COUNTYWIDE DEVELOPMENT
STANDARDS
Chapter 83.01
83.01.010
83.01.020
83.01.030
83.01.040
83.01.050
83.01.060
83.01.070
83.01.080
83.01.090
83.01.100

Chapter 83.02
83.02.010
83.02.020
83.02.030
83.02.040
83.02.050
83.02.060
83.02.070
83.02.080

Affordable Housing Incentives - Density Bonus ..................................... 3-35

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 3-35
Eligibility for Bonus, Incentives, or Concessions ................................................................ 3-35
Allowed Density Bonuses .................................................................................................... 3-36
Allowed Incentives or Concessions...................................................................................... 3-41
Parking Requirements in Density Bonus Projects ................................................................ 3-42
Bonus and Incentives for Housing with Child Care Facilities ............................................. 3-43
Continued Availability ......................................................................................................... 3-44
Location and Type of Designated Units ............................................................................... 3-45
Processing of Bonus Requests .............................................................................................. 3-46
Density Bonus Agreement.................................................................................................... 3-46
Control of Resale .................................................................................................................. 3-49
Judicial Relief, Waiver of Standards .................................................................................... 3-50

Chapter 83.04
83.04.010
83.04.020
83.04.030
83.04.040
83.04.050
83.04.060

General Development and Use Standards ............................................... 3-17

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 3-17
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 3-17
Clear Sight Triangles ............................................................................................................ 3-17
Height Measurement and Height Limit Exceptions ............................................................. 3-19
Parcel Area Measurements and Exceptions ......................................................................... 3-21
Screening and Buffering ....................................................................................................... 3-23
Setback Regulations and Exceptions .................................................................................... 3-26
Allowed Projections/Structures Within Setbacks ................................................................. 3-30

Chapter 83.03
83.03.010
83.03.020
83.03.030
83.03.040
83.03.050
83.03.060
83.03.070
83.03.080
83.03.090
83.03.100
83.03.110
83.03.120

General Performance Standards ................................................................ 3-5

Purpose ................................................................................................................................... 3-5
Applicability ........................................................................................................................... 3-5
Modification of Standards ...................................................................................................... 3-6
Air Quality.............................................................................................................................. 3-6
Electrical Disturbances ........................................................................................................ 3-6.2
Fire Hazards ........................................................................................................................... 3-7
Heat ...................................................................................................................................... 3-10
Noise..................................................................................................................................... 3-11
Vibration............................................................................................................................... 3-14
Waste Disposal ..................................................................................................................... 3-15

Conditional Grading Compliance ............................................................ 3-51

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 3-51
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 3-51
Quality Control Engineer’s Role and Responsibilities ......................................................... 3-52
Developer’s Deposit ............................................................................................................. 3-53
Building Official Authority .................................................................................................. 3-53
Authority to Contract............................................................................................................ 3-53
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83.04.070 Enforcement ......................................................................................................................... 3-53
83.04.080 Compliance with Dust Control Regulations ......................................................................... 3-54

Chapter 83.05
83.05.010
83.05.020
83.06.030
83.05.040
83.05.050
83.05.060
83.05.070
83.05.080

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 3-55
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 3-55
Dedication of Street and/or Highway Right-of-Way ............................................................ 3-55
Dedication and Installation of Trail Right-of-Way .............................................................. 3-56
Installation of Street Improvements ..................................................................................... 3-57
Delayed Improvements......................................................................................................... 3-57
Waiver or Modification of Dedication and/or Street Improvement Requirements .............. 3-58
Building Official Determination........................................................................................ 3-60.2

Chapter 83.06
83.06.010
83.06.020
83.06.030
83.06.040
83.06.050
83.06.060
83.06.070

Infrastructure Improvement Standards .................................................. 3-89

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 3-89
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 3-89
Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Valley Region....................................................... 3-90
Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Mountain Region .................................................. 3-91
Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Desert Region ....................................................... 3-92
Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Desert Region ....................................................... 3-93

Chapter 83.10
83.10.010
83.10.020
83.10.030
83.10.040
83.10.050
83.10.060
83.10.070
83.10.080

Hillside Grading Standards ...................................................................... 3-73

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 3-73
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 3-73
Hillside Grading Review ...................................................................................................... 3-74
Hillside Grading Standards .................................................................................................. 3-76

Chapter 83.09
83.09.010
83.09.020
83.09.030
83.09.040
83.09.050
83.09.060

Glare and Outdoor Lighting ..................................................................... 3-65

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 3-65
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 3-65
Glare and Outdoor Lighting - Valley Region ....................................................................... 3-65
Glare and Outdoor Lighting - Mountain and Desert Regions .............................................. 3-66

Chapter 83.08
83.08.010
83.08.020
83.08.030
83.08.040

Fences, Hedges, and Walls ........................................................................ 3-61

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 3-61
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 3-61
General Height Limitations .................................................................................................. 3-61
Measurement of Fence or Wall Height ................................................................................ 3-62
Walls Required Between Different Land Use Zoning Districts ........................................... 3-63
Special Wall and Fencing Requirements .............................................................................. 3-64
Prohibited Fence Materials ................................................................................................... 3-64

Chapter 83.07
83.07.010
83.07.020
83.07.030
83.07.040

Dedications and Installations of Street and Trail Improvements ......... 3-55

Landscaping Standards ............................................................................. 3-95

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 3-95
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 3-96
Exemptions from Landscaping Requirements...................................................................... 3-97
Modification to the Landscaping Requirements................................................................... 3-97
Landscape Documentation Package ..................................................................................... 3-98
Landscape Area Requirements ........................................................................................... 3-101
Landscape Standards .......................................................................................................... 3-102
Regional Landscaping Standards .................................................................................... 3-108.3
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83.10.090
83.10.100
83.10.110
83.10.120

Irrigation Scheduling and Maintenance Required ........................................................... 3-108.5
Landscape Certificate of Completion .............................................................................. 3-108.7
Non-Potable/Recycled Water .......................................................................................... 3-108.8
Stormwater Management ................................................................................................ 3-108.8

Chapter 83.11
83.11.010
83.11.020
83.11.030
83.11.040
83.11.050
83.11.060
83.11.070
83.11.080
83.11.090
83.11.100

Division 2

Parking And Loading Standards ............................................................ 3-109

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 3-109
Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 3-109
General Parking Provisions ................................................................................................ 3-109
Number of Parking Spaces Required ................................................................................. 3-110
Adjustments to Parking Requirements ............................................................................... 3-114
Disabled Parking Requirements ...................................................................................... 3-114.1
Development Standards ...................................................................................................... 3-116
Landscape Requirements for Parking Areas ...................................................................... 3-119
Parking and Loading Development Standards ................................................................... 3-121
Commercial Vehicle Parking in Residential Areas ............................................................ 3-122

Chapter 83.12

Road System Design Standards .............................................................. 3-127

83.12.010 Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 3-127
83.12.020 Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 3-127
83.12.030 Road System Design Standards .......................................................................................... 3-128

Chapter 83.13
83.13.010
83.13.020
83.13.030
83.13.035
83.13.040
83.13.050
83.13.060
83.13.070
83.13.080
83.13.090
83.13.100
83.13.110
83.13.120
83.13.130

Sign Regulations ....................................................................................... 3-129

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 3-129
Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 3-130
Sign Permits and Exemptions............................................................................................. 3-130
Comprehensive sign Program for Crest Forest .................................................................. 3-130
Prohibited Signs ................................................................................................................. 3-131
On-Site Signs...................................................................................................................... 3-131
Off-Site Signs ..................................................................................................................... 3-143
Temporary Signs ................................................................................................................ 3-148
Standards for All Types of Signs ....................................................................................... 3-152
Standards for Specific Types of Signs................................................................................ 3-155
Sign Standards for Specific Uses ....................................................................................... 3-157
Enforcement ....................................................................................................................... 3-158
Nonconforming Signs......................................................................................................... 3-159
Abandoned Signs................................................................................................................ 3-161

Chapter 83.14

Transportation Control Measures.......................................................... 3-163

83.14.010 Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 3-163
83.14.020 Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 3-163
83.14.030 Transportation Control Measures Development Standards ................................................ 3-163

Chapter 83.15
83.15.010
83.15.020
83.15.030
83.15.040
83.15.050
83.15.060
83.15.070

Conditional Compliance for Water Quality Management Plans ........ 3-165

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 3-165
Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 3-165
Quality Control Engineer’s Role and Responsibilities ....................................................... 3-165
Developer’s Deposit ........................................................................................................... 3-166
Land Development Engineering Division Authority.......................................................... 3-166
Authority to Contract.......................................................................................................... 3-166
Expenditure of Funds ......................................................................................................... 3-167
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DIVISION 4 STANDARDS FOR SPECIFIC LAND
USES AND ACTIVITIES
Chapter 84.01
84.01.010
84.01.020
84.01.030
84.01.040
84.01.050

Chapter 84.02
84.02.010
84.02.020
84.02.030
84.02.040
84.02.050

Accessory Structures and Uses ................................................................... 4-5

Purpose ................................................................................................................................... 4-5
General Development Standards ............................................................................................ 4-5
Agricultural Accessory Structures and Uses .......................................................................... 4-6
Commercial and Industrial Accessory Structures and Uses ................................................... 4-7
Residential Accessory Structures and Uses ............................................................................ 4-7

Adult Oriented Businesses .......................................................................... 4-9

Purpose ................................................................................................................................... 4-9
Definitions .............................................................................................................................. 4-9
Location and Buffer Requirements ...................................................................................... 4-10
Establishment of an Adult Business .................................................................................. 4-10.1
Operating Standards .......................................................................................................... 4-10.1

Chapter 84.03

Agritourism Enterprises ............................................................................ 4-11

84.03.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-11
84.03.020 Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-11
84.03.030 Permit Requirements and Development Standards .............................................................. 4-11

Chapter 84.04
84.04.010
84.04.020
84.04.030
84.04.040
84.04.050
84.04.060
84.04.070
84.04.080
84.04.090

Chapter 84.05
84.05.010
84.05.020
84.05.030
84.05.040
84.05.050
84.05.060

Bed and Breakfast Uses ............................................................................. 4-31

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-31
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-31
Types of Bed and Breakfast Uses ......................................................................................... 4-31
Permit and Tax Requirements .............................................................................................. 4-31
Development Standards ........................................................................................................ 4-32
Additional Standards for Bed and Breakfast Inns/Lodges ................................................... 4-35

Chapter 84. 06
84.06.010
84.06.020
84.06.030
84.06.040

Animal Keeping .......................................................................................... 4-15

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-15
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-15
General Development Standards .......................................................................................... 4-15
Exotic Animals ..................................................................................................................... 4-16
Commercial Kennels and/or Catteries .................................................................................. 4-16
Private Kennels and/or Catteries .......................................................................................... 4-21
Animal Keeping Allowed as Primary Use ........................................................................... 4-23
Animal Keeping Allowed with Conditional Use Permit ...................................................... 4-24
Animal Keeping Allowed as Accessory Use........................................................................ 4-25

Cemeteries .................................................................................................. 4-37

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-37
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-37
Permit Requirements ............................................................................................................ 4-37
Development Standards ........................................................................................................ 4-37
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Commercial and Industrial Transitional Uses ........................................ 4-39

84.07.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-39
84.07.020 Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-39
84.07.030 Development Standards ........................................................................................................ 4-39

Chapter 84.08
84.08.010
84.08.020
84.08.030
84.08.040

Chapter 84.09
84.09.010
84.09.020
84.09.030
84.09.040

Dependent Housing .................................................................................... 4-41

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-41
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-41
Permit Requirements ............................................................................................................ 4-41
Development Standards ........................................................................................................ 4-41

Firewood Storage ....................................................................................... 4-45

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-45
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-45
Development Standards - Nonresidential Land Use Zoning Districts ................................. 4-45
Development Standards - Residential Land Use Zoning Districts ....................................... 4-46

Chapter 84.10

Garage Sales ............................................................................................... 4-47

84.10.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-47
84.10.020 Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-47
84.10.030 Standards .............................................................................................................................. 4-47

Chapter 84.11

Hazardous Waste Facilities ....................................................................... 4-49

84.11.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-49
84.11.020 Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-49
84.11.030 Permit Requirements ............................................................................................................ 4-49

Chapter 84.12
84.12.010
84.12.020
84.12.030
84.12.040
84.12.050
84.12.060
84.12.070
84.12.080
84.12.090
84.12.100
84.12.110
84.12.120

Home Occupations ..................................................................................... 4-51

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-51
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-51
Classes of Home Occupations Described ............................................................................. 4-51
Allowed Land Use Zoning Districts and Permit Requirements ........................................... 4-52
Prohibited Home Occupations.............................................................................................. 4-53
Allowed Home Occupations in Desert Region .................................................................... 4-53
Development Standards Applicable to all Classes ............................................................... 4-54
Class I Home Occupation Standards .................................................................................... 4-55
Class II Home Occupation Standards ................................................................................... 4-56
Class III Home Occupation Standards ................................................................................. 4-56
Other Restrictions on Home Occupations ............................................................................ 4-57
Nonconforming Home Occupations ..................................................................................... 4-57

Chapter 84.13

Massage Services ........................................................................................ 4-59

84.13.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-59
84.13.020 Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-59
84.13.030 Development Standards ........................................................................................................ 4-59

Chapter 84.14

Mobile Home Parks ................................................................................... 4-61

84.14.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-61
84.14.020 Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-61
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84.14.040
84.14.050
84.14.060
84.14.070
84.14.080

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Enforcement Authority ......................................................................................................... 4-61
Definitions ............................................................................................................................ 4-62
Development Standards ........................................................................................................ 4-62
(Reserved) ............................................................................................................................ 4-65
Bonds to Guarantee Improvements ...................................................................................... 4-65
Mobile Home Park Subdivisions .......................................................................................... 4-66

Chapter 84.15

(Reserved) ................................................................................................... 4-67

Chapter 84.16

Multi-Family Residential Development Standards................................. 4-69

84.16.010
84.16.020
84.16.030
84.16.040
84.16.050
84.16.060
84.16.070
84.16.080

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-69
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-69
Processing............................................................................................................................. 4-70
Development Standards Applicable to All Multi-Family Projects ....................................... 4-70
Development Standards Applicable for Multi-Family Projects – Four to 19 Units ............. 4-75
Development Standards for Multi-Family Projects – 20 or More Units .............................. 4-79
Common Amenities and Facilities – Four or More Units .................................................... 4-81
Design Guidelines for Multi-Family Projects – 20 or More Units ....................................... 4-84

Chapter 84.17
84.17.010
84.17.020
84.17.030
84.17.040
84.17.050
84.17.060
84.17.070
84.17.080
84.17.080

Chapter 84.18
84.18.010
84.18.020
84.18.030
84.18.040

Planned Development Standards.............................................................. 4-99

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-99
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-99
Development Standards ........................................................................................................ 4-99
Design Standards ................................................................................................................ 4-102

Chapter 84.19
84.19.010
84.19.020
84.19.030
84.19.040
84.19.050
84.19.060
84.19.070
84.19.080
84.19.090

Nonconforming Uses and Structures ....................................................... 4-95

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 4-95
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 4-95
Processing............................................................................................................................. 4-95
Termination of Nonconforming Use .................................................................................... 4-96
Removal or Alterations of Nonconforming Uses ................................................................. 4-96
Nonconforming Commercial Chicken Ranch ...................................................................... 4-97
Other Nonconforming Uses.................................................................................................. 4-97
Alteration of Nonconforming Uses ...................................................................................... 4-98
Conversion of Nonconforming Retail Land Use to Nonconforming Restaurant Land Use in
the Mountain Region ......................................................................................................... 4-98.1

Recycling Facilities................................................................................... 4-107

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-107
Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 4-107
Modification of Standards .................................................................................................. 4-107
Permit Requirements .......................................................................................................... 4-107
Site Clean-Up Required...................................................................................................... 4-108
Standards for Small Collection Facilities ........................................................................... 4-108
Standards for Large Collection Facilities ........................................................................... 4-110
Light Processing Facilities ................................................................................................. 4-112
Heavy Processing Facilities................................................................................................ 4-112

Chapter 84.20

Service Stations ........................................................................................ 4-115

84.20.010 Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-115
84.20.020 Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 4-115
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84.20.030 Development Standards ...................................................................................................... 4-115

Chapter 84.21

Single-Family Residential Dwellings ...................................................... 4-117

84.21.010 Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-117
84.21.020 Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 4-117
84.21.030 Minimum Residential Construction Standards................................................................... 4-117

Chapter 84.22

Small Lot Residential Development ....................................................... 4-121

84.22.010 Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-121
84.22.020 Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 4-121
84.22.030 Development Requirements ............................................................................................... 4-121

Chapter 84.23

Social Care Facilities................................................................................ 4-125

84.23.010 Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-125
84.23.020 Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 4-125
84.23.030 Development Standards ...................................................................................................... 4-125

Chapter 84.24
84.24.010
84.24.020
84.24.030
84.24.040
84.24.050
84.24.060

Chapter 84.25
84.25.010
84.25.020
84.25.030
84.25.040
84.25.050
84.25.060
84.25.070

Solid Waste/Recyclable Materials Storage ............................................ 4-127

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-127
Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 4-127
Storage Areas for Multi-Family Uses................................................................................. 4-127
Storage Areas for Nonresidential Uses............................................................................... 4-128
Location Standards ............................................................................................................. 4-129
Design and Construction Standards.................................................................................... 4-130

Temporary Structures and Uses ............................................................. 4-131

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-131
Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 4-131
Exempt Temporary Structures and Uses ............................................................................ 4-131
Structures and Uses Allowed with Temporary Use Permit ................................................ 4-132
Additional Development Standards .................................................................................... 4-140
Interim Operation of Activities Requiring a Conditional Use Permit ................................ 4-141
Camping or Occupancy of Temporary Structure Prohibited .............................................. 4-141

Chapter 84.26

Wind Energy Systems - Accessory ......................................................... 4-143

84.26.010 Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-143
84.26.020 Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 4-143
84.26.030 Development Standards ...................................................................................................... 4-143

Chapter 84.27
84.27.010
84.27.020
84.27.030
84.27.040
84.27.050
84.27.060
84.27.070
84.27.080
84.27.090
84.27.100

Wireless Telecommunications Facilities ................................................ 4-147

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-147
Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 4-148
Structure Height ................................................................................................................. 4-148
Separation from Residences ............................................................................................... 4-150
Minimizing Impacts ........................................................................................................... 4-150
Review Procedures ............................................................................................................. 4-152
Project Notices ................................................................................................................... 4-153
Review Factors ................................................................................................................... 4-153
Abandoned Sites ................................................................................................................. 4-154
Elevation of Approvals ........................................................................................................... 4-1

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84.27.110 Inter-jurisdictional Review ................................................................................................. 4-155

Chapter 84.28
84.28.010
84.28.020
84.28.030
84.28.040
84.28.050

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-157
Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 4-157
Special Use Permit Requirements ...................................................................................... 4-157
Development Standards ...................................................................................................... 4-158
Conditions of Operation ..................................................................................................... 4-159

Chapter 84.29
84.29.010
84.29.020
84.29.030
84.29.035
84.29.040
84.29.050
84.29.060
84.29.070

Short-Term Private Home Rentals......................................................... 4-157

Renewable Energy Generation Facilities ............................................... 4-161

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-161
Applicability and Land Use Zoning Districts ..................................................................... 4-161
Wind Energy Development Standards ............................................................................... 4-162
Required Findings for Approval of a Commercial Solar Energy Facility .......................... 4-164
Solar Energy Development Standards ............................................................................. 4-166.2
Special Fencing Standards............................................................................................... 4-166.4
Additional Wind and Solar Energy Development Standards .......................................... 4-166.4
Decommissioning requirements ...................................................................................... 4-166.4

Chapter 84.30

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan Implementation .............. 4-167

84.30.010 Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-167
84.30.020 Applicability and Land Use Zoning Districts ..................................................................... 4-167
84.30.030 GHG Performance Standards ............................................................................................ 4-167

Chapter 84.31
84.31.010
84.31.020
84.31.030
84.31.040
84.31.050
84.31.060

Reasonable Accommodation in Housing Development for Disabled
Individuals ................................................................................................ 4-169

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-169
Notice to the Public of Availability of Accommodation Process ....................................... 4-169
Requesting Reasonable Accommodation ........................................................................... 4-169
Decision on Application ..................................................................................................... 4-170
Required Findings .............................................................................................................. 4-171
Waiver of Time Periods ..................................................................................................... 4-172

84.31.070 Notice of Decision ................................................................................................. 4-173
84.31.080 Amendments or Revisions ..................................................................................... 4-174
84.31.090 Expiration of Grants of Reasonable Accommodation ........................................... 4-174
Chapter 84.32
84.32.010
84.32.020
84.32.030
84.32.040

Small Unlicensed Residential Care Facilities ........................................ 4-175

Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-175
Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 4-175
Performance Standards for Unlicensed Residential Care Facilities ................................... 4-176
Existing Nonconforming Unlicensed Residential Care Facilities ...................................... 4-178

Chapter 84.33

Emergency Shelters ................................................................................. 4-179

84.33.010 Purpose ............................................................................................................................... 4-179
84.33.020 Applicability ....................................................................................................................... 4-179
84.33.030 Development Standards for Emergency Shelters ............................................................... 4-179

Chapter 84.33
84.34.010

Commercial Cannabis Activity ............................................................... 4-183
Purpose…………………………………………………………………..4-183
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84.34.050
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Definitions………………………………………………………………...4-183
Prohibition of Commercial Cannabis Activity……………………………4-186
Exemption for Cultivation by Specified Persons…………………………4-187
Exemption for Licensed Health Care Facilities…………………………..4-189
Landlords ………………………………………………………………...4-189
Application with other laws……………………………………………....4-190

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DIVISION 5 PERMIT APPLICATION AND REVIEW
PROCEDURES
Chapter 85.01

Permit Application Filing and Processing ................................................. 5-5

85.01.010 Purpose of Division ................................................................................................................ 5-5
85.01.020 Organization ........................................................................................................................... 5-5
85.01.030 Authority for Land Use and Zoning Decisions ...................................................................... 5-8

Chapter 85.02
85.02.010
85.02.020
85.02.030
85.02.040
85.02.050

Chapter 85.03
85.03.010
85.03.020
85.03.030
85.03.040
85.03.050
85.03.060
85.03.070
85.03.080
85.03.090
85.03.100
85.03.110

Basic Review Procedures ........................................................................... 5-11

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-11
Public Hearing ...................................................................................................................... 5-11
Staff Review with Notice ..................................................................................................... 5-11
Staff Review without Notice ................................................................................................ 5-12
Alternate Review Procedures ............................................................................................... 5-12

Application Procedures ............................................................................. 5-15

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-15
Applications for Land Use Decisions ................................................................................... 5-15
Development Review Committee......................................................................................... 5-16
Environmental Review ......................................................................................................... 5-16
Concurrent Applications....................................................................................................... 5-16
Application Forms and Information Packets ........................................................................ 5-16
Pre-application Review ........................................................................................................ 5-17
Notice of Pending Land Use Decisions ................................................................................ 5-17
Conditions of Approval ........................................................................................................ 5-19
Automatic Conditions........................................................................................................... 5-19
Post Decision Notice ............................................................................................................ 5-19

Chapter 85.04

ABC Licensing............................................................................................ 5-21

85.04.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-21
85.04.020 ABC Licensing ..................................................................................................................... 5-21
85.04.030 Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 5-21

Chapter 85.05

Certificate of Land Use Compliance ........................................................ 5-23

85.05.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-23
85.05.020 Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 5-23

Chapter 85.06
85.06.010
85.06.020
85.06.030
85.06.040
85.06.050
85.06.060
85.06.070
85.06.080

Conditional Use Permit/Minor Use Permit ............................................. 5-25

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-25
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 5-25
Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 5-25
Findings Required ................................................................................................................ 5-26
Projects That Do Not Qualify for a Minor Use Permit......................................................... 5-27
DRC Consideration .............................................................................................................. 5-29
Agricultural Support Services .............................................................................................. 5-29
Alteration to Nonconforming Uses ...................................................................................... 5-30
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85.06.090 Hazardous Waste Facilities .................................................................................................. 5-31
85.06.100 Surface Mining and Reclamation Plan Applications............................................................ 5-31
85.06.110 Post Decision Procedures ..................................................................................................... 5-31

Chapter 85.07

Flood Hazard Development Review ......................................................... 5-33

85.07.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-33
85.07.020 Flood Hazard Development Review Procedures .................................................................. 5-33
85.07.030 Floodplain Development Standards Review Procedures...................................................... 5-34

Chapter 85.08

Site Plan Permits ........................................................................................ 5-35

85.08.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-35
85.08.020 Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 5-35
85.08.030 Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 5-36

Chapter 85.09

Tenant Review ............................................................................................ 5-39

85.09.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-39
85.09.020 Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 5-39
85.09.030 Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 5-39

Chapter 85.10
85.10.010
85.10.020
85.10.030
85.10.040
85.10.050
85.10.060
85.10.070
85.10.080
85.10.090
85.10.100

Planned Development Permits .................................................................. 5-41

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-41
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 5-41
Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 5-42
Review Authority ................................................................................................................. 5-42
Findings ................................................................................................................................ 5-43
Concurrent Subdivision Applications................................................................................... 5-44
Development Plans ............................................................................................................... 5-44
Time Limits and Expiration ................................................................................................. 5-48
Planned Development Permit Amendments ......................................................................... 5-48
Post Decision Procedures ..................................................................................................... 5-49

Chapter 85.11 Pre-construction Flood Hazard And Soil Erosion Pollution Prevention
Inspection ................................................................................................................ 5-51
85.11.010
85.11.015
85.11.020
85.11.030

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-51
Scope .................................................................................................................................... 5-51
Flood Hazard Inspection Required ....................................................................................... 5-51
Soil Erosion Pollution Prevention Plan and Inspection Required ........................................ 5-52

Chapter 85.12

Revisions to an Approved Action ............................................................. 5-53

85.12.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-53
85.12.020 Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 5-53

Chapter 85.13

Sign Location Plans.................................................................................... 5-55

85.13.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-55
85.13.020 Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 5-55

Chapter 85.14

Special Use Permits .................................................................................... 5-57

85.14.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-57
85.14.020 Types of Special Use Permits and Review Authorities ........................................................ 5-57
85.14.030 Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 5-58
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85.14.040 General Provisions ............................................................................................................... 5-58
85.14.050 Special Uses ......................................................................................................................... 5-58
85.14.060 Findings for Specific Special Uses ....................................................................................... 5-59

Chapter 85.15
85.15.010
85.15.020
85.15.030
85.15.040
85.15.050
85.15.060
85.15.070
85.15.080
85.15.090
85.15.100
85.15.110
85.15.120

Chapter 85.16
85.16.010
85.16.020
85.16.030
85.16.040

Variances .................................................................................................... 5-81

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-81
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 5-81
Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 5-81
Minor Variances ................................................................................................................... 5-82
Application Requirements .................................................................................................... 5-83
Findings and Decision .......................................................................................................... 5-83
Conditions of Approval ........................................................................................................ 5-84
Post Decision Procedures ..................................................................................................... 5-84

Chapter 85.18
85.18.010
85.18.020
85.18.030
85.18.040

Temporary Special Event Permits ........................................................... 5-69

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-69
Review Authority and Procedure ......................................................................................... 5-69
Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 5-69
Post Decision Procedures ..................................................................................................... 5-79

Chapter 85.17
85.17.010
85.17.020
85.17.030
85.17.040
85.17.050
85.17.060
85.17.070
85.17.080

Temporary Use Permits ............................................................................ 5-61

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-61
Types of Temporary Use Permits and Review Authorities .................................................. 5-61
Minor Short-Term Activities ................................................................................................ 5-62
Temporary Use Permit Required .......................................................................................... 5-62
Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 5-62
Review Authority ................................................................................................................. 5-62
Exempt Short-Term Activities ............................................................................................. 5-63
Allowed Short-Term Activities ............................................................................................ 5-64
Development Standards ........................................................................................................ 5-66
Application Requirements .................................................................................................... 5-67
Findings and Decision .......................................................................................................... 5-67
Post Decision Procedures ..................................................................................................... 5-67

Accessory Wind Energy System Permit .................................................. 5-85

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-85
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 5-85
Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 5-85
Abandonment ....................................................................................................................... 5-87

Chapter 85.19

Food Truck Event Permits ........................................................................ 5-89

85.19.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-89
85.19.020 Permit Required for Food Truck Events .............................................................................. 5-89

Chapter 85.20

Unlicensed Residential Care Facilities ..................................................... 5-93

85.20.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 5-93
85.20.020 Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 5-93
85.20.030 Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 5-94

Chapter 85.21

Adult Business Regulatory Permit ........................................................... 5-99

85.21.010 Purpose. ................................................................................................................................ 5-99
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85.21.020
85.21.030
85.21.040
85.21.050
85.21.060
85.21.070
85.21.080
85.21.090
85.21.100

Division 2

Permit Required/Applicability. ............................................................................................ 5-99
Issuance of Permit/Procedures. .......................................................................................... 5-102
Inspection. .......................................................................................................................... 5-104
Suspension or Revocation of an Adult Business Regulatory Permit. ................................. 5-104
Appeal Procedures.............................................................................................................. 5-106
Transfer of Adult Business Regulatory Permit. ................................................................. 5-107
Violations. .......................................................................................................................... 5-108
Applicability of Chapter to Existing Adult Businesses. ..................................................... 5-108
Regulations Non-exclusive................................................................................................. 5-109

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DIVISION 6 DEVELOPMENT CODE
ADMINISTRATION
Chapter 86.01

Planning Agency........................................................................................... 6-5

86.01.010 Establishment of Planning Agency ........................................................................................ 6-5
86.01.020 Functions of Planning Agency ............................................................................................... 6-6
86.01.030 Procedures .............................................................................................................................. 6-8

Chapter 86.02
86.02.010
86.02.020
86.02.030
86.02.040
86.02.050

Chapter 86.03
86.03.010
86.03.020
86.03.030
86.03.040
86.03.050

Development Review Committee ................................................................ 6-9

Establishment ......................................................................................................................... 6-9
Membership ............................................................................................................................ 6-9
Duties of the DRC ................................................................................................................ 6-10
Findings ................................................................................................................................ 6-10
Meeting Dates and Procedures ............................................................................................. 6-11

Environmental Review Committee .......................................................... 6-13

Establishment ....................................................................................................................... 6-13
Membership .......................................................................................................................... 6-13
Stipend and Expenses ........................................................................................................... 6-13
Duties of the ERC................................................................................................................. 6-14
Meeting Dates and Procedures ............................................................................................. 6-14

Chapter 86.04

Floodplain Administrator ......................................................................... 6-15

86.04.010 Responsibilities of Floodplain Administrator ...................................................................... 6-15

Chapter 86.05

Decisions by the Review Authority........................................................... 6-17

86.05.010 Referral to Next Succeeding Review Authority ................................................................... 6-17

Chapter 86.06
86.06.010
86.06.020
86.06.030
86.06.040
86.06.050
86.06.060
86.06.070
86.06.080
86.06.090

Chapter 86.07
86.07.010
86.07.020
86.07.030
86.07.040
86.07.050

Time Limitations ........................................................................................ 6-19

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 6-19
Effective Date of Permits ..................................................................................................... 6-19
Applications Deemed Approved .......................................................................................... 6-19
Permits to Run with the Land ............................................................................................... 6-20
Performance Guarantees....................................................................................................... 6-20
Time Limits and Extensions ................................................................................................. 6-21
Changes to an Approved Project .......................................................................................... 6-24
Resubmittals ......................................................................................................................... 6-24
Covenants of Easements ....................................................................................................... 6-25

Public Hearings .......................................................................................... 6-27

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 6-27
Notice of Hearing ................................................................................................................. 6-27
Scheduling of Hearing .......................................................................................................... 6-28
Hearing Procedure ................................................................................................................ 6-29
Recommendation by Commission........................................................................................ 6-29

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86.07.060 Post-Decision Notice ............................................................................................................ 6-29
86.07.070 Effective Date of Decision ................................................................................................... 6-29

Chapter 86.08
86.08.010
86.08.020
86.08.030
86.08.040
86.08.050
86.08.060
86.08.070

Appeal of a Land Use Decision ............................................................................................ 6-31
Application for the Appeal of a Land Use Decision ............................................................ 6-32
Time for Filing an Appeal .................................................................................................... 6-33
Notice of Appeal .................................................................................................................. 6-33
Authority of Appeal Body .................................................................................................... 6-33
Withdrawal of Appeal .......................................................................................................... 6-33
Judicial Review .................................................................................................................... 6-34

Chapter 86.09
86.09.010
86.09.020
86.09.030
86.09.040
86.09.050
86.09.060
86.09.070
86.09.080
86.09.090
86.09.100
86.09.110
86.09.120
86.09.130
86.09.140
86.09.150
86.09.160
86.09.170
86.09.180
86.09.190
86.09.200
86.09.210

Appeals ........................................................................................................ 6-31

Enforcement ............................................................................................... 6-35

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 6-35
Permits and Licenses ............................................................................................................ 6-35
Authority for Enforcement ................................................................................................... 6-36
Unlawful to Violate Development Code Provisions ............................................................ 6-37
Violations of Development Code Declared Public Nuisance ............................................... 6-37
Unlawful to Refuse or Fail to Comply With a Condition of Land Use Approval ................ 6-38
Property Not in Compliance With a Condition of Land Use Approval Declared Public
Nuisance ............................................................................................................................... 6-38
Enforcement ......................................................................................................................... 6-39
Criminal Actions .................................................................................................................. 6-39
Civil Actions......................................................................................................................... 6-40
Administrative Actions......................................................................................................... 6-41
Filing of a Notice of Pendency ............................................................................................. 6-41
Filing Notice of Action......................................................................................................... 6-42
Initial Investigation Procedures ............................................................................................ 6-42
Inspections ............................................................................................................................ 6-43
Stop Work Orders................................................................................................................. 6-44
Revocation or Modification of Permits or Approvals .......................................................... 6-44
Recovery of Costs ................................................................................................................ 6-46
Additional Permit Processing Fees .................................................................................... 6-46.2
Reinspection Fees .............................................................................................................. 6-46.2
Documentation .................................................................................................................. 6-46.3

Chapter 86.10

Agricultural Preserves/Land Conservation Contract Actions .............. 6-47

86.10.010 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 6-47
86.10.020 Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 6-47

Chapter 86.11
86.11.010
86.11.020
86.11.030
86.11.040

Chapter 86.12
86.12.010
86.12.020
86.12.030
86.12.040

Airport Comprehensive Land Use Plans ................................................. 6-49

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 6-49
Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 6-49
Findings ................................................................................................................................ 6-50
Consistency with the Plan .................................................................................................... 6-50

Amendments ............................................................................................... 6-51

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 6-51
Initiation of Amendment ...................................................................................................... 6-51
Processing, Notice, and Hearings ......................................................................................... 6-51
Commission Action on Amendment .................................................................................... 6-52
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86.12.050 Board Action on Amendment............................................................................................... 6-53
86.12.060 Findings and Decision .......................................................................................................... 6-53
86.12.070 Effective Dates ..................................................................................................................... 6-54

Chapter 86.13
86.13.010
86.13.020
86.13.030
86.13.040
86.13.050
86.13.060
86.13.070
86.13.080

Chapter 86.14
86.14.010
86.14.020
86.14.030
86.14.040
86.14.050
86.14.060
86.14.070
86.14.080
86.14.090

Specific Plan Adoption and Amendment ................................................. 6-61

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 6-61
Intent..................................................................................................................................... 6-61
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 6-61
Initiation and Presubmittal Requirements ............................................................................ 6-62
Preparation and Content ....................................................................................................... 6-62
Application Filing, Processing, and Review ........................................................................ 6-62
Adoption of Specific Plan .................................................................................................... 6-63
Implementation and Amendments ........................................................................................ 6-64
Adopted Specific Plans ........................................................................................................ 6-65

Chapter 86.15
86.15.010
86.15.020
86.15.030
86.15.040
86.15.050
86.15.060
86.15.070
86.15.080

Development Agreement Adoption and Amendment ............................. 6-55

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 6-55
Applications.......................................................................................................................... 6-55
Procedures ............................................................................................................................ 6-57
Action by the Commission and Board.................................................................................. 6-57
Amendment or Cancellation ................................................................................................. 6-58
Recordation .......................................................................................................................... 6-59
Agreement Review ............................................................................................................... 6-59
Modification or Termination ................................................................................................ 6-59

Post-Disaster Rebuilding ........................................................................... 6-67

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 6-67
Applicability of Provisions ................................................................................................... 6-67
Definitions ............................................................................................................................ 6-67
General Provisions ............................................................................................................... 6-68
Modifications of the Provisions of this Development Code................................................. 6-68
Permits and Procedures ........................................................................................................ 6-70
CEQA Exemption................................................................................................................. 6-71
Appeals ................................................................................................................................. 6-71

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DIVISION 7
SUBDIVISIONS
Chapter 87.01
87.01.010
87.01.020
87.01.030
87.01.040
87.01.050
87.01.060
87.01.070
87.01.080
87.01.090
87.01.100
87.01.110
87.01.120

Chapter 87.02
87.02.010
87.02.020
87.02.030
87.02.040
87.02.050
87.02.060
87.02.070
87.02.080
87.02.090
87.02.100
87.02.110
87.02.120
87.02.130

Tentative Map Filing and Processing ....................................................... 7-11

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 7-11
Tentative Map Preparation, Application Contents ............................................................... 7-11
Tentative Map Filing, Initial Processing .............................................................................. 7-12
Evaluation of Application .................................................................................................... 7-13
Review and Decision ............................................................................................................ 7-14
Tentative Map Approval or Disapproval .............................................................................. 7-15
Conditions of Approval ........................................................................................................ 7-19
Effective Date of Tentative Map Approval .......................................................................... 7-21
Changes to Approved Tentative Map or Conditions ............................................................ 7-21
Effect of Tentative Map Approval, Completion of Subdivision Process ............................. 7-22
Vesting Tentative Maps........................................................................................................ 7-23
Tentative Map Time Limits and Expiration ......................................................................... 7-27
Extensions of Time for Tentative Maps ............................................................................... 7-27

Chapter 87.03
87.03.010
87.03.020
87.03.030
87.03.040
87.03.050
87.03.060
87.03.070
87.03.080
87.03.090
87.03.100
87.03.110

Subdivision Ordinance Applicability and Administration ...................... 7-3

Purpose ................................................................................................................................... 7-3
Authority ................................................................................................................................ 7-3
Applicability ........................................................................................................................... 7-3
Definitions .............................................................................................................................. 7-4
Responsibility for Administration .......................................................................................... 7-4
Advisory Agency .................................................................................................................... 7-4
Authority for Subdivision Decisions ...................................................................................... 7-5
Type of Subdivision Approval Required ................................................................................ 7-6
Applications Deemed Approved ............................................................................................ 7-7
Exceptions to Subdivision Standards ..................................................................................... 7-7
Appeals ................................................................................................................................... 7-8
Enforcement of Subdivision Regulations ............................................................................... 7-8

Parcel Maps and Final Maps .................................................................... 7-29

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 7-29
Parcel Maps .......................................................................................................................... 7-29
Waiver of Parcel Map........................................................................................................... 7-29
Parcel Map Form and Content.............................................................................................. 7-30
Filing and Processing of Parcel Maps .................................................................................. 7-30
Parcel Map Approval............................................................................................................ 7-31
Final Maps ............................................................................................................................ 7-31
Final Map Form and Content ............................................................................................... 7-32
Filing and Processing of Final Maps .................................................................................... 7-32
Final Map Approval ............................................................................................................. 7-34
Composite Development Plans............................................................................................. 7-35

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87.03.120 Amendments to Recorded Parcel or Final Maps .................................................................. 7-36

Chapter 87.04
87.04.010
87.04.020
87.04.030
87.04.040
87.04.050
87.04.060
87.04.070
87.04.080

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 7-39
Certificates of Compliance ................................................................................................... 7-39
Condominiums and Condominium Conversions.................................................................. 7-40
Lot Line Adjustment ............................................................................................................ 7-43
Official Maps........................................................................................................................ 7-43
Parcel Merger ....................................................................................................................... 7-44
Reversion to Acreage ........................................................................................................... 7-46
Resident Initiated Mobile Home Park Conversion ............................................................... 7-47

Chapter 87.05
87.05.010
87.05.020
87.05.030
87.05.040

Improvement Plans, Installation, and Security ....................................... 7-67

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 7-67
Improvement Plans ............................................................................................................... 7-67
Installation of Improvements................................................................................................ 7-68
Improvement Agreements, Lien Agreements and Securities ............................................... 7-70

Chapter 87.08
87.08.010
87.08.020
87.08.030
87.08.040

Subdivision Design and Improvement Requirements ............................ 7-55

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 7-55
Applicability of Design and Improvement Standards .......................................................... 7-55
Subdivision Design Standards .............................................................................................. 7-56
Site Preparation and Grading for Subdivision Construction ................................................ 7-60
Subdivision Improvement Requirements ............................................................................. 7-62

Chapter 87.07
87.07.010
87.07.020
87.07.030
87.07.040

Dedications and Exactions ........................................................................ 7-53

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 7-53
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 7-53
Dedications ........................................................................................................................... 7-53
Acceptance of Dedications ................................................................................................... 7-54

Chapter 87.06
87.06.010
87.06.020
87.06.030
87.06.040
87.06.050

Additional Subdivision Procedures .......................................................... 7-39

Soils Reports ............................................................................................... 7-75

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 7-75
Preliminary Soils Report ...................................................................................................... 7-75
Final Soils Report ................................................................................................................. 7-76
Geologic Investigation and Report ....................................................................................... 7-76

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DIVISION 8 RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND
CONSERVATION
Chapter 88.01
88.01.010
88.01.020
88.01.030
88.01.040
88.01.050
88.01.060
88.01.070
88.01.080
88.01.090

Chapter 88.02
88.02.010
88.02.020
88.02.030
88.02.040
88.02.050

Soil and Water Conservation .................................................................... 8-21

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 8-21
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 8-21
Exempt Activities ................................................................................................................. 8-21
Dust Control - Desert Region ............................................................................................... 8-23
Wind-Borne Soil Erosion ..................................................................................................... 8-23

Chapter 88.03
88.03.010
88.03.020
88.03.030
88.03.040
88.03.050
88.03.060
88.03.070
88.03.080
88.03.090
88.03.100
88.03.110
88.03.120
88.03.130
88.03.140

Plant Protection and Management ............................................................. 8-3

Purpose ................................................................................................................................... 8-3
Applicability ........................................................................................................................... 8-4
Exempt Activities ................................................................................................................... 8-4
Regulated Trees and Plants and General Permit .................................................................... 8-6
Tree or Plant Removal Permits .............................................................................................. 8-7
Desert Native Plant Protection ............................................................................................. 8-14
Mountain Forest and Valley Tree Conservation................................................................... 8-16
Riparian Plant Conservation ................................................................................................. 8-17
Tree Protection from Insects and Disease ............................................................................ 8-18

Surface Mining and Land Reclamation ................................................... 8-33

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 8-33
Incorporation of SMARA and State Regulations ................................................................. 8-34
Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 8-34
Permit, Plan, And Financial Assurance Requirements ......................................................... 8-34
Vested Rights ....................................................................................................................... 8-37
Application Filing, Processing, and Review ........................................................................ 8-37
Additional Conditions of Approval ...................................................................................... 8-41
Financial Assurances ............................................................................................................ 8-42
Reclamation Standards ......................................................................................................... 8-45
Interim Management Plans ................................................................................................... 8-46
Annual Report ...................................................................................................................... 8-47
Inspections ............................................................................................................................ 8-47
Violations and Penalties ....................................................................................................... 8-48
Post-Approval Procedures .................................................................................................... 8-48

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DIVISION 9 PUBLIC FACILITIES FINANCING
Chapter 89.01
89.01.010
89.01.020
89.01.030
89.01.040
89.01.050
89.01.060
89.01.070

Chapter 89.02
89.02.010
89.02.020
89.02.030
89.02.040
89.02.050

Recreational Facilities Financing ............................................................... 9-9

Purpose and General Provisions ............................................................................................. 9-9
Jurisdiction Limitations .......................................................................................................... 9-9
Requirements .......................................................................................................................... 9-9
Procedure .............................................................................................................................. 9-11
Exemptions ........................................................................................................................... 9-13

Chapter 89.03
89.03.010
89.03.020
89.03.030
89.03.040
89.03.050
89.03.060
89.03.070
89.03.080
89.03.090

Drainage Facilities Financing ..................................................................... 9-3

Purpose ................................................................................................................................... 9-3
Establishment of Area Drainage Plans ................................................................................... 9-3
Fee Collection and Accounting .............................................................................................. 9-4
Drainage Fee Calculation ....................................................................................................... 9-5
Credit and Exceptions ............................................................................................................ 9-6
Surplus and Refunds............................................................................................................... 9-7
Subject Areas.......................................................................................................................... 9-8

Transportation Facilities Financing ......................................................... 9-15

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 9-15
Establishment of Local Area Transportation Facilities Plans .............................................. 9-15
Fee Payment ......................................................................................................................... 9-17
Local Transportation Facilities ............................................................................................. 9-17
Fee Calculation ..................................................................................................................... 9-18
Agreements between the County and a Developer ............................................................... 9-18
Exclusions ............................................................................................................................ 9-19
Refunds................................................................................................................................. 9-21
Subject Areas........................................................................................................................ 9-21

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DIVISION 10
Chapter 810.01 Definitions ................................................................................................... 10-3
810.01.010
810.01.020
810.01.030
810.01.040
810.01.050
810.01.060
810.01.070
810.01.080
810.01.090
810.01.100
810.01.110
810.01.120
810.01.130
810.01.140
810.01.150
810.01.160
810.01.170
810.01.180
810.01.190
810.01.200
810.01.210
810.01.220
810.01.230
810.01.240
810.01.250
810.01.260
810.01.270
810.01.280

Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 10-3
Definitions of Specialized Terms and Phrases ..................................................................... 10-4
Definitions, "A" .................................................................................................................... 10-4
Definitions, "B" .................................................................................................................. 10-16
Definitions, "C." ................................................................................................................. 10-19
Definitions, "D." ................................................................................................................. 10-28
Definitions, "E." ................................................................................................................. 10-34
Definitions, "F." ................................................................................................................. 10-38
Definitions, "G." ................................................................................................................. 10-47
Definitions, "H." ................................................................................................................. 10-50
Definitions, "I." .................................................................................................................. 10-55
Definitions, "J." .................................................................................................................. 10-57
Definitions, "K." ................................................................................................................. 10-58
Definitions, "L." ................................................................................................................. 10-59
Definitions, "M." ................................................................................................................ 10-67
Definitions, "N." ................................................................................................................. 10-76
Definitions, "O." ................................................................................................................. 10-77
Definitions, "P." ................................................................................................................. 10-80
Definitions, "Q." ................................................................................................................. 10-87
Definitions, "R." ................................................................................................................. 10-88
Definitions, "S." ................................................................................................................. 10-96
Definitions, "T." ............................................................................................................... 10-110
Definitions, "U." ............................................................................................................... 10-114
Definitions, "V." ............................................................................................................... 10-115
Definitions, "W." .............................................................................................................. 10-117
Definitions, "X." ............................................................................................................... 10-121
Definitions, "Y." ............................................................................................................... 10-122
Definitions, "Z." ............................................................................................................... 10-123

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FIGURES
Figure 82-1 Trails - Low Use and Natural Areas/Urban #1................................................................... 2-131
Figure 82-2 Trails - Low Use and Natural Areas................................................................................... 2-132
Figure 82-3 Trails - Urban ..................................................................................................................... 2-133
Figure 82-4 Trails - Low Use and Natural Areas/Urban #2................................................................... 2-134
Figure 83-1 Clear Sight Triangles ............................................................................................................ 3-19
Figure 83-2 Screening and Buffering....................................................................................................... 3-24
Figure 83-3 Location and Measurement of Setbacks ............................................................................... 3-26
Figure 83-4 Rear Setbacks on Irregularly Shaped Parcels ....................................................................... 3-30
Figure 83-5 Allowed Fence Height in Residential Land Use Zoning Districts ....................................... 3-62
Figure 83-6 Development Follows Natural Topography ......................................................................... 3-76
Figure 83-7 Characteristics of Manufactured Slopes ............................................................................... 3-77
Figure 83-8 Patterns of Landscaping ....................................................................................................... 3-78
Figure 83-9 Variations in Cut and/or Fill Slopes ..................................................................................... 3-80
Figure 83-10 Manufactured Slopes Located at Rear of Lot ..................................................................... 3-81
Figure 83-11 Retaining Walls for Side Setbacks ..................................................................................... 3-82
Figure 83-12 Drains Follow Topography ................................................................................................ 3-83
Figure 83-13 Retaining Walls Along Streets and in Setbacks ................................................................. 3-84
Figure 83-14 Streets and Lots Follow Contours ...................................................................................... 3-85
Figure 83-15 Preserve Natural Features................................................................................................... 3-86
Figure 83-16 Off-Street Parking Dimensions ........................................................................................ 3-117
Figure 84-1 Siting of Multi-Family Structure(s) Parallel to Public Rights-of-Way ................................ 4-75
Figure 84-2 Minimum Separation Between Multi-Family Structures ..................................................... 4-72
Figure 84-3 Design Elements Establish Hierarchy of Space ................................................................... 4-76
Figure 84-4 Laundry Room Location and Features ................................................................................. 4-84
Figure 84-5 Management Office in Central Location .............................................................................. 4-80
Figure 84-6 Dwelling Unit Oriented to Street ......................................................................................... 4-85
Figure 84-7 Clustering of Multi-Family Dwelling Units ......................................................................... 4-86
Figure 84-8 “Eyes of the Street” .............................................................................................................. 4-87
Figure 84-9 Access to Open Space .......................................................................................................... 4-87
Figure 84-10 Connected Open Spaces ..................................................................................................... 4-88
Figure 84-11 Play Areas for Different Ages ............................................................................................ 4-89
Figure 84-12 Height Transition ............................................................................................................... 4-90
Figure 84-13 Examples of Window Styles .............................................................................................. 4-90
Figure 84-14 Typical Roof Types ............................................................................................................ 4-91
Figure 84-15 Mailboxes ........................................................................................................................... 4-92
Figure 810-1 Lot Types ......................................................................................................................... 10-64
Figure 810-2 Setbacks............................................................................................................................ 10-99

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TABLES
Table 82-1
Table 82-2
Table 82-3
Table 82-4
Table 82-4A
Table 82-4B
Table 82-4C
Table 82-5A
Table 82-5B
Table 82-5C
Table 82-6
Table 82-7
Table 82-8A
Table 82-8B
Table 82-8C
Table 82-9A
Table 82-9B
Table 82-9C
Table 82-10
Table 82-11
Table 82-11
Table 82-11
Table 82-11
Table 82-12A
Table 82-12B
Table 82-12C
Table 82-13A
Table 82-13B
Table 82-14A
Table 82-14B
Table 82-15A
Table 82-15B

Land Use Zoning Districts ............................................................................................... 2-8
Overlays ......................................................................................................................... 2-10
Minimum Area For Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District
Designation .................................................................................................................... 2-18
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements
for Agricultural and Resource
Management Land Use Zoning Districts ....................................................................... 2-19
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size
Valley Region ................................................................................................................ 2-22
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size
Mountain Region ........................................................................................................... 2-23
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size
Desert Region ................................................................................................................ 2-23
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Development
Standards Valley Region............................................................................................... 2-24
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Development
Standards Mountain Region........................................................................................... 2-25
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Development
Standards Desert Region ................................................................................................ 2-26
Minimum Area For Residential Land Use Zoning District Designation ....................... 2-27
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements for Residential Land Use Zoning Districts .
....................................................................................................................................... 2-29
Residential Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size Valley Region .................... 2-32
Residential Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size Mountain Region ............... 2-33
Residential Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size Desert Region .................... 2-33
Residential Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Valley Region ............ 2-34
Residential Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Mountain Region ....... 2-35
Residential Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Desert Region ............ 2-36
Minimum Area for Commercial Land Use Zoning District Designation ...................... 2-37
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements for Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts
....................................................................................................................................... 2-39
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements for Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts
(continued) ..................................................................................................................... 2-40
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements for Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts
(continued) ..................................................................................................................... 2-41
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements for Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts
(continued) ..................................................................................................................... 2-42
Commercial Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size Valley Region .................. 2-43
Commercial Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size Mountain Region ............. 2-44
Commercial Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size Desert Region................... 2-44
CR, CN, and CO Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Valley Region .. 2-45
CG, CS, AND CH Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Valley Region . 2-46
CR, CN, AND CO Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Mountain Region
....................................................................................................................................... 2-47
CG, CS, AND CH Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Mountain Region
....................................................................................................................................... 2-48
CR, CN, AND CO Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Desert Region 2-49
CG, CS, AND CH Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Desert Region . 2-50
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Table 82-16
Table 82-17
Table 82-18A
Table 82-18B
Table 82-18C
Table 82-19A
Table 82-19B
Table 82-20A
Table 82-20B
Table 82-21A
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Table 82-22
Table 82-23
Table 82-24
Table 82-23
Table 82-24
Table 82-25
Table 82-26
Table 82-27

Table 83-1
Table 83-2
Table 83-3
Table 83-4
Table 83-5
Table 83-6
Table 83-7
Table 83-8
Table 83-9
Table 83-10
Table 83-11
Table 83-12
Table 83-13
Table 83-14
Table 83-15
Table 83-16
Table 83-17
Table 83-18
Table 83-19
Table 83-20
Table 83-21
Table 83-22
Table 83-23
Table 83-24

Minimum Area For Industrial and Special Use Land Use Zoning District Designation ......
....................................................................................................................................... 2-52
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements for Industrial and Special Purpose Land
Use Zoning Districts ...................................................................................................... 2-53
Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size Valley
Region ............................................................................................................................ 2-57
Industrial and Special Purpose District Minimum Lot Size Mountain Region ............. 2-58
Industrial and Special Purpose District Minimum Lot Size Desert Region................... 2-59
IC and IR Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Valley Region .............. 2-60
IN and SD Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Valley Region ............. 2-61
IC and IR Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Mountain Region.......... 2-62
IN and SD Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Mountain Region ........ 2-63
IC and IR Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Desert Region ............... 2-64
IN and SD Land Use Zoning District Development Standards Desert Region ............. 2-65
Animals Allowed in AA (Additional Agricultural) Overlay ......................................... 2-68
Urban Standards (Maximum Accessibility) ................................................................. 2-130
Low Use and Natural Area Standards .......................................................................... 2-130
Sphere Standards Overlays .......................................................................................... 2-142
Allowed Land Uses and Permits Requirements for Agricultural and Resource
Management Land Use Zoning Districts with the Apple Valley Sphere of Influence 2-143
Allowed Land Uses and Permits Requirements for Residential Land Use Zoning Districts
with the Apple Valley Sphere of Influence.................................................................. 2-144
Allowed Land Uses and Permits Requirements for Commercial Land Use Zoning
Districts with the Apple Valley Sphere of Influence ................................................... 2-145
Allowed Land Uses and Permits Requirements for Industrial and Special Purpose Land
Use Zoning Districts with the Apple Valley Sphere of Influence ............................... 2-146
Storage Standards for Flammable Liquids and Gases ..................................................... 3-7
Noise Standards for Stationary Noise Sources .............................................................. 3-12
Noise Standards for Adjacent Mobile Noise Sources .................................................... 3-13
Noise Standards for Other Structures ............................................................................ 3-14
Allowed Projections into Setbacks ................................................................................ 3-32
Maximum Height of Fences, Hedges, and Walls Within Setbacks ............................... 3-62
Shielding Requirements For Outdoor Lighting In the Mountain Region and Desert
Region ............................................................................................................................ 3-67
Slope Categories ............................................................................................................ 3-79
Infrastructure Improvement Standards Valley Region .................................................. 3-90
Infrastructure Improvement Standards Mountain Region ............................................. 3-91
Infrastructure Improvement Standards Desert Region................................................... 3-92
Minimum Landscaped Area ......................................................................................... 3-102
Reserved................................................................................................................................
Reserved................................................................................................................................
Parking Requirements by Land Use ............................................................................ 3-111
Transportation Control Measures ............................................................................. 3-114.1
Required Number of Parking Spaces for Disabled ...................................................... 3-115
Minimum Off-Street Parking Dimensions ................................................................... 3-116
Minimum Aisles .......................................................................................................... 3-118
Road System Design Standards ................................................................................... 3-128
On-Site Signs in Office Commercial (CO) Land Use Zoning District ........................ 3-133
On-Site Signs in Neighborhood Commercial (CN) Land Use Zoning District ........... 3-134
On-Site Signs in Rural Commercial (CR) Land Use Zoning District .......................... 3-135
On-Site Signs in Highway Commercial (CH) Land Use Zoning District .................... 3-136
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Table 83-26
Table 83-27
Table 83-28
Table 83-29
Table 83-30
Table 83-31

On-Site Signs in General Commercial (CG) Land Use Zoning District ...................... 3-137
On-Site Signs in Service Commercial (CS) Land Use Zoning District ....................... 3-138
On-Site Signs in Community Industrial (IC) Land Use Zoning District ..................... 3-139
On-Site Signs in Regional Industrial (IR) Land Use Zoning District .......................... 3-140
On-Site Signs in Institutional (IN) Land Use Zoning District ..................................... 3-141
On-Site Signs in Special Development (SD) Land Use Zoning District ..................... 3-142
On-Site Signs in Crest Forest Communiyt Plan (CF) Commercial Land Use Zoning
District………………………………………………………………………………..3-143

Table 84-1
Table 84-2
Table 84-3
Table 84-4
Table 84-5
Table 84-6
Table 84-7
Table 84-8
Table 84-9
Table 84-10
Table 84-11
Table 84-12
Table 84-13
Table 84-14
Table 84-14a
Table 84-14b
Table 84-15

Permit Requirements and Development Standards for Agritourism Enterprises ........... 4-12
Minimum Parcel Sizes for Commercial Kennels and/or Catteries ................................ 4-17
Animal Keeping Allowed as Primary Use ..................................................................... 4-24
Animal Keeping Allowed with Conditional Use Permit ............................................... 4-25
Animal Keeping Allowed as Accessory Use ................................................................. 4-28
Standards for Bed and Breakfast Uses ........................................................................... 4-33
Allowed Land use zoning districts and Permit Requirements for Home Occupations .. 4-52
Parcel Size and Density Standards for Mobile Home Parks .......................................... 4-62
Minimum Separation Between Multi-Family Structures ............................................... 4-71
Minimum Setbacks for Multi-Family Structures ........................................................... 4-73
Minimum Dwelling Unit Sizes in Multi-Family Development ..................................... 4-73
Minimum On-Site Recreation Amenities for Multi-Family Projects ............................ 4-82
On-Site Recreational Amenities Thresholds for Allowable Densities ........................... 4-83
Minimum Size of Community Room or Structure......................................................... 4-83
Maximum Number of Accessory Wind Energy Systems ............................................ 4-143
Maximum Tower Heights for Accessory Wind Energy Systems ................................ 4-144
Maximum Heights of Wireless Telecommunications Towers ..................................... 4-148

Table 85-1
Table 85-2
Table 85-3
Table 85-4
Table 85-5

Review Authority............................................................................................................. 5-8
Distance Requirements for Noticing Purposes .............................................................. 5-18
Special Use Permits ....................................................................................................... 5-57
Temporary Use Permits ................................................................................................. 5-61
Types of Minor Variances Allowed ............................................................................... 5-82

Table 87-1

Subdivision Review Authority......................................................................................... 7-5

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4011
4020
4043
4057
4065
4067
4085
4098
4116
4121
4136
4140
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4161
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4170
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4242
4243
4244
4245
4251
4254
4258
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03-13-2007
05-08-2007
01-29-2008
09-23-2008
12-16-2008
01-06-2009
07-21-2009
02-23-2010
07-27-2010
09-28-2010
02-15-2011
04-05-2011
12-06-2011
03-27-2012
03-27-2012
03-27-2012
06-05-2012
06-19-2012
06-26-2012
07-24-2012
07-24-2012
11-27-2012
11-27-2012
06-25-2013
06-25-2013
12-17-2013
02-25-2014
02-25-2014
03-25-2014
04-08-2014
04-22-2014
05-06-2014
05-20-2014
07-08-2014
07-22-2014
10-21-2014
07-28-2015
02-09-2016
06-14-2016
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06-07-2007
02-28-2008
10-23-2008
01-15-2009
02-05-2009
08-20-2009
03-25-2010
09-25-2010
10-28-2010
03-17-2011
05-05-2011
01-05-2012
04-26-2012
04-26-2012
04-26-2012
07-05-2012
07-19-2012
07-26-2012
08-23-2012
08-23-2012
12-27-2012
12-27-2012
07-25-2013
07-25-2013
01-16-2014
03-27-2014
03-27-2014
04-24-2014
05-08-2014
05-22-2014
06-05-2014
06-19-2014
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4011

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4020

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4043

82.03.040(b); 82.04.040(b); 82.05.040(b);
82306.030; 82.06.030; 82.06.040(b);
82.06.050(c); 82.13.060(a); 82.13.060(b)(3);
82.13.060(b)(7)(C); 82.13.060(b)(11), (12),
(13); 82.13.060(c) and (d)(1);
82.13.060(d)(8); 82.13.070; 82.13.080(e)(3);
83.02.070(b)(1); 83.02.080; 83.06.040(b);
83.06.070(a); 83.08.020; 83.08.040(a)(1);
83.08.040(c)(3); 83.10.060(a)(4);
83.10.070(e)(2(A); 83.10.080(a)(4);
83.10.080(b)(5); 83.10.080(c)(2);
83.11.040(c)(5); 83.11.070(a)(1);
83.11.070.(h)(4); 83.11.080(h)(1)(A);
83.13.050(c)(7); 83.13.050(c)(8);
73.13.050(e); 83.13.090(c)(1); Chapter 83.15;
84.01.050(b); 84.04.050(d)(8);
84.04.050(e)(8); 84.04.060(c)(4);
84.04.070(e); 84.04.070(f); 84.04.090(B)(1);
84.04.090(h); 84.05.030(b); 84.08.040(e);
Chapter 84.16; 84.17.080(a); 84.18.030(b);
84.19.080; 84.21.030(d); 84.21.030(f);
84.24.030(a); 84.25.010; 84.25.070;
84.27.060; 85.06.080; Chapter 85.09;
85.10.070(b)(3)(C)(II) and (III);
85.10.070(e); 85.17.040(a); 86.06.060(b);
Chapter 86.09; 86.15.050(a)(2)(B)(II);
88.01.050(i)(8); 88.02.040(c); 810.01.030(g);
810.01.050(nn) – (xxx); 810.01.070(i) – (x);
810.01.150(yy); 810.01.200(j) – (zz);
810.01.210(a); 810.01.240(d)

4057

82.01.030(d)(3); 82.03.040(b); 82.03.060;
82.04.040(b); 82.04.060; 82.05.060;
82.06.040(c); 82.06.060; 82.10.030;
82.13.050(b); 82.13.090(b); Chapter 82.24;
83.02.070(c)(1); 83.02.080(c)(3);
83.02.080(d); 83.10.070(b)(4); 83.11.080(f)
and (h)(1)(A); 83.13.090(c)(5);
83.13.100(a)(6); 84.01.030(d);
84.01.040(c); 84.01.050(a)(3) and (b);
84.08.030; 84.08.040(a)(2) and
(d)(3);84.14.030; 84.14.060; 84.21.030(i);
85.12.020(b)(1); 86.09.030(d); 86.09.090(c);
86.09.110(b)(9) and (d)(2)(D);
86.15.050(a)(3)(B); 88.01.080(b)(1);

Ordinance

Disposition

810.01.060(k)(4); 810.01.140(hh);
810.01.200(k)
4065

83.01.040(c)(1); 83.01.040(c)(2);
83.01.040(c)(3); 810.01.060(ff)

4067

Entire Title 8

4085

82.01.020(c)(4)(A); 82.01.020(c);
82.02.040(b)(6); 82.04.040(a); 82.06.040(b);
82.05.060; 82.06.030; 82.07.040;
82.13.060(d)(1); 82.13.080; 83.02.060(a)(1);
83.02.080(d); 83.11.100(c)(10)(C);
83.15.070; 84.01.020(b); 84.08.040(i) and
(k); 84.14.030; 84.14.050(g); 84.21.030(j)(1)
and (2); 84.25.040(l); 84.25.070(a), (c) and
(d); 85.03.020; Chapter 85.11; 85.17.040(a);
86.06.020(b); 86.06.040; 86,09.050;
86.09.090(b), (c) and (d); 86.09.100(c);
810.01.030(a)(4)(D); 810.01.180(h)

4098

82.01.030, 82.03.040; 82.04.040; 82.05.040;
82.06.050; 82.13.040(a) and (f);
82.13.040(f)(1)(B); 82.14.020(a); Chapter
82.24; 83.02.040(s)(2)(O); 83.050.070;
84.01.030(c); 84.01.040(b); 84.12.040;
84.16.050(k); 84.19.040; 84.23.030(b)(10);
84.25.040(c); 84.25.070(c)(2); Chapter 84.26;
84.26.030(a); 84.26.030(b); 84.26.030(h);
84.27.060(b); Chapter 84.29; Chapter 85.18;
85.18.020(b); 86.09.050(b); 810.01.030(dd);
810.01.090(n); 810.01.070(c)(1) and (2)

4116

87.07.040

4121

82.04.060

4136

Chapter 83.10; 810.01.030(rr) – (jjj);
810.01.040; 810.01.050(o) – (aaaa);
810.01.070(v) – (z); 810.01.080(kk) – (ccc);
810.01.100(ee) and (ff); 810.01.110(m), (o),
(p), (q), (r), (s), (t), (u) and (v);
810.01.140(m) – (ddd); 810.01.150(q) – (lll);
810.01.150(j) – (z); 810.01.180(w) – (sss);
810.01.200(o) – (ddd); 810.01.210(oo) –
(wwww); 810.01.220(c) – (hh);
810.01.250(e) – ( o); 810.01.260

4140

82.02.070; 810.01.150(q)

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4156

84.29.030(d) and (e); 84.29.040(b);
84.29.060; 84.29.070; Chapter 84.30;
85.03.040(c)

4161

83.11.040; 84.17.090

4162

Table 82-7; Table 84-1; 84.03.030(b)(5);
810.01.050(gg)

4163

Chapter 82.14; Chapter 85.07; 85.11.020
(c)(2); Chapter 86.04; 86.09.030(b)(11);
88.03.060(c)(2); 810.01.060(t);
810.01.080(ff); 810.01.250(d)

4169

Chapter 84.31; 86.08.010(b)(2)(A);
810.01.060(ll); 810.01.080(c); 810.01.200(f)

4170

Chapter 85.19; 810.01.080

4175

86.09.110

4180

83.05.060(b) and (c); 83.12.030

4181

83.05.020; 83.09.020; 84.16.020; 84.21.020

4188

Table 82.17; Chapter 84.26; 85.18.020;
85.18.030; 810.01.250(m)
Chapter 82.22; 810.01.050(nn);
810.01.060(m); 810.01.100(r);
810.01.150(yy); 810.01.160(o) and (p);
810.01.200(z); 810.01.280(c);

4189

4204

Chapters 82.24, 82.25, 82.26, 82.27, 82.29,
82.30, 82.31, 82.32, 82.33, 82.34, 82.35,
82.36 and 82.37

4205

84.18.020; 84.18.030(b); 84.18.040;
85.10.030(c)

4213

Chapter 84.29; 810.01.050(dddd)

4229

86.14.090(b)(4)

4230

16.0215A(j)(19); 82.03.040; 82.04.040;
82.05.040; 82.06.040;82.22.040; 83.11.040;

84.05.050; Chapter 84.23; 84.28.020;
84.28.040(b); Chapter 84.31; Chapter 84.32;
Chapter 85.20; 810.01
4239

Chapter 27, 28, 29 of Division1 of Title 4;
810.01.030(l);82.05.040; 82.06.040; Chapter
84.02; 85.01.030; Chapter 85.21;
16.0205(a)(15); 16.0215A(h)(6);
16.0215B(c)(5)

4242

83.05.070, 83.09.030, 83.09.040, 83.09.050

4243

87.07.040

4244

83.03.120

4245

82.02.040; 82.05.040; 82.06.040;
82.13.060(h); 82.19.040(l); 82.21.030;
82.23.030(b)(4); 83.01.080(d); 83.01.110;
83.02.040(c)(2)(Q); 83.02.080(d);
83.07.040(a); 83.10.010(d)(1); 83.11.040(c);
83.13.110(a); 84.01.050(e), (f), (g) and (l);
84.12.050; Chapter 85.12; 86.09.050(b);
810.01.150; 810.01.210

4251

82.03.040; 82.04.050; 82.05.040; 82.06.040;
Chapter 84.33

4254

82.14.030(d); 82.14.050(g), (h) and (i)

4258

85.19.020(c); 810.01.080(nn) and (oo)

4280

85.19.010; 85.19.020; 85.19.030; 85.19.040;
85.19.050; 85.19.060; 85.19.070; 85.19.080,
85.19.090; 85.19.100; 85.19.110; 85.19.120;
85.19.130;
85.19.140;
85.19.150,
810.01.201(zz) and 810.01.210(zz)(1)(A)

4298

83.13.030; 83.13.040; 83.13.050; 83.13.060
83.13.080; 83.13.090; 83.13.035

4304

Table 82-7; 82.14.050; 810.01.080 (gg)

4309

82.02.070; Chapter 84.34; 810.01.150(r)

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Cross Index – Section to Ordinance
Section

Ordinance

Section

81.01.010 - 81.01.090
81.02.010 - 81.02.020

4011, 4067
4011, 4067

83.01.010 - 83.01.110
83.02.010 - 83.02.080

82.01.010 - 82.01.030

4011, 4057, 4067,
4085, 4098
82.02.010 - 82.02.070
4011, 4067, 4085, 4140,
4140, 4245, 4309
82.03.010 - 82.03.070
4011, 4043, 4057,
4067, 4098, 4230, 4251
82.04.010 - 82.04.060
4011, 4043, 4057, 4067,
4085, 4098, 4121, 4162, 4230,
4251,4304
82.05.010 - 82.05.060
4011, 4043, 4057, 4067,
4085, 4098, 4230, 4239, 4245,
4251
82.06.010 - 82.06.070 4011, 4043, 4057, 4067
4085, 4098, 4188, 4230, 4239,
4245, 4251
82.07.010 - 82.07.040
4011, 4085, 4067
82.08.010 - 82.08.040
4011, 4067
82.09.010 - 82.09.060
4011, 4067
82.10.010 - 82.10.030
4011, 4057, 4067
82.11.010 - 82.11.050
4011, 4067
82.12.010 - 82.12.050
4011, 4067
82.13.010 - 82.13.090
4011, 4043, 4057, 4067
4085, 4098, 4245
82.14.010 - 82.14.070
4011, 4098, 4163,
4067, 4254,4304
82.15.010 - 82.15.040
4011, 4067
82.16.010 - 82.16.030
4011, 4067
82.17.010 - 82.17.040
4011, 4067
82.18.010 - 82.18.030
4011, 4067
82.19.010 - 82.19.050
4011, 4067, 4245
82.20.010 - 82.20.040
4011, 4067
82.21.010 - 82.21.030
4011, 4067, 4245
82.22.010 - 82.22.220
4011, 4020, 4067,
4189, 4230
82.23.010 - 82.23.040
4011, 4067, 4245
82.24.010 – 82.24.030
4057, 4067, 4098, 4204
82.25
4204
82.26
4204
82.27
4204
82.28
4204
82.29
4204
82.30
4204
82.31
4204
82.32
4204
82.33
4204
82.34
4204
82.35
4204
82.36.01 – 82.36.050
4204
82.37
4204

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83.03.010 - 83.03.120
83.04.010 - 83.04.080
83.05.010 - 83.05.080
83.06.010 - 83.06.070
83.07.010 - 83.07.040
83.08.010 - 83.08.040
83.09.010 - 83.09.060
83.10.010 - 83.10.120
83.11.010 - 83.11.100
83.12.010 - 83.12.030
83.13.010 – 83.13.020
83.13.030 - 83.13.130
83.14.010 - 83.14.030
83.15.010 – 83.15.070
84.01.010 - 84.01.050
84.02.010 - 84.02.040
84.03.010 - 84.03.030
84.04.010 - 84.04.090
84.05.010 - 84.05.060
84.06.010 - 84.06.040
84.07.010 - 84.07.030
84.08.010 - 84.08.040
84.09.010 - 84.09.060
84.10.010 - 84.10.030
84.11.010 - 84.11.030
84.12.010 - 84.12.120
84.13.010 - 84.13.030
84.14.010 - 84.14.080
84.15
84.16.010 - 84.16.080
84.17.010 - 84.17.080
84.18.010 - 84.18.040
84.19.010 - 84.19.090
84.20.010 - 84.20.030
84.21.010 - 84.21.030
84.22.010 - 84.22.030
84.23.010 - 84.23.030
84.24.010 - 84.24.060
84.25.010 - 84.25.070

Ordinance
4011, 4065, 4067, 4245
4011, 4043, 4057, 4067,
4085, 4098, 4245
4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4067, 4098,
4180, 4181, 4242
4011, 4043, 4067
4011, 4067, 4245
4011, 4043, 4067
4011, 4067, 4181, 4242
4011, 4043, 4057,
4067, 4245
4011, 4043, 4057, 4067
4085, 4136, 4161, 4230, 4245
4011, 4067, 4180
4011, 4043, 4057,
4067, 4245, 4298
4011, 4043, 4057,
4067, 4245, 4298
4011, 4067
4043, 4067, 4085
4011, 4043, 4057, 4067,
4085, 4098, 4245
4011, 4067, 4239
4011, 4067, 4162
4011, 4067, 4043
4011, 4043, 4067, 4230
4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4043, 4057,
4067, 4085
4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4067, 4098, 4245
4011, 4067
4011, 4057, 4067, 4085
4011, 4067
4011, 4043, 4067,
4098, 4181
4011, 4043, 4067, 4161
4011, 4043, 4067, 4205
4011, 4043, 4067, 4098
4011, 4067
4011, 4043, 4057, 4067,
4085, 4181
4011, 4067
4011, 4067, 4098, 4230
4011, 4043, 4067, 4085
4011, 4043, 4067,
4085, 4098
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84.26.010 - 84.26.030
84.27.010 - 84.27.110
84.28.010 - 84.28.050
84.29.010 - 84.29.070
84.30.010 - 84.30.030
84.31.010 - 84.21.060
84.32.010 - 84.32.040
84.34

4011, 4067, 4098, 4188
4011, 4043, 4067, 4098
4011, 4067, 4230
4098, 4156, 4213
4156
4169, 4230
4230
4309

85.01.010 - 85.01.030
85.02.010 - 85.02.050
85.03.010 - 85.03.110
85.04.010 - 85.04.030
85.05.010 - 85.05.020
85.06.010 - 85.06.110
85.07.010 - 85.07.020
85.08.010 - 85.08.030
85.09.010 - 85.09.030
85.10.010 - 85.10.100
85.11.010 - 85.11.020
85.12.010 - 85.12.020
85.13.010 - 85.13.020
85.14.010 - 85.14.060
85.15.010 - 85.15.120
85.16.010 - 85.16.040
85.17.010 - 85.17.080
85.18.010 - 85.18.040
85.19.010 - 85.19.150
85.20.010 - 85.20.030
85.21.010 – 85.21.100

4011, 4067, 4239
4011, 4067, 4085
4011, 4067, 4156, 4244
4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4043, 4067
4011, 4067, 4163
4011, 4067
4011, 4043, 4067
4011, 4043, 4067, 4205
4011, 4067, 4085, 4163
4011, 4057, 4067, 4245
4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4043, 4067, 4085
4011, 4067, 4098, 4188
4170, 4258, 4280
4230
4239

86.01.010 - 86.01.030
86.02.010 - 86.02.050
86.03.010 - 86.03.050
86.04.010
86.05.010

4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4067

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86.06.010 - 86.06.090

4011, 4043, 4067,
4085, 4163
86.07.010 - 86.07.070
4011, 4067
86.08.010 - 86.08.070
4011, 4067, 4169
86.09.010 - 86.09.210
4011, 4043, 4057, 4067,
4085, 4098, 4163, 4175, 4245
86.10.010 - 86.10.020
4011, 4067
86.11.010 - 86.11.040
4011, 4067
86.12.010 - 86.12.070
4011, 4067
86.13.010 - 86.13.080
4011, 4067
86.14.010 - 86.14.090
4011, 4067, 4229
86.15.010 - 86.15.080
4011, 4043, 4057, 4067
87.01.010 - 87.01.120
87.02.010 - 87.02.130
87.03.010 - 87.03.120
87.04.010 - 87.04.080
87.05.010 - 87.05.040
87.06.010 - 87.06.050
87.07.010 - 87.07.040
87.08.010 - 87.08.040
88.01.010 - 88.01.090
88.02.010 - 88.02.050
88.03.010 - 88.03.140

4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4067, 4116
4011, 4067
4011, 4043, 4057, 4067
4011, 4043, 4067
4011, 4067, 4163

89.01.010 - 89.01.070
89.02.010 - 89.02.050
89.03.010 - 89.03.090

4011, 4067
4011, 4067
4011, 4067

810.01.010 - 810.01.280
4011, 4043, 4057, 4065,
4067, 4085, 4098, 4136, 4140,
4162, 4163, 4169, 4170, 4188,
4189, 4213, 4230, 4239, 4245,
4258, 4280, 4304, 4309

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Division 1

DIVISION 1 DEVELOPMENT CODE AUTHORITY
AND APPLICABILITY
Chapter 81.01 Purpose and Effect of Development Code .............................................. 1-3
81.01.010 Title ..................................................................................................................... 1-3
81.01.020 Purpose and Intent of Development Code ........................................................... 1-3
81.01.030 Authority for Regulating Land Uses .................................................................... 1-4
81.01.040 Responsibility for Administration........................................................................ 1-4
81.01.050 Applicability of Development Code .................................................................... 1-5
81.01.060 Partial Invalidation of Development Code .......................................................... 1-6
81.01.070 Legal Defense Fee Responsibility ....................................................................... 1-7
81.01.080 Use of Headings ................................................................................................... 1-7
81.01.090 Effect of General Plan Adoption or Development Code Changes on Projects in
Progress ................................................................................................................ 1-7
Chapter 81.02 Interpretation of Regulations................................................................. 1-11
81.02.010 Purpose of Chapter ............................................................................................. 1-11
81.02.020 Rules of Interpretation ....................................................................................... 1-11

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CHAPTER 81.01

81.01

PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF DEVELOPMENT CODE

Sections:
81.01.010
81.01.020
81.01.030
81.01.040
81.01.050
81.01.060
81.01.070
81.01.080
81.01.090

81.01.010

Title
Purpose and Intent of Development Code
Authority for Regulating Land Uses
Responsibility for Administration
Applicability of Development Code
Partial Invalidation of Development Code
Legal Defense Fee Responsibility
Use of Headings
Effect of General Plan Adoption or Development Code Changes on Projects in
Progress

Title

Title 8 of the San Bernardino County Code shall be known as the San Bernardino Development
Code, hereafter referred to as "this Development Code."
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
81.01.020

Purpose and Intent of Development Code

The purpose of this Development Code is to implement the San Bernardino General Plan by
classifying and regulating the uses of land and structures within unincorporated San Bernardino
County; by preserving and protecting the County’s important agricultural, cultural, natural, open
space and scenic resources; and by protecting and promoting the public health, safety, comfort,
convenience, prosperity, and general welfare of residents and businesses in the County. More
specifically, the purposes of this Development Code are to:
(a) Provide standards and guidelines for the continuing orderly growth and development
of the County that will assist in protecting the character and identity of San Bernardino
County and its distinct communities.
(b) Conserve and protect the County's important agriculture, cultural, natural, open space
and scenic resources.
(c) Create a comprehensive and stable pattern of land uses upon which to plan
transportation, water supply, sewerage, energy, drainage/flood control and other public
facilities and utilities.

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81.01

(d) Encourage the most appropriate uses of land in order to prevent overcrowding of land
and avoid undue concentration of population, and maintain and protect the value of
property.
(e) Ensure compatibility between different types of development and land use.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
81.01.030

Authority for Regulating Land Uses

The Development Code is enacted based on the authority vested in the County of San Bernardino
by the State of California, including but not limited to:
(a) Local Ordinances and Regulations (California Constitution, Article XI, Section 7)
(b) Planning and Zoning Law (Government Code Section 65000 et seq.)
(c) Airport Approaches Zoning Law (Government Code Section 50485 et seq.)
(d) Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act (Public Resources Code Section 2621 et
seq.)
(e) California Environmental Quality Act (Public Resources Code Section 21000 et seq.)
(f)

Desert Native Plants Act (Food and Agricultural Code Section 80001 et seq.)

(g) Land Conservation Act of 1965 (Williamson Act) (Government Code Section 51200
et seq.)
(h) Mobilehome Parks Act (Health and Safety Code Section 18200 et seq.)
(i)

Subdivision Map Act (Government Code Sections 66410 et seq.)

(j)

Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (Public Resources Code Section 2710 et
seq.)

(k) Z’berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act of 1973 (Public Resources Code Section 4526 et
seq.)
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
81.01.040

Responsibility for Administration

This Development Code shall be administered by the County Board of Supervisors, the Planning
Commission, the Director of Land Use Services, the Land Use Services Department, and any
other departments, groups, or individuals identified in this Development Code in compliance
with Title 1 (Government and Administration) of the County Code and in this Development
Code, particularly Division 6 (Development Code Administration).
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81.01

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
81.01.050

Applicability of Development Code

This Development Code applies to all land, land uses, activities, structures, subdivisions, and
development within the unincorporated areas of the County of San Bernardino, as provided by
this Section.
(a) New land uses or structures, changes to land uses or structures. Compliance with
the requirements of this Development Code is necessary in order for a person to
lawfully establish, occupy, maintain, construct, reconstruct, alter, expand or replace
any pertinent use of land or structure.
(b) Issuance of Building or Grading Permits. The Building Official may only issue
building, grading, or other construction permits after all applicable requirements of
this Development Code, and all other applicable statutes, ordinances and regulations
have been met.
(c) Subdivision of land. Any subdivision of land proposed within the County shall be
consistent with:
(1) The minimum lot size requirements of Tables 82.4A, B, and C (Agricultural and
Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size), Tables
82.8A, B, and C (Residential Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size),
Tables 82.12A, B, and C (Commercial Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot
Size), and Tables 82.18A, B, and C (Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use
Zoning District Minimum Lot Size);
(2) Division 9 (Subdivisions); and
(3) All other applicable requirements of this Development Code.
(d) California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). All development projects subject
to discretionary review shall also be subject to environmental review in compliance
with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
(e) Effect of Development Code. An existing land use is lawful only when it was legally
established in compliance with all regulations applicable at the time the use was
established and when it is operated and maintained in compliance with all applicable
provisions of this Development Code, including Chapter 84.17 (Nonconforming Uses
and Structures).
(f)

Relationship to General Plan. All of the provisions of this Development Code, as
well as any land use authorized by this Development Code, shall be consistent with the
San Bernardino County General Plan, which is the overall policy document of the
County, hereafter referred to as the "General Plan." This Development Code and the
Land Use Map portion of the General Plan are the primary tools used by the County to
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implement the goals, objectives, policies, and strategies established in the General
Plan.
(g) Relationship to other regulations, easements, etc. Where this Development Code
imposes a greater restriction upon the uses or design of structures or land, or upon the
height of structures, or requires larger open spaces than are imposed or required by
other ordinances, rules, regulations or by easements, covenants, or agreements, the
provisions of this Development Code shall control.
(h) Minimum requirements. The provisions of this Development Code constitute
minimum requirements for the promotion of public health, safety, and welfare, unless
stated otherwise (for example, height limits and parcel coverage requirements for
structures, and the numbers and sizes of signs allowed are maximums, not minimums).
When this Development Code provides for discretion on the part of a County official
or body, that discretion may be exercised to impose more stringent requirements
where they are deemed necessary to promote public health and safety, orderly land
development and all other purposes of this Development Code.
(i)

Conflicts with Development Code or General Plan. County-issued licenses or
permits for uses or structures that conflict with the provisions of this Development
Code or the General Plan shall be null and void and shall not support any claim to a
vested right to develop. See also Section 81.02.020 (Rules of Interpretation).

(j)

Uses or activities exempt under State or Federal law. The provisions of this
Development Code shall not apply to any uses or activities that are exempt from local
regulation under or preempted by state or federal law.

(k) Other requirements may apply. Nothing in this Development Code eliminates the
need for obtaining any permit, approval, or entitlement required by other provisions of
the County Code or complying with the regulations of any County department, or any
regional, Special Districts, State, or Federal agency.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
81.01.060

Partial Invalidation of Development Code

If any division, chapter, section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or portion of this
Development Code is for any reason held to be invalid, unconstitutional, or unenforceable by a
court of competent jurisdiction, the decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining
portions of this Development Code. The Board of Supervisors hereby declares that it would have
adopted this Development Code and each division, chapter, section, subsection, sentence, clause,
phrase or portion thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more portions of this
Development Code may be declared invalid, unconstitutional, or unenforceable.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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Legal Defense Fee Responsibility

(a) Applicant’s agreement to indemnify and hold harmless. As a condition of approval
of a land use application, the applicant shall agree to defend, indemnify, and hold
harmless the County or its agents, officers, and employees from any claim, action, or
proceeding against the County or its agents, officers, or employees to attack, set aside,
void, or annul an approval of the County, an advisory agency, appeal board or
legislative body concerning the map or permit or any other action relating to or arising
out of County approval.
(b) County’s duty to notify applicant and cooperate in defense. Any condition of
approval imposed in compliance with this Development Code shall include a
requirement that the County act reasonably to promptly notify the applicant of any
claim, action, or proceeding and that the County cooperate fully in the defense.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
81.01.080

Use of Headings

The headings of the divisions, chapters, sections, subsections, and clauses of this Development
Code, together with the accompanying illustrations, examples, and explanatory notes, are
inserted as a matter of convenience and in no way define, limit, or enlarge the scope or meaning
of this Development Code or any of its provisions.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
81.01.090

Effect of General Plan Adoption or Development Code Changes on Projects
in Progress

The adoption of a General Plan or the enactment of this Development Code, or any amendment
to either, may have the effect of imposing different standards on a new land use than those that
applied to existing development. (For example, this Development Code or a future amendment
could require more off-street parking spaces for a particular land use than former regulations.)
The following provisions determine how the General Plan with an effective date of April 12,
2007 and the requirements of this Development Code will apply to a development project that is
in progress at the time the General Plan or the Development Code goes into effect.
(a)

Projects with pending applications. Applications that have been accepted as
complete, in compliance with State law (Government Code Section 65943), by the
Department before April 12, 2007, shall be processed in compliance with the
regulations and requirements in effect at the time the application was accepted as
complete. Also, applications that have been submitted to the Land Use Services
Department that could be accepted as compete but for additional reports required to
make an environmental determination for the project, shall be processed in compliance
with the regulations and requirements in effect at the time the application was filed if
all required reports are submitted by July 11, 2007. However, applications for
extensions of time shall be governed by this Development Code.
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(b) Land use permits approved on or before April 12, 2007. If a land use permit, not
including a land use zoning district change or General Plan amendment, is approved
on or before April 12, 2007, in the case of the General Plan or on or before April 12,
2007 in the case of this Development Code, the following shall apply:
(1) The establishment of structures and land uses shall be allowed in compliance
with the requirements of the land use permit provided that:
(A) The structures and uses are consistent with the General Plan and
Development Code in existence at the time of the land use permit approval;
and
(B) The land use permit has not expired.
(2) A Building Permit, Grading Permit, or other development permit may be granted,
provided that:
(A) The structures and uses are consistent with the General Plan and
Development Code in existence at the time of the land use permit approval;
and
(B) The land use permit has not expired.
(3) The establishment of structures and land uses shall be exempt from the two
following requirements, provided that the structures and land uses comply with
the provisions of the approved land use permit:
(A) The structures or land uses must be allowed in the currently applicable land
use zoning district; and
(B) The structures or land uses must meet the currently applicable development
standards contained in this Development Code;
(b) Building Permits approved on or before April 12, 2007.
(1) Building permits for structures or land uses (other than single-family residential
uses), for which land construction plans have been submitted and fees paid on or
before April 12, 2007, shall be exempt from the two following requirements;
provided, however, that the proposed land use must be of the same fundamental
land use category (i.e., multi-family residential, commercial, industrial,
agricultural) as that designated in the General Plan:
(A) The structures or land uses must be allowed in the currently applicable land
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(B) The structures or land uses must meet the currently applicable development
standards contained in this Development Code.
(2) Building permits issued under this Subsection (b) shall be issued on or before
April 12, 2007.
(c) Modifications. Significant modifications to the land uses and structures permitted in
compliance with Subsections (a) and (b), above, shall not be permitted without full
compliance with the currently applicable General Plan and this Development Code:
(d) Extension of permit expiration dates. The expiration date of land use permits, other
than land use zoning district changes or General Plan amendments, which were
approved on or before April 12, 2007, may be extended under Section 86.06.060
(Time Limits and Extensions) for the period which would otherwise be allowed under
that section, but in no event beyond April 12, 2007, without satisfying the requirement
that extensions be found consistent with the General Plan as is required under Section
86.06.060 (Time Limits and Extensions). This subsection shall apply only to those
approvals that expire between March 13, 2007 and April 12, 2007. Applications that
are found to be consistent with the then applicable General Plan may be granted the
maximum extension allowed under this Development Code without regard to the
above limitations.
(e) Subdivision maps. Subdivision maps shall be processed in compliance with the
Subdivision Map Act.
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CHAPTER 81.02 INTERPRETATION OF REGULATIONS
Sections:
81.02.010
81.02.020
81.02.010

Purpose of Chapter
Rules of Interpretation
Purpose of Chapter

This Chapter provides rules for resolving questions about the meaning or applicability of any
part of this Development Code. The provisions of this Chapter are intended to ensure the
consistent interpretation and application of the provisions of this Development Code and the
General Plan.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
81.02.020

Rules of Interpretation

(a) Authority. The Director shall have the responsibility and authority to interpret the
meaning and applicability of all provisions and requirements of this Development
Code, subject to appeal to the Commission in compliance with Chapter 86.08
(Appeals).
(b) Permissive code. In the interpretation and application of the provisions of this
Development Code, it shall be declared to be a permissive code. Any use not
specifically allowed shall be prohibited, except as otherwise provided in Section
82.02.030 (Allowed Land Uses and Planning Permit Requirements) or in Section
82.02.040 (Exemptions from Planning Permit Requirements).
(c) Language.
(1) Abbreviated titles and phrases. For the purpose of brevity, and unless
otherwise indicated, the following phrases, names of personnel and decisionmaking bodies are shortened in this Development Code. The County of San
Bernardino is referred to hereafter as the "County." The Land Use Services
Department is referred to as the "Department." The County Director of Land Use
Services is referred to as the "Director." The Board of Supervisors is referred to
as the "Board." The Planning Commission is referred to as the "Commission."
The State of California is referred to as the "State." The County of San
Bernardino Code is referred to as “the County Code.” The California Subdivision
Map Act is referred to as the “Map Act.”
(2) Terminology. When used in this Development Code, the words "shall," "will,"
"is to," and "are to" are always mandatory. "Should" and “encourage” are not
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mandatory but are strongly recommended; "may" is permissive. The present
tense includes the past and future tenses; and the future tense includes the
present. The singular number includes the plural number, and the plural the
singular, unless the natural construction of the word indicates otherwise. The
words "include," "includes," and "including" mean "including but not limited to .
. .". The terms “amend,” “modify,” and “revise,” all mean “to change.” The term
“waive” means “to eliminate a requirement.” The use of the word “approval”
includes approval with conditions. The use of the words “appropriate” or
“applicable” means “as determined by the applicable Review Authority, or if not
identified, by the Director.” The word “structure” includes “buildings and/or
structures.”
(3) Number of days. Whenever a number of days is specified in this Development
Code, or in any permit, condition of approval, or notice issued or given as
provided in this Development Code, the number of days shall be calendar days,
unless business days are specified. Time limits will extend to the following
business day where the last of the specified number of days falls on a day that the
County is not open for business, except as otherwise provided for by the Map
Act.
(4) State law requirements. Where this Development Code references applicable
provisions of State law (for example, the California Government Code, Map Act,
Public Resources Code, etc.), the reference shall be interpreted to be the
applicable State law provisions as they may be amended from time to time.
(d) Calculations - Rounding. Where provisions of this Development Code require
calculations to determine applicable requirements, any fractional/decimal results of the
calculations shall be rounded as provided by this Subsection.
(1) Number of lots. The fractional/decimal results of calculations of the number of
parcels allowed through subdivision based on a minimum lot area requirement
shall be rounded down to the next lowest whole number.
(2) Residential density. The fractional/decimal results of calculations of the number
of housing units allowed within a land use zoning district shall be rounded down
to the next lowest whole number.
(3) All other calculations. Unless otherwise specifically addressed in this
Development Code, for all calculations required by this Development Code other
than those described in Subparagraphs 1 and 2, the fractional/decimal results of
calculations shall be rounded to the next highest whole number when the
fraction/decimal is 0.5 or more, and to the next lowest whole number when the
fraction is less than 0.5.
(e) Conflicting requirements. Any conflicts between different requirements of this
Development Code, or between this Development Code and other regulations, shall be
resolved as follows.
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(1) Development Code provisions. In the event of any conflict between the
provisions of this Development Code, the most restrictive requirement shall
control, except in case of any conflict between the land use zoning district
regulations of Division 2 (Land Use Districts and Allowable Land Uses) and the
provisions of Division 3 (Countywide Development Standards), the provisions of
Division 3 shall control.
(2) Development Agreements or Specific Plans. In the event of any conflict
between the requirements of this Development Code and standards adopted as
part of any Development Agreement or Specific Plan, the requirements of the
Development Agreement or Specific Plan shall control.
(3) County Code provisions. In the event of any conflict between requirements of
this Development Code and other regulations of the County, the most restrictive
requirement shall control.
(4) Mitigation measures. In the event of any conflict between the requirements of
this Development Code and mitigation measures adopted as part of a certified
environmental impact report or approved negative declaration, the most
restrictive shall control.
(f)

Interpretation of land use district boundaries.
(1) If there is uncertainty about the location of any primary or overlay land use
district boundary shown on the Land Use Plan or sectional Land Use District
Maps, the location of the boundary shall be determined by the Director as
follows:
(A) Where a district boundary approximately follows a lot, alley, or street line,
the lot line and street and alley centerlines shall be construed as the district
boundary.
(B) In unsubdivided property, and where a district boundary divides a parcel
and the boundary line location is not specified by dimensions printed on the
land use district map, the location of the boundary will be determined by
using the scale appearing on the map.
(C) Where a public street or alley is officially vacated or abandoned, the
regulations applicable to the property to which it reverts shall apply to the
vacated or abandoned street or alley.
(2) If the Director determines that the above rules do not resolve uncertainty about a
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(g) Illustrations. The figures, diagrams and other graphics used throughout this
Development Code are for illustration purposes only and to the extent any are in
conflict with the written provisions, the written provisions shall govern.
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DIVISION 2
LAND USE ZONING DISTRICTS
AND ALLOWED LAND USES
Chapter 82.01 Land Use Plan, Land Use Zoning Districts, and Overlays ....................... 2-5
82.01.010 Purpose............................................................................................................. 2-5
82.01.020 Land Use Plan and Land Use Zoning Districts ................................................ 2-5
82.01.030 Overlays ........................................................................................................... 2-9
Chapter 82.02 Allowed Land Uses and Development ................................................... 2-11
82.02.010 Purpose........................................................................................................... 2-11
82.02.020 General Requirements for Development and New Land Uses ...................... 2-11
82.02.030 Allowed Land Uses and Planning Permit Requirements ............................... 2-12
82.02.040 Exemptions from Planning Permit Requirements.......................................... 2-14
82.02.050 Special Developments .................................................................................... 2-16
82.02.060
Temporary Uses ............................................................................................. 2-16
82.02.070 (Reserved)……………………………………………………………………2-16
Chapter 82.03 Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning Districts 2-17
82.03.010 Purpose........................................................................................................... 2-17
82.03.020 Purposes and Location of the Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use
Zoning Districts ............................................................................................. 2-17
82.03.030 Minimum Area for Designation ..................................................................... 2-17
82.03.040 Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses
and Permit Requirements ............................................................................... 2-18
82.03.050 Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Subdivision
Standards ........................................................................................................ 2-22
82.03.060
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Site
Planning and Building Standards .................................................................. 2-23
82.03.070 FW Land Use Zoning District Additional Standards ..................................... 2-26
Chapter 82.04 Residential Land Use Zoning Districts.................................................. 2-27
82.04.010 Purpose........................................................................................................... 2-27
82.04.020
Purposes and Location of the Residential Land Use Zoning Districts .......... 2-27
82.04.030 Minimum Area for Designation ..................................................................... 2-27
82.04.040
Residential Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses and Permit
Requirements ................................................................................................. 2-28
82.04.050 Residential Land Use Zoning District Subdivision Standards ....................... 2-32
82.04.060 Residential Land Use Zoning District Site Planning and Building Standards2-34
Chapter 82.05 Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts................................................ 2-37
82.05.010 Purpose........................................................................................................... 2-37
82.05.020 Purposes and Location of the Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts ......... 2-37
82.05.030 Minimum Area for Designation ..................................................................... 2-37
82.05.040 Commercial Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses and Permit
Requirements ................................................................................................. 2-38
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82.05.050 Commercial Land Use Zoning District Subdivision Standards ..................... 2-43
82.05.060 Commercial Land Use Zoning District Site Planning and Building Standards2-45
Chapter 82.06 Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning Districts ................ 2-51
82.06.010 Purpose........................................................................................................... 2-51
82.06.020 Purposes and Location of the Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning
Districts .......................................................................................................... 2-51
82.06.030 Minimum Area for Designation ..................................................................... 2-51
82.06.040 Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses and Permit
Requirements ................................................................................................. 2-52
82.06.050 Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning District Subdivision
Standards ........................................................................................................ 2-57
82.06.060 Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning District Site Planning and
Building Standards ......................................................................................... 2-59
82.06.070 Adopted Planned Development Applications ................................................ 2-66
Chapter 82.07 Additional Agriculture (AA) Overlay ................................................... 2-67
82.07.010 Purpose........................................................................................................... 2-67
82.07.020 Location Requirements .................................................................................. 2-67
82.07.030
Development Standards ................................................................................. 2-67
82.07.040 Land Use Limitations ..................................................................................... 2-67
Chapter 82.08 Agricultural Preserve (AP) Overlay ...................................................... 2-69
82.08.010 Purpose........................................................................................................... 2-69
82.08.020 Location Requirements .................................................................................. 2-69
82.08.030
Development Standards ................................................................................. 2-69
82.08.040 Land Use Limitations ..................................................................................... 2-70
Chapter 82.09 Airport Safety (AR) Overlay .................................................................. 2-73
82.09.010 Purpose........................................................................................................... 2-73
82.09.020 Location Requirements .................................................................................. 2-73
82.09.030 Airport Safety Review Areas ......................................................................... 2-73
82.09.040 Applicable Airport Comprehensive Land Use Plans ..................................... 2-74
82.09.050 Review Procedures......................................................................................... 2-75
82.09.060 Development Standards ................................................................................. 2-76
Chapter 82.10 Alternate Housing (AH) Overlay ........................................................... 2-79
82.10.010 Purpose........................................................................................................... 2-79
82.10.020 Location Requirements .................................................................................. 2-79
82.10.030 Development Standards ................................................................................. 2-79
Chapter 82.11 Biotic Resources (BR) Overlay .............................................................. 2-81
82.11.010 Purpose........................................................................................................... 2-81
82.11.020 Location Requirements .................................................................................. 2-81
82.11.030 Application Requirements ............................................................................. 2-81
82.11.040 Conditions of Approval.................................................................................. 2-82
82.11.050 Professional Qualifications ............................................................................ 2-82
Chapter 82.12 Cultural Resources Preservation (CP) Overlay ................................... 2-83
82.12.010 Purpose........................................................................................................... 2-83
82.12.020 Location Requirements .................................................................................. 2-83
82.12.030 Application Requirements ............................................................................. 2-83
82.12.040 Development Standards ................................................................................. 2-84
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82.12.050 Native American Monitor .............................................................................. 2-84
Chapter 82.13 Fire Safety (FS) Overlay ......................................................................... 2-85
82.13.010 Purpose........................................................................................................... 2-85
82.13.020 Location Requirements .................................................................................. 2-85
82.13.030 Fire Safety Areas............................................................................................ 2-85
82.13.040 Application Requirements ............................................................................. 2-86
82.13.050 General Development Standards.................................................................... 2-88
82.13.060 FS1, FS2, and FS3 Development Standards .................................................. 2-89
82.13.070
(Reserved) ..................................................................................................... 2-99
82.13.080 Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plans/Permits......................................... 2-99
82.13.090 Alternate Hazard Protection Measures ........................................................ 2-105
Chapter 82.14 Floodplain Safety (FP) Overlay ........................................................... 2-107
82.14.010 Purpose......................................................................................................... 2-107
82.14.020
Location Requirements ................................................................................ 2-107
82.14.030 Applicability ................................................................................................ 2-108
82.14.040 Floodplain Safety Review Areas ................................................................. 2-108
82.14.050 Development Standards for Projects within FP1 and FP2 Floodplain Safety
Review Areas ............................................................................................... 2-111
82.14.060 Exceptions and Modifications................................................................... 2-114.4
82.14.070 Boundary Changes .................................................................................... 2-114.5
Chapter 82.15 Geologic Hazard (GH) Overlay ........................................................... 2-115
82.15.010 Purpose......................................................................................................... 2-115
82.15.020 Location Requirements ................................................................................ 2-115
82.15.030 Professional Reports .................................................................................... 2-115
82.15.040 Development Standards ............................................................................... 2-117
Chapter 82.16 Hazardous Waste (HW) Overlay ......................................................... 2-119
82.16.010 Purpose......................................................................................................... 2-119
82.16.020 Location Requirements ................................................................................ 2-119
82.16.030 Development Standards ............................................................................... 2-120
Chapter 82.17 Mineral Resources (MR) Overlay ....................................................... 2-123
82.17.010 Purpose......................................................................................................... 2-123
82.17.020 Location Requirements ................................................................................ 2-124
82.17.030 Application Requirements ........................................................................... 2-124
82.17.040 Development Standards ............................................................................... 2-124
Chapter 82.18 Noise Hazard (NH) Overlay ................................................................. 2-125
82.18.010 Purpose......................................................................................................... 2-125
82.18.020 Location Requirements ................................................................................ 2-125
82.18.030 Development Standards ............................................................................... 2-125
Chapter 82.19 Open Space (OS) Overlay..................................................................... 2-127
82.19.010 Purpose......................................................................................................... 2-127
82.19.020 Location Requirements ................................................................................ 2-127
82.19.030 Special Requirements for Natural Resources .............................................. 2-128
82.19.040 Development Criteria within Scenic Areas.................................................. 2-128
82.19.050 Development Standards for Trails ............................................................... 2-130
Chapter 82.20 Paleontologic Resources (PR) Overlay ................................................ 2-135
82.20.010 Purpose......................................................................................................... 2-135
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82.20.020 Location Requirements ................................................................................ 2-135
82.20.030 Criteria for Site Evaluation for Paleontologic Resources ............................ 2-135
82.20.040 Paleontologist Qualifications ....................................................................... 2-137
Chapter 82.21 Sign Control (SC) Overlay ................................................................... 2-139
82.21.010
Purpose......................................................................................................... 2-139
82.21.020 Location Requirements ................................................................................ 2-139
82.21.030 Development Standards ............................................................................... 2-139
Chapter 82.22 Sphere Standards (SS) Overlay ........................................................... 2-141
82.22.010 Purpose......................................................................................................... 2-141
82.22.020 Location Requirements ................................................................................ 2-142
82.22.030
Development Standards within the City of Adelanto .................................. 2-142
82.22.040
Development Standards within the Town of Apple Valley ......................... 2-142
82.22.050
Development Standards within the City of Barstow.................................... 2-142
146
82.22.060
Development Standards within the City of Big Bear Lake.......................... 2-142
147
82.22.070
Development Standards within the City of Chino ....................................... 2-142
147
82.22.080
Development Standards within the City of Colton ...................................... 2-142
147
82.22.090
Development Standards within the City of Fontana .................................... 2-142
147
82.22.100
Development Standards within the City of Hesperia ................................... 2-142
147
82.22.110
Development Standards within the City of Highland .................................. 2-142
147
82.22.120
Development Standards within the City of Loma Linda ............................. 2-142
147
82.22.130
Development Standards within the City of Montclair ................................. 2-142
148
82.22.140
Development Standards within the City of Needles .................................... 2-142
148
82.22.150
Development Standards within the City of Rancho Cucamonga................. 2-142
148
82.22.160
Development Standards within the City of Redlands .................................. 2-142
148
82.22.170
Development Standards within the City of Rialto ....................................... 2-142
148
82.22.180
Development Standards within the City of San Bernardino ........................ 2-142
148
82.22.190
Development Standards within the City of Twentynine Palms ................... 2-142
148
82.22.200
Development Standards within the City of Upland ..................................... 2-142
149
82.22.210
Development Standards within the City of Victorville................................ 2-142
149
82.22.220
Development Standards within the City of Yucaipa.................................... 2-142
149
Chapter 82.23 Community Plans, Specific Plans and Area Plans ............................. 2-151
82.23.010 Purpose......................................................................................................... 2-151
82.23.020 Adopted Community Plans .......................................................................... 2-151
82.23.030 Adopted Specific Plans ................................................................................ 2-152
82.23.040 Adopted Area Plans ..................................................................................... 2-153
Chapter 82.24 Bear Valley Community Plan .............................................................. 2-155
Chapter 82.25 Bloomington Community Plan ............................................................ 2-157
Chapter 82.26 Crest Forest Community Plan ............................................................. 2-159
Chapter 82.27 Hilltop Community Plan ...................................................................... 2-161
Chapter 82.28 Homestead Valley Community Plan ................................................... 2-163
Chapter 82.29 Joshua Tree Community Plan ............................................................. 2-165
Chapter 82.30 Lake Arrowhead Community Plan ..................................................... 2-167
Chapter 82.31 Lucerne Valley Community Plan ........................................................ 2-169
Chapter 82.32 Lytle Creek Community Plan .............................................................. 2-171
Chapter 82.33 Morongo Valley Community Plan ....................................................... 2-173
Chapter 82.34 Muscoy Community Plan ..................................................................... 2-175
Chapter 82.35 Oak Glen Community Plan .................................................................. 2-177
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Chapter 82.36 Oak Hills Community Plan .................................................................. 2-179
82.36.010 General Provisions ....................................................................................... 2-179
82.36.020
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning Districts .......... 2-179
82.36.030
Residential Land Use Zoning Districts ........................................................ 2-180
82.36.040
Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts ...................................................... 2-181
82.36.050
Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning Districts ......................... 2-182
Chapter 82.37 Phelan/Pinon Hills Community Plan .................................................. 2-185

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CHAPTER 82.01 LAND USE PLAN, LAND USE ZONING DISTRICTS, AND OVERLAYS
Sections:
82.01.010
82.01.020
82.01.030
82.01.010

Purpose
Land Use Plan and Land Use Zoning Districts
Overlays
Purpose

This Chapter establishes the primary and overlay land use zoning districts applied to property within
the County.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.01.020

Land Use Plan and Land Use Zoning Districts

The Land Use Plan and the Land Use Zoning District Maps have been adopted as part of the General
Plan by ordinance and resolution. This Development Code implements the goals and policies
contained in the General Plan and contains the development standards and regulations for the land
use zoning districts.
(a) Land use zoning districts established. The County shall be divided into primary
districts and overlays that implement the San Bernardino County General Plan. The land
use zoning districts shown in Table 82-1 and the overlays shown in Table 82-2 are hereby
established and shall be shown on the Land Use Plan.
(b) Amendments. Changes, additions, and amendments to the Land Use Plan may be
determined and defined from time-to-time by ordinance adopting sectional Land Use
Zoning District Maps covering portions of the County, each of which shall become, upon
final adoption and certification by the Clerk of the Board, part of the Land Use Plan. Map
changes, additions, and amendments shall be processed, considered, and approved or
denied in compliance with Chapter 86.12 (Amendments).
(c) Purposes of land use zoning districts. The purposes of the land use zoning districts are
as follows:
(1) Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning Districts.
(A) AG (Agriculture). The AG (Agriculture) land use zoning district provides
sites for commercial agricultural operations, agriculture support services, rural
residential uses and similar and compatible uses. Open space and recreation
uses may occur on non-farmed lands within this AG (Agriculture) land use
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(B) RC (Resource Conservation). The RC (Resource Conservation) land use
zoning district provides sites for open space and recreational activities, singlefamily homes on very large parcels and similar and compatible uses.
(C) FW (Floodway). The FW (Floodway) land use zoning district provides sites
for animal keeping, grazing, crop production, and similar and compatible uses.
(D) OS (Open Space). The OS (Open Space) land use zoning district provides
sites for open space and recreational uses, and similar and compatible uses.
(2) Residential Land Use Zoning Districts.
(A) RL (Rural Living). The RL (Rural Living) land use zoning district provides
sites for rural residential uses, incidental agricultural uses, and similar and
compatible uses.
(B) RS (Single Residential). The RS (Residential) land use zoning district
provides sites for single-family residential uses, incidental agricultural and
recreational uses, and similar and compatible uses.
(C) RM (Multiple Residential). The RM (Multiple Residential) land use zoning
district provides sites for multiple residential uses, mixed residential uses, and
similar and compatible non-residential uses and activities.
(3) Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts.
(A) CR (Rural Commercial). The CR (Rural Commercial) land use zoning
district provides sites for retail trade and personal services, repair services,
lodging services, recreation and entertainment services, transportation services,
and similar and compatible uses. Agriculture and residential uses allowed also
but are secondary in importance.
(B) CN (Neighborhood Commercial). The CN (Neighborhood Commercial) land
use zoning district provides sites for retail trade and personal services, repair
services, lodging services, professional services, recreation and entertainment
services, and similar and compatible uses.
(C) CO (Office Commercial). The CO (Office Commercial) land use zoning
district provides sites for professional services, and similar and compatible
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(D) CG (General Commercial). The CG (General Commercial) land use zoning
district provides sites for retail trade and personal services, lodging services,
office and professional services, recreation and entertainment services,
wholesaling and warehousing, contract/construction services, transportation
services, open lot services, and similar and compatible uses.
(E) CS (Service Commercial). The CS (Service Commercial) land use zoning
district provides sites for a mixture of heavy commercial uses and light
industrial uses, including light manufacturing uses, and similar and compatible
uses.
(F) CH (Highway Commercial). The CH (Highway Commercial) land use
zoning district provides sites for retail trade and personal services, lodging
services, office and professional services, recreation and entertainment
services, wholesaling and warehousing, contract/construction services,
transportation services, open lot services, and similar and compatible uses.
(4) Industrial Land Use Zoning Districts.
(A) IC (Community Industrial). The IC (Community Industrial) land use zoning
district provides sites for light industrial uses such as light manufacturing uses,
wholesale/warehouse services, contract/construction services, transportation
services, agriculture support services, incidental commercial and accessory
residential uses, and similar and compatible uses. These uses shall have
limited outside storage.
(B) IR (Regional Industrial). The IR (Regional Industrial) land use zoning
district provides sites for heavy industrial uses that have the potential to
generate severe negative impacts, incidental commercial uses, agricultural
support services, salvage operations, and similar and compatible uses.
(5) Special Purpose Land Use Zoning Districts.
(A) IN (Institutional). The IN (Institutional) land use zoning district provides
sites for public and quasi-public uses facilities, and similar and compatible
uses.
(B) SD (Special Development). The SD (Special Development) land use zoning
district provides sites for a combination of residential, commercial, industrial,
agricultural, open space and recreation uses, and similar and compatible uses.
(C) SP (Specific Plan). The SP (Specific Plan) land use zoning district provides
sites for a combination of residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, open
space, recreational and similar and compatible uses as determined by the
Specific Plan.

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Table 82-1
Land Use Zoning Districts
Land Use
Zoning
District
Symbol

Land Use Zoning District
Name

Applicable Development
Code Chapter/Section

Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning Districts
AG

Agriculture

82.03

RC

Resource Conservation

82.03

FW

Floodway

82.03

OS

Open Space

82.03

Residential Land Use Zoning Districts
RL

Rural Living

82.04

RS

Single Residential

82.04

RM

Multiple Residential

82.04

Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts
CR
CN

Rural Commercial
Neighborhood Commercial

82.05
82.05

CO

Office Commercial

82.05

CG

General Commercial

82.05

CS

Service Commercial

82.05

CH

Highway Commercial

82.05

Industrial Land Use Zoning Districts
IC

Community Industrial

82.06

IR

Regional Industrial

82.06

Special Purpose Land Use Zoning Districts
IN

Institutional

82.06

SD

Special Development

82.06

SP

Specific Plan

82.06

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4085
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82.01

Overlays

(a) Purpose. The overlays established by Section 82.01.020 (Land Use Plan and Land Use
Zoning Districts), and detailed in Chapters 82.13 through 82.19 are intended to guide
development within the overlays by providing standards that apply to proposed
development in addition to the standards and regulations of the primary land use zoning
district, where important community, site, environmental, safety, compatibility, or design
issues require particular attention in project planning. The overlays are shown in Table
82-2.
(b) Purpose of individual overlays. The purpose of each overlay is described in Chapters
82.07 through 82.22.
(c) Mapping of overlays. The applicability of one or more overlays to a specific site is
shown by the overlay district symbol established by Chapter 82.01 (Land Use Plan, Land
Use Zoning Districts, and Overlays), being appended as a suffix to the symbol for the
primary land use zoning district on the Land Use Plan. Overlays are applied to property
through the amendment process in Chapter 86.12 (Amendments).
(d) Allowed land uses, permit requirements, development standards. Except as may be
otherwise provided by this Division for a specific overlay:
(1) Any land use normally allowed in the primary land use zoning district by this
Division may be allowed within a overlay, subject to any additional requirements of
the overlay;
(2) Development and new land uses within a overlay shall obtain the planning approvals
required by this Division for the primary land use zoning district; and
(3) Development and new land uses within an overlay shall comply with all applicable
development standards of the primary land use zoning district, the standards
established for the specific overlay by Chapters 82.13 through 82.19, and all other
applicable provisions of this Development Code (e.g., Division 3 - Site Planning and
General Development Standards). In the event of any conflict between an overlay
requirement and a primary land use zoning district requirement, the most restrictive
shall control.

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Table 82-2
Overlays
Overlay
Symbol

Overlay Name

Applicable Development
Code Chapter/Section

Overlays
AA1

Additional Agriculture

82.07

AP1

Agricultural Preserve

82.08

AR2

Airport Safety

82.09

AH2

Alternate Housing

82.10

BR2

Biotic Resources

82.11

CP2

Cultural Resources
Preservation

82.12

FS2

Fire Safety

82.13

FP2

Floodplain Safety

82.14

GH2

Geologic Hazard

82.15

HW2

Hazardous Waste

82.16

MR2

Mineral Resources

82.17

NH2

Noise Hazard

82.18

OS2

Open Space

82.23

PR2

Paleontologic Resources

82.19

SR2

Scenic Resources

82.20

SC1

Sign Control

82.21

SS3

Sphere Standards

82.22

Notes:
(1)
(2)
(3)

Included as a suffix to the land use designation on the Land Use Zoning District Maps.
Not included on the Land Use Zoning District Map, but a separate map.
Only applied to the city sphere of influence area designated in Chapter 82.22.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067
(2009); Amended Ordinance 4098 (2010)

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CHAPTER 82.02 ALLOWED LAND USES AND DEVELOPMENT
Sections:
82.02.010
82.02.020
82.02.030
82.02.040
82.02.050
82.02.060
82.02.070
82.02.010

Purpose
General Requirements for Development and New Land Uses
Allowed Land Uses and Planning Permit Requirements
Exemptions from Planning Permit Requirements
Special Developments
Temporary Uses
(Reserved)
Purpose

This Chapter describes the County’s requirements for the approval of proposed development and
new land uses. The planning permit requirements established by this Development Code for specific
types of development are in Chapters 82.03 through 82.23.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.02.020

General Requirements for Development and New Land Uses

Each land use and/or structure shall be established, constructed, reconstructed, altered, moved or
replaced in compliance with the following requirements.
(a) Allowed use. The land use shall be allowed by this Development Code in the land use
zoning district applied to the site. The basis for determining whether a use is allowed is
described in Section 82.02.030 (Allowed Land Uses and Planning Permit Requirements).
(b) Permit and approval requirements. Any planning permit or other approval required by
Section 82.02.030 (Allowed Land Uses and Planning Permit Requirements) shall be
obtained before the issuance of any required grading, building, or other construction
permit, and before the proposed use is constructed, otherwise established or put into
operation, unless the proposed use is listed in Section 82.02.040 (Exemptions from
Planning Permit Requirements).
(c) Development standards, conditions of approval. Each land use and structure shall
comply with the development standards of this Division, applicable standards and
requirements in Division 3 (Countywide Development Standards), and Division 4
(Standards for Specific Land Uses and Activities), and any applicable conditions imposed
by a previously granted planning permit.
(d) Legal parcel. The site of a proposed development or new land use shall be a parcel that
was legally created in compliance with the Subdivision Map Act and Division 9
(Subdivisions).

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Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.02.030
Allowed Land Uses and Planning Permit Requirements
(a) Allowed land uses. The uses of land allowed by this Development Code in each land use
zoning district are listed in Chapters 82.03 through 82.22, together with the type of
planning permit required for each use. Each listed land use is defined in Division 10
(Definitions).
(1) Establishment of an allowed use.
(A) Any one or more land uses identified by the land use tables in Chapters 82.03
through 82.22 as being allowed within a specific land use zoning district may
be established on any parcel within that land use zoning district, subject to the
planning permit requirements of Subsection (c), and compliance with all
applicable requirements of this Development Code.
(B) Where a single parcel is proposed for development with two or more allowed
land uses, the overall project shall be subject to the highest permit level
required by Subsection (c) for any individual use.
(2) Use not listed.
(A) A use not listed in any land use table in Chapters 82.03 through 82.22, and
determined by the Director to not be included in Division 10 (Definitions)
under the definition of a listed land use, is not allowed except as otherwise
provided in Section 82.02.040 (Exemptions from Planning Permit
Requirements).
(B) A use that is not listed in a land use table within a particular land use zoning
district is not allowed within that district, except as otherwise provided Section
82.02.040.
(3) Similar and compatible use may be allowed. The Director may determine that a
proposed land use not listed in any land use table or Division 10 (Definitions) is
allowed as follows:
(A) Required findings. The Director may determine that a proposed use is similar
to, and compatible with a listed use and may be allowed, only after first
making all of the following findings with the determination:
(I)

The characteristics of, and activities associated with the use are similar to
one or more of the listed uses, and will not involve a greater intensity
than the uses listed in the district;

(II) The use will be consistent with the purposes of the applicable land use
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(III) The use will be consistent with the General Plan, and any applicable
specific plan;
(IV) The use will be compatible with the other uses allowed in the land use
zoning district; and
(V) The use is not listed as allowed in another land use zoning district.
(B) Findings in writing. A determination that a use qualifies as a similar and
compatible use, and the findings supporting the determination, shall be in
writing.
(C) Applicable standards and permit requirements. When the Director
determines that a proposed, but unlisted, use is similar and compatible to a
listed use, the proposed use will be treated in the same manner as the listed use
in determining where it is allowed, what permits are required, and what other
standards and requirements of this Development Code apply.
(D) Referral for determination. The Director may refer the question of whether a
proposed use qualifies as a similar and compatible use directly to the
Commission for a determination at a public meeting.
(E) Appeal. A determination of similar and compatible use may be appealed in
compliance with Chapter 86.08 (Appeals).
(b) Permit requirements. Chapters 82.03 through 82.22 provide tables showing allowed
land use types that are:
(1) “A” uses. Allowed without any land use review but may be subject to Building
Permits. These uses are shown as “A” uses in the tables;
(2) “P” uses. Allowed subject to compliance with all applicable provisions of this
Development Code, subject to first obtaining a Site Plan Permits (Chapter 85.08).
These are shown as "P" uses in the tables;
(3) “M/C” uses. Allowed subject to the approval of a Minor Use Permit issued in
compliance with Chapter 85.06 (Conditional Use Permit/Minor Use Permit), unless
the use does not qualify for a Minor Use Permit in compliance with Section
85..06.050 (Projects That Do Not Qualify for a Minor Use Permit) in which case the
use shall require a Conditional Use Permit. These uses are shown as "M/C" uses in
the tables;
(4) “CUP” uses. Allowed subject to approval of a Conditional Use Permit (Chapter
85.06), and shown as “CUP” uses in the tables.
(5) “MUP” uses. Allowed subject to approval of a Minor Use Permit (Chapter 85.06),
and shown as “MUP” uses in the tables.
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(6) “PD” uses. Allowed subject to the approval of a Planned Development Permit
(Chapter 85.10), and shown as "PD" uses in the tables;
(7) “SUP” uses. Allowed subject to the approval of a Special Use Permits (Chapter
85.14), and shown as "SUP" uses in the tables;
(8) “S” uses. Allowed subject to the type of County approval required by a specific
provision of Division 4 (Standards for Specific Land Uses and Activities), and
shown as "S" uses in the tables;
(9) “TSP” uses. Allowed subject to the provisions in Chapter 85.16 (Temporary
Special Events Permits), and shown as “TSP” in the tables;
(10) “TUP” uses. Allowed subject to the provisions in Chapter 84.25 (Temporary
Structures and Uses) and approval of a Temporary Use Permit (Chapter 85.15), and
shown as “TUP” uses in the tables; and
(11) "—" uses. Not allowed in particular land use zoning districts, and shown as "—" in
the tables.
(c) Additional permit requirements. A land use authorized through the approval of a Site
Plan Permit, Minor Use Permit, Conditional Use Permit, Planned Development Permit, or
other permit required by this Division may also require a Building Permit and/or other
permit required by the County Code.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.02.040

Exemptions from Planning Permit Requirements

The planning permit requirements of this Development Code do not apply to the land uses,
structures, and activities identified by this Section. These are allowed in all land use zoning districts
subject to compliance with this Section.
(a) General requirements for exemption. The land uses, structures, and activities identified
by Subsection (b) below are exempt from the planning permit requirements of this
Development Code only when:
(1) The use, activity or structure is established and operated in compliance with the
setback requirements, height limits, and all other applicable standards of this
Division (Land Use Zoning Districts and Allowed Land Uses), and Division 3
(Countywide Development Standards), Division 4 (Standards for Specific Land
Uses and Activities) and, where applicable, Chapter 84.17 (Nonconforming Uses
and Structures); and
(2) Any permit or approval required by regulations other than this Development
Code is obtained (for example, a Building Permit).

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(b) Exempt activities and land uses. The following are exempt from the planning permit
requirements of this Development Code when in compliance with Subsection (a) above.
(1) Decks, paths and driveways. Decks, platforms, on-site paths, and driveways that
are not required to have a Building Permit or Grading Permit.
(2) Fences and walls. See Section 83.06 (Fences, Hedges, and Walls).
(3) Interior remodeling. Interior alterations that do not increase the gross floor area of
the structure, or change the permitted use of the structure.
(4) Repairs and maintenance.
(A) Single-family dwellings. Ordinary repairs to, and maintenance of, singlefamily dwellings or any related accessory structures.
(B) Multi-family, and non-residential structures. Ordinary repairs to, and
maintenance of multi-family residential and non-residential structures, if:
(I)

The work does not change the approved land use of the site or structure,
or add to, enlarge or expand the land use and/or structure; and

(II) Any exterior repairs employ the same materials and design as the original
construction.
(5) Small, portable residential accessory structures. A single portable structure per
lot or unit, including pre-manufactured storage sheds or other small structures in
residential zones, that are exempt from Building Permit requirements in compliance
with the County Code and the California Building Code. Additional structures may
be approved in compliance with Section 84.01.050 (Residential Accessory
Structures and Uses), where allowed by the applicable zone.
(6) Solar collectors, accessory to residential uses of 19 units or fewer. The addition
of solar collectors to the roof or side of a building, provided that the collectors
comply with applicable height limit requirements; and ground-mounted solar
collectors that comply with the setback requirements and height limitations of the
applicable zone and are not visible from off the site.
(7) Spas, hot tubs, and fish ponds. Portable spas, hot tubs, and constructed fish ponds,
and similar equipment and structures that do not: exceed 120 square feet in total area
including related equipment; contain more than 2,000 gallons of water; or exceed
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(8) Utilities. The erection, construction, alteration, or maintenance by a public utility or
public agency of utilities intended to service existing or nearby approved
developments shall be permitted in any zone. These include: water; gas; electric;
supply or disposal systems; including wires, mains, drains, sewers, pipes, conduits,
cables, fire-alarm boxes, police call boxes, traffic signals, hydrants, etc., but not
including new transmission lines and structures. Commercial satellite and wireless
communications antennas are not exempt, and are instead subject to Chapter 84.27
(Wireless Telecommunications Facilities).
(9) Noncommercial receive only antennas. The following noncommercial, receive
only antennas for the sole use of a resident occupying a residential structure shall
not be regulated by this Development Code:
A.

A ground or structure-mounted, radio or satellite dish antenna that does not
project above the roof ridge line and does not have a diameter greater than one
meter (39 inches); and

B.

Roof-mounted radio or television aerials not exceeding 75 feet in overall
height.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4085
(2009); Amended Ordinance 4245 (2014)
82.02.050

Special Developments

Special Developments shall be allowed in any land use zoning district with the approval of a Planned
Development Permit in compliance with Chapter 85.10 (Planned Development Permits).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.02.060

Temporary Uses

Requirements for establishing a temporary use (for example, a construction yard, seasonal sales lot,
special event, temporary office trailer, etc.) are in Chapter 84.25 (Temporary Structures and Uses).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

82.02.060

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CHAPTER 82.03 AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT LAND USE
ZONING DISTRICTS
Sections:
82.03.010
82.03.020
82.03.030
82.03.040
82.03.050
82.03.060
82.03.070

82.03.010

Purpose
Purposes and Location of the Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use
Zoning Districts
Minimum Area for Designation
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses
and Permit Requirements
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Subdivision
Standards
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Site Planning
and Building Standards
FW Land Use Zoning District Additional Standards

Purpose

This Chapter lists the land uses that may be allowed within the agricultural and resource
management land use zoning districts established by the General Plan and listed in Chapter 82.01
(Land Use Plan and Land Use Zoning Districts, and Overlays), determines the type of planning
permit/approval required for each use, and provides basic standards for site layout and building size.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.03.020

Purposes and Location of the Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use
Zoning Districts

The purposes of the individual agricultural and resource management land use zoning districts and
the locations where they are applied are as specified in the General Plan and as described in Chapter
82.01 (Land Use Plan, Land Use Zoning Districts, and Overlays).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.03.030

Minimum Area for Designation

The agricultural and resource land use zoning districts shall be applied through the General Plan
amendment process (Chapter 86.12) only to sites with the minimum areas indicated in Table 82-3.

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Table 82-3
Minimum Area For Agricultural and Resource Management
Land Use Zoning District Designation
Land Use Zoning District
Minimum Area for Designation
AG (Agriculture)

100 acres

RC (Resource Conservation)

200 acres

FW (Floodway)

No Minimum Area Required

OS (Open Space

No Minimum Area Required

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.03.040

Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Allowed
Uses and Permit Requirements

(a) General permit requirements. Table 82-3 identifies the uses of land allowed by this
Development Code in each agricultural and resource land use zoning district established
by Chapter 82.01 (Land Use Plan and Land Use Zoning Districts, and Overlays), in
compliance with Section 82.02.030 (Allowed Land Uses and Planning Permit
Requirements).
(b) Requirements for certain specific land uses. Where the last column in Table 82-4
("Specific Use Regulations") includes a section number, the referenced section may affect
whether the use requires a Site Plan Permit, Conditional Use Permit, Minor Use Permit,
Planned Development Permit, or other County approval, and/or may establish other
requirements and standards applicable to the use.

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Table 82-4
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements
for Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning Districts
PERMIT REQUIRED BY DISTRICT

LAND USE
See Division 10 (Definitions) for land use definitions

Specific Use
Regulations

RC

AG

FW

OS

M/C
S
A
S
CUP
P (1)
M/C
A
M/C

M/C
S
A
S
CUP
P (1)
M/C
A
M/C

CUP
S
A
S
CUP
P (1)
M/C
A
—

—
—
—
—
—
P (1)
M/C
A
—

INDUSTRY, MANUFACTURING & PROCESSING, WHOLESALING
Composting operations
CUP
Hazardous waste facilities
CUP
Industrial use requiring extensive buffering
CUP
Recycling facilities
S

CUP
CUP
CUP
S

—
—
—
—

—
—
—
—

S
M/C
CUP
M/C
M/C
M/C
CUP
M/C
CUP
CUP(2)
CUP
CUP
CUP
CUP

S
M/C
CUP
M/C
—
M/C
CUP
M/C
CUP
—
CUP
CUP
CUP
CUP

—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—

—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—

84.03

A (3)
P (4)
SUP
A (3)
A (5)
A

A (3)
P (4)
SUP
A (3)
A (5)
A

—
—
—
—
—
—

—
—
—
—
—
—

84.01
84.01
84.08
84.01
84.01

A (6)

A

—

—

84.03

M/C
M/C
P
M/C

M/C
M/C
P
M/C

—
—
—
—

—
—
—
—

CUP
M/C
—
SUP

CUP
M/C
CUP
SUP

—
—
—
—

—
—
—
—

AGRICULTURAL, RESOURCE & OPEN SPACE USES
Agricultural support services
Animal keeping
Crop production, horticulture, orchard, vineyard
Livestock operations
Natural resources development (mining)
Nature preserve (accessory uses)
Lake, reservoir
Pond
Winery

RECREATION, EDUCATION & PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
Agritourism enterprises
Campgrounds
Conference/convention facility
Equestrian facility
Fitness/health facility
Library, museum, art gallery, outdoor exhibit
Meeting facility, public or private
Park, playground
Places of worship
Recreational vehicle park
Rural sports and recreation
School - College or university
School - Private
School - Specialized education/training
RESIDENTIAL(8)
Accessory use or structure - Residential
Accessory dwelling (labor quarters, etc.)
Dependent housing
Guest housing
Second dwelling unit
Single dwelling
RETAIL
Produce stands (200 sq. ft. or less on lots that are 10,000 sq. ft. or
greater)
SERVICES - BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL
Medical services - Hospital
Medical services - Rehabilitation centers
Office - Accessory
Office - Government
SERVICES – GENERAL
Cemetery including pet cemeteries
Commercial Kennels and Catteries - min lot 2.5 acres
Emergency shelter
Home occupation

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82.03

PERMIT REQUIRED BY DISTRICT

LAND USE
RC
See Division 10 (Definitions) for land use definitions
Licensed Residential Care Facility of 6 or fewer persons
A
Licensed Residential Care Facility of 7 or more persons
M/C
Lodging - Bed and breakfast inn (B&B)
SUP
M/C
Public safety facility
Unlicensed Residential Care Facility of 6 or fewer persons
RCP
Unlicensed Residential Care Facility of 7 or more persons
M/C
TRANSPORTATION, COMMUNICATIONS & INFRASTRUCTURE
Broadcasting antennae and towers
M/C
Electrical power generation
CUP
(7)
Pipelines, transmission lines, and control stations (7)
Renewable Energy Generation Facilities
CUP
Sewage treatment and disposal facility
CUP
Solid waste disposal
CUP
Transportation facility
CUP
Utility facility
CUP
Wind energy system, accessory
S
Wireless telecommunications facility
S
OTHER
Accessory structures and uses
A
Temporary special events
TSP
Temporary structures and uses
TUP

Specific Use
Regulations

AG

FW

OS

A
M/C
SUP
M/C
RCP
M/C

—
—
—
—
—
—

—
—
—
—
—
—

M/C
CUP

—
—

—
—

(7)

(7)

(7)

CUP
CUP
CUP
CUP
CUP
S
S

CUP
—
—
—
CUP
S
S

—
—
—
—
—
—
—

84.29

A
TSP
TUP

A
TSP
TUP

A
TSP
TUP

84.01
85.16
84.25

84.23

84.32

84.26
84.27

KEY
A
P

Allowed use (no planning permit required)
Permitted Use; Site Plan Permit required (Chapter 85.08)
Minor Use Permit required; unless a Conditional Use Permit
M/C required in compliance with Section 85.06.050 (Projects That
Do Not Qualify for a Minor Use Permit)
CUP Conditional Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)
MUP Minor Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)

PD
SUP
S
TSP
RCP
TUP
—

Planned Development Permit required (Chapter 85.10)
Special Use Permit required (Chapter 85.14)
Permit requirement set by Specific Use Regulations (Division 4)
Temporary Special Events Permit required (Chapter 85.16)
Unlicensed Residential Care Facilities Permit (Chapter 85.20)
Temporary Use Permit required (Chapter 85.15)
Use not allowed

Notes:
(1) CUP required if maximum building coverage exceeds 10,000 sq. ft., the use will have more than 20 employees per
shift, or if not exempt from CEQA; may qualify for a MUP in compliance with Section 85.06.020 (Applicability).
(2) Density of the recreational vehicles in a Recreational Vehicle Park shall be limited to 4 per acre.
(3) Use allowed as an accessory use only, on the same site as a residential use allowed by this table.
(4) Use allowed as an accessory use only, on the same site as an agricultural use allowed by this table. Requires a
Special Use Permit when recreational vehicles are used for seasonal operations.
(5) Use allowed as an accessory use only with standards, on the same site as a residential use allowed by this table
provided that the parcel is twice the minimum lot size required by the land use zoning district.
(6) In Phelan/Pinon Hills Community Plan area, a maximum 6 sq. ft. advertising sign shall be allowed.
(7) Pipelines, transmission lines, and control station uses are regulated and approved by the Public Utilities
Commission. See alternate review procedures in Section 85.02.050 (Alternate Review Procedures).
(8) Supportive housing or transitional housing that is provided in single-, two-, or multi-family dwelling units, group
residential, parolee-probationer home, residential care facilities, or boarding house uses shall be permitted,
conditionally permitted or prohibited in the same manner as the other single-, two- or multi-family dwelling units,
group residential, parolee-probationer home, residential care facilities, or boarding house uses under this Code.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4057
(2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4098 (2010); Amended
Ordinance 4230 (2014); Amended Ordinance 4251 (2014)

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82.03.050

82.03

Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Subdivision
Standards

(a) Each subdivision shall comply with the minimum parcel size requirements shown in
Tables 82-4A, 82-4B and 82-4C for the applicable land use zoning district.
(b) The minimum parcel size requirements for a specific subdivision are determined by the
review authority as part of subdivision approval. The review authority may require one or
more parcels within a specific subdivision to be larger than the minimums required by
these tables based on potential environmental impacts, the physical characteristics of the
site or surrounding parcels, and/or other factors.
(c) See also the standards in Sections 83.02.050 (Parcel Area Measurements and Exceptions).
Table 82-4A
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size
Valley Region
Lot Dimensions

Land Use
Zoning
District

Minimum Lot
Area

Minimum
Frontage
Width

Minimum
Width

Minimum
Depth

Maximum
Width to
Depth Ratio

AG
RC
FW
OS

10 acres (1)
40 acres
10 acres
No requirement

N.A.
150 feet
N.A.
No requirement

300 ft
300 ft
60 ft
No requirement

300 ft
300 ft
100 ft
No requirement

1:4
1:4
1:4
No requirement

Notes:
(1) Except where modified by map suffix. The various designations within the AG Land Use Zoning District shall
be limited to AG, AG-20, AG-40, AG-80 and AG-160.

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Table 82-4B
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size
Mountain Region
Lot Dimensions

Land Use
Zoning
District

Minimum Lot
Area

Minimum
Frontage
Width

Minimum
Width

Minimum
Depth

Maximum
Width to Depth
Ratio

AG (1)
RC
FW
OS

10 acres (2)
40 acres
10 acres
No requirement

N.A.
150 feet
N.A.
No requirement

300 ft
300 ft
60 ft
No requirement

300 ft
300 ft
100 ft
No requirement

1:4
1:4
1:3
No requirement

Notes:
(1) Limited to the Oak Glen Community Plan area only.
(2) Except where modified by map suffix. The various designations within the AG Land Use Zoning District shall
be limited to AG, AG-20, AG-40, AG-80 and AG-160.

Table 82-4C
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size
Desert Region
Lot Dimensions

Land Use
Zoning
District

Minimum Lot
Area

Minimum
Frontage
Width

Minimum
Width

Minimum
Depth

Maximum
Width to Depth
Ratio

AG
RC
FW
OS

10 acres (1)
40 acres
10 acres
No requirement

N.A.
150 feet
N.A.
No requirement

300 ft
300 ft
60 ft
No requirement

300 ft
300 ft
100 ft
No requirement

1:4
1:4
1:4
No requirement

Notes:
(1) Except where modified by map suffix. The various designations within the AG Land Use Zoning District shall
be limited to AG, AG-20, AG-40, AG-80 and AG-160.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.03.060

Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Site
Planning and Building Standards

Subdivisions, new land uses and structures, and alterations to existing land uses and structures shall
be designed, constructed, and established in compliance with the requirements in Tables 82-A, 82-B,
and 82-C, in addition to the applicable standards (e.g., landscaping, parking and loading, etc.) in
Division 3 (Countywide Development Standards) and Division 4 (Standards for Specific Land Uses
and Activities).

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82.03

Table 82-5A
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Valley Region
Valley Region
Development
Feature
Density
Maximum density

Setbacks

Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit
Maximum height
Accessory
structures
Infrastructure
Parking
Signs

Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
RC
AG
FW
OS
Resource
Agriculture
Floodway
Open Space
Conservation
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be determined
by the County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as applicable.
1 unit per 10
1 unit per 40
acres
acres
Accessory
Accessory
dwellings as
dwellings as
Residential Not
Residential Not
Allowed
Allowed
allowed by
allowed by
Chapter 84.01
Chapter 84.01
(Accessory
(Accessory
Structures and
Structures and
Uses)
Uses)
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapter 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 4 for any setback requirements applicable to
specific land uses.
25 ft
25 ft
75 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
15 ft.
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits and
Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit exceptions.
35 ft
35 ft
35 ft
35 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

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Table 82-5B
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Mountain Region
Mountain Region
Development
Feature
Density
Maximum density

Setbacks
Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit
Maximum height
Accessory
structures
Infrastructure
Parking
Signs

Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
RC
AG (1)
FW
OS
Resource
Agriculture
Floodway
Open Space
Conservation
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be determined
by the County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as applicable.
1 unit per 40
1 unit per 10
acres
acres Accessory
Accessory
dwellings as
dwellings as
allowed by
Residential Not
Residential Not
allowed by
Chapter 84.01
Allowed
Allowed
Chapter 84.01
(Accessory
(Accessory
Structures and
Structures and
Uses)
Uses)
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapter 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to specific
land uses.
35 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
30 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
30 ft.
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
35 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits and
Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit exceptions.
35 ft
35 ft
25 ft
35 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Notes:
(1)

Limited to the Oak Glen Community Plan area only.

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Table 82-5C
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Desert Region
Desert Region
Development
Feature

Density
Maximum density

Setbacks

Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit
Maximum height
Accessory structures
Infrastructure
Parking
Signs

Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
AG
Agriculture

RC
FW
OS
Resource
Floodway
Open Space
Conservation
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be determined by the
County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as applicable.
1 unit per 10 acres
1 unit per 40 acres
Accessory
Accessory
dwellings as
dwellings as
allowed by
allowed by
Residential Not
Residential Not
Chapter 84.01
Chapter 84.01
Allowed
Allowed
(Accessory
(Accessory
Structures and
Structures and
Uses)
Uses)
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapters 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to specific land
uses.
25 ft
25 ft
75 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
15 ft.
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits and
Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit exceptions.
35 ft

35 ft
35 ft
35 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067
(2009)
82.03.070

FW Land Use Zoning District Additional Standards

(a) No structure or use shall be constructed, located or substantially improved and no land
shall be graded or developed in the area designated as floodway, except upon approval of
a plan which provides that the proposed development will not result in any increase in
flood levels during the occurrence of the base flood discharge.
(b) Proposed land use permits within the FW district shall comply with all of the
requirements necessary for the approval of a permit in the Floodplain Overlay.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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82.04

CHAPTER 82.04 RESIDENTIAL LAND USE ZONING DISTRICTS
Sections:
82.04.010
82.04.020
82.04.030
82.04.040
82.04.050
82.04.060

82.04.010

Purpose
Purposes and Location of the Residential Land Use Zoning Districts
Minimum Area for Designation
Residential Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses and Permit Requirements
Residential Land Use Zoning District Subdivision Standards
Residential Land Use Zoning District Site Planning and Building Standards

Purpose

This Chapter lists the land uses that may be allowed within the residential land use zoning districts
established by the General Plan and listed in Chapter 82.01 (Land Use Plan, and Land Use Zoning
Districts, and Overlays), determines the type of planning permit/approval required for each use, and
provides basic standards for site layout and building size.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.04.020

Purposes and Location of the Residential Land Use Zoning Districts

The purposes of the individual residential land use zoning districts and the locations where they are
applied are as specified in the General Plan and as described in Chapter 82.01 (Land Use Plan, Land
Use Zoning Districts, and Overlays).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.04.030

Minimum Area for Designation

The residential land use zoning districts shall be applied through the General Plan amendment
process (Chapter 86.12) only to sites with the minimum areas indicated in Table 82-6.
Table 82-6
Minimum Area For Residential Land Use
Zoning District Designation
Land Use Zoning District

Minimum Area for Designation

RL (Rural Living)
RS (Single Residential)

30 acres
10 acres

RM (Multiple Residential)

10 acres

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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82.04

Residential Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses and Permit Requirements

(a) General permit requirements. Table 82-7 identifies the uses of land allowed by this
Development Code in each residential land use zoning district established by Chapter
82.01 (Land Use Plan, and Land Use Zoning Districts, and Overlays), in compliance with
Section 82.02.030 (Allowed Land Uses and Planning Permit Requirements).
(b) Requirements for certain specific land uses. Where the last column in Table 82-7
("Specific Use Regulations") includes a section number, the referenced section may affect
whether the use requires Land Use Review, or Conditional Use Permit or Minor Use
Permit, or other County approval, and/or may establish other requirements and standards
applicable to the use.

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82.04

Table 82-7
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements for Residential Land Use Zoning Districts
PERMIT REQUIRED BY
DISTRICT

Specific Use
Regulations

LAND USE
See Division 10 (Definitions) for land use definitions
AGRICULTURAL, RESOURCE & OPEN SPACE USES

RL(1)

RS

RM

Accessory crop production
Agricultural accessory structure - 1,000 sf max.
Agricultural accessory structure - up to 10,000 sf max. on 5 ac. or less
Agricultural accessory structure - greater than 10,000 sf. on 5 ac. or less
Agricultural support services
Animal keeping
Crop production, horticulture, orchard, vineyard, nurseries
Livestock operations
Natural resources development (mining)
Nature preserve (accessory uses)
Lake
Pond
INDUSTRY, MANUFACTURING & PROCESSING, WHOLESALING

A(2)
A
A
M/C

A(2)
A
—
—
—

84.01

CUP
S
A
CUP
CUP
M/C
M/C
A

A(2)
A
—
—
—
S
—
—
—
—
CUP
A

S
—
—
—
—
—
M/C

84.04

CUP
S

—
—

—
—

S
CUP
CUP
CUP
M/C
CUP
M/C

—
—
—
—

—
—
—
—

S(4)
—
M/C

—
—
M/C

Composting operations
Recycling facilities – reverse vending machine, accessory
RECREATION, EDUCATION & PUBLIC ASSEMBLY USES
Agritourism enterprises
Campgrounds(3)
Commercial entertainment - Indoor(3)
Conference/convention facility(3)
Equestrian facility(3)
Golf course(3)
Library, museum, art gallery, outdoor exhibit(3)
Meeting facility, public or private(3)
Park, playground(3)
Places of worship
Rural sports and recreation(3)
School – College or university
School – Private
School – Specialized education/training
Sports or entertainment assembly(3)
RESIDENTIAL(11)
Accessory structures and uses
Caretaker housing
Dependent housing
Group residential (sorority, fraternity, boarding house, private residential club, etc.)

Guest housing
Mobile home park/manufactured home land-lease community
Multiple dwelling, 2 to 3 units, attached or detached
Multiple dwelling, 4 to 19 units, attached or detached
Multiple dwelling, 20 to 49 units, attached or detached
Multiple dwelling, 50 or more units, attached or detached
Parolee and/or probationer home
Secondary dwelling

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CUP
P
CUP
M/C
CUP
CUP
CUP
CUP

CUP
P
CUP
—
CUP
CUP
—
—

CUP
P
CUP
—
—
—
—
—

A
M/C(5)
SUP
—
A
CUP
—
—
—
—
—
A(6)

A
M/C
SUP
—
A
CUP
—
—
—
—
—
A(6)

A
M/C
SUP
M/C
A
CUP
A
A
MUP
CUP
CUP
—

84.04
88.03

84.19
84.03

84.01
84.01
84.08
84.01
84.14
84.16
84.16
84.16
84.16
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82.04

PERMIT REQUIRED BY
DISTRICT

LAND USE
See Division 10 (Definitions) for land use definitions
Single dwelling
RETAIL
Produce stand
SERVICES - GENERAL
Cemetery, including pet cemeteries
Child care - Small family day care home
Child care - Large family day care home
Child care - Day care center
Commercial Kennels and Catteries - min lot 2.5 acres (over 15 animals)
Emergency shelter
Home occupation
Licensed Residential Care Facility of 6 or fewer persons
Licensed Residential Care Facility of 7 or more persons
Lodging - Bed and breakfast inn (B&B)
Public safety facility
Short-Term Private Home Rental
Unlicensed Residential Care Facility with 6 or fewer persons
Unlicensed Residential Care Facility with 7 or more persons
TRANSPORTATION, COMMUNICATIONS & INFRASTRUCTURE
Broadcasting antennae and towers
Electrical power generation
Pipelines, transmission lines, and control stations (10)
Renewable Energy Generation Facilities
Sewage treatment and disposal facility
Solid waste disposal
Telecommunications facility
Transportation facility
Utility facility
Wind energy accessory
Wireless telecommunications facility
OTHER (continued)
Accessory structures and uses
Temporary special events
Temporary structures and uses

RL(1)

Specific Use
Regulations

RS

RM

A

PD(7)

A(8)

A(8)

A(8)

CUP
A
MUP
M/C
M/C/S
—
SUP
A
—
SUP(9)
M/C
SUP
RCP
—

CUP
A
MUP
M/C
—
—
SUP
A
—
SUP(9)
M/C
SUP
RCP
—

—
A
MUP
M/C
—
CUP
SUP
A
CUP
SUP(9)
M/C
SUP
RCP
CUP

M/C
CUP

—
—

—
—

(10)

(10)

(10)

CUP
CUP
CUP
S
M/C
CUP
S
S

—
CUP
CUP
S
M/C
CUP
S
S

—
CUP
CUP
S
M/C
CUP
S
S

84.29

A
TSP
TUP

A
TSP
TUP

A
TSP
TUP

84.01
84.25
84.25

A

84.06

84.04
84.33
84.12
84.23
84.23
84.05
84.28
84.32

84.27

84.26
84.27

KEY
A
P

Allowed use (no planning permit required)
Permitted Use; Site Plan Permit required (Chapter 85.08)
Minor Use Permit required; unless a Conditional Use Permit
M/C required in compliance with Section 85.06.050 (Projects That
Do Not Qualify for a Minor Use Permit)
CUP Conditional Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)
MUP Minor Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)

PD
SUP
S
TSP
RCP
TUP
—

Planned Development Permit required (Chapter 85.10)
Special Use Permit required (Chapter 85.14)
Permit requirement set by Specific Use Regulations (Division 4)
Temporary Special Events Permit required (Chapter 85.16)
Unlicensed Residential Care Facilities Permit (Chapter 85.20)
Temporary Use Permit required (Chapter 85.15)
Use not allowed

Notes:
(1) For projects within the Oak Glen Community Plan Area, all non-agritourism uses shall comply with the agritourism
hours of operation standard [Subsection 84.03.030(b)(3)] and the agritourism noise/amplified sound regulations
[Subsection 84.03.030(b)(5)].
(2) Use allowed as an accessory use only with standards, on the same site as a residential use allowed by this table.
(3) For projects within the Oak Glen Community Plan Area, these uses shall comply with the agritourism development
standards provided in Table 84-1 in Section 84.03.030. The permit requirements presented this table shall prevail over
any permit requirement listed in Table 84-1.
(4) A boarding facility only with a Home Occupation Permit.
(5) For parcels that are 10 acres or greater, a Site Plan Permit is all that is needed.

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(6) Use allowed as an accessory use only, on the same site as a residential use allowed by this table provided that the
parcel is twice the minimum lot size required by the land use zoning district.
(7) Single dwellings will only be allowed within an RM Land Use Zoning District when it is part of a Planned
Residential Development that has been designed to meet the goals and densities of the RM zone.
(8) In the Phelan/Pinon Hills Community Plan area on lots greater than 10,000 sq. ft. with a maximum 200 sq ft structure
for storage and sales and a maximum 6 sq. ft. advertising sign; in RS and RM, can only operate for 72 hours per
month.
(9) A CUP shall be required for three or more rooms.
(10) These uses are regulated and approved by the Public Utilities Commission. See alternate review procedures in
Chapter 85.02.
(11) Supportive housing or transitional housing that is provided in single-, two-, or multi-family dwelling units, group
residential, parolee-probationer home, residential care facilities, or boarding house uses shall be permitted,
conditionally permitted or prohibited in the same manner as the other single-, two- or multi-family dwelling units,
group residential, parolee-probationer home, residential care facilities, or boarding house uses under this Code.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4057
(2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4085 (2009); Amended
Ordinance 4098 (2010); Amended Ordinance 4162 (2012); Amended Ordinance 4230 (2014);
Amended Ordinance 4251 (2014); Amended Ordinance 4304 (2016)

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82.04.050

82.04

Residential Land Use Zoning District Subdivision Standards

(a) Each subdivision shall comply with the minimum parcel size requirements shown in
Tables 82-8A, 82-8B and 82-8C for the applicable land use zoning district.
(b) The minimum parcel size requirements for a specific subdivision are determined by the
review authority as part of subdivision approval. The review authority may require one or
more parcels within a specific subdivision to be larger than the minimums required by
these tables based on potential environmental impacts, the physical characteristics of the
site or surrounding parcels, and/or other factors.
(c) See also the standards in Sections 83.02.050 (Parcel Area Measurements and Exceptions).
Table 82-8A
Residential Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size
Valley Region
Land
Use
Zoning
District

Minimum Lot
Area

RL

2.5 acres (1)

RS

7,200 sf

(1)

RM

10,000 sf

Minimum Lot Dimensions
Minimum Width

Minimum Depth

Maximum Width
to Depth Ratio
1:3 for less than 10
acres;
1:4 for 10 or more
acres.

150 ft

150 ft

60 ft for less than 1
acre;
150 ft for 1 acre or
more.

100 ft for less than 1
acre;
150 ft for 1 acre or
more.

1:3 for less than 10
acres;
1:4 for 10 or more
acres.

60 ft

100 ft

1:3

Notes:
(1)
Except where modified by map suffix. The various designations within the RL Land Use Zoning District shall be
limited to RL, RL-5, RL-10, RL-20 and RL-40. The various designations within the RS Land Use Zoning District shall
be limited to RS, RS-10M, RS-14M, RS-20M and RS-1.

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Table 82-8B
Residential Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size
Mountain Region
Minimum Lot Dimensions
Land Use
Zoning
District

Minimum Lot
Area

RL

2.5 acres(1)

RS

7,200 sf

(1)

RM

10,000 sf

Minimum Width

Minimum Depth

Maximum Width
to Depth Ratio

150 ft

1:3 for less than 10
acres;
1:4 for 10 or more
acres.

60 ft for interior lot
70 ft for corner lot

100 ft

1:3 for less than 10
acres;
1:4 for 10 or more
acres.

60 ft

100 ft

1:3

150 ft

Notes:
(1)
Except where modified by map suffix. The various designations within the RL Land Use Zoning District shall be
limited to RL, RL-5, RL-10, RL-20 and RL-40. The various designations within the RS Land Use Zoning District shall
be limited to RS, RS-10M, RS-14M, RS-20M and RS-1.

Table 82-8C
Residential Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size
Desert Region
Minimum Lot Dimensions
Land Use
Zoning
District

Minimum Lot
Area

Minimum Width

Minimum Depth

Maximum Width
to Depth Ratio

2.5 acres (1)

150 ft

150 ft

1:3 for less than 10
acres;
1:4 for 10 or more
acres.

RS

7,200 sf (1)(2)

60 ft for less than 1
acre;
140 ft for 1 acre or
more.

100 ft for less than 1
acre;
150 ft for 1 acre or
more.

1:3 for less than 10
acres;
1:4 for 10 or more
acres.

RM

10,000 sf

60 ft

100 ft

1:3

RL

Notes:
(1)
Except where modified by map suffix. The various designations within the RL Land Use Zoning District shall be
limited to RL, RL-5, RL-10, RL-20 and RL-40. The various designations within the RS Land Use Zoning District shall
be limited to RS, RS-10M, RS-14M, RS-20M and RS-1.
(2)
The minimum residential lot size in the RS Land Use Zoning District in the Phelan-Pinon Hills Community Plan area
shall be one acre.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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82.04.060

82.04

Residential Land Use Zoning District Site Planning and Building Standards

Subdivisions, new land uses and structures, and alterations to existing land uses and structures shall
be designed, constructed, and established in compliance with the requirements in Tables 82-9A, 829B and 82-9C, in addition to the applicable standards (e.g., landscaping, parking and loading, etc.) in
Division 3 (Countywide Development Standards) and Division 4 (Standards for Specific Land Uses
and Activities).
Table 82-9A
Residential Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Valley Region
Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
Development
Feature

RL
Rural Living

Density

Maximum density

Setbacks
Front
Side - Street side

Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Lot coverage

Maximum coverage
Height limit
Maximum height
Accessory
structures
Infrastructure
Parking
Signs
Notes:

(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)

RS
Single Residential

RM
Multiple Residential

Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be determined by the
County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as applicable.
1 unit per 2.5 acres (1)
4 units per acre (1)
20 units per acre
Accessory dwellings as
Accessory dwellings as
Accessory dwellings as allowed
allowed by Chapter
allowed by Chapter
by Chapter 84.01 (Accessory
84.01 (Accessory
84.01 (Accessory
Structures and Uses)
Structures and Uses)
Structures and Uses)
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapter 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to specific land uses.
25 ft

25 ft (2)

25 ft (2)

Local street - 15 ft
Local street - 15 ft
Local street - 15 ft
Collector or wider - 25
Collector or wider - 25 ft
Collector or wider - 25 ft
ft
Lot 75 wide or less - 5 ft
on one side, 10 ft on
5 ft on one side, 10 ft on
5 ft on one side, 10 ft on other
other;
other
Other lots - 15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and impervious
surfaces.
20%

Lot less than 20,000 sf Entire building envelope (3)
Lot of 20,000 sf or larger 40% (4)

60%

Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits and Exceptions)
for height measurement requirements, and height limit exceptions.
35 ft
35 ft
45 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Map suffix may modify.
A Final Map or Parcel Map may establish front yard setbacks of no less than 22 feet, provided that the average
setback of all parcels in the subdivision is 25 feet.
Setback, Building Code, and Composite Development Plan requirements still apply.
The maximum lot coverage allowed in Chapter 82.06, Table 82-21A will prevail for allowed institutional land
uses.

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Table 82-9B
Residential Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Mountain Region
Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
Development
Feature
Density

Maximum density

Setbacks

Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Accessory structures
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit
Maximum height
Accessory
structures
Infrastructure
Parking
Signs

RL
RS
RM
Rural Living
Single Residential
Multiple Residential
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be determined
by the County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as applicable.
1 unit per 2.5 acres(1)
4 units per acre (1)
20 units per acre
Accessory dwellings as
Accessory dwellings as
Accessory dwellings as
allowed by Chapter
allowed by Chapter
allowed by Chapter
84.01 (Accessory
84.01 (Accessory
84.01 (Accessory
Structures and Uses)
Structures and Uses)
Structures and Uses)
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapters 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to specific
land uses.
Lot less than 14,000 sf =15 ft Lot less than 14,000 sf =15 ft
25 ft
Lots 14,000 sf or larger=25 ft.

25 ft
20 ft

Lots 14,000 sf or larger=25
ft.

15 ft
15 ft
20% of lot width, need
20% of lot width, need
not exceed 15 ft (2)
not exceed 15 ft (2)
20 ft
15 ft
15 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses)
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
20%

40% (3)
60%
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits and
Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit exceptions.
35 ft
35 ft
45 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).

See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Notes:
(1)
Map suffix may modify.
(2)
The side yard setback standards in the Fire Safety Overlay (Chapter 82.13) shall prevail. The setback provisions
of the small lot development standards (Chapter 84.22) shall not apply.
(3)
The maximum lot coverage allowed in Chapter 82.06, Table 82-21B will prevail for allowed institutional land
uses.

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Table 82-9C
Residential Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Desert Region
Requirement by Land Use Zoning District

Development
Feature
Density

Maximum density

Setbacks

RL
RS
RM
Rural Living
Single Residential
Multiple Residential
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be determined
by the County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as applicable.
1 unit per 2.5 acres (1)
4 units per acre (1)
20 units per acre
Accessory dwellings as
Accessory dwellings as
Accessory dwellings as
allowed by Chapter
allowed by Chapter
allowed by Chapter
84.01 (Accessory
84.01 (Accessory
84.01 (Accessory
Structures and Uses)
Structures and Uses)
Structures and Uses)
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapters 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to specific
land uses.

Front

25 ft

25 ft (2)

25 ft (2)

Side - Street side

25 ft

Local street - 15 ft(3)
Collector or wider - 25 ft

Local street - 15 ft
Collector or wider - 25
ft

Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Accessory structures
Lot coverage

Maximum coverage
Height limit
Maximum height
Accessory
structures
Infrastructure
Parking
Signs

Lot 75 wide or less - 5 ft
5 ft on one side, 10 ft on
5 ft on one side, 10 ft on
on one side, 10 ft on
other(4)
other
other; Other lots - 15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses)
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
20%

Lot less than 20,000 sf Entire building envelope (5)
Lot of 20,000 sf or larger 40% (6)

60%

Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits and
Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit exceptions.
35 ft
35 ft
45 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Notes:
(1)
Map suffix may modify.
(2)
A Final Map or Parcel Map may establish front yard setbacks of no less than 22 feet, provided that the average setback
of all parcels in the subdivision is 25 feet.
(3)
This setback shall be 25 feet in the Phelan-Pinon Hills Community Plan area.
(4)
This setback shall be 10 feet on both sides in the Phelan-Pinon Hills Community Plan area.
(5)
Setback, Building Code, and Composite Development Plan requirements still apply.
(6)
The maximum lot coverage allowed in Chapter 82.06, Table 82-21B will prevail for allowed institutional land uses.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4057
(2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4121 (2010)
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82.05

CHAPTER 82.05 COMMERCIAL LAND USE ZONING DISTRICTS
Sections:
82.05.010
82.05.020
82.05.030
82.05.040
82.05.050
82.05.060
82.05.010

Purpose
Purposes and Location of the Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts
Minimum Area for Designation
Commercial Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses and Permit Requirements
Commercial Land Use Zoning District Subdivision Standards
Commercial Land Use Zoning District Site Planning and Building Standards
Purpose

This Chapter lists the land uses that may be allowed within the commercial land use zoning districts
established by the General Plan and listed in Section 82.01.020 (Land Use Plan and Land Use
Zoning Districts), determines the type of planning permit/approval required for each use, and
provides basic standards for site layout and building size.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.05.020

Purposes and Location of the Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts

The purposes of the individual commercial land use zoning districts and the locations where they are
applied are as specified in the General Plan and as described in Chapter 82.01 (Land Use Plan, Land
Use Zoning Districts, and Overlays).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.05.030

Minimum Area for Designation

The commercial land use zoning districts shall be applied through the General Plan amendment
process (Chapter 86.12) only to sites with the minimum areas indicated in Table 82-10.
Table 82-10
Minimum Area for Commercial Land Use
Zoning District Designation
Land Use Zoning District

Minimum Area for
Designation

CR (Rural Commercial)
CN (Neighborhood Commercial)
CO (Office Commercial)
CG (General Commercial)
CS (Service Commercial)
CH (Highway Commercial)

2.5 acres
1 acre
5 acres
5 acres
5 acres
5 acres

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Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.05.040

Commercial Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses and Permit Requirements

(a) General permit requirements. Table 82-11 identifies the uses of land allowed by this
Development Code in each commercial land use zoning district established by Chapter
82.01(Land Use Plan, and Land Use Zoning Districts, and Overlays), in compliance with
Section 82.01.020 (Allowed Land Uses and Planning Permit Requirements).
(b) Requirements for certain specific land uses. Where the last column in Table 82-11
("Specific Use Regulations") includes a section number, the referenced section may affect
whether the use requires Land Use Review, or Conditional Use Permit or Minor Use
Permit, or other County approval, and/or may establish other requirements and standards
applicable to the use.

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Table 82-11
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements for Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts
PERMIT REQUIRED BY DISTRICT

LAND USE
CR
See Division 10 (Definitions) for land use definitions
AGRICULTURAL, RESOURCE & OPEN SPACE USES
Agriculture support services
P(2)
INDUSTRY, MANUFACTURING & PROCESSING, WHOLESALING
Construction contractor storage yard
M/C
Firewood contractor
P(2)
Manufacturing Operations I
M/C(3)
CUP
Motor vehicle storage/Impound facility
SUP
Recycling facilities - Small collection facility
CUP
Recycling facilities - Large collection facility
CUP
Recycling facilities - Light processing facility
Recycling facilities, reverse vending machine (accessory only)
A
M/C(4)
Salvage operations - within enclosed structures
Storage - Personal storage (mini-storage)
M/C
Storage - Recreational vehicles
CUP
Storage - Warehouse, Indoor Storage
M/C
Wholesaling and distribution
M/C(4)
RECREATION, EDUCATION & PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
Adult business
—
Commercial entertainment – Indoor
P(2)
Commercial entertainment - Outdoor
P(2)
(4,
5)
Conference/convention facility
M/C
M/C
Equestrian facility
Fitness/health facility (5)
P(2)
M/C
Golf course
Library, museum, art gallery, outdoor exhibit (5)
M/C
Meeting facility, public or private (5)
CUP
M/C
Park, playground
Places of worship
CUP
Recreational vehicle park
M/C
Rural sports and recreation
CUP
School - College or university (5)
M/C
School - Private (5)
M/C
School - Specialized education/training (5)
M/C
Sports or entertainment assembly
CUP
Theater (5)
M/C
RESIDENTIAL(10)
Accessory dwelling (caretakers residence, etc.)
P(6)
Accessory use or structure - Residential (conforming and nonA
conforming uses)
Group residential (sorority, fraternity, boarding house, private
M/C
residential club, etc.)
Guest housing
P(7)
Live/work unit
M/C
Mobile home park/manufactured home land-lease community
CUP
Multiple dwelling, up to 19 units, attached or detached
A
Multiple dwelling, 20 or more units
CUP
Parolee and/or probationer home
CUP
Residential use only as part of a mixed use project
PD
Secondary dwelling unit
A

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Specific Use
Regulations

CN

CO CG

CS

CH

—

— P(1, 2)

P(2)

—

—
—
—
—

—
—
—
—

—
—
—
—
SUP SUP
CUP CUP
— CUP
A
A
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
— P(1,2)

M/C
P(2)
P(2)
CUP
SUP
CUP
CUP
A
M/C
P(2)
CUP
—
P(2)

—
—
—
CUP
SUP
CUP
—
A
—
—
CUP
—
—

—
P(2)
—
—
—
P(2)
—
—
CUP
—
CUP
—
—
—
—
—
—
—

—
—
—
M/C
M/C
—
—
—
CUP
—
CUP
—
—
M/C
M/C
M/C
—
—

ABP
P(2)
P(2)
M/C
M/C
P(2)
—
M/C
CUP
—
CUP
—
—
M/C
M/C
M/C
CUP
M/C

—
P(2)
P(2)
M/C
M/C
P(2)
M/C
M/C
CUP
—
CUP
M/C
CUP
M/C
M/C
M/C
CUP
M/C

—
P(2)
P(2)
M/C
M/C
P(2)
M/C
M/C
CUP
—
CUP
M/C
CUP
M/C
M/C
M/C
CUP
M/C

84.02

P(6)

P(6)

P(6)

P(6)

P(6)

84.01

P(6, 7)

P(6, 7)

P(6, 7)

P(6, 7)

P(6, 7)

84.01

—

—

SUP

—
—
A
—
—
—
—
—

84.09

84.19
84.19
84.19
84.19

M/C M/C M/C

— —
—
—
—
M/C M/C M/C M/C M/C
— — —
—
—
— — —
—
—
— — —
—
—
— — CUP CUP CUP
— PD PD PD PD
— — —
—
—

84.01
84.14
84.16
84.16
84.16
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82.05

PERMIT REQUIRED BY DISTRICT

LAND USE
CR
See Division 10 (Definitions) for land use definitions
Single dwelling
A
RETAIL
Auto and vehicle sales and rental
P(2)
Bar, tavern
P(2)
Building and landscape materials sales - Indoor
M/C
Building and landscape materials sales - Outdoor
M/C
Construction and heavy equipment sales and rental
M/C
Convenience store
P(2)
Fuel dealer (propane for home and farm use, etc.)
M/C
General retail
M/C
Groceries, specialty foods
M/C
Manufactured home, boat, or RV sales
P(2)
Night club
P(2)
Restaurant, café, coffee shop
P(2)
Service station
M/C
Second hand stores, pawnshops
P
Shopping center
M/C
Swap meet, outdoor market, auction yard
M/C
Warehouse retail
P(2)
SERVICES - BUSINESS, FINANCIAL, PROFESSIONAL
Medical services - Hospital
—
Medical services - Rehabilitation center
—
Office - Accessory
P(6)
Professional services
P(2)
SERVICES - GENERAL
Bail bond service within 1 mile of correctional institution
P
Cemetery including pet cemeteries
CUP
Child care - Day care center
M/C
Convenience and support services
P(2)
Emergency shelter
CUP
Equipment rental
P(2)
Home occupation
SUP
M/C/S
Kennel or cattery - 2.5-acre minimum lot area
Licensed Residential Care Facility of 6 or fewer persons
M/C
Licensed Residential Care Facility of 7 or more persons
M/C
Lodging - Bed and breakfast inn (B&B)
SUP
Lodging - Hotel or motel - 20 or fewer guest rooms
P(2)
Lodging - Hotel or motel - More than 20 guest rooms
M/C
Personal services
P(2)
Public safety facility
M/C
Unlicensed Residential Care Facility of 6 or fewer persons
RCP
Unlicensed Residential Care Facility of 7 or more persons
M/C
Vehicle services - Major repair/body work
M/C
Vehicle services - Minor maintenance/repair
P(2)
Veterinary clinic, animal hospital
M/C
TRANSPORTATION, COMMUNICATIONS & INFRASTRUCTURE
Ambulance, taxi, or limousine dispatch facility
P(2)
Broadcasting antennae and towers
M/C
Broadcasting studio
P(2)
Parking lots and structures, accessory
P(6)
(9)
(9)
Pipelines, transmission lines, and control stations
Renewable Energy Generation Facilities
CUP
Sewage treatment and disposal facility
CUP
Transportation facility
M/C
Truck Stop
M/C
Truck Terminal
—
Utility facility
CUP

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CN

CO

CG

CS

CH

—

—

—

—

—

—
M/C
—
—
—
P(2)
—
—
M/C
—
M/C
P(2)
M/C
—
M/C
—
—

—
—
—
—
—
P(2)
—
—
—
—
—
P(2)
—
—
—
—
—

P(2)
P(2)
M/C
M/C
—
P(2)
—
P(2)
P(2)
M/C
M/C
P(2)
M/C
P
M/C
M/C
P(2)

P(2)
P(2)
M/C
M/C
M/C
P(2)
M/C
P(2)
P(2)
M/C
P(2)
P(2)
M/C
P
M/C
M/C
P(2)

—
—
—
—
—
P(2)
—
—

P(2)
M/C
—
M/C
—
—

—
—
P(6)
P(2)

—
—
P(6)
P(2)

—
—
P(6)
—

P
CUP
M/C
P(2)
A
P(2)
SUP
—
M/C
M/C
—
P(2,8)
M/C
P(2)
—
RCP
M/C
—
P(2)
M/C

P
CUP
M/C
P(2)
A
P(2)
SUP

— CUP(5)
— CUP
P(6) P(6)
P(2)
P
—
CUP
M/C
P(2)
CUP
—
SUP
—
—
—
—

P
CUP
M/C
—
CUP
—
SUP
—
—
—
—
—
—
— —
P(2) —
M/C —
— —
— —
— —
— —
— —
—
—
—
P(6)
(9)

Specific Use
Regulations

—

—

P
CUP
—
P(2)
CUP
—
SUP
M/C/S —
M/C M/C
M/C M/C
—
—
P(2,8) P(2)
M/C M/C
P(2) P(2)
M/C M/C
RCP RCP
M/C M/C
M/C M/C
P(2) P(2)
M/C —

84.06

84.33
84.12
84.04
84.23
84.23
84.05

84.32

—
— P(2) P(2)
— M/C M/C —
— P(2) P(2) —
P(6) P(6) P(6) P(6)
(9)

(9)

(9)

CUP CUP CUP CUP
—
—
— —
M/C M/C M/C M/C
—
—
— M/C
—
—
— M/C
—
—
— CUP

(9)

CUP
CUP
M/C
M/C
—
—

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82.05

PERMIT REQUIRED BY DISTRICT

LAND USE
See Division 10 (Definitions) for land use definitions
Wind energy system, accessory
Wireless telecommunications facility
OTHER
Accessory structures and uses
Off-Site Signs
Off-Site Signs (Freeway Oriented)
Temporary special events
Temporary uses and activities

CR

CN

CO

CG

CS

CH

S
S

S
S

S
S

S
S

S
S

S
S

P
—
—
TSP
TUP

P
P
—
—
—
—
TSP TSP
TUP TUP

Specific Use
Regulations

84.26
84.27

P
P
P
CUP — CUP
CUP — CUP
TSP TSP TSP
TUP TUP TUP

84.01
83.13.060
83.13.060
84.25
84.25

KEY
A

Allowed use (no planning permit required)
ABP Adult Business Regulatory Permit
P

Permitted Use; Site Plan Permit required (Chapter
85.08)

PD
SUP
S

Minor Use Permit required; unless a Conditional Use TSP
M/C Permit required in compliance with Section 85.06.050
(Projects That Do Not Qualify for a Minor Use Permit) RCP
TUP
CUP Conditional Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)
—
MUP Minor Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)

Planned Development Permit required (Chapter 85.10)
Special Use Permit required (Chapter 85.14)
Permit requirement set by Specific Use Regulations
(Division 4)
Temporary Special Events Permit required (Chapter 85.16)
Unlicensed Residential Care Facilities Permit (Chapter 85.20)

Temporary Use Permit required (Chapter 85.15)
Use not allowed

Notes:
(1) Not allowed in the Phelan planning area.
(2) CUP required if maximum building coverage exceeds 10,000 sq. ft., the use will have more than 20 employees per
shift, or if not exempt from CEQA; may qualify for a MUP in compliance with Section 85.06.020 (Applicability).
(3) The use shall be allowed in Lucerne Valley with a Site Plan Permit.
(4) The use is allowed in Lucerne Valley with a MUP.
(5) A MUP shall not be allowed if the use requires more than 200 parking spaces.
(6) Use allowed as an accessory use only, on the same site as a retail, service, or industrial use allowed by this table.
(7) Use allowed as an accessory use only, on the same site as a residential use allowed by this table.
(8) A CUP shall be required for this use in the Phelan planning area.
(9) These uses are regulated and approved by the Public Utilities Commission. See alternate review procedures in
Section 85.02.050.
(10) Supportive housing or transitional housing that is provided in single-, two-, or multi-family dwelling units, group
residential, parolee-probationer home, residential care facilities, or boarding house uses shall be permitted,
conditionally permitted or prohibited in the same manner as the other single-, two- or multi-family dwelling units,
group residential, parolee-probationer home, residential care facilities, or boarding house uses under this Code.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067
(2009); Amended Ordinance 4085 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4098 (2010); Amended Ordinance
4230 (2014); Amended Ordinance 4239 (2014); Amended Ordinance 4245 (2014); Amended Ordinance
4251 (2014)

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82.05.050

82.05

Commercial Land Use Zoning District Subdivision Standards

(a) Each subdivision shall comply with the minimum parcel size requirements shown in
Tables 82-12A, 82-12B and 82-12C for the applicable land use zoning district.
(b) The minimum parcel size requirements for a specific subdivision are determined by the
review authority as part of subdivision approval. The review authority may require one or
more parcels within a specific subdivision to be larger than the minimums required by
these tables based on potential environmental impacts, the physical characteristics of the
site or surrounding parcels, and/or other factors.
(c) See also the standards in Sections 83.02.050 (Parcel Area Measurements and Exceptions).
Table 82-12A
Commercial Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size
Valley Region
Minimum Lot Dimensions
Land Use
Zoning
District

Minimum
Lot Area (1)

CR
CN
CO
CG
CS
CH

2.5
1 acre
5 acres
5 acres
5 acres
5 acres

Minimum
Width

Minimum
Depth

Maximum
Width to
Depth Ratio

120 ft
120 ft
120 ft
120 ft
60 ft
120 ft

120 ft
120 ft
120 ft
120 ft
100 ft
120 ft

1:3
1:3
1:3
1:3
1:3
1:3

Notes:
(1) Minimum lot area may be less than specified if the subdivision application is filed
concurrently with a Planned Development, Conditional Use Permit or Minor Use Permit
application.

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Table 82-12B
Commercial Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size
Mountain Region
Minimum Lot Dimensions
Land Use
Zoning
District

Minimum
Lot Area (1)

CR

Minimum
Width

Minimum
Depth

Maximum
Width to
Depth Ratio

2.5

60 ft for interior lot
70 ft for corner lot

100 ft

1:3

CN

1 acre

60 ft for interior lot
70 ft for corner lot

100 ft

1:3

CO

5 acres

60 ft for interior lot
70 ft for corner lot

100 ft

1:3

CG

5 acres

60 ft for interior lot
70 ft for corner lot

100 ft

1:3

CS

5 acres

60 ft for interior lot
70 ft for corner lot

100 ft

1:3

CH

5 acres

60 ft for interior lot
70 ft for corner lot

100 ft

1:3

Notes:
(1) Minimum lot area may be less than specified if the subdivision application is filed
concurrently with a Planned Development, Conditional Use Permit or Minor Use Permit
application.

Table 82-12C
Commercial Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size
Desert Region
Minimum Lot Dimensions
Land Use
Zoning
District

Minimum
Lot Area (1)

Minimum
Width

Minimum
Depth

Maximum
Width to
Depth Ratio

CR

2.5

120 ft

120 ft

1:3

CN

1 acre

120 ft

120 ft

1:3

CO

5 acres

120 ft

120 ft

1:3

CG

5 acres

120 ft

120 ft

1:3

CS

5 acres

120 ft

120 ft

1:3

CH

5 acres

120 ft

120 ft

1:3

Notes:
(1) Minimum lot area may be less than specified if the subdivision application is filed
concurrently with a Planned Development, Conditional Use Permit or Minor Use Permit
application.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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82.05.060

82.05

Commercial Land Use Zoning District Site Planning and Building Standards

Subdivisions, new land uses and structures, and alterations to existing land uses and structures
shall be designed, constructed, and established in compliance with the requirements in Tables
82-13A and B, 8-14A and B, 82-15A and B, in addition to the applicable standards (e.g.,
landscaping, parking and loading, etc.) in Division 3 (Countywide Development Standards) and
Division 4 (Standards for Specific Land Uses and Activities).
Table 82-13A
CR, CN, and CO Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Valley Region
Requirement by Land Use Zoning District

Development Feature
Density

Maximum density

Setbacks
Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Floor Area Ratio
(FAR)
Maximum FAR
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit
Maximum height
Accessory structures
Infrastructure
Landscaping
Parking
Signs
Notes: (1)
(2)

CR
Rural Commercial

CN
CO
Neighborhood
Office Commercial
Commercial
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be determined by the
County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as applicable.
2 units per acre; 4 units
per acre in mobile home
park/manufactured home
Accessory dwellings as
Accessory dwellings as
land-lease community.
allowed by Chapter 84.01
allowed by Chapter 84.01
Accessory dwellings as
(Accessory Structures and
(Accessory Structures and
allowed by Chapter 84.01
Uses)
Uses)
(Accessory Structures
and Uses)
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapter 83.05 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to specific land
uses.
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
10 ft (1)
10 ft (1)
10 ft (2)
10 ft (2)
Maximum allowed floor area ratio (FAR).

15 ft
10 ft (1)
10 ft (2)

.3:1
.3:1
.75:1
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
80%
80%
80%
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits and
Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit exceptions.
35 ft
35 ft
60 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.10 (Landscaping Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Only one side yard setback is required to provide for emergency access. If the adjacent lot is not designated
commercial or industrial, a side yard shall be required along that side of the lot.
A rear yard setback is required only when the adjacent property is not designated commercial or industrial.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4057 ( 2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009);
Amended Ordinance 4085 (2009)

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82.05

Table 82-13B
CG, CS, AND CH Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Valley Region
Development
Feature
Density
Maximum density

Setbacks
Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Floor Area Ratio
(FAR)
Maximum FAR
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit
Maximum height
Accessory
structures
Infrastructure
Landscaping
Parking
Signs

Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
CG
CS
CH
General Commercial
Service Commercial
Highway Commercial
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be determined
by the County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as applicable.
Accessory dwellings as allowed by Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and
Uses)
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapters 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to specific
land uses.
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
10 ft (1)
10 ft (1)
10 ft (1)
10 ft (2)
10 ft (2)
10 ft (2)
Maximum allowed floor area ratio (FAR).
.5:1
.5:1
.5:10
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
80%
80%
80%
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits and
Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit exceptions.
60 ft
60 ft
60 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.10 (Landscaping Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Notes:
(1)
(2)

Only one side yard setback is required to provide for emergency access. If the adjacent lot is not designated
commercial or industrial, a side yard shall be required along that side of the lot.
A rear yard setback is required only when the adjacent property is not designated commercial or industrial.

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Table 82-14A
CR, CN, AND CO Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Mountain Region
Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
Development Feature

Density

Maximum density

Setbacks
Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Floor Area Ratio
(FAR)
Maximum FAR
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit
Maximum height
Accessory structures
Infrastructure
Landscaping
Parking
Signs

CR
Rural Commercial

CN
CO
Neighborhood
Office Commercial
Commercial
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be determined
by the County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as applicable.
2 units per acre; 4
units per acre in
mobile home park/
Accessory dwellings as
Accessory dwellings as
manufactured home landallowed by Chapter
allowed by Chapter
lease community.
84.01 (Accessory
84.01 (Accessory
Accessory dwellings
Structures and Uses)
Structures and Uses)
as allowed by Chapter
84.01 (Accessory
Structures and Uses)
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapters 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to specific
land uses.
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
10 ft (1)
10 ft (1)
10 ft (2)
10 ft (2)
Maximum allowed floor area ratio (FAR).

15 ft
10 ft (1)
10 ft (2)

.25:1
.25:1
.5:1
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
80%
80%
80%
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits and
Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit exceptions.
35 ft
35 ft
35 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.10 (Landscaping Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Notes:
(1)
(2)

Only one side yard setback is required to provide for emergency access. If the adjacent lot is not designated
commercial or industrial, a side yard shall be required along that side of the lot.
A rear yard setback is required only when the adjacent property is not designated commercial or industrial.

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Table 82-14B
CG, CS, AND CH Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Mountain Region
Development Feature
Density
Maximum density

Setbacks
Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Floor Area Ratio
(FAR)
Maximum FAR
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit
Maximum height
Accessory structures
Infrastructure
Landscaping
Parking
Signs

Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
CG General
CS
CH
Commercial
Service Commercial
Highway Commercial
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be determined
by the County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as applicable.
Accessory dwellings as allowed by Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and
Uses).
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapters 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to specific
land uses.
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
10 ft (1)
10 ft (1)
10 ft (1)
10 ft (2)
10 ft (2)
10 ft (2)
Maximum allowed floor area ratio (FAR).
.5:1
.4:1
.3:1
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
80%
80%
80%
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits and
Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit exceptions.
35 ft
35 ft
35 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.10 (Landscaping Standards).
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations)
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Notes:
(1)
Only one side yard setback is required to provide for emergency access. If the adjacent lot is not designated
commercial or industrial, a side yard shall be required along that side of the lot.
(2)
A rear yard setback is required only when the adjacent property is not designated commercial or industrial.

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82.05

Table 82-15A
CR, CN, AND CO Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Desert Region
Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
Development Feature

Density

Maximum density

Setbacks
Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Floor Area Ratio
(FAR)
Maximum FAR
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit
Maximum height
Accessory structures
Infrastructure
Landscaping
Parking
Signs

CR
Rural Commercial

CN
CO
Neighborhood
Office Commercial
Commercial
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be
determined by the County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as
applicable.
2 units per acre; 4
units per acre in
mobile home park/
manufactured home
Accessory dwellings as
Accessory dwellings as
land-lease community.
allowed by Chapter
allowed by Chapter
Accessory dwellings
84.01 (Accessory
84.01 (Accessory
as allowed by
Structures and Uses)
Structures and Uses)
Chapter 84.01
(Accessory Structures
and Uses)
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapters 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to
specific land uses.
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
10 ft (1)
10 ft (1)
10 ft (2)
10 ft (2)
Maximum allowed floor area ratio (FAR).

25 ft
10 ft (1)
10 ft (2)

.3:1
.25:1
.5:1
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
80%
80%
80%
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits and
Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit exceptions.
35 ft
35 ft
35 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.10 (Landscaping Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Notes:
(1)
Only one side yard setback is required to provide for emergency access. If the adjacent lot is not designated
commercial or industrial, a side yard shall be required along that side of the lot.
(2)
A rear yard setback is required only when the adjacent property is not designated commercial or industrial.

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82.05

Table 82-15B
CG, CS, AND CH Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Desert Region
Development Feature
Density
Maximum density

Setbacks
Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Floor Area Ratio
(FAR)
Maximum FAR
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit
Maximum height
Accessory structures
Infrastructure
Landscaping
Parking
Signs

Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
CG General
CS
CH
Commercial
Service Commercial
Highway Commercial
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be determined
by the County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as applicable.
Accessory dwellings as allowed by Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and
Uses).
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapters 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to specific
land uses.
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
10 ft (1)
10 ft (1)
10 ft (1)
10 ft (2)
10 ft (2)
10 ft (2)
Maximum allowed floor area ratio (FAR).
.5:1
.3:1
.3:1
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces s.
80%
80%
80%
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits and
Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit exceptions.
35 ft
35 ft
60 ft (3)
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.10 (Landscaping Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Notes:
(1)
Only one side yard setback is required to provide for emergency access. If the adjacent lot is not designated
commercial or industrial, a side yard shall be required along that side of the lot.
(2)
A rear yard setback is required only when the adjacent property is not designated commercial or industrial.
(3)
In the Phelan/Pinon Hills Community Plan area, the maximum height is 35 ft.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067
(2009); Amended Ordinance 4085 (2009)

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82.06

CHAPTER 82.06 INDUSTRIAL AND SPECIAL PURPOSE LAND USE ZONING
DISTRICTS
Sections:
82.06.010
82.06.020
82.06.030
82.06.040
82.06.050
82.06.060

82.06.010

Purpose
Purposes and Location of the Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning
Districts
Minimum Area for Designation
Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses and Permit
Requirements
Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning District Subdivision Standards
Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning District Site Planning and
Building Standards
Purpose

This Chapter lists the land uses that may be allowed within the industrial and special purpose land
use zoning districts established by the General Plan and listed in Chapter 82.01 (Land Use Plan,
Land Use Zoning Districts, and Overlays), determines the type of planning permit/approval required
for each use, and provides basic standards for site layout and building size.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.06.020

Purposes and Location of the Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning
Districts

The purposes of the individual Industrial and special purpose land use zoning districts and the
locations where they are applied are as specified in the General Plan and as described in Chapter
82.01 (Land Use Plan, Land Use Zoning Districts, and Overlays).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.06.030

Minimum Area for Designation

The Industrial and special purpose land use zoning districts shall be applied through the General
Plan amendment process (Chapter 86.12) only to sites with the minimum areas indicated in
Table 82-16.

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82.06

Table 82-16
Minimum Area for Industrial and Special Use
Land Use Zoning District Designation
Minimum Area for
Designation

Land Use Zoning District
IC (Community Industrial)
IR (Regional Industrial)
IN (Institutional)
SD (Special Development)
SP (Specific Plan)

5 acres
30 acres
None required
5 acres
As specified by General Plan

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067
(2009); Amended Ordinance 4085 (2009)
82.06.040

Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning District Allowed Uses and
Permit Requirements

(a) General permit requirements. Table 82-17 identifies the uses of land allowed by this
Development Code in each Industrial and special purpose land use zoning district
established by Chapter 82.01 (Land Use Plan, Land Use Zoning Districts, Overlays), in
compliance with Section 82.02.030 (Allowed Land Uses and Planning Permit
Requirements).
(b) Requirements for certain specific land uses. Where the last column in Table 82-17
("Specific Use Regulations") includes a section number, the referenced section may affect
whether the use requires Site Plan Permit, or Conditional Use Permit or Minor Use
Permit, Planned Development Permit, or other County approval, and/or may establish
other requirements and standards applicable to the use.
(c) Allowed land uses in the SD land use zoning district. A special development may
allow intermixing of residential, commercial and industrial uses, provided that the review
authority determines that there is a specific need for the special development standards.
The Special Development Land Use Zoning District may have a suffix to indicate the
focus of a particular SD zone. A “RES” suffix indicates that the focus is on residential
Planned Development projects. A “COM” suffix indicates that the focus is on commercial
Planned Development projects. An “IND” suffix indicates that the focus is on industrial
Planned Development projects. However, all can still have mixed uses within these zones.

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82.06

Table 82-17
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements
for Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning Districts
PERMIT REQUIRED BY DISTRICT
LAND USE
See Division 10 (Definitions) for land use
definitions

IC

AGRICULTURAL, RESOURCE & OPEN SPACE USES
Agriculture Support Services
P(2)
Animal Keeping
—
Crop production, horticulture, orchard, vineyard
—
Natural resources development (mining)
CUP
Nature preserve (accessory uses)
—

IR

IN

SDRES(1)

P(2)
—
—
CUP
—

—
—
—
—
P(2)

M/C
S
A
CUP
P(2)

M/C
—
—
CUP
P(2)

M/C
—
—
CUP
P(2)

—
M/C
—
—
CUP(4)
—
—
—
—
—
—

—
M/C(3)
—
—
CUP(4)
—
—
MUP
CUP(3)
CUP(3)
—

—
M/C
—
M/C
CUP(4)
CUP(4)
M/C
MUP
CUP
CUP
CUP

A

A

A

—
—
M/C
M/C
—
—

CUP
—
M/C
M/C
M/C
M/C

M/C
—
M/C
M/C
M/C
M/C

CUP
M/C
CUP(4)
M/C
M/C
CUP(4)
M/C
CUP
P
CUP
CUP
M/C
M/C
M/C

—
M/C
CUP(4)
M/C
M/C
CUP(4)
M/C
CUP
P
CUP
CUP
M/C
M/C
M/C

—
M/C
CUP(4)
M/C
M/C
CUP(4)
M/C
CUP
P
CUP
CUP
M/C
M/C
M/C

P(7)

P(7)

P(7)

84.01

P(7)

P(7)

P(7)

84.01

SUP

—

—

84.08

M/C

M/C

—

P(8)

—
M/C

—
—

INDUSTRY, MANUFACTURING & PROCESSING, WHOLESALING
Adult business
ABP
—
—
Construction contractor storage yard
M/C
P (2)
—
Hazardous waste operation
—
CUP
—
Firewood contractor
P
P
—
Manufacturing Operations I
P(2)
P(2)
—
Manufacturing Operations II
— (5,6)
M/C
—
Motor vehicle storage/Impound facility
M/C
M/C
—
Recycling facilities - Small collection facility
SUP
SUP
—
Recycling facilities - Large collection facility
CUP
CUP
—
Recycling facilities - Light processing facility
CUP
CUP
—
Recycling facilities - Heavy processing facility
CUP
CUP
—
Recycling facilities, reverse vending machines
A
A
—
(accessory only)
Salvage operations - Within an enclosed structure
CUP
M/C
—
Salvage operations - General
—
CUP
—
Storage - Personal storage (mini-storage)
P(2)
P(2)
—
Storage - Recreational vehicles
M/C
M/C
—
Storage - Warehouse, indoor storage
M/C
M/C
—
Wholesaling and distribution
M/C
M/C
—
RECREATION, EDUCATION & PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
Campgrounds
—
—
—
Commercial entertainment - Indoor
M/C
—
—
Conference/convention facility
—
—
—
Equestrian facility
—
—
—
Fitness/health facility
P(2)
P(2)
—
Golf course
—
—
—
Library, museum, art gallery, outdoor exhibit
—
—
—
Meeting facility, public or private
CUP
—
—
Park, playground
—
—
P
Places of worship
CUP
CUP
CUP
Rural sports and recreation
—
—
—
School - College or university
M/C
M/C
M/C
School - Private
M/C
M/C
M/C
School - Specialized education/training
M/C
M/C
M/C
RESIDENTIAL(14)
Accessory dwelling (labor quarters, etc.)
P(7)
P(7)
P(7)
Accessory structures and uses - Residential
P(7, 8)
P(7, 8)
P(7, 8)
(conforming and non-conforming uses)
Dependent housing
—
—
—
Group residential (sorority, fraternity, boarding
—
—
—
house, private residential club, etc.)
Guest housing
—
—
—
Live/work unit
M/C
—
—

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M/C

SDSD-IND(1)
COM(1)

Specific Use
Regulations

84.04

84.02

84.09

84.19
84.19
84.19
84.19
84.19

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82.06

PERMIT REQUIRED BY DISTRICT
LAND USE
See Division 10 (Definitions) for land use
definitions
Mobile home park/manufactured home land-lease
community
Multiple residential use
Parolee and/or probationer home
Residential use with retail, service, or industrial use

Second dwelling unit
Single dwelling
RETAIL
Auto and vehicle sales and rental
Bar, tavern
Building and landscape materials sales - Indoor
Building and landscape materials sales - Outdoor
Construction and heavy equipment sales and rental
Convenience store
Fuel dealer (propane for home and farm use, etc.)
General retail - 10,000 sf or less, with or without residential unit
General retail - More than 10,000 sf, with or without residential
unit

IC

IR

IN

SDRES(1)

—

—

—

CUP

CUP

—

—
—
—
—
—

—
—
—
—
—

—
—
—
—
—

PD
CUP
PD
S
A

PD
CUP
PD
—
—

PD
—
PD
—
—

P(2)
—
P(2)
M/C
M/C
P(2)
CUP
—

P(2)
—
P(2)
M/C
M/C
P(2)
CUP
—

—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—

M/C
M/C
M/C
—
—
M/C
CUP
M/C

M/C
M/C
M/C
CUP
CUP
M/C
CUP
M/C

M/C
M/C
M/C
CUP
CUP
M/C
CUP
M/C

—

—

—

PD

PD

PD

M/C
—
P(2)
—
P(2)
M/C
P(2)

—
—
—
—
—
—
—

—
M/C
M/C
M/C
M/C
—
—

M/C
M/C
M/C
M/C
M/C
—
CUP

M/C
M/C
M/C
M/C
M/C
M/C
CUP

M/C
M/C
P(8)
—

M/C
M/C
P(8)
—

M/C
M/C
P(8)
M/C

M/C
M/C
P(8)
M/C

M/C
M/C
P(8)
M/C

P

P

P

—

P

P

—
—
CUP
P(2)
SUP
M/C
M/C
M/C
—

—
—
—
P(2)
SUP
—
—
—
—

—
CUP
—
—
SUP
—
—
—
—

CUP
—
CUP
—
SUP
—
M/C
M/C
SUP(9)

CUP
—
CUP
M/C
SUP
—
M/C
M/C
SUP(9)

CUP
—
CUP
M/C
SUP
M/C
—
—
—

—

—

—

M/C

M/C

—

—

—

—

M/C

M/C

—

P
M/C

—
M/C

—
M/C

M/C
M/C

M/C
M/C

M/C
M/C

RCP

—

—

RCP

RCP

—

M/C

—

—

M/C

M/C

—

—
—
—

M/C(10)
M/C(10)
M/C

M/C
M/C
M/C

M/C
CUP

M/C
CUP

M/C
CUP

Manufactured home or RV sales
M/C
Night Club
—
Restaurant, café, coffee shop
P(2)
Second hand stores, pawnshops
P(2)
Service station
P(2)
Swap meet, outdoor market, auction yard
M/C
Warehouse retail
P(2)
SERVICES – BUSINESS, FINANCIAL, PROFESSIONAL
Medical services - Hospital
M/C
Medical services - Rehabilitation center
M/C
Office - Accessory
P(8)
Professional Services
P(2)
SERVICES – GENERAL
Bail bond service within 1 mile of correctional
institution

Cemetery, including pet cemeteries
Correctional institution
Emergency Shelter
Equipment rental
Home occupation
Kennel or cattery
Licensed Residential Care Facility of 6 or fewer persons
Licensed Residential Care Facility of 7 or more persons

Lodging – Bed and breakfast inn (B&B)
Lodging – Hotel or motel – 20 or fewer guest
rooms
Lodging – Hotel or motel – More than 20 guest
rooms
Personal services
Public safety facility
Unlicensed Residential Care Facility of 6 or fewer
persons
Unlicensed Residential Care Facility of 7 or more
persons

SDSD-IND(1)
COM(1)

(2)

Vehicle services - Major repair/body work
—
Vehicle services - Minor maintenance/repair
P(2)
P(2)
CUP(11)
Veterinary clinic, animal hospital
M/C
—
—
TRANSPORTATION, COMMUNICATIONS & INFRASTRUCTURE
Ambulance, taxi, or limousine dispatch facility
M/C
M/C
M/C
Broadcasting antennae and towers
M/C
M/C
M/C
P(2)

P(2)

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84.06
84.33
84.12
84.04
84.23
84.23

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PERMIT REQUIRED BY DISTRICT
LAND USE
See Division 10 (Definitions) for land use
definitions
Parking lots, accessory
Broadcasting studio
Communication contractor
Electrical power generation
Parking structures
Pipelines, transmission lines, and control stations (13)

Renewable Energy Generation Facilities
Sewage treatment and disposal facility
Solid waste disposal
Transportation facility
Truck Stop
Truck Terminal
Utility facility
Water treatment plants and storage tanks
Wind energy system, accessory
Wireless telecommunications facility
OTHER
Accessory structures and uses
Temporary special events
Temporary structures and uses

IC

IR

IN

SDRES(1)

SDSD-IND(1)
COM(1)

P(12)
M/C
M/C
CUP
P(12)

P(12)
M/C
M/C
CUP
P(12)

P(12)
M/C
M/C
CUP
P(12)

P(12)
CUP(4)
M/C(10)
—
M/C

P(12)
CUP(4)
M/C(10)
—
M/C

P(12)
CUP(4)
M/C(10)
—
M/C

(13)

(13)

(13)

(13)

(13)

(13)

CUP
CUP
CUP
M/C
M/C
M/C
CUP
—
S
S

CUP
CUP
CUP
M/C
M/C
M/C
CUP
CUP
S
S

CUP
CUP
CUP
M/C
—
—
CUP
CUP
S
S

—
—
—
M/C
—
—
CUP
—
S
S

—
—
—
M/C
—
—
CUP
CUP
S
S

—
—
—
M/C
M/C
M/C
CUP
CUP
S
S

84.26
84.27

P
TSP
TUP

P
TSP
TUP

P
TSP
TUP

P
TSP
TUP

P
TSP
TUP

P
TSP
TUP

84.01
84.25
84.25

Specific Use
Regulation
s

84.29

KEY
A

Allowed use (no planning permit required)
ABP Adult Business Regulatory Permit
P

PD Planned Development Permit required (Chapter 85.10)
SUP Special Use Permit required (Chapter 85.14)

Permitted Use; Site Plan Permit required (Chapter
85.08)

S

Minor Use Permit required; unless a Conditional Use
M/C Permit required in compliance with Section 85.06.050
(Projects That Do Not Qualify for a Minor Use Permit)
CUP Conditional Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)
MUP Minor Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)

Notes:
(1)

(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)

(7)
(8)
(9)
(10)
(11)
(12)
(13)
(14)

Permit requirement set by Specific Use Regulations
(Division 4)

TSP Temporary Special Events Permit required (Chapter 85.16)
RCP Unlicensed Residential Care Facilities Permit (Chapter 85.20)
TUP Temporary Use Permit required (Chapter 85.15)
— Use not allowed

The Special Development Land Use Zoning District may have a suffix to indicate the focus of a particular SD zone.
A “RES” suffix indicates that the focus is on residential Planned Development projects. A “COM” suffix indicates
that the focus is on commercial Planned Development projects. An “IND” suffix indicates that the focus is on
industrial Planned Development projects. However, all can still have mixed uses within these zones.
CUP required if maximum building coverage exceeds 10,000 sq. ft., the use will have more than 20 employees per
shift, or if not exempt from CEQA; may qualify for a MUP in compliance with Section 85.06.020 (Applicability).
This use shall be located completely within an enclosed structure.
PD Permit required if total floor area or use area exceeds 10,000 sq. ft.
Concrete batch plants in the Phelan planning area may be allowed subject to a CUP.
Pallet manufacturing, reconditioning, and storage yards in the unincorporated area in Fontana bounded by the I-10
on the north, Almond Ave. on the east, 660 ft. south of Santa Ana Ave. on the south, and Mulberry Ave. on the west
that is zoned IC may be allowed subject to a CUP.
Use allowed as an accessory use only, on the same site as a retail, service, or industrial use allowed by this table.
Requires a Special Use Permit when recreational vehicles are used for seasonal operations.
Use allowed as an accessory use only, on the same site as a residential use allowed by this table.
A CUP shall be required for three or more rooms
This use shall be located completely within an enclosed structure with no exterior overnight storage of vehicles.
When associated with an institutional use.
Use allowed as an accessory use only, on the same site as a retail, service, or industrial use allowed by this table.
These uses are regulated and approved by the Public Utilities Commission. See alternate review procedures in
Section 85.02.050.
Supportive housing or transitional housing that is provided in single-, two-, or multi-family dwelling units, group
residential, parolee-probationer home, residential care facilities, or boarding house uses shall be permitted,
conditionally permitted or prohibited in the same manner as the other single-, two- or multi-family dwelling units,
group residential, parolee-probationer home, residential care facilities, or boarding house uses under this Code.

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Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4057 (2008);
Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4098 (2010); Amended Ordinance 4230 (2014);
Amended Ordinance 4239 (2014); Amended Ordinance 4245 (2014); Amended Ordinance 4251 (2014)

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82.06.050

82.06

Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning District Subdivision Standards

(a) Each subdivision shall comply with the minimum parcel size requirements shown in
Tables 82-18A, 82-18B and 82-18C for the applicable land use zoning district.
(b) The minimum parcel size requirements for a specific subdivision are determined by the
review authority as part of subdivision approval. The review authority may require one or
more parcels within a specific subdivision to be larger than the minimums required by
these tables based on potential environmental impacts, the physical characteristics of the
site or surrounding parcels, and/or other factors.
(c) See also the standards in Section 83.02.050 (Parcel Area Measurements and Exceptions).
Table 82-18A
Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning District Minimum Lot Size
Valley Region
Minimum Lot Dimensions
Land Use
Zoning
District

Minimum
Lot Area

IC
IR
IN
SD

Minimum
Width

Minimum
Depth

Maximum Width to
Depth Ratio

5 acres (1)
5 acres (1)
None required

60 ft
60 ft
60 ft

100 ft
100 ft
100 ft

5 acres (2) (3) (4)

60 ft

100 ft

1:3
1:3
1:4
Lot of less than 10 acres
- 1:3
Lot of 10 acres or more 1:4

Notes:
(1) Minimum lot area may be less than specified if the subdivision application is filed concurrently with a Planned
Development or Conditional Use Permit application.
(2) Except where modified by map suffix.
(3) A suffix may be added to a Special Development Land Use Zoning District to emphasize the focus of a specific SD zone.
A “RES” suffix would indicate that the focus of the zone is on residential development while still allowing commercial
uses. A “COM” suffix would indicate that the focus of the zone is on commercial development while still allowing some
residential uses. A “IND” suffix would indicate that the focus of the zone is on industrial development while still
allowing other mixed uses. Also, a map suffix may allow minimum lot area to be less than 5 acres (e.g., SD-5 = Special
Development with a five-acre minimum lot area). A map suffix may also indicate maximum dwelling units per acre
(e.g., SD-3/1 = Special Development with a maximum density of three dwelling units per acre).
(4) A Final Development Plan may approve lot sizes smaller than those specified by the land use zoning district. The
combination of open spaces and concentrations of smaller lot areas shall be compatible with the land uses on surrounding
properties.

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Table 82-18B
Industrial and Special Purpose District Minimum Lot Size
Mountain Region
Land Use
Zoning
District

Minimum
Lot Area

IC

5 acres

(1)

IR

5 acres

(1)

IN

SD

None required

5 acres (2) (3) (4)

Minimum Lot Dimensions
Minimum
Width
60 ft for interior
lot
70 ft for corner
lot
60 ft for interior
lot
70 ft for corner
lot
60 ft for interior
lot
70 ft for corner
lot

60 ft

Minimum
Depth

Maximum Width to
Depth Ratio

100 ft

1:3

100 ft

1:3

100 ft

1:3

100 ft

Lot of less than 10 acres
- 1:3
Lot of 10 acres or more 1:4

Notes:
(1) Minimum lot area may be less than specified if the subdivision application is filed concurrently with a Planned
Development or Conditional Use Permit application.
(2) Except where modified by map suffix.
(3) A suffix may be added to a Special Development Land Use Zoning District to emphasize the focus of a specific SD zone.
A “RES” suffix would indicate that the focus of the zone is on residential development while still allowing commercial
uses. A “COM” suffix would indicate that the focus of the zone is on commercial development while still allowing some
residential uses. A “IND” suffix would indicate that the focus of the zone is on industrial development while still
allowing other mixed uses. Also, a map suffix may allow minimum lot area to be less than 5 acres (e.g., SD-5 = Special
Development with a five-acre minimum lot area). A map suffix may also indicate maximum dwelling units per acre
(e.g., SD-3/1 = Special Development with a maximum density of three dwelling units per acre).
(4) A Final Development Plan may approve lot sizes smaller than those specified by the land use zoning district. The
combination of open spaces and concentrations of smaller lot areas shall be compatible with the land uses on surrounding
properties.

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Table 82-18C
Industrial and Special Purpose District Minimum Lot Size
Desert Region
Land Use
Zoning
District

Minimum Lot
Area

IC
IR
IN
SD

Minimum Lot Dimensions
Minimum
Width

Minimum
Depth

Maximum Width to Depth
Ratio

5 acres (1)
5 acres (1)
None required

60 ft
60 ft
60 ft

100 ft
100 ft
100 ft

5 acres (2) (3) (4)

60 ft

100 ft

1:3
1:3
1:3
Lot of less than 10 acres
- 1:3
Lot of 10 acres or more 1:4

Notes:
(1) Minimum lot area may be less than specified if the subdivision application is filed concurrently with a Planned
Development or Conditional Use Permit application.
(2) Except where modified by map suffix.
(3) A suffix may be added to a Special Development Land Use Zoning District to emphasize the focus of a specific SD zone.
A “RES” suffix would indicate that the focus of the zone is on residential development while still allowing commercial
uses. A “COM” suffix would indicate that the focus of the zone is on commercial development while still allowing some
residential uses. A “IND” suffix would indicate that the focus of the zone is on industrial development while still
allowing other mixed uses. Also, a map suffix may allow minimum lot area to be less than 5 acres (e.g., SD-5 = Special
Development with a five-acre minimum lot area). A map suffix may also indicate maximum dwelling units per acre
(e.g., SD-3/1 = Special Development with a maximum density of three dwelling units per acre).
(4) A Final Development Plan may approve lot sizes smaller than those specified by the land use zoning district. The
combination of open spaces and concentrations of smaller lot areas shall be compatible with the land uses on surrounding
properties.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067
(2009); Amended Ordinance 4098 (2009)
82.06.060

Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning District Site Planning and
Building Standards

(a) Site layout and building standards. Subdivisions, new land uses and structures, and
alterations to existing land uses and structures, shall be designed, constructed, and
established in compliance with the requirements in Tables, 82-19A and B, 82-20A and B,
82-21A and B, in addition to the applicable standards (e.g., landscaping, parking and
loading, etc.) in Division 3 (Countywide Development Standards), and Division 4
(Standards for Specific Land Uses and Activities).

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Table 82-19A
IC and IR Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Valley Region
Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
Development Feature
Density

Maximum density
Setbacks

Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Floor area ratio (FAR)
Maximum FAR
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit

Maximum height
Accessory structures
Infrastructure
Landscaping
Parking
Signs

IC
Community Industrial

IR
Regional Industrial

Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be
determined by the County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as
applicable.
Accessory dwellings as allowed by Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and
Uses).
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapter 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to
specific land uses.
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
10 ft (1)
10 ft (1)
10 ft (2)
10 ft (2)
Maximum floor area ratio (FAR) allowed.
.45:1
.55:1
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
85%
85%
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits
and Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit
exceptions.
75 ft
150 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.10 (Landscaping Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Notes:
(1) Only one side yard setback is required to provide for emergency access. If the adjacent lot is not designated commercial
or industrial, a side yard shall be required along that side of the lot.
(2) A rear yard setback is required only when the adjacent property is not designated commercial or industrial.

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Table 82-19B
IN and SD Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Valley Region
Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
Development Feature

Density

Maximum density

Setbacks
Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Floor area ratio (FAR)
Maximum FAR
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit

Maximum height
Accessory structures
Infrastructure
Landscaping
Parking
Signs

IN
SD
Institutional
Special Development
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be
determined by the County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as
applicable.
1 unit per 40 acres (1)
Accessory dwellings as allowed by
Accessory dwellings as allowed by
Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures
Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures
and Uses)
and Uses)
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapters 83.05 and 83.06 for exceptions,
reductions, and encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements
applicable to specific land uses.
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
10 ft
10 ft
10 ft
10 ft
Maximum floor area ratio (FAR) allowed.
.75:1
.5:1
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
80%
80%
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits
and Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit
exceptions.
150 ft
50 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.10 (Landscaping Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Notes:
(1)
Except where modified by a map suffix or when a Planned Development application has been approved establishing a different
density.

(b) Industrial land use zoning district additional standards. Performance standards
establishing acceptable levels of noise, vibration, air pollution, glare, and other possible
pollutants are in Chapter 83.01 (General Performance Standards).
(c) SD district additional standards.
(1) Performance standards. Performance standards establishing acceptable levels of
noise, vibration, air pollution, glare, and other possible pollutants are in 83.01
(General Performance Standards).
(2) Alternate standards. A Final Development Plan may establish different design
standards including accessory sign standards.
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(3) Development Plan standards. Development Plan standards shall apply in lieu of
conflicting standards in this Development Code. All standards established by this
Development Code that do not conflict with the Development Plan standards shall
apply to the project.
Table 82-20A
IC and IR Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Mountain Region
Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
Development Feature
Density

Maximum density
Setbacks

Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Floor area ratio (FAR)
Maximum FAR
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit

Maximum height
Accessory structures
Infrastructure
Landscaping
Parking
Signs

IC
IR
Community Industrial
Regional Industrial
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be
determined by the County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as
applicable.
Accessory dwellings as allowed by Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and
Uses).
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapters 83.05 and 83.06 for exceptions,
reductions, and encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements
applicable to specific land uses.
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
10 ft (1)
10 ft (1)
10 ft (2)
10 ft (2)
Maximum floor area ratio (FAR) allowed.
.4:1
.4:1
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
85%
85%
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits
and Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit
exceptions.
45 ft
45 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.10 (Landscaping Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Notes:
(1)
(2)

Only one side yard setback is required to provide for emergency access. If the adjacent lot is not designated
commercial or industrial, a side yard shall be required along that side of the lot.
A rear yard setback is required only when the adjacent property is not designated commercial or industrial.

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Table 82-20B
IN and SD Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Mountain Region
Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
Development Feature
Density

Maximum density

Setbacks
Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Floor area ratio (FAR)
Maximum FAR
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit

Maximum height
Accessory structures
Infrastructure
Landscaping
Parking
Signs

IN
SD
Institutional
Special Development
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be
determined by the County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as
applicable.
Accessory dwellings as allowed by
1 unit per 40 acres (1)
Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures
Accessory dwellings as allowed by
and Uses).
Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures
and Uses)
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapters 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to
specific land uses.
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
15 ft
10 ft
10 ft
10 ft
10 ft
Maximum floor area ratio (FAR) allowed.
.5:1
.3:1
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
80%
80%
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits
and Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit
exceptions.
30 ft
35 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.10 (Landscaping Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Notes:
(1)

Except where modified by a map suffix or when a Planned Development application has bee approved establishing a
different density.

(b) Industrial land use zoning district additional standards. Performance standards
establishing acceptable levels of noise, vibration, air pollution, glare, and other possible
pollutants are in Chapter 83.01 (General Performance Standards).
(c) SD land use zoning district additional standards.
(1) Performance standards. Performance standards establishing acceptable levels of
noise, vibration, air pollution, glare, and other possible pollutants are in Chapter
83.01 (General Performance Standards).
(2) Alternate standards. A Final Development Plan may establish different design
standards including accessory sign standards.

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(3) Development Plan standards. Development Plan standards shall apply in lieu of
conflicting standards in this Development Code. All standards established by this
Development Code that do not conflict with the Development Plan standards shall
apply to the project.
Table 82-21A
IC and IR Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Desert Region
Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
Development Feature
Density

Maximum density
Setbacks

Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Floor area ratio (FAR)
Maximum FAR
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit

Maximum height
Accessory structures
Infrastructure
Landscaping
Parking
Signs

IC
IR
Community Industrial
Regional Industrial
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be
determined by the County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as
applicable.
Accessory dwellings as allowed by Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and
Uses)
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapters 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to
specific land uses.
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
(1)
10 ft
10 ft (1)
(2)
10 ft
10 ft (2)
Maximum floor area ratio (FAR) allowed.
.4:1
.6:1
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
85%
85%
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits
and Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit
exceptions.
50 ft (3)
75 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.10 (Landscaping Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Notes:
(1)
(2)
(3)

Only one side yard setback is required to provide for emergency access. If the adjacent lot is not designated
commercial or industrial, a side yard shall be required along that side of the lot.
A rear yard setback is required only when the adjacent property is not designated commercial or industrial.
In the Phelan/Pinon Hills Community Plan area, the maximum height is 35 ft.

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Table 82-21B
IN and SD Land Use Zoning District Development Standards
Desert Region
Requirement by Land Use Zoning District
Development Feature
Density
Maximum density

Setbacks
Front
Side - Street side
Side - Interior (each)
Rear
Floor area ratio (FAR)
Maximum FAR
Lot coverage
Maximum coverage
Height limit
Maximum height
Accessory structures
Infrastructure
Landscaping
Parking
Signs

IN
SD
Institutional
Special Development
Maximum housing density. The actual number of units allowed will be determined by the
County through subdivision or planning permit approval, as applicable.
Accessory dwellings as allowed by
1 unit per 40 acres (1)
Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures
Accessory dwellings as allowed by Chapter
and Uses).
84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses)
Minimum setbacks required. See Chapters 83.02 for exceptions, reductions, and
encroachments. See Division 5 for any setback requirements applicable to specific land
uses.
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
25 ft
10 ft
10 ft
10 ft
10 ft
Maximum floor area ratio (FAR) allowed.
.5:1
.3:1
Maximum percentage of the total lot area that may be covered by structures and
impervious surfaces.
80%
80%
Maximum allowed height of structures. See Section 83.02.040 (Height Limits and
Exceptions) for height measurement requirements, and height limit exceptions.
50 ft
35 ft
See Chapter 84.01 (Accessory Structures and Uses).
See Chapter 83.09 (Infrastructure Improvement Standards)
See Chapter 83.10 (Landscaping Standards)
See Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations).
See Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations)

Notes:
(1)

Except where modified by a map suffix or when a Planned Development application has bee approved establishing a
different density.

(b) Industrial land use zoning district additional standards. Performance standards
establishing acceptable levels of noise, vibration, air pollution, glare, and other possible
pollutants are in Chapter 83.01 (General Performance Standards).
(c) SD land use zoning district additional standards.
(1) Performance standards. Performance standards establishing acceptable levels of
noise, vibration, air pollution, glare, and other possible pollutants are in Chapter
83.01 (General Performance Standards).
(2) Alternate standards. A Final Development Plan may establish different design
standards including accessory sign standards.

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(3) Development Plan standards. Development Plan standards shall apply in lieu of
conflicting standards in this Development Code. All standards established by this
Development Code that do not conflict with the Development Plan standards shall
apply to the project.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067
(2009)
82.06.070

Adopted Planned Development Applications

Whenever a Planned Development application is processed and adopted by the Board of
Supervisors, a General Plan Amendment will be processed and adopted concurrently. The General
Plan Amendment will indicate that there has been some type of change to the development standards
or allowed uses within the area included within the boundaries of the Planned Development
application. This General Plan Amendment will be annotated on the Land Use Zoning District Maps
as a suffix to the Special Development District. The suffix will include the letters “PD” and the year
of adoption and the sequence number of the specific Planned Development application that had been
approved for that specific year [e.g. (PD-2006-01)].
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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Additional Agriculture (AA) Overlay

82.07

CHAPTER 82.07 ADDITIONAL AGRICULTURE (AA) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.07.010
82.07.020
82.07.030
82.07.040
82.07.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Development Standards
Land Use Limitations
Purpose

The Additional Agriculture (AA) Overlay established by Sections 82.01.020 (Land Use Plan and
Land Use Zoning Districts) and 82.01.030 (Overlays) is intended to create, preserve, and improve
areas for small-scale and medium-scale agricultural uses utilizing productive agricultural lands for
raising, some processing, and the sale of plant crops, animals, or their primary products. It is an
overlay where agricultural uses exist compatibly with a variety of rural residential lifestyles.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.07.020

Location Requirements

The AA Overlay may be applied where it will serve to protect and enhance an area that is a
neighborhood or community substantially occupied by rural-type single dwellings on large parcels,
and predominantly used for small-scale commercial agricultural activities.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.07.030

Development Standards

This Chapter establishes regulations to allow animal keeping as a primary use of land. All animal
keeping land uses shall comply with public health laws regarding proper care and the maximum
number of animals.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.07.040

Land Use Limitations

(a) Allowed additional animals. The additional animal types listed in Table 82-22 (Animals
Allowed in AA [Additional Agricultural] Overlay) shall be allowed in the AA Overlay in
order to meet the agricultural needs of the community or region.

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Table 82-22
Animals Allowed in AA (Additional Agricultural) Overlay
Animal Type
Dogs and cats

Minimum Lot Area

Maximum Allowed
Animal Density

As per Table 84-2 in Chap. 84.04

As per Table 84-5 in Chap. 84.04

Other small non-farm animals

1/2 acre

6 animals per parcel

Fish raising (maximum pond
size)

½ acre

1/2-acre surface area

Aviary, apiary, or similar small animal
farms

1 acre

1 farm per parcel

Rabbits and chinchillas

1 acre

50 per each 10,000 sf.,
200 animals maximum

Poultry - Female

1 acre

99 animals maximum

5 acres

99 animals per each 5 acres

1 acre

2 per genus per parcel

Poultry – Male
(roosters, drakes, ganders, etc.)
Sheep, female goats, and similar small
livestock
Male adult goats
Cattle
Horses
Hogs (9 maximum)

10 acres

2 per genus per each 5 acres

1/2-acre

1 animal per each 4,000 sf.

2-1/2 acres

1 animal per each 3,000 sf.

1 acre

1 per parcel

5 acres

1 per 5 acres, 4 animals max

1 acre

1 per each 10,000 sf.

2-1/2 acres

1 per each 7,000 sf.

1/2-acre

1 per each 10,000 sf.

2-1/2 acres

1 per each 7,000 sf.

1 acre

1 per each 20,000 sf.

2-1/2 acres

1 per each 14,000 sf.

(b) Parcel Area for qualifying number or density of animal type. Parcel area used to
qualify one animal type shall not be reused to qualify another animal type.
(c) Additional animals allowed with Conditional Use Permit. The following
animalkeeping uses shall be allowed with Conditional Use Permit approval.
(1) Commercial kennels and catteries, with a minimum site area of one acre.
(2) Agricultural support services.
(3) Animal keeping at densities greater than, or the keeping of animal types different
than, those allowed by this Section. Commercial poultry ranches are restricted to a
minimum of 10 acres.
(4) Cow and goat dairies, with a minimum site area of 10 acres.
(5) Hog ranches and calf growing ranches, with a minimum site area of five acres.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4085 (2009)
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Agricultural Preserve (AP) Overlay

82.08

CHAPTER 82.08 AGRICULTURAL PRESERVE (AP) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.08.010
82.08.020
82.08.030
82.08.040
82.08.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Development Standards
Land Use Limitations
Purpose

(a) The Agricultural Preserve (AP) Overlay established by Sections 82.01.020 (Land Use
Plan and Land Use Zoning Districts) and 82.01.030 (Overlays) identifies properties
within an established agricultural preserve. The properties may be subject to a Land
Conservation Contract executed between the landowner and the Board. These agreements
offer tax advantages to the landowner and include an enumerated list of the allowed uses
for the commercial production of plant and animal products that have been found to be
compatible with agriculture.
(b) Because the preservation of agricultural land uses is essential to the economic well-being
of the County, the Agricultural Preserve (AP) Overlay is intended to protect vital
agricultural uses by limiting allowed land uses to those that are compatible and supportive
of agriculture and related uses and/or agricultural by-products.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.08.020

Location Requirements

(a) The AP Overlay shall be applied to properties within an Agricultural Preserve as defined
in the California Land Conservation Act of 1965 (Williamson Act), Government Code
Section 51200, et seq., and as designated upon the General Plan land use maps.
(b) The AP Overlay may be applied only to properties designated in the Resource
Conservation (RC), Agriculture (AG), Rural Living (RL), and Floodway (FW) zoning
districts.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.08.030

Development Standards

Development and new land uses proposed within the AP Overlay shall comply with the development
standards of the applicable primary zoning district.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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82.08.040

82.08

Land Use Limitations

The rezoning of property to apply the AP Overlay shall comply with all applicable requirements of
Government Code Section 51200, et seq. Land and land uses proposed within an agricultural
preserve must be an agricultural use or be compatible with agricultural uses.
(a) Compatible uses. The following land use types have been determined to be compatible:
(1) Agricultural use, described as any use of land for the purpose of producing an
agricultural commodity, consisting of any and all plant and animal products for
commercial purposes, provided the use is permitted by the primary zoning district
and not prohibited by other law or ordinance.
(2) A stand for display and sale of agricultural commodities produced on the premises
or other premises within the preserve.
(3) Gas, electric, water, communication utility facilities, and similar public service
facilities, operated by a public agency or mutual water company.
(4) Public highways.
(5) Fire protection facilities.
(6) Flood control works, including channel rectification and alteration.
(7) Public works required for fish and wildlife enhancement and preservation.
(8) Improvements for the primary benefit of the land within the preserve.
(9) State improvements described in Government Code Section 51293(d).
(10) Single dwellings only for the use of an owner or manager of land within the
agricultural preserve, or a person employed on the land, if the use is permitted by the
applicable primary zoning district, but not exceeding three dwellings for each parcel
of not less than 10 acres.
(11) Farm labor camps, including temporary trailer housing, subject to all applicable
requirements of this Development Code and all other applicable laws.
(12) Drying, packing or other processing of an agricultural commodity usually performed
on the premises where it is produced.
(13) A legal use existing on the date the land is included within an agricultural preserve,
but any use since discontinued for two years shall not be resumed unless permitted
under these rules.

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(14) A use required to be permitted by an amendment to the California Land
Conservation Act of 1965 hereafter adopted.
(15) "Open space uses" as defined in Government Code Section 51201.
(16) Religious facilities. Total square footage of all structures on site shall not exceed
12,000 square feet. Minimum parcel size shall be 10 acres, unless the parcel was
created before January 1, 1991, in which case the minimum parcel size shall be five
acres.
(17) Agriculturally oriented schools with an approved Conditional Use Permit, subject to
provisions adopted by the Board of Supervisors on November 3, 1980 regarding
compatibility within an Agricultural Preserve.
(18) Resource Recovery Systems designed for the use of animal or plant products or
waste for no less than 75 percent of their fuel or material source (percent measured
as British Thermal Unit heat content for energy generation or percent of volume of
materials consumed for agricultural products averaged over the current year of
operation) for the production of a commodity for the primary benefit of the
agricultural community or for the generation of electricity, unless prohibited by
other law or ordinance.
(A) Any temporary or permanent use of more than 25 percent non-animal or plant
products or waste (percent measured as described above) by an approved
project is subject to Commission approval and their finding that an adequate
animal or plant product or waste supply is not available to maintain the
approved design output capacity of the project due to interruptions of delivery
or elimination of the source beyond the feasible control of the applicant.
(B) Commission approval to exceed 25 percent non-animal or plant product or
waste shall apply only as long as an adequate animal or plant product or waste
supply is not available and subject to prohibition by other law or ordinance.
Sludge materials shall not be permitted as an alternative source.
(19) Recreational uses as defined by California Government Code Subsections 51201(e)
and (n), subject to Conditional Use Permit.
(b) Additional uses. Any use determined by the Board to be a compatible use in all
agricultural preserves, after a public hearing with 10 days published notice and other
notice as may be required. Thereafter, the use shall be deemed compatible in any
agricultural preserve, provided that it is not inconsistent with uses listed in Subsection A.,
above.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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Airport Safety (AR) Overlay

82.09

CHAPTER 82.09 AIRPORT SAFETY (AR) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.09.010
82.09.020
82.09.030
82.09.040
82.09.050
82.09.060
82.09.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Airport Safety Review Areas
Applicable Airport Comprehensive Land Use Plans
Review Procedures
Development Standards
Purpose

The Airport Safety (AR) Overlay established by Sections 82.01.020 (Land Use Plan and Land Use
Zoning Districts) and 82.01.030 (Overlays) is created to provide greater safety to aviators and the
general public by establishing requirements for land use compatibility reviews within designated
areas in close proximity to a public use airport or heliport.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.09.020

Location Requirements

Airport Safety (AR) Overlay boundaries are designated on the Land Use Plan by the symbols AR1,
AR2, AR3, and AR4, as defined in Section 82.09.030 (Airport Safety Review Areas), in the:
(a) Area within an adopted Airport Comprehensive Land Use Plan for a public use airport;
(b) Unincorporated areas of an adopted Airport Comprehensive Land Use Plan for a public
use airport within an incorporated city; and
(c) Area within a low altitude/high speed corridor designated for military aircraft operations.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.09.030

Airport Safety Review Areas

For the purposes of this Chapter, the following Airport Safety Review Areas are established.
(a) Airport Safety Review Area 1 (AR1). AR1 includes the areas at either end of a runway,
outside the airport boundaries, that correspond with the FAA Runway Protection Zone
(per FAR Part 152) for each runway end. AR1 also includes any area identified by an
Interim Airport Land Use Plan as a crash hazard zone, or as a touchdown pad and
peripheral area for a heliport.

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(b) Airport Safety Review Area 2 (AR2). AR2 includes the areas within the adopted 65
CNEL (Community Noise Equivalency Level) or Ldn (Day-Night Average Sound Level)
noise contours.
(c) Airport Safety Review Area 3 (AR3). AR3 includes one of the following areas, as
applicable.
(1) Public use airport with adopted noise contours. For a public use airport with
adopted noise contours, AR3 includes the area within one mile outside the 65 Ldn
noise contour, encompassing the boundaries prescribed in FAR Part 77 that depict
imaginary surfaces for "objects affecting navigable airspace," as applicable to the
specific FAA-approved Airport Layout and Approach Plan. The imaginary surfaces
are as follows.
(A) Approach Surface. Extending outward and upward from the end of the
primary runway surface along a slope of 20 to 1 and extending for a horizontal
distance of 5,000 feet. (Slope and distances increase depending on precise
approach existing or planned for the particular runway.)
(B) Horizontal Surface. A horizontal plane 150 feet above the established airport
elevation. The perimeter is constructed by swinging arcs of 5,000 feet (10,000
feet for runways other than utility or visual) radii from the center of each of the
primary runway surfaces (i.e., beginning points of Safety Review Area I) and
connecting the adjacent arcs by lines tangent to the arcs.
(C) Conical Surface. A surface extending outward and upward from the
periphery of the horizontal surface at a slope of 20 to 1 (20:1) for a horizontal
distance of 4,000 feet. (Distances increase for military airports.)
(2) Public use airport without adopted noise contours. For a public use airport
without adopted noise contours (e.g. 65 Ldn), AR3 includes the area within one mile
of the outer boundaries of the airport ownership.
(3) Heliports. The area outside the 65 Ldn noise contour for a heliport but within onehalf mile of the line.
(d) Airport Safety Review Area 4 (AR4). AR4 includes the low-altitude/high speed
corridors designated for military aircraft use.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.09.040

Applicable Airport Comprehensive Land Use Plans

This Section lists the Airport Comprehensive Land Use Plans with which development in
compliance with this Chapter shall be consistent.

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(a) Plans adopted by County. Airport Comprehensive Land Use Plans have been
established by the County for the following airports:
(1) Baker;
(2) Barstow - Daggett;
(3) Big Bear City;
(4) Roy Williams Airport (Hi-Desert) (Joshua Tree);
(5) Sun Hill Ranch (near Helendale); and
(6) Twentynine Palms.
(b) Plans adopted by other jurisdictions. The following Airport Comprehensive Land Use
Plans have been established by other jurisdictions but have impact on unincorporated
areas and have been recognized by the Board by resolution.
(1) Apple Valley Airport.
(2) Cable Airport (Upland).
(3) Chino Airport.
(4) Hesperia Airport.
(5) Needles Airport.
(6) LA/Ontario International Airport.
(7) Redlands Airport.
(8) Rialto Airport.
(9) San Bernardino International Airport.
(10) Southern California Logistics Airport (Victorville).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007)
82.09.050

Review Procedures

(a) Public hearing. In addition to all other requirements of this Development Code that
require a public hearing before a decision on a land use application, public hearing review
is also required when a proposed use is inconsistent with the Comprehensive Land Use
Compatibility criteria of the applicable Airport Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
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82.09

(b) Required findings. The approval of a land use application for a proposed expansion,
revision, or establishment of airport or heliport facilities within an Airport Safety Review
Area shall require that the review authority first find that the proposal is consistent with
the General Plan, and the findings, development standards and review procedures of this
Chapter.
(c) Land Use approval. Land use approval for any project found to be inconsistent with an
adopted Airport Comprehensive Land Use Plan shall be reviewed and acted upon by the
Board in the form of a minute order or resolution, in compliance with Public Utilities
Code Section 21661.5, and the State Department of Transportation shall be provided a
copy of the minute order or resolution.
(d) Conditions of approval. Any requirements resulting from project review in compliance
with this Section shall be incorporated into the project design and conditions of approval.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.09.060

Development Standards

The following standards and criteria shall apply to each development or land use proposed within an
AR Overlay or an Airport Safety Review Area, in addition to any standards required by the
applicable Airport Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
(a) Allowed land uses. Each proposed uses shall be consistent with the General Plan, any
applicable Airport Land Use Plan, and this Section; provided that no permanent structure
or use shall be allowed within Airport Safety Review Area 1.
(b) Height limits. Proposed structures and the normal mature height of any vegetation shall
not exceed the height limitations established in Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part
77, unless Form 7460-1 (Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration) has been filed
with and approved by the FAA before the issuance of a Building Permit. All mitigation
measures recommended by the FAA shall be incorporated into the project conditions of
approval. Existing topographic elevations, as compared to the elevation of the centerline
of the runway, shall be considered in determining the permitted height of an affected
structure.
For heliports, structures and the normal mature height of any vegetation adjacent to the
helipad shall not exceed the height limitations provided by the requirements of Federal
Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 77 for heliports.
(c) Interference with aircraft operations. The proposed use or structure shall not reflect
glare, emit electronic interference, produce smoke, or store or dispense hazardous
materials in such a manner that would endanger aircraft operations or public safety in the
event of an aircraft accident.

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For heliports, uses or structures adjacent to the helipad shall not reflect glare, emit
electronic interference, produce smoke, or store or dispense hazardous materials in such a
manner that would endanger aircraft operations or public safety in the event of an aircraft
accident.
(d) Federal and State requirements. Each airport and heliport shall be constructed in
compliance with FAA requirements and the requirements of applicable state law.
(e) Noise standards. Noise level reduction shall be designed and constructed in all
structures to maintain maximum interior noise level of 45 dba for residential uses, and 55
dba for commercial and industrial uses.
(f)

Easements. An Avigation Easement shall be granted to the appropriate airport and
recorded before the issuance of a building permit for those uses established within an
AR1, AR2, or AR3. A copy of the easement shall be forwarded to the County and the
affected airport. Also an Avigation Easement shall be granted to the appropriate military
agency and recorded before the issuance of a building permit for those uses established
within an AR4.

(g) Notifications by property owner. The property owner shall provide to all renters,
lessees or buyers information that the site is subject to aircraft overflight from the
applicable airport, is subject to the potential noise problems associated with aircraft
operations, and is subject to an Avigation Easement. The information shall be provided
before completion of the rental, lease or sale, and shall be incorporated into the CC&Rs
recorded with the property and in all lease and rental agreements.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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82.10

CHAPTER 82.10 ALTERNATE HOUSING (AH) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.10.010
82.10.020
82.10.030
82.10.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Development Standards
Purpose

The Alternate Housing (AH) Overlay established by Sections 82.01.020 (Land Use Plan and Land
Use Zoning Districts) and 82.01.030 (Overlays) is intended to provide an alternative to the
residential standards otherwise required by this Development Code.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.10.020

Location Requirements

The AH Overlay may be applied to any site within a rural area of the County with a primary land use
zoning district that allows single dwellings, and that is a minimum of 40 acres.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.10.030

Development Standards

A single dwelling installed within an AH Overlay shall comply with the construction standards
specified by Subsections 84.21.030 (a),(b),(c),(d),(i) and (j) (Single Family Residential Dwellings)
and the following standards:
(a) Minimum floor area shall be 725 square feet measured from the exterior of the structure.
(b) Minimum floor width shall be 14 feet, measured from the exterior of the structure.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067
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Biotic Resources (BR) Overlay

82.11

CHAPTER 82.11 BIOTIC RESOURCES (BR) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.11.010
82.11.020
82.11.030
82.11.040
82.11.050
82.11.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Application Requirements
Conditions of Approval
Professional Qualifications
Purpose

The Biotic Resources (BR) Overlay established by Sections 82.01.020 (Land Use Plan and Land Use
Zoning Districts) and 82.01.030 (Overlays) implements General Plan policies regarding the
protection and conservation of beneficial rare and endangered plants and animal resources and their
habitats, which have been identified within unincorporated areas of the county.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.11.020

Location Requirements

The BR Overlay shall be applied to areas that have been identified by a County, State or Federal
agency as habitat for species of unique, rare, threatened or endangered plants or animals or their
habitats as listed in the General Plan. The overlay applies to policy areas on the Open Space Overlay.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.11.030

Application Requirements

When a land use is proposed, or an existing land use is increased by more than 25 percent of
disturbed area within a BR Overlay, the land use application shall include a biotic resources report
prepared as follows, except where the Director finds that prior environmental studies approved by
the County have determined that the site does not contain viable habitat.
(a)

Report content. The biotic resources report shall identify all biotic resources located on
the site and those on adjacent parcels that could be impacted by the proposed
development, and shall also identify mitigation measures designed to reduce or eliminate
impacts to the identified resources, and shall be submitted along with the application for
the proposed development.

(b)

Report preparation. The biotic resources report shall be prepared by an appropriate
expert such as a qualified biologist, botanist, herpetologist, or other professional "life
scientist." See Section 82.11050 for qualification requirements.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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Conditions of Approval

The conditions of approval of any land use application approved within the BR Overlay shall
incorporate the mitigation measures identified in the report required by Section 82.11.030
(Application Requirements), to protect and preserve the habitats of the identified plants and/or
animals.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.11.050

Professional Qualifications

Qualified professional biologists, botanists, herpetologists, or other professional "life scientists" that
are employed to conduct field surveys shall meet the following criteria to qualify to perform work
within the County jurisdiction:
(a)

Education: Individuals must possess a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree from an
accredited college or university in biology, ecology, wildlife biology, herpetology,
zoology, or related fields.

(b)

Professional experience:

(c)

(1)

Have demonstrated prior field experience using accepted resource agency
techniques in survey methods, i.e., conducting field surveys for at least three years.

(2)

Have taxonomic experience and knowledge of the species of concern in the project
locale, i.e., knowledge of plant taxonomy and plant community ecology and
classification as well as having familiarity with the plants of the area, including
special status and locally important plants.

(3)

Have familiarity with State and Federal laws and agency policies and regulation,
which pertain to environmental quality, i.e., having familiarity with the appropriate
State and Federal statutes related to plants and plant collecting.

(4)

Have a demonstrated ability to prepare detailed technical reports, i.e., experience
with analyzing impacts of a project on native plants and communities.

(5)

Have familiarity with the endemic flora and fauna of Southern California.

Permits: Individuals with relevant State or Federal wildlife agency permits issued by the
California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have
demonstrated expertise in the identification and handling of specific species and their
habitats. Current permits shall be included with the application to be considered a
qualifying biologist within a permitted biological or natural resource discipline.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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Cultural Resources Preservation (CP) Overlay

82.12

CHAPTER 82.12 CULTURAL RESOURCES PRESERVATION (CP) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.12.010
82.12.020
82.12.030
82.12.040
82.12.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Application Requirements
Development Standards
Purpose

The Cultural Resources Preservation (CP) Overlay established by Sections 82.01.020 (Land Use
Plan and Land Use Zoning Districts) and 82.01.030 (Overlays) is intended to provide for the
identification and preservation of important archaeological and historical resources. This is
necessary because:
(a) Many of the resources are unique and non-renewable; and
(b) The preservation of cultural resources provides a greater knowledge of County history,
thus promoting County identity and conserving historic and scientific amenities for the
benefit of future generations.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.12.020

Location Requirements

The CP Overlay may be applied to areas where archaeological and historic sites that warrant
preservation are known or are likely to be present. Specific identification of known cultural
resources is indicated by listing in one or more of the following inventories:
(a) California Archaeological Inventory;
(b) California Historic Resources Inventory;
(c) California Historical Landmarks;
(d) California Points of Historic Interest; and/or
(e) National Register of Historic Places.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.12.030

Application Requirements

The application for a project proposed within the CP Overlay shall include a report prepared by a
qualified professional that determines through appropriate investigation the presence or absence of
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archaeological and/or historical resources on the project site and within the project area, and
recommends appropriate data recovery or protection measures. The measures may include:
(a) Site recordation;
(b) Mapping and surface collection of artifacts, with appropriate analysis and curation;
(c) Excavation of sub-surface deposits when present, along with appropriate analysis and
artifact curation; and/or
(d) Preservation in an open space easement and/or dedication to an appropriate institution
with provision for any necessary maintenance and protection; and/or
(e) Proper curation of archeological and historical resource data and artifacts collected within
a project area pursuant to federal repository standards. Such data and artifacts shall be
curated at San Bernardino County Museum. Pursuant to State Historical Resources
Commission motion dated 7 Feb 1992, the repository selected should consider 36 CFR
79, Curation of Federally-owned and Administered Archaeological Collection, Final
Rule, as published Federal Register, 12 Sept 1990, or a later amended for archival
collection standards.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.12.040

Development Standards

(a) The proposed project shall incorporate all measures recommended in the report required
by Section 82.12.030 (Application Requirements).
(b) Archaeological and historical resources determined by qualified professionals to be
extremely important should be preserved as open space or dedicated to a public institution
when possible.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.12.050

Native American Monitor

If Native American cultural resources are discovered during grading or excavation of a development
site of the site is within a high sensitivity Cultural Resources Preservation Overlay District, the local
tribe will be notified. If requested by the tribe, a Native American Monitor shall be required during
such grading or excavation to ensure all artifacts are properly protected and/or recovered.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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Fire Safety (FS) Overlay

82.13

CHAPTER 82.13 FIRE SAFETY (FS) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.13.010
82.13.020
82.13.030
82.13.040
82.13.050
82.13.060
82.13.070
82.13.080
82.13.090
82.13.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Fire Safety Areas
Application Requirements
General Development Standards
FS1, FS2, and FS3 Development Standards
FS1 Additional Development Standards
Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plans/Permits
Alternate Hazard Protection Measures
Purpose

The Fire Safety (FS) Overlay established by Sections 82.01.020 (Land Use Plan and Land Use
Zoning Districts) and 82.01.030 (Overlays) is created to provide greater public safety in areas prone
to wildland brush fires, by establishing additional development standards for these areas.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.13.020

Location Requirements

The FS Overlay shall be designated in high fire hazard areas as mapped on the General Plan Hazards
Maps with the locations derived from the California Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service,
and the County Fire Department.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.13.030

Fire Safety Areas

The FS Overlay is divided into three fire safety areas to correspond to distinct geographic areas and
the associated wildland fire hazard. The requirements applicable to each fire safety area are found in
Section 82.13.050 (General Development Standards), Section 82.13.060 (FS1, FS2, and FS3
Development Standards), and 82.13.070 (FS1 Additional Development Standards).
(a) Fire Safety Area 1 (FS1). Fire Safety Area 1 (FS1) includes areas within the mountains
and valley foothills. It includes all the land generally within the San Bernardino National
Forest boundary and is characterized by areas with moderate and steep terrain and
moderate to heavy fuel loading contributing to high fire hazard conditions.
(b) Fire Safety Area 2 (FS2). Fire Safety Area 2 (FS2) includes those lands just to the north
and east of the mountain FS1 area in the mountain-desert interface. These areas have
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are periodically subject to high wind conditions that have the potential of dramatically
spreading wildland fires.
(c) Fire Safety Area 3 (FS3). Fire Safety Area 3 (FS3) includes lands just to the south of the
mountain FS1 area. These lands are primarily within the wildland-urban interface of the
Valley Region and consist of varying terrain from relatively flat to steeply sloping hillside
areas. Present and future development within FS3 is exposed to the impacts of wildland
fires and other natural hazards primarily due to its proximity to FS1. These areas are
subject to Santa Ana wind conditions that have the potential of dramatically spreading
wildland fires during extreme fire behavior conditions.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.13.040

Application Requirements

(a) Notice of application or permit. A notice of each land use application and/or
development permit that would lead to the construction of one or more structures or the
subdivision of land within the FS Overlay shall be sent to the responsible Fire Authority
for comment.
(b) Review authorities. Each proposed land use application that would lead to the
construction or expansion of a structure or the subdivision of land shall be submitted to
the responsible fire authority and the appropriate Natural Resource Conservation Service
Office for review and recommendation. Any recommendations received shall be
indicated in any staff report and/or presentation for the proposed development and shall
be incorporated into project conditions of approval where possible.
(c) Pre-application conference. Every development project application submitted to the
Department shall be reviewed by Department staff through a pre-application conference
with the project proponent before the acceptance of the application for filing.
(d) Density bonus. A residential density bonus, if any, shall only be allowed through the
approval of a Planned Development Permit in compliance with Chapter 85.10 (Planned
Development Permits).
(e) Subdivisions. When 25 percent or more of a subdivision project site involving five or
more lots is located on natural slopes greater than 30 percent, the subdivision application
shall be submitted concurrently with a Planned Development application to evaluate
appropriate project design in consideration of topographic limitations of the site. This
provision shall not apply if all of the areas on the site with natural ungraded slopes over
30 percent are permanently restricted from structural development.
(f)

Application requirements. Each land use and other project application shall include the
following information and materials, in addition to what is required by Section
82.13.060(b)(6) (Application Forms and Information Packets).

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(1) Slope analysis. Each project application shall include a slope analysis. The slope
analysis shall include the following information:
(A) A topographic map of the proposed project area and all adjoining properties
within 150 feet at a scale of not less than one-inch to 200 feet. The contour
interval shall not be more than two feet except that the contour interval may be
five feet if the general natural ungraded slope is more than 10 percent.
Contour lines shall be obtained by aerial or field survey, done under the
supervision of a licensed Land Surveyor or Registered Engineer.
(B) The natural, ungraded, slope categories to be computed are zero percent to less
than 15 percent, 15 percent to less than 30 percent, 30 percent to less than 40
percent, and 40 percent and greater. The minimum area (polygon) used for
slope calculation shall be 5,000 square feet.
(C) The area, in acres, shall be tabulated for each category.
(2) Preliminary grading plan. Each project application shall include a preliminary
grading plan, except that preliminary grading plan requirements may be waived by
the Director if it is determined through the required preapplication conference that
this requirement is unnecessary due to site specific soils, topographic or other
physical conditions, or due to the specific design of the project. The preliminary
grading plan shall include the following information.
(A) A topographic map of the proposed project area and all adjoining properties
within 150 feet at a scale of not less than one inch to 200 feet. The contour
interval shall not be more than two feet except that the contour interval may be
five feet if the natural ungraded slope is more than 10 percent. Contour lines
shall be obtained by aerial or field survey, done under the supervision of a
licensed Land Surveyor or Registered Engineer.
(B) Contours of the finished graded slope shown at intervals similar to that on the
topographic base map.
(C) Street grades, slope ratios, flow lines, pad elevations, maximum elevation of
top and minimum elevation of toe of finished slopes over five feet in vertical
height, the maximum heights of those slopes and approximate total cubic yards
of cut and fill shown on the preliminary grading plan.
(D) Compliance with the current edition of the California Building Code, as
adopted by the County, is required.
(E) In the event no grading is proposed, a statement to that effect shall be placed
on the required topographic map described in Subsection (f)1.a, above, and the
map shall delineate the boundary of an adequately sized building pad,
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(3) Fuel modification plan. Each project application shall include a fuel modification
plan describing the fuel modification area required in Subsection 82.15.060(b) 6,
below. The plan may be submitted as a preliminary and final plan. A preliminary
and/or final plan shall be submitted concurrently with the development application
to the Department for review in conjunction with the project design review. Final
plans shall be reviewed and approved by the responsible Fire Authority in
conjunction with the County Fire Marshall. The fuel modification plan shall address
the standards in Subsection 82.13.060(b)(6), below, and the following factors:
(A) The natural ungraded slope of the land within the project and in the areas
adjacent to the project;
(B) Fuel loading;
(C) Access to the project and access directly to the fuel modified area;
(D) The on-site availability of water that can be used for fire fighting purposes;
(E) The continual maintenance of the fuel modified areas;
(F) The soil erosion and sediment control measures to alleviate permanent scarring
and accelerated erosion; and
(G) A list of recommended landscape plant materials that are fire resistant.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4098
(2010)
82.13.050

General Development Standards

Each proposed development shall comply with all applicable requirements of this Chapter, as
follows.
(a) All phases. The requirements of this Chapter shall apply to all phases of a development
project.
(b) Fire Authority standards. All proposed development shall comply with all other
applicable standards required by the responsible Fire Authority. This shall include the
standards and provisions of the California Building Code (CBC) Chapter 7A (Materials
and Construction Methods for Exterior Wildfire Exposure) which is included in this code
by reference.
(c) Applicability of land use zoning district standards and overlay standards. The
development standards established by a land use zoning district and any applicable
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(d) Additions, alterations, enlargements, or reconstructions. Any addition, alteration,
enlargement or reconstruction of a structure shall comply with the provisions of this
Chapter. When an addition, alteration, enlargement or reconstruction of a structure equals
or exceeds 50 percent of the existing structure, or 25 percent of the roof for roofing
requirements only, the provisions of Section 82.13.060(c) (FS1, FS2, and FS3
Development Standards - Building separation standards), Section 82.13.060(d) (FS1, FS2,
and FS3 Development Standards - Building construction requirements), and Section
82.13.070 (FS1 Additional Development Standards) regarding construction requirements
shall apply to the entire structure and/or the whole roof as applicable. The structures
and/or roofs shall be entirely retrofitted to comply with the requirements of this Chapter.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067
(2009)
82.13.060

FS1, FS2, and FS3 Development Standards

Development proposed in the FS1, FS2, or FS3 Overlays shall comply with all applicable
requirements of this Section. Development proposed in the FS1 Overlay shall also comply with the
requirements of Section 82.13.070 (FS1 Additional Development Standards).
(a)

Residential density. In order to reduce fire hazards, prevent erosion, and to preserve
the existing vegetation and visual quality, the density of development for any
Tentative Parcel Map or Tentative Tract Map (with the exception of one-lot
subdivisions) in sloping hillside areas shall be in compliance with the following
criteria:
(1) One to four dwelling units per gross acre on slopes of zero to less than fifteen
percent (0-<15%);
(2) Two dwelling units per gross acre on slopes of 15 to less than 30 percent (15<30%);
(3) One dwelling unit per three gross acres on slopes of greater than 30 to less than 40
percent gradient;
(4) One dwelling unit per ten gross acres on slopes of 40 percent or greater gradient;
(5) In the Rancho Cucamonga Sphere of Influence, zero density is allowed for any
portion of a proposed Tentative Parcel Map or Tentative Tract Map on slopes of
greater than 30 percent gradient.

(b) Site development requirements.
(1) Site and emergency access. Each development project and each development
project phase, except for a development project located exclusively on a cul-de-sac,
shall have a minimum of two points of vehicular ingress and egress, designed to
County road standards, with a minimum width of 26 feet of all-weather surface as
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defined in the Uniform Fire Code, from existing and surrounding streets. The
Department may authorize one point of vehicular access to be an emergency access
route with an all-weather surface if the Department first makes each of the following
findings:
(A) Two points of nonemergency access are physically infeasible;
(B) Provisions have been made to reasonably ensure that the emergency access
will be maintained; and
(C) Based on the review and consideration of the Fire Authority's
recommendation, the emergency access route will provide adequate vehicular
ingress and egress during emergencies.
(2) Private driveways or access roadways. Private driveways or access roadways for
residential units shall not exceed 150 feet in length, unless approved by the Fire
Authority in compliance with Section 10.207 of the Uniform Fire Code.
(3) Fences.
(A) Where wood or vinyl fencing is used, there shall be a minimum five-foot
separation between the wood or vinyl fencing and the wall of the nearest
structure except on those properties where previous construction occurred in
compliance with a previous code. Fencing within the five-foot separation area
shall be of noncombustible material or modified one-hour fire-resistance-rated
construction.
(B) Fences or walls required adjacent to fuel modification areas or wildland areas
as conditions of approval for a development project shall be constructed of
noncombustible materials as defined in the California Building Code. All
other fences, including those on the interior of a development project, are not
subject to this requirement, except as required in subparagraph a, above.
(C) Where side and rear yards are enclosed by fencing, gates shall be provided on
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(4) Water supply. Each development project shall provide six-inch or larger
circulating (loop) water mains as required by the Uniform Fire Code, proper hydrant
location and spacing, and have sufficient water storage capacity to provide the
minimum fire flow duration requirements [gallons per minute (GPM) for a
minimum number of hours or portions thereof] as specified by the minimum system
standards established by the Fire Authority. Circulating (loop) mains are not
required for cul-de-sacs and are not required for subdivisions that exclusively take
all access from cul-de-sacs. In areas not served by water purveyors, on-site fire flow
and water storage requirements shall be as specified by the Uniform Fire Code.
(5) Access to water supplies. There shall be vehicular access, at least 12 feet in width,
to within at least 10 feet of each static water source, including ponds, lakes,
swimming pools, reservoirs and water storage tanks. Access shall be either to a
plumbed outlet with two-and-one-half-inch National Hose Thread Fitting, or directly
to the source. This requirement shall be waived if the Fire Authority determines that
the water source is sufficiently below the elevation of existing or proposed roads or
driveways to make drafting of water from the source through a plumbed outlet
infeasible, and that direct vehicular access to the water source would require an
impractical extension of a road or driveway.
(6) Fuel modification areas.
(A) A permanent fuel modification area shall be required around a development
project or portions thereof that are adjacent or exposed to hazardous fire areas
for the purpose of fire protection. In no case shall this area be less than 100
feet in width as measured from the development perimeter. Where feasible, the
area shall be designated as common open space rather than private open space.
The recommended width of the fuel modification area shall be determined
based on a fuel modification plan filed in compliance with Subsection
82.13.040(f)(3) (Application Requirements – Fuel modification plans), above.
(B) When a development project is phased, individual phases may be required to
provide temporary fuel modification areas, where the development perimeter
of a phase is contiguous to a subsequent phase of a project, which in its
undeveloped state is a hazardous fire area. The need for a temporary fuel
modification area shall be determined by the responsible Fire Authority in
conjunction with the County Fire Marshall and shall be based upon the same
considerations described in Subparagraph a, above, for permanent fuel
modification areas and the factors addressed in the required fuel modification
plan.
(7) Setback requirements. Each proposed structure shall comply with the following
setback requirements as applicable, in addition to the setbacks required by the
applicable primary land use zoning district, and the building separation requirements
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(A) Firewood or flammable materials storage. Each area used for the storage of
firewood, or other flammable materials, shall either be located at least 30 feet
away from all structures, or wholly enclosed within a structure.
(B) Fuel tanks. Fuel tanks (e.g., liquefied petroleum tanks) shall be located at
least 10 feet away from any structure and shall be in compliance with the
standards in the Uniform Fire Code, Section 83.02.080 (Allowed Projections
into Setbacks), and Section 83.01.060 (Fire Hazards). The tanks shall be
secured to the ground.
(C) National Forest boundary. Each structure on a lot that was created on or after
April 12, 2007 and abuts a boundary of the San Bernardino National Forest
shall be set back at least 100 feet from the boundary. Each structure on a lot
that was created between March 9, 1988 and April 11, 2007 and abuts a
boundary of the San Bernardino National Forest shall be set back at least 30
feet from the boundary.
(D) Sloping site setbacks or fuel modification. Each structure proposed in an
area with slopes exceeding 30 percent and 30 feet in height shall comply with
the following requirements:
(I)

Where a structure is proposed or within 200 feet of a slope that is greater
than 30 percent before grading and where the slope is at least 30 feet in
height, the vegetation on the slopes shall be treated in a manner so that it
becomes a fuel modified area. The fuel-modified area shall be maintained
for either the entire slope, or 100 feet, or to the property line, whichever
distance is less for existing parcels or the distance prescribed by a fuel
modification plan for new development.

(II) Where grading is utilized that does not conform to the natural slope and
the graded area is adjacent to natural ungraded slopes that are greater than
30 percent in gradient and greater than 30 feet in height, each structure
shall be set back at least 30 feet from the edges of the graded area
adjacent to the natural ungraded slopes.
(8) Street name signs. All public or private streets within or bordering a development
project shall have noncombustible and reflective street name signs designed to
County standards and visible at all street intersections.
(9) Fire hydrant identification. Each fire hydrant shall be identified by a method
specified by the Fire Authority.
(10) Erosion and sediment control. Each development project, building permit,
grading and any other significant land disturbing activity shall include the
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(11) Concealed spaces. Unenclosed or projecting assemblies (e.g., cantilevered floors,
bay windows, etc.) that contain concealed space shall be protected on the exposed
surface with materials approved for the modified one-hour construction.
(12) Decks. Cantilevered or standard type decks shall be:
(A)

Constructed with a minimum of at least one-and-one-half-inch wood
decking; and/or

(B)

Protected on the underside with materials approved for one hour fire resistive
construction; and/or

(C)

Composed of noncombustible materials, as defined in the California Building
Code, or other materials approved by the responsible Fire Authority.

(13) Exposed piping. Exposed piping, except for plumbing vents above the roof,
shall be noncombustible as defined in the California Building Code.
(c) Building separation standards. The intent of the following exterior wall separation
standards is to reduce the exposure and risk from adjacent structural fires and to
reduce the potential spread of fire from structure to structure.
(1) Building separation standards in FS1 and FS2 areas. In FS1 and FS2 areas, the
following shall apply:
(A) Each building on a parcel shall have exterior wall separations of at least 30
feet except as modified by Subsection (C) below.
(B) Residential structures shall have interior side yard setbacks of 20 percent of
the lot width, provided that these interior side yards shall not be less than
five feet and need not exceed 15 feet. In no case shall exterior wall
separations be less than 10 feet for all buildings, including those on
adjoining parcels. Eaves shall be permitted to project into the required
setback no more than two feet. No other projections shall be allowed less
than five feet to side or rear property lines.
(C) When the exterior walls of residential and accessory buildings or portions
thereof are within 15 feet of interior side or rear lot lines, or the exterior
wall separation is less than 30 feet, the outside of each exterior wall or
portion thereof shall be constructed with exterior wall coverings that are
constructed of noncombustible materials or provide the one-hour fireresistance-rated construction on the exterior side. Modified one-hour
construction shall be defined by the Building Official. Where building
separations are less than 10 feet, additional mitigation measures may be
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(D) In compliance with Section 82.13.090 (Alternate Hazard Protection
Measures), and dependent upon site specific conditions, the following
measures or combinations of measures may be substituted for the exterior
wall separation requirements for all structures in FS1 and FS2 areas:
(I)

The expansion of fuel modified areas around the perimeter of the
development project beyond that required by this Section or other
requirement of the County Code.

(II) A substantial transfer of density from steeper slopes, including areas
with slopes less than 30 percent if they exist on-site, to less steep areas
within the development project.
(III) Clustering of structures away from the development perimeter and
away from fire hazard areas.
(IV) Other alternate measures (e.g., sprinklers, etc.) if approved by the
Department in compliance with Section 82.13.090 (Alternate Hazard
Protection Measures).
(2) Building separation standards in FS3 areas. In FS3 areas, exterior wall coverings
shall be constructed of noncombustible materials or shall provide the equivalent
one-hour fire-resistance-rated construction on the exterior side. Interior side yards
shall not be less than five feet in width. Within the Mountain Region, building
separation and side yard setbacks shall be as described in Paragraph 1, above.
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(1) Eaves. Eaves shall be enclosed with a minimum seven-eighth inch stucco or
equivalent protection. Fascia shall be two inches nominal solid wood or stucco or
equivalent protection.
(2) Exterior doors. All exterior doors made of wood or wood portions shall be solid
core wood. For exterior doors with inset windows, refer to Subparagraph 3.(A),
below.
(3) Exterior glazing. Exterior glazing shall comply with the provisions of the
California Building Code and with the following additional requirements:
(A) Exterior windows, window walls and glazed doors, and windows within
exterior doors, shall be multi-layered glass panels (dual- or triple-paned),
tempered glass, or other assemblies approved by the Building Official.
(B) Vinyl window frame assemblies shall be prohibited, except when they have all
of the following characteristics:
(l)

Frame and sash are comprised of vinyl material with welded corners;

(ll) Metal reinforcement in the interlock area;
(lll) Glazed with insulated glass or tempered;
(lV) Frame and sash profiles are certified in American Architectural
Manufacturing Association (AAMA) Lineal Certification Program
(verified with either an AAMA product label or Certified Products
Directory); and
(V) Certified and labeled in compliance with American National Standards
Institute (ANSI)/AAMA/National Wood Window and Door Association
(NWWDA) structural requirements.
(4) Insulation. Paper-faced insulation shall be allowed in attics or ventilated spaces
only if the paper is not exposed to the attic open space. Cellulose insulation is
required to be fire retardant.
(5) Roof coverings. Roof coverings shall be either noncombustible or shall be fire
retardant material not composed of organic fiber with a minimum Class A rating, as
defined in the California Building Code. The tile shall be tight-fitting and the open
ends of high-profile tile shall be capped with non-ignitable material to prevent birds'
nests or other combustible material from accumulating. Gutters and downspouts
shall be constructed of noncombustible material.

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(6) Spark arresters. Each chimney used in conjunction with a fireplace, or other
heating appliance in which solid or liquid fuel is used, shall be maintained with a
spark arrester. An approved spark arrester shall mean a device constructed of
stainless steel, copper or brass, woven galvanized wire mesh, 12 gauge minimum of
three-eighths inch minimum to one-half inch maximum openings, mounted in or
over all outside flue openings in a vertical and near vertical position, adequately
supported to prevent movement and visible from the ground.
(7) Street address numbers. Each non-accessory building shall have internally
illuminated non-combustible building address numbers legible from the street in
compliance with the Uniform Fire Code.
(8) Vents and openings. Louvers, ventilators, or openings in walls, roofs, attics, and
underfloor areas having headroom less than four feet in height that are not fitted
with sash or doors, shall be covered with wire screen. The screen covering the
openings shall be corrosion-resistant metal or other approved material that offers
equivalent protection and shall have a maximum mesh of one-eighth inch. Eave
vents and roof-mounted turbine vents are prohibited.
(9) Water faucets. A minimum of two, three-quarter-inch faucets with hose
connections each served by a three-quarter-inch waterline and installed before any
pressure-reducing device shall be available per habitable structure separated by at
least one-third of the perimeter of the structure. The faucets shall be on the sides of
a structure facing fire hazardous areas whenever possible.
(e) Perimeter access to fuel modified and fire hazard areas. Fire fighting vehicles shall
have adequate access into areas between fire hazardous areas or fuel modified areas and
the development perimeter, so that a wildland fire can be contained at the development
perimeter and prevented from spreading to structures. Each development project shall
provide adequate vehicular access for fire fighting vehicles to the development perimeter
of the project along the portion of the development perimeter that is adjacent to either an
existing or proposed fuel modified area, or a fire hazard area. Provisions shall be made
and shall be required, where necessary, through conditions of approval for the
development project for the continual maintenance of the areas intended to provide the
access. Perimeter access shall be provided, through either of the following measures or
through alternate measures in compliance with Section 82.13.090 (Alternate Hazard
Protection Measures).
(1) The provision of an existing or proposed road along the development perimeter, or
portion thereof that is exposed to a fire hazard or fuel modified area, and which is
accessible to fire fighting equipment. The road shall be capable of supporting firefighting equipment, shall be at least 20 feet in width, and shall not exceed a grade of
14 percent. The conditions of approval for the development project shall require
provisions to ensure that the roadway will be maintained, if it is not within the
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(2) Development projects shall provide access ways, at least 12 feet in width, with a
grade not to exceed 14 percent, and capable of supporting fire fighting vehicles,
between the development perimeter and proposed or existing streets. Access ways
shall be spaced at intervals of no more than an average of 350 feet along each street.
The conditions of approval for the development project shall require specific
provisions to ensure that access ways will remain unobstructed and will be
maintained. Where feasible, access ways may not be paved and shall be designed so
as not to detract from the visual quality of the project.
(f) Length of cul-de-sacs. Cul-de-sacs shall not exceed 350 feet in length, except that they
may be extended as allowed by this Subsection.
(1) Exception for parcels of less than five acres. A cul-de-sac may exceed 350 feet in
length but shall not exceed 600 feet in length, if parcels that take access from the
cul-de-sac are less than five acres, and:
(A) Alternate measures are utilized in compliance with Section 82.13.090
(Alternate Hazard Protection Measures); or
(B) Based upon consideration of the recommendation of the Fire Authority, the
Department determines that the cul-de-sac is situated and designed so that each
parcel taking access from it is not contiguous to or exposed to either
undeveloped fuel modified areas along the development perimeter of the
project or to fire hazard areas, and that the extension of the cul-de-sac will not
increase the exposure of buildings to wildland fires.
(2) Exception for parcels larger than five acres. A cul-de-sac may exceed 600 feet in
length if all parcels that take access from the cul-de-sac are five acres or greater in
area and:
(A) The proposed cul-de-sac is not within or adjacent to areas that are zoned for or
subdivided to parcels of five acres or less.
(B) Alternate measures are utilized in compliance with Section 82.13.090
(Alternate Hazard Protection Measures).
(3) Alternate measures. In compliance with Section 82.13.090 (Alternate Hazard
Protection Measures) and dependent upon site specific conditions, one of the
following measures or combination of measures may be used to mitigate the effect
of creating cul-de-sacs up to 600 feet in length with parcels less than five acres in
area:
(A) Limitation of the total number of dwelling units with access to the cul-de-sac
to no more than 15, and restriction of further subdivision of parcels and
construction of additional independent residential units which have access to
the cul-de-sac. These restrictions shall be imposed through conditions of
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(B) A continuous perimeter access road at least 20 feet in width is provided along
the portion of the cul-de-sac exposed to fire hazard or fuel modified areas such
that it is drivable under normal conditions by fire fighting vehicles, provides
adequate maneuvering space for the vehicles, and is designed so that at least
one point of access to the perimeter access road is taken from roads other than
the subject cul-de-sac.
(C) The cul-de-sac road will have a paved width of at least 40 feet with posted no
parking for its entire length, and there is at least one area approximately at the
midpoint of the cul-de-sac that serves the same function of a cul-de-sac bulb in
allowing fire fighting vehicles adequate room to turn around. This measure
may only be utilized if the expansion of the road width will not contribute to
slope stability hazards either on-site or off-site.
(D) Other alternate measures approved by the Department in compliance with
Section 82.13.090 (Alternate Hazard Protection Measures).
(g) Additional requirements. Dependent upon specific site conditions (e.g., building
separation, fire flow, road conditions, slope, vegetation, etc.) or a combination of
conditions, the responsible Fire Authority may require structures to meet more stringent
construction standards (e.g., full perimeter exterior walls to be constructed to the modified
or full one-hour construction standards, sprinklers, soffitted eaves, etc.) as additional
mitigation to the fire threat.
(h) Unoccupied Structures. At the discretion of the responsible Fire Authority, the fire
safety development standards for projects located within a Fire Safety Overlay that only
propose to construct unoccupied structures may be altered at the discretion of the
responsible Fire Authority on a case-by-case basis without an approved variance.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067
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82.13

(Reserved)

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4067 (2009)
82.13.080

Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plans/Permits

This Section provides regulations and procedures for project planning, preparation of Soil Erosion
and Sediment Control Plans, runoff control, land clearing, and winter operations in order to control
existing and potential conditions of human induced accelerated erosion.
(a) Applicability. The regulations in this Section apply to all areas within Fire Safety (FS)
Overlays, except ministerial projects within the FS2 Areas, and ministerial projects in
FS3 Areas that are located on parcels that are less than one acre and have a slope of less
than 10 percent. All unincorporated areas of the County subject to Chapter 85.11 PreConstruction Inspections shall comply with Subsection (c), (e) and (f) of this Section.
(b) Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plans/Permits.
(1) Requirement of land clearing, grading or construction activities with
approved Permit and Plan. Land clearing, grading or construction activities in
the Fire Safety (FS) Overlay require a soil erosion and sediment control permit and
shall comply with the provisions of an approved Soil Erosion and Sediment Control
Plan, unless exempt as follows:
(A) Exempt in compliance with Section 88.02.030 (Exempt Activities); or
(B) Exempt as determined by the Building Official.
(2) Approval of Plan before issuance of permits. A Soil Erosion and Sediment
Control Plan shall be submitted and approved before the issuance of the following:
(A) Building Permits.
(B) Grading Permits.
(C) Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Permits.
(D) Other permits where, in the opinion of the Building Official, erosion can
reasonably be expected to occur.
(3) Plan contents. A Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan shall:
(A) Include the applicable measures required by this Chapter and other measures
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(B) Identify building and access construction envelopes and identify areas that
will not be disturbed by construction activity in order to minimize disturbance
of erodible areas of a proposed development site.
(C) Preserve existing streams and drainage courses in their natural condition in
order to retain their ability to accommodate runoff and water drainage with a
minimum of erosion.
(4) Permit application requirements. The Building Official shall specify the
following application requirements for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Permits:

(A) Requirements for the submittal of plans and supporting data to accompany
applications for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plans and Soil Erosion
and Sediment Control Permits.
(B) Licensing or certification requirements for those preparing Soil Erosion and
Sediment Control Plan and Permit submittals.
(C) The incorporation and coordination of Soil Erosion Control Plans and Permits
with other plan requirements.
(D) Other data/materials identified by the Building Official.
(5) Additional permit requirements. For additional permit requirements, see
Subsection 82.13.080(f) (Winter operation measures).
(c) General erosion control requirements.
(1) Conditions causing accelerated erosion prohibited. No person shall cause, or
allow the continued existence of, a condition on a site that is causing or is likely to
cause accelerated erosion as determined by the Building Official.
(2) Notification to control erosion. Upon notification by the Building Official, the
responsible person shall take appropriate measures to control erosion on the site
within a reasonable period of time as determined by the Building Official.
(3) Plan/Permit approval. Notwithstanding Subsection 83.13.080(a) (Applicability),
the Building Official may require that a property owner, whose property has been
cited in compliance with Subsection (2) (Notification to control erosion), above,
file and obtain approval of a Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan and Soil
Erosion and Sediment Control Permit in compliance with Subsection (b) (Soil
Erosion and Sediment Control Plans/Permits), above.
(4) Cessation of activities due to inclement weather. The Building Official may
direct that a particular operation, process, or construction be stopped during periods
of inclement weather if the Building Official determines that erosion problems are
not adequately being controlled.
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(5) Applicable laws and regulations. Land clearing and grading activities that
comply with this Section shall also comply with all other applicable local, state,
and Federal laws and regulations. Where there is a conflict with other County
regulations, the conflict shall be resolved by using the most specific standard and
shall be accomplished before the project is allowed to proceed.
(6) Appeals. A property owner, an aggrieved person, or a person whose interests are
adversely affected by an action or determination of the Building Official may
appeal the action or determination in compliance with Chapter 86.08 (Appeals).
(7) Variances. The Director may approve, conditionally approve, or deny a
variance from the provisions of this Section, the permit conditions, or the plan
specifications in compliance with Chapter 85.17 (Minor Variances). The Director
may refer a variance request to the Commission in compliance with Section 85.17
(Variances).
(d) Runoff control measures. Activities subject to a development permit (e.g.
Conditional Use Permit, Building Permit, Grading Permit, Planned Development
Permit, Site Plan Permit, Temporary Use Permit, etc.) shall implement measures to
control runoff in order to prevent erosion. Measures shall be adequate to control
runoff from a 10-year storm.
(1) Prevention of sediment discharge. Erosion control and surface flow
containment facilities shall be constructed and maintained to prevent discharge of
sediment to surface waters or storm drainage systems.
(2) Permeability rate.
(A) More than two inches per hour. Where soils have a permeability rate of
more than two inches per hour, runoff in excess of 5 percent of the
predevelopment levels shall be retained on the site by methods and in
quantities approved by the Building Official. This may be accomplished
through the use of infiltration basins, percolation pits or trenches, or other
suitable means. This requirement may be waived where the Building
Official determines that high groundwater, slope stability problems, etc.,
would inhibit or be aggravated by onsite retention, or where retention will
provide no benefits for groundwater recharge or erosion control. The runoff
water shall be discharged over nonerodible surfaces or at a velocity that will
not erode.
(B) Two inches per hour or less. Where soils have a permeability rate of two
inches per hour or less and onsite percolation is not feasible, runoff shall be
detained or dispersed over nonerodible vegetated surfaces so that the runoff
rate does not exceed 5 percent of the predevelopment level. The runoff
water shall be discharged over nonerodible surfaces or at a velocity that will
not erode. The Building Official shall require onsite detention unless the
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applicant shows that the runoff will not contribute to downstream erosion,
flooding, or sedimentation.
(3) Onsite percolation devices. Concentrated runoff that cannot be effectively
dispersed over nonerodible channels or conduits to the nearest drainage course shall
be contained within onsite percolation devices.
(4) Energy dissipaters at point of discharge. Where water will be discharged to
natural ground or channels, appropriate energy dissipaters shall be installed to
prevent erosion at the point of discharge.
(5) Detention or filtration mechanisms. Runoff from disturbed areas shall be
detained or filtered by berms, vegetated filter strips, catch basins, or other means
necessary to prevent the escape of sediment from the disturbed area.
(6) Deposition of earth or materials prohibited. No earth, organic, or construction
material shall be deposited in or placed where it may be directly carried into a
stream, lake, marsh, slough, lagoon, or body of water.
(7) Buffer zone along land/water margin. Where land disturbing activities are in
proximity to lakes or natural watercourses, a buffer zone shall be required along
the land/water margin of sufficient width to confine visible siltation within 25
percent of the buffer zone nearest the land disturbing activities.
(e) Land clearing measures. Activities subject to a development permit (e.g.
Conditional Use Permit, Building Permit, Grading Permit, Planned Development
Permit, Site Plan Permit, Temporary Use Permit, etc.) shall provide the following land
clearing measures:
(1) Approval of Plan required before commencement of activities. No land
clearing activities, except as otherwise allowed by this Section, shall take place
before approval of the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan or Soil Erosion
Pollution Prevention Plan, as applicable.
(2) Limitations on land clearing and vegetation removal. The plan shall show the
area of land disturbance. No land clearing shall occur outside the limits of the
disturbed area shown on the approved plan. Land clearing shall be kept to a
minimum. Vegetation removal shall be limited to that amount necessary for
building, access, fire protection and construction as shown on the approved Soil
Erosion and Sediment Control Plan or as allowed by the Building Official
through a Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Permit.
(3) Establishment of vegetation. Disturbed surfaces shall be prepared and maintained
to control erosion and to establish vegetative growth compatible with the area.
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(A) Effective temporary planting (e.g., rye grass, fast germinating native seed,
etc.) and/or mulching with straw, pine needles, chippings, or other slope
stabilization material.
(B) Permanent planting of compatible drought resistant species of ground cover,
shrubs, trees, or other vegetation.
(C) Mulching, fertilizing, watering, or other methods necessary to establish new
vegetation.
(4) Installation and maintenance of protection. The protection required by this
Section shall be installed before calling for final approval of the project. The
protection shall be maintained for at least one year or until permanent protection
is established. Temporary measures to control erosion shall be removed when
permanent stabilization has been established.
(5) Vegetation removal between October 15 and April 15. Vegetation removal
between October 15 and April 15 shall not precede subsequent grading or
construction activities by more than 15 days. Erosion and sediment control
measures shall be in place at all times during the land disturbing activity until
post-construction measures are in place and established.
(6) Authorization of land disturbing activity. The Building Official shall authorize
land disturbing activities only if the Building Official determines that the
activities comply with the provisions of, and are consistent with the purposes of,
this Section:
(A) Contiguous land clearing operations involving a disturbance greater than
one acre shall be reviewed by the Public Works Department Land
Development Division and the Land Use Services Department
Current/Advance Planning Division when necessary for compliance with all
applicable water quality regulations.
(B) Disturbed surfaces not involved in the immediate operation shall be
protected by mulching or other effective means of soil protection.
(C) Roads and driveways shall have drainage facilities sufficient to prevent
erosion on or adjacent to the roadway or on downhill properties. Erosionresistant surfacing may include, but is not limited to, slag, crushed rock or
natural soil when compacted to 90 percent of maximum density.
(D) Runoff from a site shall be detained or filtered by berms, vegetated filter
strips, or catch basins to prevent the escape of sediment from the site.
These drainage controls shall be maintained by the permittee or property
owner as necessary to achieve their purpose throughout the life of the
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(E) Erosion control measures shall be in place at all times and of sufficient
effectiveness to control erosion.
(f)

Winter Operation measures. Land clearing and grading activities during winter may
require additional measures when determined to be necessary by the Building Official.

(g) Inspections.
(1) Types of inspections. The Building Official may perform the following
inspections to ensure compliance with this Section:
(A) Pre-construction inspection. A pre-construction inspection to determine the
potential for erosion resulting from the proposed project.
(B). Progress inspections. Periodic progress inspections to determine ongoing
compliance with the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan.
(C) Final inspection. A final inspection to determine compliance with the Soil
Erosion and Sediment Control Plan and with other approved plans and
specifications.
(2) Notification. The permittee shall provide the Building Official at least:
(A) Commencement of work. Twenty-four hours’ advance notice before the
commencement of authorized work.
(B) Inspection request. Nine business hours’ advance notice of an inspection
request.
(3) Right of entry. Filing an application for a development permit (e.g. Conditional
Use Permit, Building Permit, Grading Permit, Planned Development Permit, Site
Plan Permit, Temporary Use Permit, etc.) constitutes a grant of permission for
the County to enter the permit area for the purpose of administering this Section
from the date of the application filing to the termination of the erosion control
maintenance period.
(h) Continued responsibility. The property owner and the permittee shall be responsible
for ensuring that accelerated erosion does not occur from an activity during and after
project construction. Additional measures, beyond those specified in an approved Soil
Erosion and Sediment Control Plan, may be required by the Building Official as
deemed necessary to control erosion after project completion.
(i)

Post-approval procedures. The procedures and requirements in Division 6
(Development Code Administration), related to permit implementation, time limits,
extensions, appeals, and revocations, shall apply following the decisions on Soil
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Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067
(2009); Amended Ordinance 4085 (2009)
82.13.090

Alternate Hazard Protection Measures

(a) Purpose. This Section allows greater design flexibility than would otherwise be
permitted to more efficiently and effectively achieve the purposes of the FS Overlay.
Design flexibility is provided by allowing the substitution of alternate measures for
otherwise applicable requirements if it is found that they provide the same or a greater
level of protection from wildland fires and other natural hazards, and that they will fulfill
the same purpose as the established standard or requirement.
(b) Applicability.
(1) The provisions of this Section following shall apply only to the standards and
requirements of:
(A) Subsection 82.13.060(c) (Building separation standards in FS1 and 2 areas);
(B) Subsection 82.13.060(e) (Perimeter access to fuel modified and fire hazard
areas); and
(C) Subsection 82.13.060(f) (Length of cul-de-sacs).
(2) Since these alternative measures apply to the standards and requirements that pertain
to these three specific design elements, they are intended to be applied to
development projects only and not to individual parcel conditions. Therefore, they
do not apply to the determination of setbacks for residential construction on
individual lots.
(c) Substitution of alternative measures for standards and requirements.
(1) If alternative measures are proposed, the Fire Authority shall determine, with
specific consideration of the effect of the proposed alternative measures, whether
the proposed development project has adequate provisions for fuel modification and
management, including the ongoing maintenance of fuel modified areas.
(2) If the Fire Authority makes a positive determination in compliance with Paragraph
1, above, alternate measures may be substituted for the established standards and
requirements if the Department, with consideration of the recommendation of the
Fire Authority, finds and justifies all of the following:
(A) The approved alternative measures meet the intent of, and serve the same
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(B) The approved alternative measures provide the same or a greater level of
protection or are as effective as the established standard or requirement.
(C) There are clear and substantial reasons for utilizing the alternative measures
because they provide for a more efficient and economic use of the site, or
provide for a superior physical design, and are consistent with the intent of the
FS Overlay.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067
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82.14

CHAPTER 82.14 FLOODPLAIN SAFETY (FP) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.14.010
82.14.020
82.14.030
82.14.040
82.14.050
82.14.060
82.14.070

Purpose
Location Requirements
Applicability
Floodplain Safety Review Areas
Development Standards for Projects within FP1 and FP2 Floodplain Safety Review
Areas
Exceptions and Modifications
Boundary Changes

82.14.010

Purpose

The Floodplain Safety (FP) Overlay established by Sections 82.01.020 (Land Use Plan and Land
Use Zoning Districts) and 82.01.030 (Overlays) is created to provide greater public safety, promote
public health, and minimize public and private economic losses due to flood conditions by
establishing regulations for development and construction within flood prone areas.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4163
(2012)
82.14.020

Location Requirements

(a) The FP1, FP2, and FP3 Overlays described in Section 82.14.040 [Floodplain Safety
Review Areas] are applied to areas of special flood hazard identified by the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the Federal Insurance Administration in a
scientific and engineering report entitled "Flood Insurance Study for San Bernardino
County, California and Incorporated Areas,” initially prepared in 1978, which has
subsequent updates, with accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).
Subsequent report and map updates that may be published in the future shall further
identify additional flood hazard areas or, as in the case of FP3, are areas designated by the
County Flood Control District that are areas of undetermined, but possible, shallow
flooding. The most current copies of the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and the Flood
Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are on file at the Department of Public Works.
(b) FIS establishes the minimum areas to which the FP Overlays may be applied. Additional
areas may be added after studies for the areas are prepared by the Flood Control District
or other governmental agencies (e.g., Corps of Engineers).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4163
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Applicability

No structure or land use shall hereafter be constructed, located, extended, converted, or altered
without full compliance with the provisions of this Chapter and other applicable regulations.
Violations of the provisions of this Chapter by failure to comply with any of its requirements
(including violation of conditions and safeguards required by conditions of approval) shall be subject
to the penalties established by this Development Code. Nothing in this Chapter shall prevent the
County from taking lawful action as is necessary to prevent or remedy any violation.
(a) Abrogation and greater restrictions. The provisions of this Chapter are not intended to
repeal, abrogate, or impair any existing easements, covenants, or deed restrictions or any
map changes made by FEMA. However, where this Chapter or other section, easement,
covenant, or deed restriction or map revision as may be made by FEMA conflict or
overlap, the more stringent regulations or standards shall govern.
(b) Interpretation. In the interpretation and application of this Chapter all provisions shall
be considered as minimum requirements, liberally construed in favor of the governing
body and, deemed neither to limit nor repeal any other powers granted under state
statutes.
(c)

Implementation. The requirements of this Section shall be integrated into the processing
and review of all land use applications and development permits where specific flood
hazard review and flood protection recommendations are made by the County.

(d)

Warning and Disclaimer of Liability. The degree of flood protection required by this
Chapter is considered reasonable for regulatory purposes and is based on scientific and
engineering considerations. Larger floods can and will occur on rare occasions. Flood
heights may be increased by man-made or natural causes. These regulations do not imply
that land outside the areas of special flood hazards or uses permitted within such areas
will be free from flooding or flood damages. These provisions shall not create liability on
the part of the County, any officer or employee thereof, the State of California, or the
Federal Emergency Management Agency, for any flood damages that result from reliance
on these regulations or any administrative decision lawfully made hereunder.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4098
(2009); Amended Ordinance 4163 (2012); Amended Ordinance 4254 (2014)
82.14.040

Floodplain Safety Review Areas

The Floodplain Safety Overlay (FP) shall be subdivided into three review areas as follows.
Proposed development shall comply with the following requirements.
(a) Floodplain Safety Review Area 1 - (FP1). FP1 includes areas subject to a base flood
(also called “100-year flood”) as defined by the Federal Flood Insurance Regulations.
The following FEMA-designated flood hazard zones are included in FP1: A, AE, AH,
A1-30 and AO. (Note: FEMA-designated regulatory floodway is included within the AE
zone.) The following standards shall apply to property within the FP1 area.
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(1) Elevation of first floor. New construction and substantial improvement of any
structure shall be constructed so that the first floor (including basement) shall be one
foot or more above the base flood elevation, when the FEMA map base flood
elevations are shown, and will not result in any significant increase in flood levels
during a base flood discharge. When the base flood elevations are not shown, new
construction and substantial improvement of any residential structure shall be
constructed so that the first floor (including basement) shall be two feet or more
above the highest adjacent grade.
(2) Review procedures. A project proposed in this area shall be subject to a Flood
Hazard Development Review and/or a Floodplain Development Standards Review.
These reviews shall ensure that the proposed project complies with this
Development Code regarding flood protection measures and shall require the
submittal of an Elevation Certificate completed by a licensed land surveyor,
registered civil engineer, or architect who is authorized by State or local law to
certify elevation information.
(3) Development Restriction. In areas where no regulatory floodway has been
designated by FEMA, new construction, substantial improvement or other
development (including fill) shall not be permitted within any areas designated by
FEMA as A, A1-30, AO, AH, or AE on the FIRMs, unless it is demonstrated that
the cumulative effect of the proposed development when combined with all other
existing and anticipated development will not increase the water surface elevation of
the base flood more than one foot at any point within the community.
(4) FEMA-Designated Floodways. Floodways, as defined by FEMA, are different
from the Floodway Land Use Zoning District established in Chapter 82.01 [Land
Use Plan, Land Use Zoning Districts, and Overlays] and regulated by Chapter 82.03
[Agriculture and Resource Management Land Use Zoning Districts] of this Title.
They are defined as the channels of a river or other watercourse and the adjacent
land areas that must be reserved in order to discharge the base flood without
cumulatively increasing the water surface elevation more than one foot. They are
also referred to as "Regulatory Floodways" [see Subsection 810.01.080(ff)(25)].
They are generally coterminous with the County’s Floodway Land Use Zoning
Districts. They are considered FEMA-designated flood hazard zones in that they are
included within the AE zone and thereby included within the FP1 (Floodplain Safety
Review Area 1).
(b) Floodplain Safety Review Area 2 (FP2). FP2 includes areas between limits of the base
flood (100-year flood) and a 500-year flood; and certain areas subject to 100-year
flooding with an average depth of less than one foot or where the contributing drainage
areas are less than one square mile; or areas protected by levees from the base flood. The
following FEMA-designated flood hazard zones are included in FP2: A-99 and the shaded
Zone X. The following standards shall apply to property within the FP2 area.

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(1) Elevation of first floor. New construction and substantial improvement of any
structure shall be so constructed that the first floor (including basement) shall be one
foot above the highest adjacent grade.
(2) Review procedures. A project proposed in this area shall be subject to a Floodplain
Development Standards Review conducted by the Building and Safety Division and
may be subject a Flood Hazard Development Review based upon the determination
by the Drainage Section of Land Development of the Department of Public Works.
This review shall ensure that the proposed project complies with this Development
Code regarding flood protection measures and will require the submittal of an
Elevation Certificate completed by a licensed land surveyor, registered civil
engineer, or architect who is authorized by State or local law to certify elevation
information.
(c) Floodplain Safety Review Area 3 (FP3). FP3 includes areas of undetermined, but
possible, shallow flooding as determined by the County, the Flood Control District, or
other governmental agency. The following standards shall apply to property within the
FP3 area:
(1) Field investigation required. Before a building permit can be issued on any
affected lot, a field investigation shall be made of the lot to determine if the
proposed construction will have any substantial detrimental effect on the drainage
way. An applicant for the building permit on an affected lot shall first apply for the
required field investigation and shall pay the appropriate fee. The following shall be
included in the application for field investigation:
(A) A corner record, record of survey, parcel map, final map, or a past survey that
is approved by the County Surveyor as being in conformance with the Land
Surveyors Act shall be submitted.
(B) A plot plan showing the proposed structures and grading by size, location and
orientation.
(2) Building site identification. Before the inspection of the site by the Building
Inspector, the applicant shall locate the proposed construction on the site by the use
of stakes, strings, line marks or similar methods.
(3) On-site meeting. The applicant shall then meet with the inspector, on the site if
necessary, to discuss the final building location and any mitigating measures
required by the Building Official to maintain the natural drainage way in its existing
condition.
(4) Final building plan content. The final building plans that are submitted for
approval shall show the approved location and mitigating measures.

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(5) Development Standards. Development Standards for the FP3 Floodplain Safety
Review Area shall be determined on a case-by-case and shall be dependent upon the
specific of the project. A Flood Hazard Development Review or a Floodplain
Development Standards Review may be required.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4163
(2012)
82.14.050

Development Standards for Projects within FP1 and FP2 Floodplain Safety
Review Areas

(a) Anchoring. All new construction and substantial improvements of structures, including
manufactured homes, shall be anchored to the foundation to prevent flotation, collapse or
lateral movement of the structure resulting from hydrodynamic and hydrostatic loads,
including the effects of buoyancy. If a structure is elevated on fill as specified in
Subsection 82.14.050(c), and 82.14.050(d)(1), the anchoring requirement shall be
satisfied. Other alternative anchoring techniques that are effective may be considered.
(b) Construction materials and methods. All new construction and improvements of
structures whether substantial or not, including manufactured homes, shall be constructed:
(1) With materials and utility equipment installed below the base flood elevation or the
highest adjacent grade that are resistant to flood damage. This would include but not
be limited to water resistant lumber, floor coverings, adhesives, paints, masonry
construction and finishes, water proof electrical systems, and mechanical footings,
or other acceptable materials measures. (See FEMA Technical Bulletin TB 2-93.)
(2) Using methods and practices that minimize flood damage. This would include but
not be limited to elevating the structure, aligning the structure to be parallel with
water flow, increasing the structural designs to withstand hydrologic and
hydrolographic sources, and increasing the depth of footings.
(3) With electrical, heating, ventilation, plumbing and air conditioning equipment and
other service facilities that are designed and/or located so as to prevent water from
entering or accumulating within the components during conditions of flooding.
(4) So that adequate drainage paths are provided around structures on slopes to guide
flood waters around and away from proposed structures.
(c) Grading. If fill is placed to elevate pads above base elevation, it must be demonstrated
that fill will not settle and is protected from erosion, scour, or differential settlement, as
follows.

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(1) The pad elevation shall be certified to meet or exceed the elevation required by the
applicable Floodplain Safety Review Area, and it must be demonstrated that the
cumulative effect of the proposed development when combined with all other
existing and anticipated development will not increase the water surface elevation of
the base flood more than one foot at any point within the community.
(2) Fill shall be compacted to 95 percent per ASTM (American Society of Testing
Materials) Standard D-698.
(3) Fill slopes shall be no steeper than two feet horizontal to one foot vertical ratio
unless substantiating data for steeper slopes is provided, and the slopes are approved
by the County.
(4) Fill slopes adjacent to a water course may be required to be armored with stone,
rock or approved equal protection.
(d) Elevation and flood-proofing.
(1) Residential Structures. New construction and substantial improvement of any
residential structure shall include having the lowest floor (including basement),
elevated to one foot above base flood elevation or two feet or more above the
highest adjacent grade in the FP1 area, and one foot above highest adjacent grade in
the FP2 area. Upon completion of the structure, the elevation of the lowest floor
(including basement) shall be certified by a registered civil engineer or licensed land
surveyor to be properly elevated above the floodplain elevation at the time of
certification. The certification shall be provided on the current FEMA Elevation
Certificate form to the Building Official. In accordance with FEMA regulations
(Substantial Improvement & Substantial Damage), the following shall apply relative
to existing residential structures and substantial improvements:
(A) If the cost of a rehabilitation or addition is not a substantial improvement, the
existing building does not have to be elevated or otherwise protected.
However, it is advisable to incorporate methods to reduce flood damange, such
as use of flood-resistant materials and installation of electrical, heating and air
conditions units above the base flood elevation.
(B) If the cost of a rehabilitation is a substantial improvement, the existing
building shall be elevated and/or the basement filled to meet the elevation
standard.
(C) If an addition to a structure is a substantial improvement, the addition must be
elevated or flood-proofed, providing that improvements to the existing
structure are minimal. The existing structure may not have to be elevated if the
common wall remains intact with the exception of a doorway. If the structure
is within any A Zone and if substantial improvements are made to the existing
structure (such as a kitchen makeover), both the existing structure and and the
addition must be elevated and otherwise brought into compliance.
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(D) When a proposed substantial improvement is a vertical addition and the lower
floor is to be used for any other purpose than a garage for the parking of
private passenger vehicles, the entire structure must be elevated.
(E) Additions that are not substantial improvements shall meet the applicable
requirements of Subsection 82.14.050(b) above.
(2) Nonresidential Construction. Nonresidential construction shall be either elevated
in compliance with Subsection (d)(1) of this Section or be dry flood-proofed. Dry
flood-proofing shall consist of all of the following:
(A) The area below the base flood level, together with attendant utility and sanitary
facilities, shall be constructed so that the structure is watertight with walls
substantially impermeable to the passage of water;
(B) The structural components shall be capable of resisting hydrostatic and
hydrodynamic loads and effects of buoyancy; and
(C) The structure shall be certified by a registered civil engineer or architect that
the standards of this subsection are satisfied. Such certifications shall be
provided to the Floodplain Administrator.
(3) Flood Openings. In addition to the provisions of 82.14.050(d)(1) and (2) above, a ll
new construction and improvements to existing structures with fully enclosing
structural areas below the lowest floor (excluding basements) that are used solely for
parking of vehicles, building access or storage, and that are subject to flooding, shall
be designed to automatically equalize hydrostatic flood forces on exterior walls by
allowing for the entry and exit of floodwaters. Designs for meeting this requirement
must meet the following minimum criteria:
(A) For non-engineered openings, have a minimum of two openings on different
sides having a total net area of not less than one square inch for every square
foot of enclosed area subject to flooding. The bottom of all openings shall be
no higher than one foot above grade. Openings may be equipped with screens,
louvers, valves or other coverings or devices provided that they permit the
automatic entry and exit of floodwaters. Also, buildings with more than one
such enclosed area must have openings on exterior walls for each area to allow
flood water to directly enter and exit; or
(B) Be certified by a registered civil engineer or an architect. This certification
must be verified by the Floodplain Administrator.
(C) Flood openings may not be appropriate on alluvial fans or high debris flow
areas (i.e. alluvial fans) and are subject to review and approval by the
appropriate County reviewing agency. Structural calculations that address
hydrostatic and hydrodynamic loading shall be submitted by the applicant as
part of this approval process.

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(4) Garages and low cost accessory structures.
(A) Attached garages.
(I)

A garage attached to a residential structure, constructed with the garage
floor slab below the base flood elevation, must be designed to allow for
the automatic entry of flood waters. Areas of the garage below the base
flood elevation must be constructed with flood resistant materials.

(II) A garage attached to a nonresidential structure must meet the above
requirements or be dry flood-proofed. (For guidance on below grade
parking areas, see FEMA Technical Bulletin TB-6.)
(B) Detached garages and accessory structures.
(I)

“Accessory structures” used solely for parking (two-car detached garages
or smaller) or limited storage (small, low-cost sheds), may be constructed
such that its floor is below the base flood elevation, provided the
structure is designed and constructed in accordance with the following
requirements:
(i)

Use of the accessory structure must be limited to parking or limited
storage;

(ii) The portions of the accessory structure located below the base flood
elevation must be built using flood-resistant materials;
(iii) The accessory structure must be adequately anchored to prevent
flotation, collapse and lateral movement;
(iv) Any mechanical and utility equipment in the accessory structure
must be elevated or flood-proofed to or above the base flood
elevation;
(v) The accessory structure must comply with floodplain encroachment
provisions in Subsection 82.14.050(g)(1) below; and
(vi) The accessory structure must be designed to allow for the automatic
entry of flood waters in accordance with Subsection
82.14.050(d)(3)(C) above.
(II) Detached garages and accessory structures not meeting the above
standards must be constructed in accordance with all applicable standards
in this Section and to the elevations required by the Floodplain Safety
Area in which it is located.

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(5) Crawl Space Construction. This subsection applies to buildings with crawl spaces
up to two feet below grade. Below-grade crawl space construction in accordance
with the requirements listed below will not be considered basements.
(A) The building must be designed and adequately anchored to resist flotation,
collapse, and lateral movement of the structure resulting from hydrodynamic
and hydrostatic loads, including the effects of buoyancy. Crawl space
construction is not allowed in areas with flood velocities greater than five feet
per second unless the design is reviewed by a qualified design professional,
such as a registered architect or civil engineer;
(B) The crawl space is an enclosed area below the base flood elevation and, as
such, must have openings that equalize hydrostatic pressures by allowing for
the automatic entry and exit of floodwaters. (For guidance on flood openings,
see FEMA Technical Bulletins 11-01 and 1-08);
(C) Portions of the building below the base flood elevation must be constructed
with materials resistant to flood damage. This includes not only the foundation
walls of the crawl space used to elevate the building, but also any joists,
insulation, or other materials that extend below the base flood elevation; and
(D) Any building utility systems within the crawl space must be elevated above
base flood elevation or designed so that floodwaters cannot enter or
accumulate within the system components during flood conditions.
(E) Requirements for all below-grade crawl space construction, in addition to the
above requirements, to include the following:
(I)

The interior grade of a crawl space below the base flood elevation must
not be more than two feet below the lowest adjacent exterior grade;

(II) The height of the below-grade crawl space, measured from the interior
grade of the crawl space to the top of the crawl space foundation wall
must not exceed four feet at any point;
(III) There must be an adequate drainage system that removes floodwaters
from the interior area of the crawl space within a reasonable period of
time after a flood event, not to exceed 72 hours; and
(IV) The velocity of floodwaters at the site should not exceed five feet per
second for any crawl space. For velocities in excess of five feet per
second, other foundation types should be used.

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(e) Utility standards.
(1) All new and replacement water supply and sanitary sewage systems shall be
designed to minimize or eliminate infiltration of flood waters into the system and
discharge from systems into flood waters.
(2) On-site waste disposal systems shall be located to avoid impairment to them or
contamination from them during flooding.
(3) All public utilities and facilities such as electrical, telephone, cable TV, gas etc.,
shall utilize floodproofing measures in their location and construction to minimize
flood damage. They shall be adequately anchored to prevent flotation, collapse or
lateral movement of the facility resulting from hydrodynamic and hydrostatic loads,
including the effects of buoyancy.
(f)

Design requirements. All development proposals, including subdivisions, shall comply
with the following requirements:
(1) All preliminary proposals shall identify the special flood hazard area and the
elevation of the base flood.
(2) All final plans shall provide the elevation of proposed structures and pads above the
floodplain elevation as derived from the FEMA map adopted at the time of
certification. If the site is filled above the base flood, the final pad elevation shall be
certified by a registered civil engineer or licensed land surveyor and shall be
submitted to the Floodplain Administrator. The entire site need not be elevated;
only the building pads need be elevated and other means of conducting storm flows
through the site shall be provided.
(3) All proposals shall be consistent with the need to minimize flood damage.
(4) All proposals shall have public utilities and facilities such as sewer, gas, electrical
and water systems located and constructed to minimize flood damage.
(5) All proposals shall provide adequate drainage to reduce exposure to flood hazards
and not deflect flood flows onto other properties.

(g) Manufactured homes. All new and replacement manufactured homes and additions to
manufactured homes shall comply with all applicable provisions this Section in addition
to the following:
(1) Elevations.
(A) Within Zones A1-30, AO, AH, and AE of the FP1 Floodplain Safety Review
Area, all manufactured homes shall be elevated on a permanent foundation
such that the lowest floor of the manufactured home is elevated to one foot or
more
above
the
base
flood
elevation;
or
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(B) Within Zone A of the FP1 Floodplain Safety Review Area, all manufactured
homes shall be elevated on a permanent foundation such that the lowest floor
of the manufactured home is elevated to three feet or more above the highest
adjacent grade; or
(C) Within the FP2 Floodplain Safety Review Area, all manufactured homes shall
be elevated on a permanent foundation such that the lowest floor of the
manufactured home is elevated to one foot or more above the highest adjacent
grade.
(2) All manufactured homes shall be securely anchored to a permanent foundation
system to resist flotation, collapse or lateral movement. Methods of anchoring shall
include, but not be limited to, the use of over-the-top or frame ties to ground
anchors.
(3) Upon the completion of the structure, the elevation of the lowest floor including
basement shall be certified by a registered civil engineer or licensed land surveyor,
and verified by the Floodplain Administrator.
(h) Floodway standards. FEMA-designated floodways are extremely hazardous areas due
to the velocity of flood waters that carry debris, potential projectiles, and erosion
potential, therefore, the following provisions apply:
(1) Encroachments, including fill, new construction, substantial improvements,
stockpiling, and other development are prohibited unless certification by a registered
civil engineer or architect is provided, demonstrating that encroachments shall not
result in any increase in flood levels during the occurrence of the base flood
discharge.
(2) If Subsection 82.14.050(g)(1) above is satisfied, all new construction and substantial
improvements shall comply with all other applicable flood hazard reduction
provisions of this Chapter.
(i)

Recreational Vehicles. All recreational vehicles placed in an FP1 Overlay will:
(1) Be on the site for fewer than 180 consecutive days; or
(2) Be fully licensed and ready for highway use. A recreational vehicle is ready for
highway use if it is on its wheels or jacking system, is attached to the site only by
quick disconnect-type utilities and security devices, and has no permanently
attached additions; or
(3) Meet the permit requirements of Section 82.14.030 and the elevation and anchoring
requirements for manufactured homes in Subsection 82.14.050(g)

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Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4163
(2012); Amended Ordinance 4254 (2014); Amended Ordinance 4304 (2016)
82.14.060

Exceptions and Modifications

(a) Exceptions. The following structures and land uses are exempt from the requirements
and standards established by this Chapter.
(1) The reconstruction, rehabilitation or restoration of structures listed on the National
Register of Historic Places or a State Inventory of Historic Places upon a
determination by the Director that the proposed repair or rehabilitation will not
preclude the structure's continued designation as an historic structure and the
exception is the minimum necessary to preserve the historic character and design of
the structure.
(2) Replacement of utilities, including septic systems, in compliance with health and
safety codes shall be exempt from the flood elevation requirements of this
Development Code and shall otherwise be subject to the legal non-conforming use
provisions of this Development Code.
(3) Structures of such a minor nature that they are exempt from development permits,
provided it can be demonstrated that there is no effect contrary to the intent and
purpose of the County’s floodplain regulations.
(b) Modifications. In the public interest, the Building Official or the Floodplain
Administrator may, without notice or public hearing, approve, conditionally approve,
deny or refer to the Commission requests to modify the requirements of the Floodplain
Safety (FP) Overlay.
(1) Procedure. Written application (either Major Variance or Minor Variance) for such
modifications shall be submitted to the Planning Division, upon the forms provided
by the County for this purpose.
(2)

Required findings. A modification to the standards imposed by this Chapter shall be
allowed subject to lawful conditions that will secure substantial protection for the public
health, safety and general welfare and provided that all of the following be found and
justified as being true:
(A) The modification, if within any designated regulatory floodway, will not result in
any significant increase in flood levels during the base flood discharge.
(B) The modification is for new construction or substantial improvement, and other
proposed new development to be erected on a lot of one-half acre or less in size
contiguous to and surrounded by lots with existing structures constructed below
the base flood level, providing that the procedures of this Chapter have been fully
considered. As the lot size increases beyond one-half acre, the technical
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(C) The granting of the modification will not result in increased flood heights,
additional threats to public safety, extraordinary public expense, create nuisances,
cause fraud or victimization of the public or conflict with existing laws or
ordinances.
(D) The modification is the minimum necessary, considering the flood hazard, to
afford relief and is consistent with the objectives of sound floodplain management.
(c)

Written Notification. Any applicant to whom an exception is granted shall be given written
notice:
(1)

The issuance of an exception to construct a structure below the base flood level will
result in increased premium rates for flood insurance up to amounts as high as $25 for
$100 of insurance coverage, and

(2)

Such construction below the base flood level increases risks to life and property. A
Notice of Condition shall be recorded by the Floodplain Administrator in the Office of
the County Recorder and shall be recorded in a manner so that it appears in the chain of
title of the affected parcel of land.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4163 (2012)

82.14.070 Boundary Changes
An applicant may apply to FEMA for an adjustment to the designated Base Flood elevation and/or other
designations on the FIRM. Prior to submitting such application to FEMA, all required documents
required by FEMA must be submitted to the Flood Control District for review and acknowledgement.
Depending on the size, scope and specific design a land use proposal within the County, an applicant for
such proposal may be required to submit an application to FEMA for an adjustment to the base flood
elevation. The Department of Public Works will determine if this FEMA application is actually required.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4163 (2012)

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CHAPTER 82.15 GEOLOGIC HAZARD (GH) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.15.010
82.15.020
82.15.030
82.15.040
82.15.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Professional Reports
Development Standards
Purpose

The Geologic Hazard (GH) Overlay established by Sections 82.01.020 (Land Use Plan and Land
Use Zoning Districts) and 82.01.030 (Overlays) is created to provide greater public safety by
establishing investigation requirements for areas that are subject to potential geologic problems,
including active faulting, landsliding, debris flow/mud flow, rockfall, liquefaction, seiche, and
adverse soil conditions.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.15.020

Location Requirements

The GH Overlay shall be designated:
(a) In areas that are adjacent to active earthquake fault traces as depicted on the AlquistPriolo Earthquake Fault Zone Maps;
(b) In areas that are adjacent to potentially active earthquake fault traces as designated by the
County Geologist.
(c) In areas where landslides, debris flows/mud flows, rockfall or other slope instabilities
occur;
(d) In areas where liquefaction of the soil or seiche is associated with earthquake activity; and
(e) In areas of adverse soil conditions, such as those underlain by hydrocollapsible,
expansive, corrosive soils.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.15.030

Professional Reports

Except as provided for areas of adverse soil conditions, a detailed geologic study prepared by a
California Registered Professional Geologist shall be submitted with all land use applications and
development permits proposed within the GH Overlay, that would lead to the construction of roads
or structures or the subdivision of land.

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(a) Report contents.
(1) Areas of faulting. In areas of the GH Overlay where faulting is a concern, the
geologic report shall confirm the presence or absence of active faults and, if
applicable, shall establish appropriate construction setbacks from active faulting.
(2) Areas of slope stability. In areas of the GH Overlay where slope stability is a
concern, the geologic report shall evaluate landslides and other slope instabilities
that could affect the project and, if applicable, shall include recommendations for
mitigation.
(3) Areas of liquefaction susceptibility. In areas of the GH Overlay where
liquefaction is a concern, the geologic report shall evaluate the potential for
liquefaction based upon anticipated ground shaking, historic groundwater levels and
character of the alluvial materials. If the investigation determines that a potential for
liquefaction exists, a geotechnical investigation may be required.
(4) Areas of potential seiche. In areas of the GH Overlay where seiching is a concern,
the geologic report shall evaluate the potential for seiching based upon anticipated
ground shaking, the character of the water body and the elevation of the proposed
development with respect to the high water line. The investigation shall determine if
the freeboard requirements will be met.
(5) Areas of adverse soil conditions. In areas of the GH Overlay where adverse soil
conditions are known to exist, a geotechnical investigation report shall be prepared
by a California Registered Professional Engineer. The investigation shall sample and
conduct laboratory analysis of subsurface soils and, if applicable, shall include
recommendations for mitigation.
(b) Exemptions from report requirements. Exemptions to the requirement for a geologic
study include:
(1) A single-family residential wood or steel frame dwelling not exceeding two stories
in height provided the proposed structure is not located within the boundaries of a
mapped landslide or within that portion of the GH Overlay designated as having
adverse soil conditions.
(2) Single-family residential wood frame or steel dwellings located within a subdivision
of land for which a geologic report was prepared and approved;
(3) A non-habitable structure that is accessory to a residential use that is not physically
connected to the principal structure; and
(4) Alterations or additions to any structure where the value or area does not exceed 50
percent of the structure.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
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82.15

Development Standards

Development and land uses proposed within the GH Overlay shall comply with the following
standards.
(a) A structure used for human occupancy shall be located 50 feet or farther from any active
earthquake fault traces. Lesser setbacks may be applicable in certain situations as
determined by an appropriate geologic investigation and approved by the County
Geologist or other engineering geologist designated by the Building Official.
(b) A structure used for critical facilities shall be located 150 feet or farther from any active
earthquake fault trace as indicated by General Plan. Critical facilities shall include dams,
reservoirs, fuel storage facilities, power plants, nuclear reactors, police and fire stations,
schools, hospitals, rest homes, nursing homes and emergency communication facilities.
(c) Utility lines and streets shall not be placed within the construction setback area of a
hazardous fault except for crossing which can be made perpendicular to the fault trace or
as recommended by the project geologist and approved by the County Geologist or
individual designated by the Building Official.
(d) The use of development restricted areas as recreation and common open spaces is
encouraged.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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CHAPTER 82.16 HAZARDOUS WASTE (HW) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.16.010
82.16.020
82.16.030
82.16.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Development Standards
Purpose

The Hazardous Waste (HW) Overlay established by Sections 82.01.020 (Land Use Plan and Land
Use Zoning Districts) and 82.01.030 (Overlays) is created to:
(a) Ensure that hazardous waste facilities are sited in areas that protect public health, safety,
welfare, and the environment;
(b) Buffer hazardous waste facilities so that incompatible uses cannot be permitted in the
future;
(c) Identify permitted uses within the overlay; and
(d) Outline applicable permit review procedures.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.16.020

Location Requirements

(a) The Hazardous Waste Overlay shall be applied to areas where a Hazardous Waste Facility
is being approved. This will require the concurrent filing of a General Plan Amendment
and a Conditional Use Permit
(b) The Hazardous Waste Overlay may most appropriately be located in the following land
use zoning districts:
(1) Resource Conservation (RC) for land disposal and incineration facilities.
Incineration facilities shall not, however, be located in areas where emissions from
the facility could directly impact food crops or livestock.
(2) Regional Industrial (IR) for treatment, incineration, recycling, storage and transfer
facilities. Incineration facilities shall not, however, be located in areas where
emissions from the facility could directly impact food crops or livestock.
(c) Siting Criteria for Hazardous Waste Facilities: Refer to policies in the Safety Element of
the General Plan or to Table 5-2 of Chapter 5 of the San Bernardino County Hazardous
Waste Management Plan.
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(d) A Risk Assessment evaluating a proposal for a Hazardous Waste Facility shall determine
the appropriate location for the overlay for the facility.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.16.030

Development Standards

(a) Review procedures include State and County processes. The types of applications
required for local evaluation of a specified hazardous waste facility proposal include both
discretionary and ministerial permits. The required permits or processes include:
(1) A General Plan Amendment to apply the HW Overlay to the proposed site and
respective buffer.
(2) A Conditional Use Permit in compliance with Chapter 85.06 (Conditional Use
Permit and Minor Use Permit).
(3) A Special Use Permit issued by the San Bernardino County Fire Department, which
shall be required as a condition of approval of the Conditional Use Permit.
(4) Ministerial Permits from the Building and Safety Division for building, grading,
flood control, etc.
For a complete discussion of the local application review process, refer to Section 5.3.3
and Table 5-4 of Chapter 5 of the San Bernardino County Hazardous Waste Management
Plan.
(b) Compatible land uses. The following list of use classifications may be compatible with
a hazardous waste facility depending on the risk assessment and are allowed within a HW
Overlay.
(1) Contract/Construction Services.
(2) Manufacturing Operations I & II.
(3) Open Lot Services I & II.
(4) Repair Services I, II & III.
(5) Salvage Services I and II.
(6) Transportation Services I & II.
(7) Wholesale/Warehouse Services I & II.

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(c) Prohibited land uses. The following uses are specifically prohibited from the HW
Overlay:
(1) Agricultural uses of any type.
(2) Residential uses of any type.
(3) Facilities with a high concentration of people/immobile population, including
schools, hospitals, auditoriums, amphitheaters, jails, etc.
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82.17

CHAPTER 82.17 MINERAL RESOURCES (MR) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.17.010
82.17.020
82.17.030
82.17.040
82.17.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Application Requirements
Development Standards
Purpose

The Mineral Resources (MR) Overlay established by Sections 82.01.020 (Land Use Plan and Land
Use Zoning Districts) and 82.01.030 (Overlays) is created with the following intent and objectives.
(a) Intent.
(1) The extraction of mineral resources is essential to the economic well being of the
County and the needs of the society.
(2) Certain privately owned land areas of the County contain significant amounts of
mineral resources. Mineral Resources Overlays are created to protect these
resources for present and future extractions. Since mineral extraction must take
place on the physical site where the minerals naturally occur, special controls are
needed to minimize conflicts with other land uses. The Mineral Resources Overlay
functions as a "holding district" since the land will be redesignated and reclaimed
for other land uses when mining operations cease. Also, the district will insure that
land disturbances are minimized through regulations and through the prohibition of
any other land uses in these districts that are incompatible with mining.
(3) Once the mining activity ceases, the mined lands shall be reclaimed for new uses in
order to prevent or minimize adverse effects on the environment and to protect the
public health, safety and welfare.
(b) Objectives. The MR Overlay shall have the following objectives:
(1) Prevent or minimize all adverse environmental effects.
(2) Reclaim mined lands to a usable condition that is readily adaptable for alternative
land uses.
(3) Encourage the production and conservation of minerals while preserving areas
relating to environmental and recreational amenities if such amenities are located
within the mining locale.
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Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.17.020

Location Requirements

The MR Overlay shall be applied on the following areas:
(a) Areas with existing major surface mining activities;
(b) Areas where mining activity is expected to take place in the future; and
(c) Areas adjacent to current or proposed mining activity to prohibit the intrusion of
incompatible uses.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.17.030

Application Requirements

A Mining/Reclamation Plan describing the phasing of reclamation, in relation to the phases of the
mining operation, shall be submitted for land areas which are to be included within a MR Overlay,
subject to the requirements of this Development Code regarding surface mining and land reclamation
and the California Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.17.040

Development Standards

(a) MR Overlays shall be free from any land use that is incompatible with mining activity.
(b) When mining activity ceases, the landowner and/or mining company shall be responsible
for the reclamation of the site.
(c) Reclamation shall include but not be limited to the reasonable mitigation or elimination of
residual hazards.
(d) Incompatible land uses shall be suitably buffered from mining activity. Appropriate
transition measures shall be taken in order to insure compatibility between mining activity
and surrounding land uses.
(e) Non-mining projects located within the MR Overlay may be approved only if the
following finding is made in the affirmative: Even though the project may otherwise be
determined to be incompatible with mineral resource protection policies, conditions of
approval shall be applied to minimize potential conflicts with these policies.
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Noise Hazard (NH) Overlay

82.18

CHAPTER 82.18 NOISE HAZARD (NH) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.18.010
82.18.020
82.18.030
82.18.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Development Standards
Purpose

The Noise Hazard (NH) Overlay established by Sections 82.01.020 (Land Use Plan and Land Use
Zoning Districts) and 82.01.030 (Overlays) is created to provide greater public safety by establishing
land use review procedures and requirements for land uses in areas with identified high noise levels.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.18.020

Location Requirements

The NH Overlay may be applied to those areas where the Average Day-Night Sound Level (Ldn) is
65 decibels, 65 dBA or greater..
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.18.030

Development Standards

When a land use application or development permit is proposed within the NH Overlay, the
following standards shall apply with respect to residential uses:
(a) Acoustical report required. Noise levels shall be identified. An acoustical report shall
be performed to identify noise impact. Any recommendation for noise attenuation or
other mitigation measures shall be incorporated into the design standards or conditions of
approval as applicable.
(b) Interior noise levels. Interior noise levels in all single-family and multi-family
residences and educational institutions shall not exceed 45 dBA Ldn emanating from
sources outside of the residential building.
(c) Exterior noise levels. Exterior noise levels in all single-family residential land use areas
and multi-family residential land use areas should not exceed 65 dBA Ldn. Exterior noise
levels shall not exceed 70 dBA Ldn for any residential use areas. Ability to mitigate
exterior noises to the levels of 65 dBA Ldn and 70 dBA Ldn shall be considered by the
review authority when determining the actual Ldn level with which the land uses must
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(d) Noise mitigation measures. In areas where noise exceeds the noise standard, measures
shall be taken to mitigate noise levels. An acoustical report identifying these mitigation
measures shall be required and reviewed by the Environmental Health Services Division
before issuance of any required development permits or approval of land use applications.
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CHAPTER 82.19 OPEN SPACE (OS) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.19.010
82.19.020
82.19.030
82.19.040
82.19.050
82.19.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Special Requirements for Natural Resources
Development Standards within Scenic Areas
Development Standards for Trails
Purpose

The Open Space (OS) Overlay established by 82.01.030 (Overlays) is created to address the issue of
open space from many perspectives. It does not simply protect natural open space areas for wildlife;
the Open Space Overlay strikes a balance between the needs of an urbanizing County and the many
uses, which require open lands. The following are descriptions of the many types of open space
considered in the overlay:
(a) Natural Resources. Open space for the protection of natural resources encompasses a
variety of areas, which are required to maintain biological diversity, to protect significant
natural features, and to ensure that future generations will have access to a quality
“natural” experience. The County recognizes that natural areas in and adjacent to the
urbanizing portions of the County are under substantial pressure. As urbanization of the
Valley, Mountain and Desert Regions of the County continues, the loss of areas, which
are capable of supporting both common and endangered plant and animal species, is
accelerating. For this reason, protection of natural resources, or the proper management of
natural lands for multiple users, is an important focus of the Open Space Overlay.
(b) Scenic Resources. Scenic areas in the County contain vistas that rival many found
elsewhere in the state and the nation. These scenic resources can be deteriorated by
increased urbanization along scenic corridors. The Open Space Overlay seeks to preserve
these resources and to provide additional opportunities for the public to enjoy these
pleasing features.
(c) Trails. Because they provide public access to open space lands and serve as an active
recreational amenity, trails form an important part of the overlay. Trails will be used to
provide entry and to direct public access to those areas which can safely withstand human
activity, to provide alternative transportation opportunities, and to provide a sense of
County history.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.19.020

Location Requirements

The Open Space Overlay shall be applied to the areas described above.
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Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.19.030

Special Requirements for Natural Resources

Areas designated for Wildlife Corridors, Special Policy Areas or Buffer Zones: When a land use
is proposed, or an existing land use is increased by more than 25 percent of disturbed area within a
OS Overlay designated as a wildlife corridor, special policy area or buffer zone, the land use
application shall include a biotic resources report or other special report as appropriate for the
subject area prepared as follows, except where the Director finds that prior environmental studies
approved by the County have determined that the site does not contain viable habitat.
(a)

Report content. If a biotic resources report is required, it shall identify all biotic
resources located on the site and those on adjacent parcels that could be impacted by the
proposed development and the impacts on the area as a wildlife corridor. If another
special report is required, it shall identify all resources that are sensitive and need
protection. The report shall also identify mitigation measures designed to reduce or
eliminate impacts to the identified resources, and shall be submitted along with the
application for the proposed development

(b)

Report preparation. The biotic resources report shall be prepared by an appropriate
expert (e.g., a qualified biologist, botanist, herpetologist, or other professional "life
scientist)." The professional qualifications of the person preparing a biotic resources report
shall be in compliance with Section 82.11.050 (Professional Qualifications). The
professional qualifications of the person preparing a paleontologic resources report shall be
in compliance with Section 82.19.040 (Pal
(c) eontologist Qualifications). The professional qualifications of the person preparing
another special report may also require special qualifications in compliance the
Department’s procedures.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.19.040
(a)

Development Criteria within Scenic Areas
Applicability. The criteria below shall be used to evaluate a land use proposed within a
scenic area in an Open Space Overlay and shall apply to:
(1) Areas with unique views of the County's desert, mountain and valley areas or any
other aesthetic natural land formations.
(2) An area extending 200 feet on both sides of the ultimate road right-of-way of State
and County designated Scenic Highways as identified in the General Plan. The area
covered may vary to reflect the changing topography and vegetation along the rightof-way.

(b) Report. A special viewshed analysis shall be required if it is determined through the
preparation of an Initial Study pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act
(CEQA) that the proposed project may have a significant negative impact on the scenic
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values of the subject parcel. This analysis shall identify mitigation measures designed to
reduce or eliminate potentially significant impacts to the viewshed.
(c) Building and structure placement. Structure placement and style shall be compatible
with and shall not detract from the visual setting or obstruct significant views.
(d) Review area. Land development proposals, including but not limited to residential
facilities, commercial activities and mobile home parks/manufactured home land-lease
community, shall be designed to blend into the natural landscape and maximize visual
attributes of the natural vegetation and terrain. The design of development proposals shall
also provide for maintenance of a natural open space parallel to and visible from the
right-of-way.
(e) Access drives. Right-of-way access drives shall be minimized. Developments involving
concentrations of commercial activities shall be designed to function as an integral unit
with common parking and right-of-way access drives.
(f)

Landscaping. The removal of native vegetation, especially timber, shall be minimized
and replacement vegetation and landscaping shall be compatible with the local
environment and, where practicable, capable of surviving with a minimum of
maintenance and supplemental water. Landscaping and plantings shall not obstruct
significant views, either when installed or when they reach mature growth.

(g) Roads, pedestrian walkways, parking and storage areas. A large-scale development
should restrict the number of access points by providing common access roads. Parking
and outside storage areas shall be screened from view, to the maximum extent feasible,
from either the Scenic Highway or the adjacent scenic or recreational resource by existing
topography, by the placement of structures, or by landscaping and plantings which are
compatible with the local environment and, where practicable, are capable of surviving
with a minimum of maintenance and supplemental water.
(h) Above ground utilities. Utilities shall be constructed and routed underground except in
those situations where natural features prevent the underground siting or where safety
considerations necessitate above ground construction and routing. Above ground utilities
shall be constructed and routed to minimize detrimental effects on the visual setting of the
designated area. Where it is practical, above ground utilities shall be screened from view
from either the Scenic Highway or the adjacent scenic or recreational resource by existing
topography, or by placement of structures.
(i)

Grading. The alteration of the natural topography of the site shall be minimized and shall
avoid detrimental effects to the visual setting of the designated area and the existing
natural drainage system. Alterations of the natural topography shall be screened from
view from either the Scenic Highway or the adjacent scenic or recreational resource by
landscaping and plantings which harmonize with the natural landscape of the designated
area, and which are capable of surviving with a minimum of maintenance and
supplemental water.

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Timber harvesting. Timber harvesting within or adjacent to the right-of-way shall be
limited to that which is necessary to maintain and enhance the quality of the forest.

(k) Storage Areas. Outside storage areas associated with commercial activities shall be
completely screened from view of the right-of-way with landscaping and plantings that
are compatible with the local environment and are capable of surviving with a minimum
of maintenance and supplemental water.
(l)

Signs. Off-site freestanding signs greater than 18 square feet are prohibited in the OS
Overlay. On-site signs within this overlay shall be designed to reflect and preserve the
unique scenic values of the scenic area. They shall not exceed 100 square feet in area.
This on-site sign size requirement only applies to new on-site signs approved after
January 15, 2015. No on-site signs existing prior to January 15, 2015 will be considered
illegal or abandoned based upon the requirements of this subsection. The provisions of
Chapter 83.13 (Sign Regulations) are applicable to the signs regulated by this subsection.
The provisions of Chapter 83.13 and the environmental review required for all
discretionary projects will ensure that the scenic quality of properties located within the
overlay will be addressed.

(m) Wireless Telecommunication Facilities. Wireless telecommunication facilities shall be
allowed within a scenic area pursuant to Chapter 84.27 (Wireless Telecommunication
Facilities) of this Code.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 42xx
(2015)
82.19.050

Development Standards for Trails

The following standards shall be used to evaluate proposed trails:
Table 82-23
Urban Standards (Maximum Accessibility)

Bicycle+
Pedestrian(1)

Bicycle-only(1)

Hiking-only

Equestrian-only(4)

10 ft.

5 ft.

5 ft.

8 ft.

8-10 ft.
Hardened,
e.g. asphalt

8-10 ft.

Surface

12 ft.
Hardened,
e.g. asphalt(2)

Hardened

10 ft.
Hard-packed,
No paving

Shoulder

2 ft. minimum

2 ft. minimum

2 ft. minimum

2 ft. minimum

12 ft.

10 ft.

10 ft.

12 ft.

2% maximum

2% maximum

2% maximum

5%

5%

5%

2% maximum
Maximum limit is
erosion control

Item
Minimum width
(one way)
Minimum width
(two way)

Vertical Clearance
Cross Slope
Maximum Grade

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Table 82-24
Low Use and Natural Area Standards

Bicycle+
Pedestrian(1)

Bicycle-only(1)

Hiking-only

Equestrian-only(4)

6-8 ft.

2 ft.

2 ft.

6 ft.

2 ft.

4 ft.

8 ft.

Surface

8-10 ft.
Firm all weather
and unobstructed

Minimize erosion

Minimize erosion

Minimize erosion

Shoulder

2 ft. minimum

2 ft. minimum

2 ft. minimum

2 ft. minimum

10 ft.

8 ft.

8 ft.

12 ft.

Item
Minimum width
(one way)
Minimum width
(two way)

Vertical Clearance
Cross Slope

3% maximum
3% maximum
3% maximum
3% maximum
5%; rest and turning
Maximum limit is
Maximum limit is
Maximum limit is
Maximum Grade
areas every 200 ft.
erosion control
erosion control
erosion control
minimum
(1) Standards meet Caltrans Class I Bikeway standards.
(2) Where equestrian uses occur, an appropriate trail material (e.g., decomposed granite) shall be provided
on the equestrian portion of the trail only; the remainder of the trail shall use materials appropriate to its
intended use.
(3) Multiple use trails with both bicyclists and equestrians shall be no narrower than 6 feet. A combined use
trail with hiking and bicycling only should be no narrower than 4 feet.
(4) A maximum of 20% vertical grade or as needed for erosion control, whichever is less. This can be
exceeded for short distances (no more than 200').

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Figure 82-1
Trails - Low Use and Natural Areas/Urban #1

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Figure 82-2
Trails - Low Use and Natural Areas
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Figure 82-3
Trails - Urban

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Figure 82-4
Trails - Low Use and Natural Areas/Urban #2
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4245 (2014)
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Paleontologic Resources (PR) Overlay

82.20

CHAPTER 82.20 PALEONTOLOGIC RESOURCES (PR) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.20.010
82.20.020
82.20.030
82.20.040
82.20.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Development Standards
Paleontologist Qualifications
Purpose

The Paleontologic Resources (PR) Overlay established by Sections 82.01.020 (Land Use Plan and
Land Use Zoning Districts) and 82.01.030 (Overlays) is created in recognition of the following:
(a) The identification and preservation of significant paleontologic (fossil) resources is
necessary as many such resources are unique and non-renewable.
(b) Preservation of such paleontologic resources provides a greater knowledge of County
natural history, thus promoting County identity and conserving scientific amenities for the
benefit of future generations.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.20.020

Location Requirements

The Paleontologic Resources (PR) Overlay may be applied to those areas where paleontologic
resources are known to occur or are likely to be present. Specific identification of known fossil
occurrences or potential paleontologic sensitivity is indicated by listing in the locality files of one or
more of the following institutions:
(a) San Bernardino County Museum;
(b) University of California; and
(c) Los Angeles County Museum.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.20.030

Criteria for Site Evaluation for Paleontologic Resources

When a land use is proposed within a PR Overlay, the following criteria shall be used to evaluate the
project's compliance with the intent of the overlay.
(a) Field survey before grading. In areas of potential but unknown sensitivity, field surveys
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(b) Monitoring during grading. A project that requires grading plans and is located in an
area of known fossil occurrence within the overlay, or that has been demonstrated to have
fossils present in a field survey, shall have all grading monitored by trained paleontologic
crews working under the direction of a qualified professional, so that fossils exposed
during grading can be recovered and preserved. Paleontologic monitors shall be equipped
to salvage fossils as they are unearthed to avoid construction delays, and to remove
samples of sediments that are likely to contain the remains of small fossil invertebrates
and vertebrates. Monitors shall be empowered to temporarily halt or divert equipment to
allow removal of abundant or large specimens. Monitoring is not necessary if the
potentially-fossiliferous units described for the property in question are not present, or if
present are determined upon exposure and examination by qualified paleontologic
personnel to have low potential to contain fossil resources
(c) Recovered specimens. Qualified paleontologic personnel shall prepare recovered
specimens to a point of identification and permanent preservation, including washing of
sediments to recover small invertebrates and vertebrates. Preparation and stabilization of
all recovered fossils is essential in order to fully mitigate adverse impacts to the resources.
(d) Identification and curation of specimens. Qualified paleontologic personnel shall
identify and curate specimens into the collections of the Division of Geological Sciences,
San Bernardino County Museum, an established, accredited museum repository with
permanent retrievable paleontologic storage. These procedures are also essential steps in
effective paleontologic mitigation and CEQA compliance. The paleontologist must have a
written repository agreement in hand prior to the initiation of mitigation activities.
Mitigation of adverse impacts to significant paleontologic resources is not considered
complete until curation into an established museum repository has been fully completed
and documented.
(e) Report of findings. Qualified paleontologic personnel shall prepare a report of findings
with an appended itemized of specimens A preliminary report shall be submitted and
approved before granting of building permits, and a final report shall be submitted and
approved before granting of occupancy permits. The report and inventory, when
submitted to the appropriate Lead Agency along with confirmation of the curation of
recovered specimens into the collections of the San Bernardino County Museum, will
signify completion of the program to mitigate impacts to paleontologic resources.
(f)

Mitigation financial limits. In no event shall the County require the applicant to pay
more for mitigation as required by Subsections (b), (c), and (d), above within the site of
the project than the following amounts:
(1) One-half of one percent of the projected cost of the project, if the project is a
commercial or industrial project;
(2) Three-fourths of one percent of the projected cost of the project for a housing
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(3) If a housing project consists of more than one unit, three-fourths of one percent of
the projected cost of the first unit plus the sum of the following:
(A) $200 per unit for any of the next 99 units;
(B) $150 per unit for any of the next 400 units; and
(C) $100 per unit for units in excess of 500.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.20.040

Paleontologist Qualifications

Qualified professional paleontologists that are employed to conduct field surveys or monitor grading
shall meet the following criteria to qualify to perform work within the County jurisdiction:
A.

Education: An advanced degree (Masters or higher) in geology, paleontology, biology or
related disciplines (exclusive of archaeology).

B.

Professional experience: At least five years professional experience with paleontologic (not
including cultural) resources, including the collection, identification and curation of the
resources.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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CHAPTER 82.21 SIGN CONTROL (SC) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.21.010
82.21.020
82.21.030
82.21.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Development Standards
Purpose

The Sign Control (SC) Overlay established by Sections 82.01.020 (Land Use Plan and Land Use
Zoning Districts) and 82.01.030 (Overlays) is created to regulate freestanding signs ensure
compatibility with the character of the neighborhood.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.21.020

Location Requirements

The SC Overlay shall be applied where it is determined that the location of large freestanding signs
may be detrimental to the character of the neighborhood.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.21.030

Development Standards

No freestanding sign shall exceed 25 feet in height, and the sign face shall not exceed the sign area
indicated in the bracketed suffix to the overlay map symbol (e.g. CG-SC[150], shall mean a
maximum sign area of 150 square feet.) Where the bracketed suffix includes the letter "p" (e.g. CGSC [p]) an off-site freestanding sign greater than 18 square feet shall be prohibited.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4245
(2014)

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CHAPTER 82.22 SPHERE STANDARDS (SS) OVERLAY
Sections:
82.22.010
82.22.020
82.22.030
82.22.040
82.22.050
82.22.060
82.22.070
82.22.080
82.22.090
82.22.100
82.22.110
82.22.120
82.22.130
82.22.140
82.22.150
82.22.160
82.22.170
82.22.180
82.22.190
82.22.200
82.22.210
82.22.220
82.22.010

Purpose
Location Requirements
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Adelanto
Development Standards within the Sphere of the Town of Apple Valley
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Barstow
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Big Bear Lake
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Chino
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Colton
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Fontana
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Hesperia
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Highland
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Loma Linda
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Montclair
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Needles
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Rancho Cucamonga
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Redlands
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Rialto
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of San Bernardino
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Twentynine Palms
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Upland
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Victorville
Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Yucaipa
Purpose

(a) Purpose. The Sphere Standards (SS) Overlay established by 82.01.030 (Overlays) is
created to allow the implementation of County development standards or standards that
more closely conform to city development standards within specified spheres of influence
areas identified in this Chapter.
(b) Intent. The intent is to ensure that the County’s approval of a proposed development in a
sphere of influence is consistent with the shared objectives of the County and the
applicable city where the County has determined it is appropriate to adopt similar
standards.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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82.22.020

82.22

Location Requirements

The Sphere Standards Overlay shall only be applied to the city/town spheres of influence indicated
in Table 82-23 (Sphere Standards Overlay) and shall be created upon adoption of an amendment to
this Development Code in compliance with Chapter 86.12 (Amendments). These standards apply
only to the unincorporated portions of a city’s/town’s sphere of influence.
Table 82-23
Sphere Standards Overlays
Name of City/Town
with Sphere of Influence over
County lands

Adelanto
Apple Valley
Barstow
Big Bear Lake
Chino
Colton
Fontana
Hesperia
Highland
Loma Linda
Montclair
Needles
Rancho Cucamonga
Redlands
Rialto
San Bernardino
Twentynine Palms
Upland
Victorville
Yucaipa

Zoning
Prefix

Adoption Date of
City/Town Sphere
Standards

Section Reference
(Where sphere standards located in
Development Code)

AD
AV
BW
BB
CC
CL
FT
HP
HD
LL
MC
ND
RC
RD
RT
SB
TP
UP
VV
YU

Not adopted
December 27, 2012
Not adopted
Not adopted
Not adopted
Not adopted
May 8, 2007
Not adopted
Not adopted
Not adopted
Not adopted
Not adopted
Not adopted
Not adopted
Not adopted
Not adopted
Not adopted
Not adopted
Not adopted
Not adopted

82.22.030
88.22.040
88.22.050
88.22.060
88.22.070
88.22.080
88.22.090
88.22.100
88.22.110
88.22.120
88.22.130
88.22.140
88.22.150
88.22.160
88.22.170
88.22.180
88.22.190
88.22.200
88.22.210
88.22.220

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4020 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067
(2009); Amended Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.030

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Adelanto

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.040

Development Standards within the Sphere of the Town of Apple Valley

(a) General Provisions. The provisions contained in this section are only those provisions
that are different from countywide provisions and unique to the Apple Valley Sphere of
Influence.

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(b) Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning Districts -- Allowed Uses
and Permit Requirements. As outlined in Table 82-4 of Chapter 82.04, except for the
unique uses noted below:
Table 82-24
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements
for Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning Districts
within the Apple Valley Sphere of Influence
PERMIT REQUIRED BY
DISTRICT
LAND USE
See Division 10 (Definitions) for land use
AV/RC
definitions
AGRICULTURAL, RESOURCE & OPEN SPACE USES
Community garden
A
Nursery (Wholesale)
M/C
RECREATION, EDUCATION & PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
Desert botanical garden
MUP
Historical landmarks and structures
A
Zoos
CUP

Specific Use
Regulations

AV/AG

AV/FW

A
M/C

A
M/C

MUP
A
CUP

—
A
—

CUP

CUP

—

84.23

CUP

CUP

—

84.32

SERVICES – GENERAL

Licensed Residential Care Facility with 7 or
more persons
Unlicensed Residential Care Facility with 7 or
more persons

KEY
A

Allowed use (no planning permit required)
Permitted Use; Site Plan Permit required (Chapter
P
85.08)
Minor Use Permit required; unless a Conditional Use
M/C Permit required in compliance with Section 85.06.050
(Projects That Do Not Qualify for a Minor Use Permit)
CUP Conditional Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)
MUP Minor Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)

PD Planned Development Permit required (Chapter 85.10)
SUP Special Use Permit required (Chapter 85.14)
Permit requirement set by Specific Use Regulations
(Division 4)
TSP Temporary Special Events Permit required (Chapter 85.16)
TUP Temporary Use Permit required (Chapter 85.15)
— Use not allowed
S

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(c) Residential Land Use Zoning Districts -- Allowed Uses and Permit Requirements.
As outlined in Table 82-7 of Chapter 82.04, except for the unique uses noted below:
Table 82-25
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements for Residential Land Use Zoning Districts
within the Apple Valley Sphere of Influence
PERMIT REQUIRED
BY DISTRICT
LAND USE
See Division 10 (Definitions) for land use definitions
AGRICULTURAL, RESOURCE & OPEN SPACE USES
Agricultural accessory structure (non-habitable) – 1,000 sf
max.
Agricultural accessory structure (non-habitable) – up to 10,000
sf max. on 5 ac. or less
Agricultural accessory structure (non-habitable) – greater than
10,000 sf on 5 ac. or less
Community garden
Nursery (Wholesale)
RECREATION, EDUCATION & PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
Historical landmarks and structures
RESIDENTIAL USES
Fitness/health facility

AV/RL

AV/RS

A

A

A

—

M/C

—

A
M/C

A
—

A

A

CUP

—

Specific
Use
Regulations

KEY
A

Allowed use (no planning permit required)
Permitted Use; Site Plan Permit required (Chapter
P
85.08)
Minor Use Permit required; unless a Conditional Use
M/C Permit required in compliance with Section 85.06.050
(Projects That Do Not Qualify for a Minor Use Permit)
CUP Conditional Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)
MUP Minor Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)

PD Planned Development Permit required (Chapter 85.10)
SUP Special Use Permit required (Chapter 85.14)
Permit requirement set by Specific Use Regulations
(Division 4)
TSP Temporary Special Events Permit required (Chapter 85.16)
TUP Temporary Use Permit required (Chapter 85.15)
— Use not allowed
S

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(d) Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts -- Allowed Uses and Permit Requirements.
As outlined in Table 82-11 of Chapter 82.05, except for the unique uses noted below.
Table 82-26
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements for Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts
within the Apple Valley Sphere of Influence
PERMIT REQUIRED BY
DISTRICT
LAND USE
See Division 10 (Definitions) for land use definitions

AV/CR

AV/CN

INDUSTRY, MANUFACTURING & PROCESSING, WHOLESALING
Storage - Personal storage (mini-storage)
M/C
—
Storage - Recreational vehicles
CUP
—
RECREATION, EDUCATION & PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
Historical landmarks and structures
A
A
School - Specialized education/training
M/C
M/C
RETAIL
Construction and heavy equipment sales and rental
M/C
—
Nurseries (Retail)
M/C
—
SERVICES - GENERAL
Crematorium
CUP
—
Mortuary services
CUP
—
Repair Services – non-automotive
MUP
MUP

—
—
—

Licensed Residential Care Facility with 6 or fewer persons
Licensed Residential Care Facility with 7 or more persons
Unlicensed Residential Care Facility with 7 or more persons

—
—
—

AV/CG

Specific
Use
Regulations

CUP
CUP
A
M/C
CUP
M/C
CUP
CUP
MUP

—
—
—

KEY
A

Allowed use (no planning permit required)
Permitted Use; Site Plan Permit required (Chapter
P
85.08)
Minor Use Permit required; unless a Conditional Use
M/C Permit required in compliance with Section 85.06.050
(Projects That Do Not Qualify for a Minor Use Permit)
CUP Conditional Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)
MUP Minor Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)

PD Planned Development Permit required (Chapter 85.10)
SUP Special Use Permit required (Chapter 85.14)
Permit requirement set by Specific Use Regulations
(Division 4)
TSP Temporary Special Events Permit required (Chapter 85.16)
TUP Temporary Use Permit required (Chapter 85.15)
— Use not allowed
S

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(e) Industrial and Special Use Land Use Zoning Districts -- Allowed Uses and Permit
Requirements. As outlined in Table 82-17 of Chapter 82.05, except for the unique uses
noted below.
Table 82-27
Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements
for Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning Districts
within the Apple Valley Sphere of Influence
PERMIT REQUIRED BY
DISTRICT
LAND USE
See Division 10 (Definitions) for land use definitions

AV/IC

RECREATION, EDUCATION & PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
Historical landmarks and structures
A
RETAIL
Building and landscape materials sales - Indoor
M/C
Building and landscape materials sales - Outdoor
M/C
SERVICES – BUSINESS, FINANCIAL, PROFESSIONAL
Office - Government
M/C
SERVICES - GENERAL
Lodging – Hotel or motel – 20 or fewer guest rooms
CUP
Lodging – Hotel or motel – More than 20 guest rooms
CUP

—
—
—

Licensed Residential Care Facility with 6 or fewer persons
Licensed Residential Care Facility with 7 or more persons
Unlicensed Residential Care Facility with 2 or more persons

AV/IR

AV/SDPD

A

A

M/C
M/C

—
—

M/C

M/C

CUP
CUP

M/C
M/C

—
—
—

—
—
—

Specific
Use
Regulations

KEY
A

Allowed use (no planning permit required)
Permitted Use; Site Plan Permit required (Chapter
P
85.08)
Minor Use Permit required; unless a Conditional Use
M/C Permit required in compliance with Section 85.06.050
(Projects That Do Not Qualify for a Minor Use Permit)
CUP Conditional Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)
MUP Minor Use Permit required (Chapter 85.06)

(f)

PD Planned Development Permit required (Chapter 85.10)
SUP Special Use Permit required (Chapter 85.14)
Permit requirement set by Specific Use Regulations
(Division 4)
TSP Temporary Special Events Permit required (Chapter 85.16)
TUP Temporary Use Permit required (Chapter 85.15)
— Use not allowed
S

Single-Family Residential Dwellings. The exception to the ten-year standard outlined in
Subsection 84.21.030(i) [Certification tag or label required] shall not be allowed.
Therefore, in the Apple Valley Sphere of Influence, a permit from the Building and Safety
Division for the installation of a manufactured home not within an approved and properly
licensed mobile home park shall not be issued, if more than ten years have elapsed
between the date of manufacture and the date of the application for the issuance of the
permit to install such manufactured home.

Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)

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82.22.050

82.22

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Barstow

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.060

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Big Bear Lake

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.070

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Chino

Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.080

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Colton

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.090

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Fontana

Fontana Sphere of Influence: The density within the FT/RM (Fontana/Multiple Residential) Land
Use Zoning District shall be up to 24 units per acre depending on the design of the project and the
amenities provided. The density of 24 units per acre shall be allowed if the Total Amenity Points as
outlined in Section 84.16.050 (Common Amenities and Facilities) is 12 points or greater and all
other required design standards of Chapter 84.16 (Multi-Family Residential Development Standards)
are met.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4020 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4189
(2012)
82.22.100

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Hesperia

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.110

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Highland

(Reserved)
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Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.120

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Loma Linda

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)

82.22.130

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Montclair

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.140

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Needles

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.150

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Rancho Cucamonga

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.160

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Redlands

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.170

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Rialto

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.180

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of San Bernardino

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.190

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Twentynine Palms

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(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)

82.22.200

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Upland

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.210

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Victorville

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)
82.22.220

Development Standards within the Sphere of the City of Yucaipa

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4189 (2012)

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Specific Plans, Community Plans and Area Plans

82.23

CHAPTER 82.23 COMMUNITY PLANS, SPECIFIC PLANS AND AREA PLANS
Sections:
82.23.010
82.23.020

82.23.010

Purpose
Location Requirements

Purpose

(a) Purpose. Specific Plans, Community Plans and Area Plans may be established to
allow the implementation of special development standards for specified areas.
(b) Intent. The intent is to ensure that the County’s approval of a proposed development
in these specified areas is consistent with the standards as adopted for specific areas.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.23.020

Adopted Community Plans

(a) Available for review. All adopted Community Plans are available for review at the
Department and are posted on the Department web page (www.sbcounty.gov/
landuseservices).
(b) Adopted plans. The following symbols appear as a prefix on the land use zoning
district maps to identify the various community plan areas that have been adopted by
the Board:
(1) Valley Community Plans:
(A) Bloomington

BL

(B) Muscoy

MS

(2) Mountain Community Plans:
(A) Bear Valley

BV

(B) Crest Forest

CF

(C) Hilltop

HT

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(D) Lake Arrowhead

LA

(E) Lytle Creek

LC

(F)

OG

Oak Glen

(3) Desert Community Plans:
(A) Homestead Valley

HV

(B) Joshua Tree

JT

(C) Lucerne Valley

LV

(D) Morongo Valley

MV

(E) Oak Hills

OH

(F)

PH

Phelan/Pinon Hills

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
82.23.030

Adopted Specific Plans

(a) Available for review. Specific plans are adopted by the Board and shall be shown on
the appropriate land use zoning district map with a Specific Plan (SP) Land Use
Zoning District designation. All adopted Specific Plans are available for review at
the Department and are posted on the Department web page (www.sbcounty.gov/
landuseservices).
(b) Adopted plans. The following symbols appear as a prefix on the land use zoning
district maps to identify the various specific plan areas that have been adopted by the
Board:
(1) Agua Mansa Industrial Corridor Specific Plan

AM

(2) Glen Helen Specific Plan

GH

(3) Kaiser Commerce Center Specific Plan

KC

(4) Hacienda at Fairview Valley Specific Plan

HF

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4245 (2014)

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82.23

Adopted Area Plans

(a) Available for review. All adopted Areas Plans are available for review at the
Department and are posted on the Department web page (www.sbcounty.gov/
landuseservices).
(b) Adopted plans. The following symbols appear as a prefix on the land use zoning
district maps to identify the area plan that has been adopted by the Board:
East Valley Area Plan (EV)
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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Bear Valley Community Plan

CHAPTER 82.24

82.24

BEAR VALLEY COMMUNITY PLAN

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)

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CHAPTER 82.25

82.25

BLOOMINGTON COMMUNITY PLAN

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)

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Crest Forest Community Plan

CHAPTER 82.26

82.26

CREST FOREST COMMUNITY PLAN

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)

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Hilltop Community Plan

CHAPTER 82.27

82.27

HILLTOP COMMUNITY PLAN

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)

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Homestead Valley Community Plan

CHAPTER 82.28

82.28

HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY PLAN

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)

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Joshua Tree Community Plan

CHAPTER 82.29

82.29

JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY PLAN

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)

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Lake Arrowhead Community Plan

CHAPTER 82.30

82.30

LAKE ARROWHEAD COMMUNITY PLAN

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)

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Lucerne Valley Community Plan

CHAPTER 82.31

82.31

LUCERNE VALLEY COMMUNITY PLAN

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)

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Lytle Creek Community Plan

CHAPTER 82.32

82.32

LYTLE CREEK COMMUNITY PLAN

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)

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Morongo Valley Community Plan

CHAPTER 82.33

82.33

MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY PLAN

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)

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Muscoy Community Plan

CHAPTER 82.34

82.34

MUSCOY COMMUNITY PLAN

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)

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Oak Glen Community Plan

CHAPTER 82.35

82.35

OAK GLEN COMMUNITY PLAN

(Reserved)
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)

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Oak Hills Community Plan

CHAPTER 82.36

82.36

OAK HILLS COMMUNITY PLAN

Sections:
82.36.010
82.36.020
82.36.030
82.36.040
82.36.050
82.36.010

General Provisions
Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning Districts
Residential Land Use Zoning Districts
Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts
Industrial and Special Use Land Use Zoning Districts
General Provisions

Development standards, procedural regulations and other provisions of this Title shall apply to
all projects within the Oak Hills Community Plan area except as noted in this Chapter.
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)
82.36.020

Agricultural and Resource Management Land Use Zoning Districts

(a) Minimum Area Designation: As outlined in Table 82-3 of Chapter 82.03.
(b) Allowed Uses and Permit Requirements. As outlined in Table 82-4 of Chapter
82.03.
(c) Subdivision Standards. As outlined in Subsection Table 82-4C of Chapter 82.03,
except as noted below:
(1) Oak Hills/Resource Conservation (OH/RC) Land Use Zoning District.
(A)

Minimum Width: 150 feet.

(B)

Minimum Depth: 150 feet.

(2) Oak Hills/Floodway (OH/FW) Land Use Zoning District. The provisions of
Section 82.03.070 plus the following additional provisions shall apply to all
development within the OH/FW Land Use Zoning District:
(A) Site Design. The natural drainage courses should not be occupied or
obstructed and should be left in their natural state as much as possible.
Hard lined concrete facilities are discouraged; however rock slope
protection may be used for erosion control.
(B) Road Crossings. Road crossings shall be designed to have minimal
impact on the natural drainage courses.
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(C) Boundaries. Where it has been demonstrated in a detailed drainage report
that land within the Floodway Land Use District should not be restricted
by the limitations of the Floodway designation, the boundary between the
Floodway and the adjacent land use district shall be interpreted to be
consistent with such report.
(d) Development Standards. As outlined in Table 82-5C of Chapter 82.03.
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)
82.36.030

Residential Land Use Zoning Districts

(a) Minimum Area Designation. As outlined in Table 82-6 of Chapter 82.04.
(b) Allowed Uses and Permit Requirements. As outlined in Table 82-7 of Chapter
82.04.
(c) Subdivision Standards. As outlined in Subsection Table 82-8C of Chapter 82.04,
except as noted below for the Oak Hills/Single Residential (OH/RS) Land Use
Zoning District:
(1) Minimum Lot Size. The minimum lot size shall be 7,200 squire feet. Within
areas that contain significant environmental or topographic constraints,
clustering of residential uses may be encouraged to preserve natural resources
and mitigate environmental impacts. Maximum permitted density will be
determined through the development review process, based upon environmental
and infrastructure conditions.
(2) Minimum Width: 100 feet for subdivisions with parcels greater than or equal to
one acre and 60 feet for subdivisions with parcels less than one acre.
(3) Minimum Depth: 100 feet for subdivisions with parcels or any size.
(d) Development Standards. As outlined in Table 82-9C of Chapter 82.04, except as
noted below:
(1) Oak Hills/Rural Living (OH/RL) Land Use Zoning District. Side – Interior
Setbacks: 15 feet.
(2) Oak Hills/Single Residential (OH/RS) Land Use Zoning District. Maximum
coverage: 40%.
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Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts

(a) Minimum Area Designation: As outlined in Table 82-10 of Chapter 82.05, except
the minimum area for the Oak Hills/Neighborhood Commercial (OH/CN) Land Use
Zoning District designation shall be 2.5 acres.
(b) Allowed Uses and Permit Requirements. As outlined in Table 82-11 of Chapter
82.05.
(c) Subdivision Standards. As outlined in Subsection Table 82-12C of Chapter 82.05,
except as noted below:
(1) Oak Hills/Neighborhood Commercial (OH/CN) Land Use Zoning District.
(A) Minimum Lot Size: 2.5 acres. Minimum lot size can be less than two
and one-half (2.5) acres if the subdivision application is filed concurrently
with a Planned Development, Conditional Use Permit, or Department
Review application.
(B) Minimum Width: 300 feet.
(C) Minimum Depth: 300 feet.
(D) Site Design. Site design should incorporate effective internal circulation
for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, as well as buffering if adjacent to
residential uses.
(2) Oak Hills/General Commercial (OH/CG) Land Use Zoning District.
(A) Minimum Width: 300 feet.
(B) Minimum Depth: 300 feet.
(C) Site Design. Site design within general commercial use areas should
include effective internal circulation, designed to minimize traffic impacts
on adjacent arterial streets.
(D) Regional Commercial Uses. Regional commercial uses should have
access from major highways or arterials, and be of a size and configuration
to facilitate development of businesses attracting consumers from a
regional market area. Minimum site area for a development project within
a regional commercial area should be ten acres.
(d) Development Standards. As outlined in Tables 82-15A and 84-15B of Chapter
82.05, except as noted below:
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(1) Oak Hills/Neighborhood Commercial (OH/CN) Land Use Zoning District.
(A) Maximum lot coverage: 40%.
(B) Side - Street Side Setback: 15 feet.
(C) Floor Area Ratio (FAR): Maximum FAR (floor area/lot area): 0.47.
(2) Oak Hills/General Commercial (OH/CG) Land Use Zoning District.
(A) Maximum lot coverage: 60%.
(B) Floor Area Ratio (FAR): Maximum FAR (floor area/lot area): 1.20.
Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)
82.36.050

Industrial and Special Purpose Land Use Zoning Districts

(a) Minimum Area Designation: As outlined in Table 82-16 of Chapter 82.06, except
the minimum area for the Oak Hills/Special Development (OH/SD) Land Use
Zoning District designation shall be ten acres.
(b) Allowed Uses and Permit Requirements. As outlined in Table 82-17 of Chapter
82.06. The allowed uses for the Special Development (SD) Land Use Zoning
District shall be as outlined under Special Development-Residential (SD-RES).
(c) Subdivision Standards. As outlined in Subsection Table 82-18C of Chapter 82.06,
except as noted below:
(1) Oak Hills/Community Industrial (OH/IC) Land Use Zoning District.
(A) Minimum Width: 150 feet.
(B) Minimum Depth: 200 feet.
(C) Site Design. Where possible, industrial areas should be separated from
residential areas by natural or manmade barriers, such as drainage courses,
utility easements, railroad tracks, or major arterials. Adequate land use
and design buffers to mitigate impacts of truck traffic, noise, emissions,
and other potential land use conflicts, must be addressed through the
design review process.
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(A) Maximum Width to Depth Ratio: 1:4.
(B) Site Design. The boundaries of the Institutional Land Use District are
intended to match the rights-of-way or easements for public utilities and
interstate transportation corridors within the community plan area.
(3) Oak Hills/Special Development (OH/SD) Land Use Zoning District.
(A) Minimum Lot Area: 10 acres.
(B) Minimum Width: 400 feet.
(C) Minimum Depth: 400 feet.
(d) Development Standards. As outlined in Tables 82-21A and 81-21B of Chapter
82.06, except as noted below:
(1) Oak Hills/Community Industrial (OH/IC) Land Use Zoning District.
(A) Side - Street Side Setback: 15 feet.
(B) Floor Area Ratio (FAR): Maximum FAR (floor area/lot area): 0.97.
(C) Maximum lot coverage: 70%.
(2) Oak Hills/Institutional (OH/IN) Land Use Zoning District.
(A) Front Setback: 15 feet.
(B) Side - Street Side Setback: 15 feet.
(C) Floor Area Ratio (FAR): Maximum FAR (floor area/lot area): 1.20.
(D) Maximum lot coverage: 70%.
(3) Oak Hills/Special Development (OH/SD) Land Use Zoning District.
(A) Front Setback: 15 feet.
(B) Side - Street Side Setback: 15 feet.
(C) Side - Interior Yard Setback. Only one side yard is required to provide
for emergency access. If the adjacent property is not designated
commercial or industrial, a side yard shall be required along that side of
the property.
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(D) Rear Yard Setback. A rear yard is required only when the adjacent
property is not designated commercial or industrial.
(E) Floor Area Ratio (FAR): Maximum FAR (floor area/lot area): 1.20.
(F) Maximum Structure Height: 50 feet.
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82.37

PHELAN/PINON HILLS COMMUNITY PLAN

(Reserved)

Adopted Ordinance 4204 (2013)

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DIVISION 3 COUNTYWIDE
DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS
Chapter 83.01 General Performance Standards ............................................................. 3-5
83.01.010
Purpose ........................................................................................................... 3-5
83.01.020
Applicability ................................................................................................... 3-5
83.01.030
Modification of Standards .............................................................................. 3-6
83.01.040
Air Quality ...................................................................................................... 3-6
83.01.050
Electrical Disturbances ................................................................................... 3-8
83.01.060
Fire Hazards .................................................................................................... 3-7
83.01.070
Heat ............................................................................................................... 3-10
83.01.080
Noise ............................................................................................................. 3-11
83.01.090
Vibration ....................................................................................................... 3-14
83.01.100
Waste Disposal ............................................................................................. 3-15
Chapter 83.02 General Development and Use Standards ............................................ 3-17
83.02.010
Purpose ......................................................................................................... 3-17
83.02.020
Applicability ................................................................................................. 3-17
83.02.030
Clear Sight Triangles .................................................................................... 3-17
83.02.040
Height Measurement and Height Limit Exceptions ..................................... 3-19
83.02.050
Parcel Area Measurements and Exceptions.................................................. 3-21
83.02.060
Screening and Buffering ............................................................................... 3-23
83.02.070
Setback Regulations and Exceptions ............................................................ 3-26
83.02.080
Allowed Projections/Structures Within Setbacks ......................................... 3-30
Chapter 83.03 Affordable Housing Incentives - Density Bonus................................... 3-35
83.03.010
Purpose ......................................................................................................... 3-35
83.03.020
Eligibility for Bonus, Incentives, or Concessions ........................................ 3-35
83.03.030
Allowed Density Bonuses ............................................................................ 3-36
83.03.040
Allowed Incentives or Concessions .............................................................. 3-41
83.03.050
Parking Requirements in Density Bonus Projects ........................................ 3-42
83.03.060
Bonus and Incentives for Housing with Child Care Facilities ..................... 3-43
83.03.070
Continued Availability ................................................................................. 3-44
83.03.080
Location and Type of Designated Units ....................................................... 3-45
83.03.090
Processing of Bonus Requests ...................................................................... 3-46
83.03.100
Density Bonus Agreement ............................................................................ 3-46
83.03.110
Control of Resale .......................................................................................... 3-49
83.03.120
Judicial Relief, Waiver of Standards ............................................................ 3-50
Chapter 83.04 Conditional Grading Compliance.......................................................... 3-51
83.04.010
Purpose ......................................................................................................... 3-51
83.04.020
Applicability ................................................................................................. 3-51
83.04.030
Quality Control Engineer’s Role and Responsibilities ................................. 3-52
83.04.040
Developer’s Deposit ..................................................................................... 3-53
83.04.050
Building Official Authority .......................................................................... 3-53
83.04.060
Authority to Contract .................................................................................... 3-53
83.04.070
Enforcement.................................................................................................. 3-53
83.04.080
Compliance with Dust Control Regulations ................................................. 3-54
Chapter 83.05 Dedications and Installations of Street and Trail Improvements ...... 3-55
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83.05.010
83.05.020
83.05.030
83.05.040
83.05.050
83.05.060
83.05.070

Purpose ......................................................................................................... 3-55
Applicability ................................................................................................. 3-55
Dedication of Street and/or Highway Right-of-Way .................................... 3-55
Dedication and Installation of Trail Right-of-Way ...................................... 3-56
Installation of Street Improvements ............................................................. 3-57
Delayed Improvements ................................................................................. 3-58
Waiver or Modification of Dedication and/or Street Improvement
Requirements ................................................................................................ 3-58
83.05.080
Building Official Determination ..................................................................... 3-2
Chapter 83.06 Fences, Hedges, and Walls ..................................................................... 3-61
83.06.010
Purpose ......................................................................................................... 3-61
83.06.020
Applicability ................................................................................................. 3-61
83.06.030
General Height Limitations .......................................................................... 3-61
83.06.040
Measurement of Fence or Wall Height ......................................................... 3-62
83.06.050
Walls Required Between Different Land Use Zoning Districts ................... 3-63
83.06.060
Special Wall and Fencing Requirements ...................................................... 3-64
83.06.070
Prohibited Fence Materials ........................................................................... 3-64
Chapter 83.07 Glare and Outdoor Lighting .................................................................. 3-65
83.07.010
Purpose ......................................................................................................... 3-65
83.07.020
Applicability ................................................................................................. 3-65
83.07.030
Glare and Outdoor Lighting - Valley Region ............................................... 3-65
83.07.040
Glare and Outdoor Lighting - Mountain and Desert Regions ..................... 3-66
Chapter 83.08 Hillside Grading Standards.................................................................... 3-73
83.08.010
Purpose ......................................................................................................... 3-73
83.08.020
Applicability ................................................................................................. 3-73
83.08.030
Hillside Grading Review .............................................................................. 3-74
83.08.040
Hillside Grading Standards ........................................................................... 3-76
Chapter 83.09 Infrastructure Improvement Standards ............................................... 3-89
83.09.010
Purpose ......................................................................................................... 3-89
83.09.020
Applicability ................................................................................................. 3-89
83.09.030
Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Valley Region............................... 3-90
83.09.040
Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Mountain Region .......................... 3-91
83.09.050
Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Desert Region ............................... 3-92
83.09.060
Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Desert Region ............................... 3-93
Chapter 83.10 Landscaping Standards .......................................................................... 3-95
83.10.010
Purpose ......................................................................................................... 3-95
83.10.020
Applicability ................................................................................................. 3-96
83.10.030
Exemptions from the Landscaping Requirements ........................................ 3-97
83.10.040
Modification to the Landscaping Requirements ........................................... 3-97
83.10.050
Landscape Documentation Package ............................................................. 3-98
83.10.060
Landscape Area Requirements ................................................................... 3-101
83.10.070
Landscape Standards .................................................................................. 3-102
83.10.080
Regional Landscaping Standards............................................................. 3-108.3
83.10.090
Irrigation Scheduling and Maintenance Required ................................... 3-108.5
83.10.100
Landscape Certificate of Completion ...................................................... 3-108.7
83.10.110
Non-Potable/Recycled Water .................................................................. 3-108.8
83.10.120
Stormwater Management ......................................................................... 3-108.8
Chapter 83.11 Parking And Loading Standards ......................................................... 3-109
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83.11.010
Purpose ....................................................................................................... 3-109
83.11.020
Applicability ............................................................................................... 3-109
83.11.030
General Parking Provisions ........................................................................ 3-109
83.11.040
Number of Parking Spaces Required.......................................................... 3-110
83.11.050
Adjustments to Parking Requirements ....................................................... 3-114
83.11.060
Disabled Parking Requirements .............................................................. 3-114.1
83.11.070
Development Standards .............................................................................. 3-116
83.11.080
Landscape Requirements for Parking Areas .............................................. 3-119
83.11.090
Parking and Loading Development Standards ........................................... 3-121
83.11.100
Commercial Vehicle Parking in Residential Areas .................................... 3-122
Chapter 83.12 Road System Design Standards ........................................................... 3-127
83.12.010
Purpose ....................................................................................................... 3-127
83.12.020
Applicability ............................................................................................... 3-127
83.12.030
Road System Design Standards .................................................................. 3-128
Chapter 83.13 Sign Regulations .................................................................................... 3-129
83.13.010
Purpose ....................................................................................................... 3-129
83.13.020
Applicability ............................................................................................... 3-130
83.13.030
Sign Permits and Exemptions ..................................................................... 3-130
83.13.035
Comprehensive Sign Program for Crest Forest…………………………..3-130
83.13.040
Prohibited Signs .......................................................................................... 3-131
83.13.050
On-Site Signs .............................................................................................. 3-131
83.13.060
Off-Site Signs ............................................................................................. 3-144
83.13.070
Temporary Signs......................................................................................... 3-149
83.13.080
Standards for All Types of Signs ................................................................ 3-153
83.13.090
Standards for Specific Types of Signs ........................................................ 3-157
83.13.100
Sign Standards for Specific Uses................................................................ 3-159
83.13.110
Enforcement................................................................................................ 3-160
83.13.120
Nonconforming Signs ................................................................................. 3-161
83.13.130
Abandoned Signs ............................................................................... 3-163162.2
Chapter 83.14 Transportation Control Measures ....................................................... 3-163
83.14.010
Purpose ....................................................................................................... 3-163
83.14.020
Applicability ............................................................................................... 3-163
83.14.030
Transportation Control Measures Development Standards ........................ 3-163
Chapter 83.15 Conditional Compliance for Water Quality Management Plans ..... 3-165
83.15.010
Purpose ....................................................................................................... 3-165
83.15.020
Applicability ............................................................................................... 3-165
83.15.030
Quality Control Engineer’s Role and Responsibilities ............................... 3-165
83.15.040
Developer’s Deposit ................................................................................... 3-166
83.15.050
Land Development Engineering Division Authority.................................. 3-166
83.15.060
Authority to Contract .................................................................................. 3-166
83.15.070
Expenditure of Funds.................................................................................. 3-167

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83.01

GENERAL PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

Sections:
83.01.010
83.01.020
83.01.030
83.01.040
83.01.050
83.01.060
83.01.070
83.01.080
83.01.090
83.01.100
83.01.010

Purpose
Applicability
Modification of Standards
Air Quality
Electrical Disturbances
Fire Hazards
Heat
Noise
Vibration
Waste Disposal
Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to establish uniform performance standards for development
within the County that promotes compatibility with surrounding areas and land uses.
Performance standards are designed to mitigate the environmental impacts of existing and
proposed land uses within a community. Environmental impacts include air quality, glare, heat,
noise, runoff control, and waste disposal. These general performance standards are intended to
protect the health and safety of businesses, nearby residents, and workers and to prevent
damaging effects to surrounding properties.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.01.020

Applicability

(a)

New and existing uses in all land use zoning districts. The provisions of this
Chapter apply to all new and existing uses in all land use zoning districts. The
standards of this Chapter elaborate upon and otherwise augment the development
standards specified for individual land use zoning districts in Division 2 (Land Use
Zoning Districts and Allowed Land Uses) and in Division 4 (Standards for Specific
Land Uses and Activities).

(b)

Compliance of alterations or modifications. Uses of the land that existed on the
effective date of this Division shall not be altered or modified so as to conflict with,
or further conflict with, these standards.

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(c) Evidence of compliance with standards. If requested by the Director or the Review
Authority, applicants shall provide evidence to the Director that the proposed
development is in compliance with the standards in this Division and other applicable
standards in this Development Code before the issuance of a Building Permit or
business license.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.01.030

Modification of Standards

(a) Modification by specific reference. The provisions of this Division shall prevail
should they conflict with the provisions of a land use zoning district or specific plan,
unless the land use zoning district or plan standard specifically overrides or modifies
the provisions of this Division by specific reference.
(b) Modification by establishment of overlay or approval of planned development or
variance. An overlay, approved Planned Development, or approved Variance may
modify the provisions of this Division.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.01.040

Air Quality
(a) Equipment permit and inspection requirements. Required permits shall be
obtained from either the Mojave Air Pollution Management District or the South
Coast Air Quality Management District depending on the location of the subject
property and equipment for equipment that may cause air pollution. Before the
equipment may be constructed, plans and specifications shall be submitted to the
appropriate District for approval

(b) Permits from Air Quality Management Districts. Permits shall be obtained from
either the Mojave Air Pollution Management District or the South Coast Air Quality
Management District depending on the location of the subject property and equipment.
If requested by the Director, uses, activities, or processes that require Air Quality
Management District approval to operate shall file a copy of the permit with the
Department within 30 days of its approval.
(c) Diesel Exhaust Emissions Control Measures. The following emissions control
measures shall apply to all discretionary land use projects approved by the County on
or after January 15, 2009:
(1) On-Road Diesel Vehicles. On-road diesel vehicles are regulated by the State of
California Air Resources Board.
(2) Off-Road Diesel Vehicle/Equipment Operations. All business establishments
and contractors that use off-road diesel vehicle/equipment as part of their normal
business operations shall adhere to the following measures during their
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operations in order to reduce diesel particulate matter emissions from dieselfueled engines:
(A) Off-road vehicles/equipment shall not be left idling on site for periods in
excess of five minutes. The idling limit does not apply to:
(I)

idling when queuing,

(II) idling to verify that the vehicle is in safe operating condition,
(III) idling for testing, servicing, repairing or diagnostic purposes,
(IV) idling necessary to accomplish work for which the vehicle was
designed (such as operating a crane),
(V) idling required to bring the machine system to operating temperature,
and
(VI) idling necessary to ensure safe operation of the vehicle.
(B) Use reformulated ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel in equipment and use
equipment certified by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
or that pre-dates EPA regulations.
(C) Maintain engines in good working order to reduce emissions.
(D) Signs shall be posted requiring vehicle drivers to turn off engines when
parked.
(E) Any requirements or standards subsequently adopted by the South Coast
Air Quality Management District, the Mojave Desert Air Quality
Management District or the California Air Resources Board.
(F) Provide temporary traffic control during all phases of construction.
(G) Onsite electrical power connections shall be provided for electric
construction tools to eliminate the need for diesel-powered electric
generators, where feasible.
(H) Maintain construction equipment engines in good working order to reduce
emissions. The developer shall have each contractor certify that all
construction equipment is properly serviced and maintained in good
operating condition.
(I)

Contractors shall use ultra low sulfur diesel fuel for stationary construction
equipment as required by Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Rules
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(J) Substitute electric and gasoline-powered equipment for diesel-powered
equipment, where feasible.
(3) Project Design. Distribution centers, warehouses, truck stops and other facilities
with loading docks where diesel trucks may reside overnight or for periods in
excess of three hours shall be designed to enable any vehicle using these facilities
to utilize on-site electrical connections to power the heating and air conditioning
of the cabs of such trucks, and any refrigeration unit(s) of any trailer being pulled
by the trucks, instead of operating the diesel engines and diesel refrigeration units
of such trucks and trailers for these purposes. This requirement shall also apply
to Recreational Vehicle Parks (as defined in Section 810.01.200(k) of this title)
and other development projects where diesel engines may reasonably be
expected to operate on other than an occasional basis.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4065 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4067 (2009)
83.01.050

Electrical Disturbances

No activity, land use, or process shall cause electrical disturbance that adversely affects persons
or the operation of equipment across lot lines and that does not conform to the regulations of the
Federal Communications Commission. Existing or proposed uses that generate electrical
disturbances that are be considered hazardous or a public nuisance shall be contained, modified,
or shielded to prevent disturbances.
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83.01

Fire Hazards

This Section establishes standards for storage of solid materials susceptible to fire hazards and
flammable liquids and gases where allowed in compliance with Division 2 (Land Use Zoning
Districts and Allowed Land Uses).
(a) Combustible solids. Land uses that include the storage of solid materials susceptible
to fire hazards shall be subject to the following storage standards in the indicated land
use zoning districts.
(1) Regional Industrial (IR) land use zoning district.
(A) Inside storage. A structure utilized for the storage, manufacture, or use of
flammable solid materials shall be located no less than 40 feet from any lot
line and any other on-site structures or shall adhere to standards specified in
Subsection 2, below.
(B) Outdoor storage. Outdoor storage of flammable solid materials shall be no
less than 50 feet from any lot line and any other on-site structures.
(2) All other manufacturing or industrial uses legally established within any
other land use zoning district. The storage, manufacture, or use of highly
flammable solid materials shall take place in enclosed spaces having fire
resistance of no less than two hours and protected with an automatic fire
extinguishing system.
(b) Flammable liquids and gases. Land uses that involve the storage of flammable
liquids and gases shall be subject to the following standards when established within
the land use zoning districts indicated.
(1) Setbacks. County Code Title 2, Division 3 (Fire Protection and Explosives and
Hazardous Materials) shall establish setback requirements for flammable liquids
and gases.
(2) Storage capacity. The total storage capacity of flammable liquids and gases on a
parcel shall not exceed the quantities indicated in Table 83-1 (Storage Standards
for Flammable Liquids and Gases).
Table 83-1
Storage Standards for Flammable Liquids and Gases
Stored
Substance

Land Use Zoning District

Maximum Capacity

SCF = Standard cubic feet at 60º F and 29.92” Hg (i.e., mercury)

Liquids

Regional Industrial District (IR)
120,000 gallons
All other manufacturing or industrial uses legally
established within any other land use zoning
60,000 gallons
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Table 83-1
Storage Standards for Flammable Liquids and Gases
Stored
Substance

Land Use Zoning District

Maximum Capacity

SCF = Standard cubic feet at 60º F and 29.92” Hg (i.e., mercury)

All manufacturing or industrial uses established
in any land zoning use district
Liquefied
Petroleum
Gas (LPG)

All commercial uses legally established in any
land use zoning district
All agricultural uses legally established in any
land use zoning district and aggregate total

Gases other
than
liquefied
petroleum
gas

Regional Industrial District (IR)

Per County Code
Title 2, Division 3
(Fire Protection and
Explosives and Hazardous
Materials)
15,000 gal/tank
20,000 gallons maximum
aggregate total
15,000 gal/tank and
aggregate total
300,000 SCF above ground
600,000 SCF below ground

All other manufacturing or industrial uses legally
150,000 SCF above ground
established within any other land use zoning
300,000 SCF below ground
district

(c) Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
(1) General requirements
(A) Agricultural, commercial, industrial, or manufacturing uses and land
use zoning districts. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage and
distribution facilities for agricultural, commercial, industrial, or
manufacturing uses shall be allowed subject to a Use Permit in compliance
with Division 2 (Land Use Zoning Districts and Allowed Land Uses). The
location, installation, operation, and maintenance of LPG storage and
distribution facilities shall be subject to:
(I)

The standards in this Subsection.

(II) The conditions, requirements, and standards imposed by the Review
Authority in compliance with this Chapter.
(B) Residential uses and land use zoning districts. County Code Title 2,
Division 3 (Fire Protection and Explosives and Hazardous Materials) shall
establish standards for residential uses and residential land use zoning
districts for LPG storage.
(C) Conflict between land use district and Use Permit requirements. In the
event of a conflict between the provisions of this Subsection 83.01.060(c)
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district, including the requirement for Use Permit, the provisions of this
Section shall prevail and control.
(2) Fire protection requirements for all parcels.
(A) Setbacks for LPG storage and distribution facilities from structures and
property lines shall be those specified by County Code Title 2, Division 3
(Fire Protection and Explosives and Hazardous Materials).
(B) LPG storage tanks shall be centrally located on the parcel to the satisfaction
of the Fire Department.
(3) Additional fire protection requirements for specific types of parcels. For
parcels that have no more than one occupied structure less than 5,000 square feet
in size and where the water system provides substandard flows per International
Standards Organization (ISO) standards for structure protection, additional fire
protection requirements shall be as follows:
(A) Where parcel size is 10 acres or more: Fire flow shall be calculated for
exposures only in compliance with County Code Title 2, Division 3 (Fire
Protection and Explosives and Hazardous Materials).
(B) Where parcel size is at least five acres but less than 10 acres:
(I)

A one hour approved protective coating shall be applied to the LPG
storage tank.

(II) Fire flow shall be calculated for exposures only, in compliance with
County Code Title 2, Division 3 (Fire Protection and Explosives and
Hazardous Materials).
(C) Where parcel size is at least two and one-half acres, but less than five
acres:
(I)

A two hour approved protective coating shall be applied to the tank.

(II) Fire flow shall be calculated for exposures only, in compliance with
County Code Title 2, Division 3 (Fire Protection and Explosives and
Hazardous Materials).
(4) Additional fire protection requirements for any parcel with adequate fire
flow available per ISO Standards:
(A) Fire hydrant(s) shall serve the parcel in compliance with County Code Title
2, Division 3 (Fire Protection and Explosives and Hazardous Materials).
(B) Fire flow shall provide for exposure protection (ISO Calculation) and LPG
storage tank protection/suppression.
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83.01

Sprinklers shall use calculations, as adopted by County Code Title 2,
Division 3 (Fire Protection and Explosives and Hazardous Materials).

(II) Hose lines shall use the formula: GPM = 5 times the square root of the
tank capacity.
(C) Additional protection.
(I)

Where the Fire Chief determines that water can be applied to the tank
or exposures by the Fire Department in required amounts in eight
minutes or less, no additional protection shall be required.

(II) Where the Fire Chief determines that water cannot be applied to the
tank or exposures by the Fire Department in required amounts in eight
minutes or less, one of the following protection measures shall be
required:
(i)

One hour approved protective coating shall be applied to the LPG
storage tank; or

(ii) A fixed spray water system shall be installed as approved by the
Fire Department.
(5) Additional fire protection requirements for any parcel not included in either
Subsections (C)(III) or (C)(IV), above:
(A) Either a one-hour or more protective coating shall be applied to the LPG
storage tank, as required by the Fire Department, or a fixed spray water
system shall be installed instead of coating the tank.
(B) Fire flow shall be calculated for exposure only, in compliance with the San
Bernardino Code Title 2, Division 3 (Fire Protection and Explosives and
Hazardous Materials).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.01.070

Heat

Land uses in industrial districts shall not emit heat that would cause a temperature increase on
any adjacent property in excess of 10 degrees Fahrenheit, whether the change is in the air, on the
ground, or in a structure.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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83.01

Noise

This Section establishes standards concerning acceptable noise levels for both noise-sensitive
land uses and for noise-generating land uses.
(a) Noise measurement. Noise shall be measured:
(1) At the property line of the nearest site that is occupied by, and/or zoned or
designated to allow the development of noise-sensitive land uses;
(2) With a sound level meter that meets the standards of the American National
Standards Institute (ANSI Section SI4 1979, Type 1 or Type 2);
(3) Using the "A" weighted sound pressure level scale in decibels (ref. pressure = 20
micronewtons per meter squared). The unit of measure shall be designated as
dB(A).
(b) Noise impacted areas. Areas within the County shall be designated as “noiseimpacted” if exposed to existing or projected future exterior noise levels from mobile
or stationary sources exceeding the standards listed in Subsection (d) (Noise standards
for stationary noise sources) and Subsection (e) (Noise standards for adjacent mobile
noise sources), below. New development of residential or other noise-sensitive land
uses shall not be allowed in noise-impacted areas unless effective mitigation measures
are incorporated into the project design to reduce noise levels to these standards.
Noise-sensitive land uses shall include residential uses, schools, hospitals, nursing
homes, religious institutions, libraries, and similar uses.
(c) Noise standards for stationary noise sources.
(1) Noise standards. Table 83-2 (Noise Standards for Stationary Noise Sources)
describes the noise standard for emanations from a stationary noise source, as it
affects adjacent properties:

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Table 83-2
Noise Standards for Stationary Noise Sources
Affected Land Uses
(Receiving Noise)

7 am-10 pm
Leq

10 pm-7 am
Leq

Residential

55 dB(A)

45 dB(A)

Professional Services

55 dB(A)

55 dB(A)

Other Commercial

60 dB(A)

60 dB(A)

Industrial

70 dB(A)

70 dB(A)

Leq = (Equivalent Energy Level). The sound level corresponding to a steady-state sound level containing the same total energy as a timevarying signal over a given sample period, typically 1, 8 or 24 hours.
dB(A) = (A-weighted Sound Pressure Level). The sound pressure level, in decibels, as measured on a sound level meter using the A-weighting
filter network. The A-weighting filter de-emphasizes the very low and very high frequency components of the sound, placing greater emphasis
on those frequencies within the sensitivity range of the human ear.
Ldn = (Day-Night Noise Level). The average equivalent A-weighted sound level during a 24-hour day obtained by adding 10 decibels to the
hourly noise levels measured during the night (from 10 pm to 7 am). In this way Ldn takes into account the lower tolerance of people for noise
during nighttime periods.

(2) Noise limit categories. No person shall operate or cause to be operated a source
of sound at a location or allow the creation of noise on property owned, leased,
occupied, or otherwise controlled by the person, which causes the noise level,
when measured on another property, either incorporated or unincorporated, to
exceed any one of the following:
(A) The noise standard for the receiving land use as specified in Subsection B
(Noise-impacted areas), above, for a cumulative period of more than 30
minutes in any hour.
(B) The noise standard plus 5 dB(A) for a cumulative period of more than 15
minutes in any hour.
(C) The noise standard plus 10 dB(A) for a cumulative period of more than five
minutes in any hour.
(D) The noise standard plus 15 dB(A) for a cumulative period of more than one
minute in any hour.
(E) The noise standard plus 20 dB(A) for any period of time.
(c) Noise standards for adjacent mobile noise sources. Noise from mobile sources may
affect adjacent properties adversely. When it does, the noise shall be mitigated for any
new development to a level that shall not exceed the standards described in the
following Table 83-3 (Noise Standards for Adjacent Mobile Noise Sources).

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Table 83-3
Noise Standards for Adjacent Mobile Noise Sources
Land Use

Ldn (or CNEL) dB(A)
Interior (1)
Exterior (2)

Categories

Uses

Residential

Single and multi-family, duplex, mobile homes

45

60 (3)

Hotel, motel, transient housing

45

60 (3)

Commercial retail, bank, restaurant

50

N/A

Office building, research and development,
professional offices

45

65

Amphitheater, concert hall, auditorium, movie
theater

45

N/A

Hospital, nursing home, school classroom,
religious institution, library
Park

45

65

N/A

65

Commercial

Institutional/Public
Open Space

Notes:
(1) The indoor environment shall exclude bathrooms, kitchens, toilets, closets and corridors.
(2) The outdoor environment shall be limited to:

Hospital/office building patios

Hotel and motel recreation areas

Mobile home parks

Multi-family private patios or balconies

Park picnic areas

Private yard of single-family dwellings

School playgrounds
(3) An exterior noise level of up to 65 dB(A) (or CNEL) shall be allowed provided exterior noise levels have been substantially mitigated
through a reasonable application of the best available noise reduction technology, and interior noise exposure does not exceed 45 dB(A)
(or CNEL) with windows and doors closed. Requiring that windows and doors remain closed to achieve an acceptable interior noise level
shall necessitate the use of air conditioning or mechanical ventilation.
CNEL = (Community Noise Equivalent Level). The average equivalent A-weighted sound level during a 24-hour day, obtained after addition of
approximately five decibels to sound levels in the evening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 10 decibels to sound levels in the night from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

(e) Increases in allowable noise levels. If the measured ambient level exceeds any of the
first four noise limit categories in Subsection (d)(2), above, the allowable noise
exposure standard shall be increased to reflect the ambient noise level. If the ambient
noise level exceeds the fifth noise limit category in Subsection (d)(2), above, the
maximum allowable noise level under this category shall be increased to reflect the
maximum ambient noise level.
(f)

Reductions in allowable noise levels. If the alleged offense consists entirely of
impact noise or simple tone noise, each of the noise levels in Table 83-2 (Noise
Standards for Stationary Noise Sources) shall be reduced by 5 dB(A).

(g) Exempt noise. The following sources of noise shall be exempt from the regulations of
this Section:
(1) Motor vehicles not under the control of the commercial or industrial use.
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(2) Emergency equipment, vehicles, and devices.
(3) Temporary construction, maintenance, repair, or demolition activities between
7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., except Sundays and Federal holidays.
(h) Noise standards for other structures. All other structures shall be sound attenuated
against the combined input of all present and projected exterior noise to not exceed the
criteria.
Table 83-4
Noise Standards for Other Structures
12-Hour Equivalent Sound
Level (Interior) in dBA Ldn

Typical Uses
Educational, institutions, libraries, meeting
facilities, etc.

45

General office, reception, etc.

50

Retail stores, restaurants, etc.

55

Other areas for manufacturing, assembly,
testing, warehousing, etc.

65

In addition, the average of the maximum levels on the loudest of intrusive sounds occurring
during a 24-hour period shall not exceed 65 dBA interior.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4245 (2014)

83.01.090

Vibration

(a) Vibration standard. No ground vibration shall be allowed that can be felt without the
aid of instruments at or beyond the lot line, nor shall any vibration be allowed which
produces a particle velocity greater than or equal to two-tenths (0.2) inches per second
measured at or beyond the lot line.
(b) Vibration measurement. Vibration velocity shall be measured with a seismograph or
other instrument capable of measuring and recording displacement and frequency,
particle velocity, or acceleration. Readings shall be made at points of maximum
vibration along any lot line next to a parcel within a residential, commercial and
industrial land use zoning district.
(c) Exempt vibrations. The following sources of vibration shall be exempt from the
regulations of this Section.
(1) Motor vehicles not under the control of the subject use.

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(2) Temporary construction, maintenance, repair, or demolition activities between
7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., except Sundays and Federal holidays.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.01.100

Waste Disposal

(a) Liquid waste disposal and runoff control. No liquids of any kind shall be discharged
into a public or private sewage or drainage system, watercourse, body of water, or into
the ground, except in compliance with applicable regulations of the County Code,
Title 23 (Waters) of the California Code of Regulations, the California Water Code,
and related Federal regulations.
(b) Hazardous waste. Refer to Chapter 84.11 (Hazardous Waste Facilities) for
regulations relative to hazardous waste facilities.
(c) Solid waste disposal. Refer to Chapter 84.24 (Solid Waste/Recyclable Materials
Storage) for regulations relative to solid waste disposal.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.01.110

External Commercial or Industrial Activity on Private Property.

There shall be no unpermitted external commercial or industrial activity on properties subject to
the County’s jurisdiction between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. that shall at any time impair the
quiet enjoyment of neighboring property owners or residents or in any manner disturb the public
peace.
Adopted Ordinance 4245 (2014)

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CHAPTER 83.02

83.02

GENERAL DEVELOPMENT AND USE STANDARDS

Sections:
83.02.010
83.02.020
83.02.030
83.02.040
83.02.050
83.02.060
83.02.070
83.02.080
83.02.010

Purpose
Applicability
Clear Sight Triangles
Height Measurement and Height Limit Exceptions
Parcel Area Measurements and Exceptions
Screening and Buffering
Setback Regulations and Exceptions
Allowed Projections into Setbacks
Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to ensure that all development produces an environment of stable
and desirable character that is harmonious with existing and future development, and protects the
use and enjoyment of neighboring properties, consistent with the General Plan.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.02.020

Applicability

The standards of this Chapter apply to all land use zoning districts. These standards shall be
considered in combination with the standards for each land use zoning district in Division 2
(Land Use Zoning Districts and Allowed Land Uses) and Division 4 (Standards for Specific
Land Uses). Where there may be a conflict, the standards specific to the land use zoning district
or specific land use shall override these general standards.
All structures, additions to structures, and uses shall conform to the standards of this Chapter as
determined applicable by the Director, except as identified in Chapter 84.17 (Nonconforming
Uses and Structures).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.02.030

Clear Sight Triangles

(a) View obstructions. Adequate visibility for vehicular and pedestrian traffic shall be
provided at clear sight triangles at all 90 degree angle intersections of public rights-ofway and private driveways.
(1) Prohibited. The following shall be prohibited within a clear sight triangle:
(A) Monument signs.
(B) Hedges or shrubbery.

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(2) Maximum height requirements. The following shall not be erected, placed,
planted, or allowed to grow over 30 inches in height above the nearest street curb
elevation within a clear sight triangle:
(A) Fences and walls.
(B) Signs.
(C) Structures.
(D) Mounds of earth.
(E) Other visual obstructions.
(3) Exceptions. The requirements for clear sight triangles shall not apply to
(A) Traffic safety devices.
(B) Trees trimmed to eight feet above the adjoining curb.
(C) Utility poles.
(D) Other government or utility installed/maintained devices allowed by this
Development Code.
(E) Freestanding sign when the lower edge of the sign face is at least eight feet
above grade and when there are no more than two posts or columns, each
with a maximum width or diameter of 12 inches, supporting the sign.
(b) Dimensions and location. Clear sight triangles are right triangles that shall be
measured as follows:
(1) The 90-degree angle is formed by the intersection of either:
(A) The intersection of the edges of two roadways as measured at the edge of
their ultimate planned right-of-way; or
(B) The intersection of the edge of a private driveway or alley and the edge of
the ultimate planned right-of-way of an intersecting roadway.
(2) The two 45-degree angles of a clear sight triangle shall each be located as
follows (See Figure 83-1):
(A) Roadway intersections. 30 feet from the roadway intersection.
(B) Private driveway or alleyway. 10 feet from the intersection.

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Figure 83-1
Clear Sight Triangles
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.02.040

Height Measurement and Height Limit Exceptions

All structures shall meet the standards in this Section relating to height, except for fences and
walls, which shall comply with Chapter 83.06 (Fences, Hedges, and Walls).
(a) Maximum height allowed. The height of buildings/structures shall not exceed the
standards established by the applicable land use zoning district, except as otherwise
provided in this Section.
(b) Height measurement. Height shall be measured as the vertical distance above a
referenced datum measured to the highest point of the coping of a flat roof or to the
deck line of mansard roof or to the average height of the highest gable of a pitched or
hipped roof or the highest part of a structure. The reference datum shall be selected by
either of the following, whichever yields a greater height of building:

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(1) The elevation of the highest adjoining sidewalk or ground surface within a fivefoot horizontal distance of the exterior wall of the building when the sidewalk or
ground surface is not more than 10 feet above lowest grade.
(2) An elevation 10 feet higher than the lowest grade when the sidewalk or ground
surface described in Subsection 1 above is more than 10 feet about lowest grade.
(c) Allowed building/structure height increases. The maximum building/structure
height development standards established by Division 2 (Land Use Zoning Districts
and Allowed Land Uses) may be increased as specified by this Section, provided the
increase shall not conflict with airport safety regulations or conditions of an approved
Conditional Use Permit.
(1) Institutional structures. Institutional structures in land use zoning districts that
impose a height limitation of 35 feet or less may exceed the 35 foot height limit
by up to 25 feet when the required front, side, and rear setbacks are increased an
additional one foot in excess of minimum requirements for each four feet in
height above 35 feet.
(2) Miscellaneous structures. The maximum structure height specified in a land use
zoning district may be exceeded by no more than 50 percent for the following
structures, except that a lower maximum height may be specified in the
conditions of an approved Conditional Use Permit:
(A) Barns, silos, grain elevators, and other farm structures in Rural Resource
Conservation (RC), Agricultural (AG), or Rural Living (RL) land use
zoning districts.
(B) Birdhouses.
(C) Architectural features of religious institutions.
(D) Cooling towers, smokestacks or other structures that are required by
allowed industrial processes in industrial land use zoning districts.
(E) Cupolas, domes, skylights, and gables.
(F) Elevator housings.
(G) Fire and hose towers.
(H) Fire or parapet walls.
(I)

Flag poles.

(J)

Mechanical equipment and its screening to include roof-mounted wireless
telecommunications support facilities.

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(K) Monuments.
(L) Noncommercial antennae up to 65 feet in residential land use zoning
districts.
(M) Observation and carillon towers.
(N) Ornamental towers and spheres.
(O) Radio and television station towers.
(P) Residential chimneys, flues, smokestacks, and enclosures.
(Q) Solar energy collectors in the RS (Single Residential) and RM (Multiple
Residential) land use zoning districts. In other land use zoning districts,
these structures shall be allowed up to 65 feet. These structures shall be set
back from all property lines and habitable structures at least 100 percent of
the height of the structure. For noncommercial windmills, refer to Chapter
84.26 (Wind Energy Systems). Small solar collectors (less than three feet
by three feet) are exempt from this requirement to be setback from property
lines.
(R) Stairway housing.
(S) Water tanks and water towers.
(T) Distribution and transmission cables and towers.
(U) Other roof structures and mechanical equipment similar to those listed
above.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4098 (2010);
Amended Ordinance 4245 (2014)

83.02.050

Parcel Area Measurements and Exceptions

(a) Purpose. The purpose of this Section is to provide regulations for parcel area
standards required by this Development Code. The intent is to clarify the
circumstances in which exceptions to the standards may be allowed and to provide
uniform methods of calculating parcel areas and measuring parcel dimensions.
(b) Applicability. Except as provided in this Chapter, all parcels of land shall conform to
the parcel area standards in Division 2 (Land Use Zoning Districts and Allowed Land
Uses) for the land use zoning districts in which the parcels are located.
(c) Allowed substandard parcels. A legally created parcel having an area, width, or
depth less than that required by an applicable standard provided in Division 2 (Land
Use Zoning Districts and Allowed Land Uses) may be used or built upon, provided the
development otherwise conforms to the requirements of this Development Code.
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(d) Exceptions to parcel area requirements.
(1) Parcel area reduction as a result of government action for public purpose.
Where a parcel area or setback width or depth has been reduced by a government
agency to not more than 25 percent below the minimum requirements identified
in Division 2 (Land Use Zoning Districts and Allowed Land Uses), by
condemnation, acquisition or dedication for a road, drain, or other public
purpose, including any dedication as a result of a redistricting, Variance or
Conditional Use Permit, the parcel area existing before reduction shall be what
counts for meeting the requirements of this Development Code.
(2) Preservation of historic structures. Parcels to be used for the preservation of
historic structures or land uses may have less than the minimum parcel area
required for the land use zoning district where located, provided that:
(A) The parcel’s structure and/or use have been or may be deemed historic by
an incorporated, nonprofit historic preservation organization.
(B) The site shall not be used for human habitation nor generate sewage effluent
unless it is:
(I)

Served by common sewage facilities; or

(II) Contains at least 40,000 square feet and the facilities meet the approval
of the Environmental Health Services Division.
(C) The parcel owner shall grant an easement in perpetuity to the County or
other governmental body empowered to accept the easement, restricting
further development of the site to historic preservation purposes.
(3) Subdivision in compliance with Conditional Use Permit. The subdivision of
multi-family dwellings and mobile home parks in compliance with the conditions
of an approved Conditional Use Permit shall not be held to the minimum parcel
area requirements of the applicable land use zoning district.
(4) Subdivision where topographical constraints or created by aliquot part.
Metes and bounds subdivisions may have actual parcel areas that are 10 percent
less than those required by the applicable land use zoning district, where the
parcels either:
(A) Have topographical constraints; or
(B) Are created by aliquot part division (i.e., using a “proper divisor”, which is
any divisor of a given number other than the number itself).
(e) Parcel area calculations. The minimum parcel area requirements identified in
Division 2 (Land Use Zoning Districts and Allowed Land Uses) shall be calculated as
follows:

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(1) Urban Areas. The area of parcels within the following urban land use zoning
districts shall be that area included within the perimeter of the legal boundaries of
the subject property, exclusive of any area within abutting planned rights-of-way
(net area): Single Residential (RS) where lands are designated for lots smaller than
one acre as measured herein, Multiple Residential (RM), Special Development
(SD) and all commercial, industrial and institutional land use zoning districts.
(2) Rural Areas. The area of parcels within the following rural land use zoning shall
be that area included within the perimeter of the legal boundaries of the subject
property inclusive of that area within the planned rights-of-way up to the
centerline, not to exceed 60 feet from the legal boundary of the lot (gross area):
Resource Conservation (RC), Agriculture (AG), Rural Living (RL), Floodway
(FW) and Open Space (OS). Within the RS-1 (Single Residential-one acre
minimum lot size) Land Use Zoning District, parcels shall be measured based on
gross area as defined herein, provided that when any one acre lot is created within
an area not served by a municipal water and sewer system, each lot shall be
configured so as to meet applicable requirements for an individual well and septic
system.
(3) Parcels that abut alleys. In computing the area of a parcel that abuts upon one
or more alleys, one-half the width of the alley(s) may be assumed to be a portion
of the parcel.
(4) Rounding. In computing lot area requirements for the resultant parcels in a
subdivision, the total lot area shall be rounded to the nearest tenth of an acre using
the normal rounding convention (e.g., 2.45 acres shall be rounded to 2.5, 9.94 acres
shall be rounded to 9.9 acres).
(f)

Measurement of parcel dimensions. All required parcel dimensions shall be
measured in compliance with the definitions contained in Division 10 (Definitions).

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.02.060

Screening and Buffering

This Section provides standards for the screening and buffering of adjoining land uses,
equipment, and outdoor storage areas, and surface parking areas. Multi-family and nonresidential
land uses shall comply with the requirements of this Section.
(a) Screening between different land uses.
(1) An opaque screen consisting of plant material, a minimum of ten feet in width,
and a solid masonry wall, a minimum of 6 feet in height, shall be installed along
parcel boundaries whenever a commercial, institutional or industrial development
adjoins a residential land use zoning district.
(2) The maximum height of walls shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 83.06
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(3) The walls shall be architecturally treated or landscaped on both sides to avoid the
appearance of unfinished precision block, subject to the approval of the Director.
(4) Minimum sizes of plant materials shall conform to the requirements in
Subsection 83.10.070 (d) (Landscape Standards
Minimum sizes of plant
materials).

Figure 83-2
Screening and Buffering
(b) Mechanical equipment, loading docks, and refuse areas.
(1) Roof or ground mounted mechanical equipment (e.g., air conditioning, heating,
ventilation ducts and exhaust, etc.), loading docks, refuse storage areas, and
utility services shall be screened from public view from adjoining public streets
and rights-of-way and surrounding area(s) zoned for residential or open space
uses.
(2) The method of screening shall be architecturally compatible with other on-site
development in terms of colors, materials, and architectural style.
(3) Landscaping shall be installed adjacent to the walls at the discretion of the
Director.
(c) Outdoor storage areas.
(1) The use of outdoor areas for storage purposes shall be subject to the following
standards:

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(A) Outside storage areas shall be screened with a solid sight-obscuring wall not
less than six feet nor more than eight feet in height, of a type and design
approved by the Director. The wall shall include sight-obscuring gates. The
wall and gate(s) shall be continuously maintained in good repair; and
(B) Stored materials shall be kept below the level of the fence or other
screening mechanism.
(C) Site operations in conjunction with outdoor storage, including the loading
and unloading of materials and equipment, shall be conducted entirely
within a walled area.
(D) Exterior storage shall comply with Title 3 (Health and Sanitation and
Animal Regulations) of the County Code.
(2) Incidental outdoor storage shall be allowed, subject to the above standards.
Outdoor storage categorized as a primary land use shall be subject to the
applicable permitting requirements identified in Division 2 (Land Use Zoning
Districts and Allowed Land Uses) and the above standards.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4085 (2009)

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83.02

Setback Regulations and Exceptions

This Section establishes standards to ensure the provision of open areas around structures for
visibility and traffic safety; access to and around structures; access to natural light and
ventilation; separation of incompatible land uses; and space for privacy, landscaping, and
recreation.

Figure 83-3
Location and Measurement of Setbacks
(a) General setback requirements.
(1) Structures. Each structure shall comply with the setback requirements
established for each land use zoning district in Division 2 (Land Use Zoning
Districts and Allowed Land Uses) and established for specific uses in Division 4
(Standards for Specific Land Uses) and elsewhere in this Development Code.
(2) Setback areas or open space areas.
(A) Setback areas or open space around an existing or proposed structure shall
not be considered as providing setback areas or open space for any other
structure.
(B) Setback areas or open space on an adjoining parcel shall not be considered
as providing setback areas or open space for a parcel on which a structure is
proposed to be erected.

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(3) Rights-of-way and easements.
(A) Future right-of-way. If any future right of way line has been established by
an ordinance, specific plan, or similar document, the measurement of the
setback shall be made from the future right-of-way or future property line.
(B) Street setbacks. Street setbacks shall provide a minimum half width of 30
feet for a right-of-way in the Valley or Desert Regions and 20 feet for a
right-of-way in the Mountain Region unless otherwise specified by an
ordinance, specific plan, or similar document.
(C) Private road easements. The minimum front, side, and rear setbacks from
private road easements shall be 15 feet in the Mountain Region and 25 feet
in the Valley and Desert Regions from the recognized easement line. This
rear setback requirement shall apply only when the easement is used to
access two or more parcels.
(4) Front setbacks.
(A) Front setback lines shall be established so that, wherever possible, the yard
width at the setback line is at least the minimum width specified by the
applicable land use zoning district, unless otherwise allowed by this
Development Code.
(B) On through lots, front setbacks shall be provided on all street frontages.
(5) Street side setbacks for corner parcels. Side yards on the street sides of corner
parcels shall require the same setback as front yards unless otherwise specified
within the provisions of a land use zoning district, ordinance, specific plan or
similar regulation.
(b) Exemptions from setback requirements.
(1) The minimum setback requirements of this Development Code shall apply to all
uses except for the following:
(A) Fences or walls constructed within the height limitations of Chapter 83.06
(Fences, Hedges, and Walls).
(B) Retaining walls less than three feet in height above finished grade not to
exceed four such walls within the setback.

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(2) Street setback lines, as delineated on all Final Maps, Parcel Maps and Records of
Survey maps recorded in the County between March 1, 1948 and January 1,
1987, or on Composite Development Plans on file with the Division of Building
and Safety shall be the street and yard setback distances required on the property
within the Final Maps, Parcel Maps, Records of Survey or Composite
Development Plans, unless additional road dedication is required as a condition
of development. When additional road dedication is required, or in the case of
Final Maps, Parcel Maps and Records of Survey maps recorded prior to March 1,
1948, the greater setback distance of either the property development standards
in the applicable land use zoning district based on the ultimate right of way width
or the setback distance as shown on the approved map shall prevail.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Development Code, any request to
modify or deviate from a building setback line designated on a recorded map or
final map shall be made in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 85.17
(Variances).
(c) Measurement of setbacks. Setbacks shall be measured as follows:
(1) Front setbacks. The front yard setback shall be measured at right angles from
the nearest point on the front property line of the parcel to the nearest point of the
structure envelope, except for corner parcels. Refer to Subsection
810.01.014(oo)(1) for the definition of front lot line.
(2) Side setbacks.
(A) The side yard setback shall be measured at right angles from the nearest
point on the side property line of the parcel to the nearest line of the
structure envelope, establishing a setback line parallel with the side property
line that extends between the front and rear yards.
(B) For the purposes of calculating side setbacks, the following dwellings with
common party walls shall be considered as one structure occupying one
parcel:
(I)

Semi detached two and four family dwellings.

(II) Row dwellings.

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(III) Group dwellings.
(IV) Court apartments.
(3) Street side yard setbacks. The side yard setback on the street side of a corner
parcel shall be measured from the nearest point of the side property line
adjoining the street.
(4) Rear yard setbacks.
(A) The rear yard setback shall be measured at right angles from the nearest
point on the rear property line of the parcel to the nearest line of the
structure envelope, establishing a setback line parallel with the rear property
line that extends between the side yards, except:
(I)

If an access easement or street right-of-way line extends into or
through a rear yard, the measurement shall be taken from the nearest
point of the access easement or right-of-way line; and

(II) When the side property lines converge to a point at the rear of the
parcel, or to a rear property line narrower than 10 feet, for setback
purposes the rear property line shall be considered to be a line parallel
to the front property line measuring 10 feet between the two side
property lines. The rear yard depth shall be measured from the 10-foot
line to the nearest part of the primary structure on the parcel.
(B) In computing the depth of a rear setback where the yard opens into an alley,
one half the width of the alley may be assumed to be a portion of the
required rear setback.

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Figure 83-4
Rear Setbacks on Irregularly Shaped Parcels
(d) Allowed projections into setbacks. See Section 83.02.080 (Allowed Projections into
Setbacks).
(e) Construction across property lines prohibited. A structure shall not be constructed
across the property line(s) of two or more contiguous parcels. If the placement of a
proposed structure would otherwise cross the property line of two or more contiguous
parcels held by the same owner, before the issuance of a Building Permit, the property
owner shall apply for and receive an approved voluntary lot merger, lot line
adjustment, or parcel map to move or eliminate the property line in question. The lot
line adjustment process may be used if the parcels will still meet the development
standards of the land use zoning district in which the parcels are located.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.02.080

Allowed Projections/Structures Within Setbacks

This Section provides standards for allowed projections into required setbacks. Nothing in this
Section is intended to prevent the construction of an allowed primary or accessory structure
within the building envelope that is in the parcel area not included in any required setback area.

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(a) Open and unobstructed. Each setback area shall be open and unobstructed from
finished grade, or other specified level at which the setback area is required, to the sky
except as provided in Table 83-5 (Allowed Projections/Structures Within Setbacks).
(b) Projections attached to primary structure. The architectural projections identified
in the table shall be attached to the primary structure allowed on the parcel.
(c) Required clear areas. The projections listed in Table 83-5 (Allowed
Projections/Structures Within Setbacks) may not, in any event, encroach on or into the
following:
(1) The Clear Sight Triangle required at traffic intersections.
(2) Within three feet of any parcel line, dividing parcels not in common ownership,
except as noted in the Table.
(3) Within five feet of any side or rear property line in a Fire Safety Overlay District
or as allowed in Subsection 82.13.060(c).
(d) Table 83-5 (Allowed Projections into Setbacks). Table 83-5 (Allowed Projections/
Structures Within Setbacks) lists the equipment and architectural features typically
related to a structure that may extend into front, side, and rear yard setbacks.

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Table 83-5
Allowed Projections/Structures Within Setbacks
Projections

Front and Street Side
Setbacks

Interior Side
Setbacks

Rear Setbacks

Awnings, canopies, louvers and similar shading
devices

4 ft.

2 ft.

4 ft.

Eaves, cornices, sills, planting boxes; skylights,
fireplaces, flues and chimneys, small satellite dishes
(less than 4’ in diameter) that are mounted on the
roof, and similar architectural features

4 ft.

2 ft.

4 ft.

4 ft.
When screened from
view

2 ft.

4 ft.

Water tanks, propane tanks sited per California Fire
Code and maintained in compliance with standards
specified by Section 83.01.060 (Fire Hazards)

Not allowed

Not allowed

4 ft.

Propane tanks in Mountain Region only when sited
per California Fire Code and maintained in
compliance with standards specified by Section
83.01.060 (Fire Hazards)

Allowed
When screened from
view

Not allowed

4 ft.

Not allowed

10 ft.
Minimum 5 ft.
separation from
rear parcel line

Evaporative coolers, air conditioner compressors,
and pool equipment

Large freestanding photovoltaic or solar panels (9 sq.
ft. or greater)

Not allowed

Attached patio roofs and similar residential
structures having open, unwalled sides along not less
than 50% of their perimeters, including top deck
(decks with height greater than 4 ft. above grade)

4 ft.

Not allowed

15 ft.
Minimum 5 ft.
separation from
rear parcel line

Cantilevered portion of primary structure more than
8 ft. above grade limited to 50% of length of one
wall on any 1 story

4 ft.

4 ft.

4 ft.

Open-sided stairways, landings, and required fire escapes

5 ft.

4 ft.

10 ft.

Uncovered porches, platforms, or decks (up to 4 ft.
in height)

4 ft.

4 ft.

10 ft.

Open storage of boats, recreational vehicles, trailers
and similar vehicles

Not Allowed

Allowed

Allowed

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Table 83-5
Allowed Projections/Structures Within Setbacks
Projections

Front and Street Side
Setbacks

Interior Side
Setbacks

Rear Setbacks

Temporary trash storage in appropriate containers

Not Allowed

Allowed

Allowed

Slides, clotheslines and similar equipment

Not allowed

Not allowed

Allowed

Radio or television masts or antennas, large satellite
dishes (4 ft. or greater in diameter)

Not allowed

Not allowed

Allowed

Not allowed

Not allowed

Allowed

Allowed for garages
and carports only, but
must maintain a 3 ft.
setback from road
right-of-way.
10 ft. minimum from
existing edge of
roadway pavement.
Other structures not
allowed.

Not allowed

Allowed for
detached
accessory
structures only

As specified by the
Chapter 83.11
(Parking Regulations)

Allowed

Allowed

Garages, carports, sheds and other similar
uninhabitable detached, enclosed accessory
structures in the Valley and Desert Region that:
 Occupy no more than 25% of yard
 Limited to 1 story in height

Garages carports, sheds and other similar,
uninhabitable enclosed accessory structures in
Mountain Region only that:
 Limited to 1 story in height
 Meet Administrative Criteria of Building
Official
 Occupy no more than 25% of rear yard
 Adhere to 20% sideyard setback for front and
rear property lines

Unroofed parking, parking decks, and loading areas

Covered, underground or partially excavated
structures (e.g., basements, fallout shelters, garages,
public utility or telephone/cable TV vaults, wine
cellars, etc.)

Allowed in all setback areas, provided that the facilities do
not extend more than 30 inches above the adjoining average
finished grade level.

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Table 83-5
Allowed Projections/Structures Within Setbacks (continued)
Projections

Fences, screening, safety guardrails, walls
along property lines




Industrial land use zoning districts
Commercial land use zoning
districts
All other land use zoning districts.

Front and Street Side
Setbacks

Interior Side Setbacks

Rear Setbacks

Allowed in compliance with Section 83.06.030 (General Height
Limitations).
6 ft. max. height

10 ft. max height

10 ft. max. height

4 ft. max. height

10 ft. max height

10 ft. max height

4 ft. max. height
6 ft. max. height
6 ft. max. height
---------------------------------------------------------------------Fence heights in excess of these standards may be allowed by an
approved Use Permit, Variance, Tract or Parcel Map or when
required by the County for reasons of the health and safety of the
general public. In the RC and RL land use zoning districts, open
fences may go up to a maximum of 5 feet in the front yard and street
side yards.





Flagpoles
Sculpture and similar decorations
Trees(1), shrubs(1), and landscaping with
a screening effect
 Utility poles and lines located along
property lines no closer than 1 foot
from side property line (this includes
small solar panels that are less than 9
sq. ft.)
 Walkways(2)
 Unroofed paving and driveways
outside the ultimate road right-of-way.
Unroofed paving and driveways within
the ultimate road right-of-way shall be
a minimum of 3 feet from the side
property line(1)
Signs
Swimming pools and spas no closer than 5
ft. to any property line

Allowed

Allowed

Allowed

Allowed in all setback areas
subject to Chapter 83.13 (Signs)
Not allowed

Not allowed

Allowed

(1)

Trees and shrubs shall be planted so that at maturity they shall not interfere with a driver’s or
pedestrian’s view of public rights-of–way (e.g. the view of approaching, merging, or
intersecting traffic, etc.) or otherwise impair public safety, or interfere with the safe operation
of a motor vehicle on public streets.

(2)

Walkways necessary for access to the building, parking areas and driveways may be
supported on masonry construction in the Mountain Region.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4057 (2007);
Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4085 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4245 (2014)

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CHAPTER 83.03

83.03

AFFORDABLE HOUSING INCENTIVES - DENSITY BONUS

Sections:
83.03.010
83.03.020
83.03.030
83.03.040
83.03.050
83.03.060
83.03.070
83.03.080
83.03.090
83.03.100
83.03.110
83.03.120
83.03.010

Purpose
Eligibility for Bonus, Incentives, or Concessions
Allowed Density Bonuses
Allowed Incentives or Concessions
Parking Requirements in Density Bonus Projects
Bonus and Incentives for Housing with Child Care Facilities
Continued Availability
Location and Type of Designated Units
Processing of Bonus Requests
Density Bonus Agreement
Control of Resale
Judicial Relief, Waiver of Standards
Purpose

As required by Government Code Section 65915, this Chapter offers density bonuses, and
incentives or concessions for the development of housing that is affordable to the types of
households and qualifying residents identified in Section 83.03.020 (Eligibility for Bonus,
Incentives, or Concessions), below. This Chapter is intended to implement the requirements of
Government Code Section 65915 et seq. and the Housing Element of the General Plan.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.03.020

Eligibility for Bonus, Incentives, or Concessions

In order to be eligible for a density bonus and other incentives or concessions as provided by this
Chapter, a proposed housing development shall comply with the following requirements and
shall satisfy all other applicable provisions of this Development Code, except as provided by
Section 83.03.040 (Allowed Incentives or Concessions).
(a) Resident requirements. A housing development proposed to qualify for a density
bonus shall be designed and constructed so that it includes at least any one of the
following:
(1) Ten percent of the total number of proposed units are for lower income
households, as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 50079.5;
(2) Five percent of the total number of proposed units are for very low income
households, as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 50105;

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(3) The project is a senior citizen housing development as defined in Civil Code
Sections 51.3 and 51.12, or is a mobile home park that limits residency based on
age requirements for housing older persons in compliance with Civil Code
Sections 798.76 or 799.5; or
(4) Ten percent of the total dwelling units in a common interest development as
defined in Civil Code Section 1351 are for persons and families of moderate
income, as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 50093, provided that all
units in the development are offered to the public for purchase.
(b) Applicant selection of basis for bonus. For purposes of calculating the amount of the
density bonus in compliance with Section 83.03.030 (Allowed Density Bonuses),
below, the applicant who requests a density bonus shall elect whether the bonus shall
be awarded on the basis of Subsections (a)(1), (2), (3), or (4), above.
(c) Bonus units shall not qualify a project. A density bonus granted in compliance with
Section 83.03.030 (Allowed Density Bonuses), below, shall not be included when
determining the number of housing units that is equal to the percentages required by
Subsection (a), above.
(d) Minimum project size to qualify for density bonus. The density bonus provided by
this Chapter shall be available only to a housing development of five or more dwelling
units.
(e) Condominium conversion projects. A condominium conversion project for which a
density bonus is requested shall comply with the eligibility and other requirements in
Government Code Section 65915.5.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.03.030

Allowed Density Bonuses

The Board shall determine the amount of a density bonus allowed in a housing development in
compliance with this Section. For the purposes of this Chapter, "density bonus" means a density
increase over the otherwise maximum allowable residential density under the applicable Land
Use Plan designation and land use zoning district as of the date of application by the applicant to
the County.
(a) Density bonus. A housing development that complies with the eligibility
requirements in Subsections 83.03.020(a)(1), (2), (3), or (4) shall be entitled to density
bonuses as follows, unless a lesser percentage is proposed by the applicant.
(1) Bonus for units for lower income households. A housing development that is
eligible for a bonus in compliance with the criteria in Section 83.03.020(a)(1) (10
percent of units for lower income households) shall be entitled to a density bonus
calculated as follows:

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Percentage of LowIncome
Units Proposed

Percentage of Density
Bonus

10
11
12
13
14
15
17
18
19
20

20
21.5
23
24.5
26
27.5
30.5
32
33.5
35

(2) Bonus for units for very low-income households. A housing development that
is eligible for a bonus in compliance with the criteria in Section 83.03.020(a)(2)
(five percent of units for very low-income households) shall be entitled to a
density bonus calculated as follows:

Percentage of Very
Low-Income
Units Proposed

Percentage of Density
Bonus

5
6
7
8
9
10
11

20
22.5
25
27.5
30
32.5
35

(3) Bonus for senior citizen development. A housing development that is eligible
for a bonus in compliance with the criteria in Section 83.03.020(a)(3) (senior
citizen development or mobile home park) shall be entitled to a density bonus of
20 percent.
(4) Bonus for moderate-income units in common interest development. A
housing development that is eligible for a bonus in compliance with the criteria
in Section 83.03.020(a)(4) (10 percent of units in a common interest development
for persons and families of moderate income) shall be entitled to a density bonus
calculated as follows:

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Percentage of
Moderate-Income
Units Proposed

Percentage of Density
Bonus

10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40

5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35

(5) Density bonus for land donation. When an applicant for a Final Map, Parcel
Map, or other residential development approval donates land to the County in
compliance with this Subsection, the applicant shall be entitled to a density bonus
for the entire development, as follows; provided that nothing in this Subsection
shall be construed to affect the authority of the County to require a developer to
donate land as a condition of development.
(A) Basic bonus. The applicant shall be entitled to a 15 percent increase above
the otherwise maximum allowable residential density under the applicable
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Land Use Plan designation and land use zoning district for the entire
development, and an additional increase as follows.
Percentage of Very
Low-Income
Units Proposed

Percentage of Density
Bonus

10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30

15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35

(B) Increased bonus. The increase identified in the table above shall be in
addition to any increase in density required by Subsections (a)(1) through
(a)(4), up to a maximum combined mandated density increase of 35 percent
if an applicant seeks both the increase required in compliance with this
Subsection (a)(5), as well as the bonuses provided by Subsections (a)(1)
through (a)(4).
(C) Eligibility for increased bonus. An applicant shall be eligible for the
increased density bonus provided by this Subsection if all of the following
conditions are met:
(I)

The applicant donates and transfers the land no later than the date of
approval of the Final Map, Parcel Map, or residential development
application.

(II) The developable acreage and zoning classification of the land being
transferred are sufficient to permit construction of units affordable to
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very low income households in an amount not less than 10 percent of
the number of residential units of the proposed development.
(III) The transferred land is at least one acre in size, or of sufficient size to
permit development of at least 40 units; has the appropriate Land Use
Plan designation; is appropriately zoned for development as affordable
housing; and is or will be served by adequate public facilities and
infrastructure. The land shall have appropriate zoning and
development standards to make the development of the affordable
units feasible.
(IV) No later than the date of approval of the Final Map, Parcel Map, or of
the residential development, the transferred land shall have all of the
permits and approvals, other than Building Permits, necessary for the
development of the very low income housing units on the transferred
land, except that the County may subject the proposed development to
subsequent design review to the extent authorized by Government
Code Section 65583.2(i) if the design is not reviewed by the County
before the time of transfer.
(V) The transferred land and the affordable units shall be subject to a deed
restriction ensuring continued affordability of the units consistent with
Section 83.03.070 (Continued Availability), which shall be recorded
on the property at the time of dedication.
(VI) The land is transferred to the County or to a housing developer
approved by the County. The County may require the applicant to
identify and transfer the land to the approved housing developer.
(VII) The transferred land shall be within the boundary of the proposed
development or, if the County agrees, within one-quarter mile of the
boundary of the proposed development.
(b) Greater or lesser bonuses. The County may choose to grant a density bonus greater
than provided by this Section for a development that meets the requirements of this
Section, or grant a proportionately lower density bonus than required by this Section
for a development that does not comply with the requirements of this Section.
(c) Density bonus calculations. The calculation of a density bonus in compliance with
this Section that results in fractional units shall be rounded up to the next whole
number, as required by State law. For the purpose of calculating a density bonus, the
residential units do not have to be based upon individual subdivision maps or parcels.
(d) Requirements for amendments or discretionary approval. The granting of a
density bonus shall not be interpreted, in and of itself, to require a General Plan
amendment, Land Use Plan amendment, or other discretionary approval.

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(e) Location of bonus units. The developer may locate density bonus units in the housing
project in other than the areas where the units for the lower income households are
located.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.03.040

Allowed Incentives or Concessions

(a) Applicant request and County approval.
(1) An applicant for a density bonus in compliance with this Chapter may submit to
the County a proposal for the specific incentives or concessions listed in
Subsection (c) (Type of incentives), below, that the applicant requests in
compliance with this Section, and may request a meeting with the Director. The
applicant may file a request either before filing an application for County
approval of a proposed project or concurrently with an application for project
approval. The Board shall grant an incentive or concession request that complies
with this Section unless the Board makes either of the following findings in
writing, based upon substantial evidence:
(A) The incentive or concession is not required to provide for affordable
housing costs, as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 50052.5, or for
rents for the targeted units to be set as specified in Section 83.03.070(b)
(Unit cost requirements); or
(B) The incentive or concession would have a specific adverse impact, as
defined in Government Code Section 65589.5(d)(2), upon public health and
safety or the physical environment, or on any real property listed in the
California Register of Historical Resources and for which there is no
feasible method to satisfactorily mitigate or avoid the specific adverse
impact without rendering the development unaffordable to low- and
moderate-income households.
(2) The applicant shall show that a waiver or modification of development standards
is necessary to make the housing units economically feasible.
(b) Number of incentives. The applicant shall receive the following number of incentives
or concessions.
(1) One incentive or concession. One incentive or concession for a project that
includes at least 10 percent of the total units for lower income households, at
least five percent for very low income households, or at least 10 percent for
persons and families of moderate income in a common interest development.

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(2) Two incentives or concessions. Two incentives or concessions for a project that
includes at least 20 percent of the total units for lower income households, at
least 10 percent for very low income households, or at least 20 percent for
persons and families of moderate income in a common interest development.
(3) Three incentives or concessions. Three incentives or concessions for a project
that includes at least 30 percent of the total units for lower income households, at
least 15 percent for very low income households, or at least 30 percent for
persons and families of moderate income in a common interest development.
(c) Type of incentives. For the purposes of this Chapter, concession or incentive means
any of the following:
(1) A reduction in the site development standards of this Development Code (e.g.,
site coverage limitations, setbacks, reduced parcel sizes, and/or parking
requirements (see also Section 83.03.050 [Parking Requirements in Density
Bonus Projects]), or a modification of architectural design requirements that
exceed the minimum building standards approved by the California Building
Standards Commission in compliance with Health and Safety Code Section
18901 et seq., that would otherwise be required, that results in identifiable,
financially sufficient, and actual cost reductions;
(2) Approval of mixed-use land uses not otherwise allowed by this Development
Code in conjunction with the housing development, if nonresidential land uses
will reduce the cost of the housing development, and the nonresidential land uses
are compatible with the housing project and the existing or planned development
in the area where the project will be located;
(3) Other regulatory incentives proposed by the applicant or the County that will
result in identifiable, financially sufficient, and actual cost reductions; and/or
(4) In its sole and absolute discretion, a direct financial contribution granted by the
Board, including writing-down land costs, subsidizing the cost of construction, or
participating in the cost of infrastructure.
(d) Effect of incentive or concession. The granting of a concession or incentive shall not
be interpreted, in and of itself, to require a General Plan amendment, Land Use Plan
amendment, or other discretionary approval.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.03.050

Parking Requirements in Density Bonus Projects

(a) Applicability. This Section applies to a development that meets the requirements of
Section 83.03.020 (Eligibility for Density Bonus, Incentives, and Concessions), above,
but only at the request of the applicant. An applicant may request additional parking
incentives or concessions beyond those provided in this Section in compliance with
Section 83.03.040 (Allowed Concessions and Incentives), above.
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(b) Number of parking spaces required.
(1) At the request of the applicant, the County shall require the following vehicular
parking ratios for a project that complies with the requirements of Section
83.03.020 (Eligibility for Density Bonus, Incentives, and Concessions), above,
inclusive of parking for the disabled and guest parking.
(A) Zero to one bedroom: One on-site parking space.
(B) Two to three bedrooms: Two on-site parking spaces.
(C) Four and more bedrooms: Two and one-half on-site parking spaces.
(2) If the total number of parking spaces required for a development is other than a
whole number, the number shall be rounded up to the next whole number.
(c) Location of parking. For purposes of this Section, a development may provide onsite parking through uncovered parking, but not through on-street parking.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.03.060

Bonus and Incentives for Housing with Child Care Facilities

A housing development that complies with the resident and project size requirements of
Subsections 83.03.020(a) and (b), above, and also includes as part of that development a child
care facility other than a large or small family day care home, that will be located on the site of,
as part of, or adjacent to the development, shall be subject to the following additional bonus,
incentives, and requirements.
(a) Additional bonus and incentives. The County shall grant a housing development that
includes a child care facility in compliance with this Section either of the following:
(1) An additional density bonus that is an amount of floor area in square feet of
residential space that is equal to or greater than the floor area of the child care
facility; or
(2) An additional incentive that contributes significantly to the economic feasibility
of the construction of the child care facility.
(b) Requirements to qualify for additional bonus and incentives.
(1) The County shall require, as a condition of approving the housing development,
that:

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(A) The child care facility shall remain in operation for a period of time that is
as long as or longer than the period of time during which the density bonus
units are required to remain affordable in compliance with Section
83.03.070 (Continued Availability), below; and
(B) Of the children who attend the child care facility, the children of very low
income households, lower income households, or families of moderate
income shall equal a percentage that is equal to or greater than the
percentage of dwelling units that are required for very low income
households, lower income households, or families of moderate income in
compliance with Subsection 83.03.020(a) (Resident requirements), above.
(2) The County shall not be required to provide a density bonus for a child care
facility in compliance with this Section if it finds, based upon substantial
evidence, that the community has adequate child care facilities.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.03.070

Continued Availability

The units that qualified the housing development for a density bonus and other incentives and
concessions shall continue to be available as affordable units in compliance with the following
requirements, as required by Government Code Section 65915(c). See also Section 83.03.110
(Control of Resale).
(a) Duration of affordability. The applicant shall agree to, and the County shall ensure,
the continued availability of the units that qualified the housing development for a
density bonus and other incentives and concessions, as follows.
(1) Low-, and very low-income units. The continued affordability of all low- and
very low-income qualifying units shall be maintained for 30 years, or a longer
time if required by the construction or mortgage financing assistance program,
mortgage insurance program or rental subsidy program.
(2) Moderate income units in common interest development. The continued
availability of moderate-income units in a common interest development shall be
maintained for a minimum of 10 years.
(b) Unit cost requirements. The rents and owner-occupied costs charged for the housing
units in the development that qualify the project for a density bonus and other
incentives and concessions, shall not exceed the following amounts during the period
of continued availability required by this Section:
(1) Lower income units. Rents for the lower income density bonus units shall be set
at an affordable rent as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 50053; and
(2) Owner-occupied units. Owner-occupied units shall be available at an affordable
housing cost as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 50052.5.
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(c) Occupancy and resale of moderate-income common interest development units.
An applicant shall agree to, and the County shall ensure that the initial occupant of
moderate income units that are directly related to the receipt of the density bonus in a
common interest development as defined in Civil Code Section 1351, are persons and
families of moderate income, as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 50093, and
that the units are offered at an affordable housing cost, as defined in Health and Safety
Code Section 50052.5. The County shall enforce an equity sharing agreement unless it
is in conflict with the requirements of another public funding source or law. The
following requirements apply to the equity sharing agreement.
(1) Upon resale, the seller of the unit shall retain the value of any improvements, the
down payment, and the seller's proportionate share of appreciation.
(2) The County shall recapture any initial subsidy and its proportionate share of
appreciation, which shall then be used within three years for any of the purposes
described in Health and Safety Code Section 33334.2(e) that promote home
ownership. For the purposes of this Section:
(A) The County's initial subsidy shall be equal to the fair market value of the
home at the time of initial sale, minus the initial sale price to the moderateincome household, plus the amount of any down payment assistance or
mortgage assistance. If upon resale the market value is lower than the initial
market value, then the value at the time of the resale shall be used as the
initial market value; and
(B) The County's proportionate share of appreciation shall be equal to the ratio
of the initial subsidy to the fair market value of the home at the time of
initial sale.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.03.080

Location and Type of Designated Units

(a) Location/dispersal of units. As required by the Board in compliance with Section
83.03.090 (Processing of Bonus Requests), below, designated units shall be
reasonably dispersed throughout the project where feasible, shall contain on average
the same number of bedrooms as the non-designated units in the project, and shall be
compatible with the design or use of remaining units in terms of appearance, materials,
and finished quality.
(b) Phasing. If a project is to be phased, the density bonus units shall be phased in the
same proportion as the non-density bonus units, or phased in another sequence
acceptable to the County.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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83.03

Processing of Bonus Requests

(a) Permit requirement. A request for a density bonus and other incentives and
concessions shall be evaluated and decided through Conditional Use Permit approval
in compliance with Chapter 85.06 (Conditional Use Permits/Minor Use Permits);
provided, the decision of the Commission on a Conditional Use Permit application
shall be a recommendation to the Board, and the density bonus and other incentives
and concessions shall be approved or denied only by the Board.
(b) Findings for approval. In addition to the findings required by Section 83.72.060 for
the approval of a Conditional Use Permit, the approval of a density bonus and other
incentives and concessions shall require that the review authority first make all of the
following additional findings:
(1) The residential development will be consistent with the General Plan, except as
provided by this Chapter for density bonuses, and other incentives and
concessions;
(2) The approved number of dwellings can be accommodated by existing and
planned infrastructure capacities;
(3) Adequate evidence exists to indicate that the project will provide affordable
housing in a manner consistent with the purpose and intent of this Chapter; and
(4) There are sufficient provisions to guarantee that the units will remain affordable
for the required time period.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.03.100

Density Bonus Agreement

(A) Agreement required. An applicant requesting a density bonus shall agree to enter
into a density bonus agreement (referred to as the "agreement") with the County in the
County's standard form of agreement.
(b) Agreement provisions.
(1) Project information. The agreement shall include at least the following
information about the project:
(A) The total number of units approved for the housing development, including
the number of designated dwelling units;
(B) A description of the household income group to be accommodated by the
housing development, and the standards and methodology for determining
the corresponding affordable rent or affordable sales price and housing cost
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(C) The marketing plan for the affordable units;
(D) The location, unit sizes (square feet), and number of bedrooms of the
designated dwelling units;
(E) Tenure of the use restrictions for designated dwelling units of the time
periods required by Section 83.03.070 (Continued Availability);
(F) A schedule for completion and occupancy of the designated dwelling units;
(G) A description of the additional incentives and concessions being provided
by the County;
(H) A description of the remedies for breach of the agreement by the owners,
developers, and/or successors-in-interest of the project; and
(I)

Other provisions to ensure successful implementation and compliance with
this Chapter.

(2) Minimum requirements. The agreement shall provide, at minimum, that:
(A) The developer shall give the County the continuing right-of-first-refusal to
lease or purchase any or all of the designated dwelling units at the appraised
value;
(B) The deeds to the designated dwelling units shall contain a covenant stating
that the developer or successors-in-interest shall not assign, lease, rent, sell,
sublet, or otherwise transfer any interests for designated units without the
written approval of the County;
(C) When providing the written approval, the County shall confirm that the
price (rent or sale) of the designated dwelling unit is consistent with the
limits established for low and very low-income households, as published by
HUD;
(D) The County shall have the authority to enter into other agreements with the
developer, or purchasers of the designated dwelling units, to ensure that the
required dwelling units are continuously occupied by eligible households;
(E) Applicable deed restrictions, in a form satisfactory to the County Counsel,
shall contain provisions for the enforcement of owner or developer
compliance. Any default or failure to comply may result in foreclosure,
specific performance, or withdrawal of the Certificate of Occupancy;
(F) In any action taken to enforce compliance with the deed restrictions, the
County Counsel shall, if compliance is ordered by a court of competent
jurisdiction, take all action that may be allowed by law to recover all of the
County’s costs of action including legal services; and
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(G) Compliance with the agreement will be monitored and enforced in
compliance with the measures included in the agreement.
(3) For-sale housing conditions. In the case of a for-sale housing development, the
agreement shall provide for the following conditions governing the initial sale
and use of designated dwelling units during the applicable restriction period:
(A) Designated dwelling units shall be owner-occupied by eligible households,
or by qualified residents in the case of senior housing; and
(B) The initial purchaser of each designated dwelling unit shall execute an
instrument or agreement approved by the County which:
(I)

Restricts the sale of the unit in compliance with this Chapter, or other
applicable County policy or ordinance, during the applicable use
restriction period;

(II) Contains provisions as the County may require to ensure continued
compliance with this Chapter and State law; and
(III) Shall be recorded against the parcel containing the designated dwelling
unit.
(4) Rental housing conditions. In the case of a rental housing development, the
agreement shall provide for the following conditions governing the use of
designated dwelling units during the applicable restriction period:
(A) The rules and procedures for qualifying tenants, establishing affordable
rent, filling vacancies, and maintaining the designated dwelling units for
qualified tenants;
(B) Provisions requiring owners to annually verify tenant incomes and maintain
books and records to demonstrate compliance with this Chapter;
(C) Provisions requiring owners to submit an annual report to the County,
which includes the name, address, and income of each person occupying the
designated dwelling units, and which identifies the bedroom size and
monthly rent or cost of each unit; and
(D) The applicable use restriction period shall comply with the time limits for
continued availability in Section 83.03.070 (Continued Availability), above.
(c) Execution of agreement.
(1) Following Board approval of the agreement, and execution of the agreement by
all parties, the County shall record the completed agreement on the parcels
designated for the construction of designated dwelling units, at the County
Recorder’s Office.
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(2) The approval and recordation shall take place at the same time as the Final Map
or, where a map is not being processed, before issuance of Building Permits for
the designated dwelling units.
(3) The agreement shall be binding on all future owners, developers, and/or
successors-in-interest.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.03.110

Control of Resale

In order to maintain the availability of for-sale affordable housing units constructed in
compliance with this Chapter, the following resale conditions shall apply.
(a) Limits on resale price. The price received by the seller of an affordable unit shall be
limited to the purchase price plus an increase based on the Consumer Price Index, an
amount consistent with the increase in the median income since the date of purchase,
or the fair market value, whichever is less. Before offering an affordable housing unit
for sale, the seller shall provide written notice to the County of their intent to sell. The
notice shall be provided by certified mail to the Director.
(b) Units to be offered to the County. Home ownership affordable units constructed,
offered for sale, or sold under the requirements of this Section shall be offered to the
County or its assignee for a period of at least 90 days from the date of the notice of
intent to sell is delivered to the County by the first purchaser or subsequent purchasers.
Home ownership affordable units shall be sold and resold from the date of the original
sale only to households as determined to be eligible for affordable units by the County
in compliance with this Section. The seller shall not levy or charge any additional fees
nor shall any "finders fee" or other monetary consideration be allowed other than
customary real estate commissions and closing costs.
(c) Declaration of restrictions. The owners of any affordable unit shall attach and legally
reference in the grant deed conveying title of the affordable ownership unit a
declaration of restrictions provided by the County, stating the restrictions imposed in
compliance with this Section. The grant deed shall afford the grantor and the County
the right to enforce the declaration of restrictions. The declaration of restrictions shall
include all applicable resale controls, occupancy restrictions, and prohibitions required
by this Section.
(d) County to monitor resale of units. The County shall monitor the resale of ownership
affordable units. The County or its designee shall have a 90-day option to commence
purchase of ownership affordable units after the owner gives notification of intent to
sell. Any abuse in the resale provisions shall be referred to the County for appropriate
action.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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83.03

Judicial Relief, Waiver of Standards

(a) Judicial relief. As provided by Government Code Section 65915(d)(3), the applicant
may initiate judicial proceedings if the County refuses to grant a requested density
bonus, incentive, or concession.
(b) Waiver of standards preventing the use of bonuses, incentives, or concessions.
(1) As required by Government Code Section 65915(e), the County will not apply a
development standard that will have the effect of precluding the construction of a
development meeting the criteria of Subsection 83.03.020(a) (Resident
requirements), above, at the densities or with the concessions or incentives
allowed by this Chapter.
(2) An applicant may submit to the County a proposal for the waiver or reduction of
development and zoning standards that would otherwise inhibit the utilization of
a density bonus on a specific site, including minimum parcel size, side setbacks,
and placement of public works improvements.
(3) The applicant shall show that the waiver or modification is necessary to make the
housing units economically feasible.
(c) County exemption. Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsections (a) and (b), above,
nothing in this Section shall be interpreted to require the County to:
(1) Grant a density bonus, incentive, or concession, or waive or reduce development
standards, if the bonus, incentive, concession, waiver, or reduction would have a
specific, adverse impact, as defined in Government Code Section 65589.5(d)(2),
upon health, safety, or the physical environment, and for which there is no
feasible method to satisfactorily mitigate or avoid the specific adverse impact; or
(2) Grant a density bonus, incentive, or concession, or waive or reduce development
standards, if the bonus, incentive, concession, waiver, or reduction would have
an adverse impact on any real property that is listed in the California Register of
Historical Resources.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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CHAPTER 83.04

83.04

CONDITIONAL GRADING COMPLIANCE

Sections:
83.04.010
83.04.020
83.04.030
83.04.040
83.04.050
83.04.060
83.04.070
83.04.080
83.04.090

83.04.010

Title
Purpose and Intent of Development Code
Authority for Regulating Land Uses
Responsibility for Administration
Applicability of Development Code
Partial Invalidation of Development Code
Legal Defense Fee Responsibility
Use of Headings
Effect of General Plan Adoption or Development Code Changes on Projects in
Progress
Purpose

(a) Compliance with conditions of approval. The purpose of this Chapter is to ensure
compliance with conditions of approval on projects involving earthwork grading.
(b) On-site continuous inspections of grading. The provisions in this Chapter regulate
on-site continuous inspections that are required by the Building Official of grading
projects or developments for which adopted conditions of approval:
(1) Require any specific or general features to be incorporated into the earthwork; or
(2) Restrict or limit the earthwork in any way that is more restrictive than the
grading provisions prescribed in the California Building Code.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.04.020

Applicability

(a) Applicable projects. The provisions of this Chapter apply to projects that:
(1) Have been conditionally approved; and
(2) Involve grading in excess of 5,000 cubic yards; and
(3) When either of the following conditions exist:
(A) Natural pregraded slopes of 15 percent or greater, or
(B) Requirements for natural open space retention.

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(b) Supplement other applicable grading requirements. The provisions in this Chapter
are in addition to the provisions of the California Building Code and any geotechnical
investigation report recommendations.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.04.030

Quality Control Engineer’s Role and Responsibilities

(a) Independent. The quality control engineer shall not be employed by, have any
relationship to, or interest in the developer, or any contracting, engineering, or
geotechnical companies performing work on or providing services to the project being
inspected.
(b) Duties and responsibilities. The quality control engineer shall
(1) Inspect the work in progress to ensure compliance with the conditions of
approval including:
(A) Slope ratio.
(B) Slope height.
(C) Slope location.
(D) Areas of land disturbance.
(2) Set provisions regarding:
(A) Archeology.
(B) Paleontology.
(C) Landscaping.
(D) Erosion control.
(E) Protection of native plants and animals.
(F) Any other conditions of approval that will control or impact grading.
(3) Report to and file reports with the Building Official as required by the Building
Official.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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Developer’s Deposit

(a) Deposit required for services of quality control engineer. Before the issuance of the
grading permit, the developer shall post a deposit with the Building Official in the
amount and in the form specified by the Building Official. The deposit funds held in
trust shall be dispersed to the quality control engineer by the Building Official under
the terms of the agreement between the County and the quality control engineer to pay
for the services of the quality control engineer.
(b) Additional deposits required. The Building Official shall notify the developer if and
when it becomes apparent that the deposit will be exhausted and the developer shall
make the additional deposit as is required by the Building Official.
(c) Suspension or revocation of grading permit. If the developer fails to submit the
additional deposit by the date specified by the Building Official, the Building Official
shall suspend or revoke the grading permit, in compliance with the provisions of the
California Building Code and order that work on the project be ceased.
(d) Refunds. Upon completion of the work, unused funds shall be returned to the
developer within 60 days following the final grading and quality control inspection
approvals.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.04.050

Building Official Authority

The Building Official shall have authority to adopt reasonable rules and regulations to clarify,
interpret, and enforce the provisions of this Chapter. The Building Official may approve
variations when the variations are not detrimental to the life, health, safety or welfare of the
public and are necessary because of particular or peculiar circumstances, and will achieve the
same level of protection as the original condition. Variations of the environmental conditions
shall be applied for and processed in the same manner as other grading variations.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.04.060

Authority to Contract

For the purpose of the Chapter, the Building Official may retain, on behalf of the County,
independent engineers to serve as the quality control engineer on projects regulated by this
Chapter using a standard form contract approved by the Board of Supervisors.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.04.070

Enforcement

(a) Authority to enforce. The Building Official shall have the authority to enforce the
provisions of this Chapter and may use any legal means to accomplish enforcement,
including
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(1) Suspending and/or revoking any permits that have been issued by the Building
Official for the project, whether or not the permits are for the earthwork grading,
and
(2) Withholding issuance of any permits on the project for which applications have
been filed.
(b) Authority to expend deposited funds. The Building Official shall have the authority
to expend any remaining funds in the developer's deposit to obtain compliance with
this Chapter.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.04.080

Compliance with Dust Control Regulations

Grading shall be conducted in the Desert Region in compliance with the provisions of Section
88.02.040.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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Dedications and Installations of Street and Trail Improvements

CHAPTER 83.05

83.05

DEDICATIONS AND INSTALLATIONS OF STREET AND TRAIL
IMPROVEMENTS

Sections:
83.05.010
83.05.020
83.05.030
83.05.040
83.05.050
83.05.060
83.05.070
83.05.080
83.05.010

Purpose
Applicability
Dedication of Street and/or Highway Right-of-Way
Dedication and Installation of Trail Right-of-Way
Installation of Street Improvements
Delayed Improvements
Waiver or Modification of Dedication and/or Street Improvement Requirements
Building Official Determination
Purpose

This Chapter regulates and controls dedications and the installation of street improvements and
trails. The regulations are intended to preserve the public health, safety, and general welfare; to
promote orderly growth and development; and to ensure the provision of adequate traffic
circulation, utilities, and services.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4098 (2010)

83.05.020

Applicability

The requirements of this Chapter shall apply to all subdivision and single-parcel development.
The road dedication and street improvement standards provided in this Chapter do not apply to:
(1) the alteration or enlargement of an existing building or structure on a lot or parcel of land if
the total square footage of such alteration or enlargement, and all other alterations or
enlargements completed three (3) years prior to the date of the application for a permit for such
alteration or enlargement, does not exceed one-half (1/2) of the original square footage of all
buildings and structures on such lot or parcel of land, or (2) the erection of one or more
accessory structures (not including accessory dwellings) as defined in Subsection 810.01.030(g)
of the County Code. For purposes of this section, “original square footage” means the square
footage of all buildings and structures that existed on such lot or parcel of land three (3) years
prior to the date of the application for such permit.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4181 (2012)

83.05.030

Dedication of Street and/or Highway Right-of-Way

(a) Dedications required by approved plans or ordinances. Before final inspection of
structures, the dedication of additional street and/or highway right-of-way may, at the
discretion of the Director of Public Works, be required to comply with the General
Plan, an adopted specific plan, a Local Area Transportation Facilities Plan, or the
provisions of any specific ordinance which has established a future right-of-way line.
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(b) Dedications required in absence of approved plans or ordinances. Where
approved plans or ordinances do not exist, the required dedications shall be as follows:
(1) Desert Region. In the Desert Region, a 44-foot half width on section lines and
quarter section lines and a 30-foot half width on sixteenth section lines shall be
required.
(2) Mountain Region. In the Mountain Region, a 20-foot half width from centerline
shall be required; however, whenever the Director of Public Works waives this
dedication requirement, a 10-foot half width shall be the absolute minimum
required.
(3) Valley Region. In the Valley Region, additional right-of-way shall be required in
compliance with road widths established by the General Plan after review by the
Director of Public Works.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4067 (2009)
83.05.040

Dedication and Installation of Trail Right-of-Way

(a) Dedications required by approved plans or ordinances. Before final inspection of
structures, the dedication of a trail right-of-way may, at the discretion of the Director,
be required to comply with the General Plan, an adopted specific plan, or the
provisions of any specific ordinance that has established a future right-of-way line.
(b) Dedications required in absence of approved plans or ordinances. Where
approved plans or ordinances do not exist, the required dedications may be required
for specific plans and planned development projects and shall be as follows:
(1) Proposed development adjacent to trail systems may be required to dedicate land
for trail access points, as determined by the Director.
(2) The dedication or offers of dedication of trail easements where appropriate may
be required for establishing a planned trails system alignment or where an
established trail is jeopardized by impending development.
(c) Development standards.
(1) To ensure application of uniform design standards and to promote the safety of
trail users and their enjoyment of the trails system, the Director shall apply the
County Trail Use and Design Guidelines. These standards are intended to serve
as a general guide, and may at times be superseded by standards of managing
agencies other than San Bernardino County (e.g., U.S. Forest Service standards).
Standards may vary depending on the proposed use and operation of the trail;
more detailed standards for specific trails may be developed at the time specific
siting and planning for a trail link is completed.

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(2) The scenic corridor on either side of a proposed trail route, measured from the
outside edge of the right-of-way, trail, or path shall be identified. Development
along the scenic corridor shall be compatible with existing scenic qualities.
(3) Signage shall indicate approved off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails or access areas
and shall notify where OHV use is prohibited.
(d) Delayed improvements. Delayed improvements may be allowed in compliance with
Section 83.05.060 (Delayed Improvements).
(e) Waiver of Public Works requirements. A waiver of the Public Works Department
requirements may be allowed in compliance with Section 83.05.070 (Waiver of Public
Works Requirements).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.05.050

Installation of Street Improvements

(a) When installation of street improvements required. Before final inspection of a
structure or improvement resulting in an increase or change of vehicular traffic that
necessitates the construction of street improvements for the purposes of protecting
public safety and health, the installation of street improvements may, at the discretion
of the Director of Public Works, be required in compliance with the current adopted
County standards.
(b) Street improvements described. Street improvements shall include any or all of the
following:
(1) Curb and gutter.
(2) Sidewalks.
(3) Concrete driveway approaches.
(4) Drainage structures.
(5) Back filling and preparation of the road surface to rough grade for the placement
of paving.
(6) Paving.
(7) Other necessary improvements as determined by the Director of Public Works.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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(a)

83.05

Delayed Improvements
Dedication and installation required first. The right-of-way dedication and installation
of street improvements shall be required before the occupancy of the premises or
commencement of uses.

(b) Delayed improvements allowed with written agreement. Where it is impractical to
install the required improvements at the time of the proposed development, a delayed
improvement agreement in writing shall be entered into with the County Department of
Public Works to make the improvements along with the posting of a form of surety
described in subsection (c), herein. If the United States, the State of California, the
County of San Bernardino, any other county, any municipal corporation, school district,
other public district or public body includes in the delayed improvement agreement a
written guarantee of payment of all costs for which the public district or public body may
become liable to the County, then the posting of a form of surety described in subsection
(c), herein, is not required from such public district or public body. The foregoing
exemption to the surety requirement does not apply to subdivisions under the California
Subdivision Map Act, Government Code Section 66410 et seq.
(c)

Surety required. A cash deposit, a surety bond, a developer lien agreement, or other form
of surety acceptable to the County Department of Public Works in an amount equal to the
estimated cost of the improvements as determined by the County Engineer, shall be posted
with the County Department of Public Works to guarantee the installation of the
improvements. The actual installation of street improvements may be delayed until the
County makes a written demand for the installment. If surety bonds are submitted, they
shall be furnished by a surety company authorized to write the bonds in the State of
California. If a developer lien agreement is used, it shall be used only for residential
subdivisions (as defined in Subsection 87.07.040(d)(1)), and commercial or industrial
development and shall be prepared and processed in compliance with County policy.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4180
(2012)
83.05.070

(a)

Waiver or Modification
Requirements.

of

Dedication

and/or

Street

Improvement

Request for Waiver or Modification of Dedication and/or Street Improvement
Requirements. The Director and the Director of the Department of Public Works shall
have the authority to approve a request for a waiver or modification, in whole or in part, of
the dedication and/or street improvement requirements as defined in Subsection
83.05.050(b). Requests for a waiver or modification may be made by the applicant on the
form made available by the Land Use Services Department or may be initiated by the
Director or the Director of the Department of Public Works. Waivers or modifications
initiated by the Director or the Director of the Department of Public Works may be made
at any time during the development approval process. The waiver or modification must be
approved by both the Director and the Director of the Department of Public Works.

(1) Findings Required. Prior to granting any waiver or modification to the required
dedication and/or street improvement requirements, the Director and the Director
of the Department of Public Works shall make all of the following findings:
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(A) The waiver or modification would not adversely affect the environment,
public health or safety.
(B) The waiver or modification would not create a financial impact to the
County of San Bernardino or the San Bernardino County Flood Control
District within ten (10) years from the date of the waiver or modification.
(C) The request for a waiver or modification is not based solely on the financial
hardship to the applicant.
(D) The waiver or modification would not conflict with other County
departments’ or notified agencies’ dedication and/or improvement
requirements, or any foreseeable future needs for access or infrastructure.
(E) There is good cause shown for the waiver or modification and such waiver
or modification would serve a public purpose.
(2) No Findings Required Under Certain Circumstances. Notwithstanding
Subsection 83.05.070(a)(1), a waiver or modification may be granted and no
findings are required when the dedication and/or street improvement
requirements of this Code, as applied to a particular project, would violate
federal or state law or the United States Constitution or the State of California
Constitution.
(b) Appeal of Action Taken by the Director and the Director of the Department of
Public Works.

(1) A decision by the Director and the Director of the Department of Public Works
pertaining to a request to waive or modify required dedications and/or street
improvements may be appealed to the review authority of the subdivision or the
development project’s land use decision within ten (10) calendar days of receipt
of the decision made by the Director and the Director of the Department of
Public Works.
(2) In the event the development project is not subject to any discretionary land use
decision, an appeal of the decision made by the Director and the Director of the
Department of Public Works pertaining to a request to waive or modify required
dedications and/or street improvements may be made to the County’s Chief
Executive Officer or designee within ten (10) calendar days of receipt of the
decision made by the Director and the Director of the Department of Public
Works.
(3) Any appeal of the decision of the Director and the Director of the Department of
Public Works under this Subsection (b) may be appealed by the applicant or
other affected party in compliance with the following provisions:

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(A) Appropriate Forms. Applications for an appeal shall be made on forms
supplied by the Land Use Services Department.
(B) Appeal Submittals.
submitted to:
(I)

Applications for appeals shall be addressed and

For appeals described in Subsection 83.05.070(b)(1), to the review
authority of the subdivision or the development project’s land use
decision.

(II) For appeals described in Subsection 83.05.070(b)(2), to the County’s
Chief Executive Officer.
(C) Grounds for Appeal. Applications for an appeal shall include a written
statement of the grounds upon which the appeal is based.
(D) Contents of Appeal Application. The appeal application shall identify:
(I)

The subject development project;

(II) The specific decision being appealed;
(III) The date of the appeal;
(IV) The justification for the appeal; and
(V) Any remedy or solution for which the appellant petitions.
(E) Appeal Shall Stay All Proceedings. A properly filed application for
appeal shall stay the proceedings in the matter appealed until a decision is
rendered on the appeal.
(F) Notice of Appeal Required.
(I)

For appeals described in Subsection 83.05.070(b)(1), the review
authority shall consider the appeal at the time it considers the
subdivision or development project’s land use decision. Within thirty
(30) calendar days of the acceptance of an application for an appeal,
the review authority shall set the matter for hearing and shall give
notice of the date, time, and place of the hearing to the appellant, the
applicant, and to any other party who has requested in writing to be so
notified. In addition, notice shall also be given in the same manner
and to the same entities as notice was given for the land use decision.

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(II) For appeals described in Subsection 83.05.070(b)(2), within thirty
(30) calendar days of the acceptance of an application for an appeal,
the County Administrative Office, on behalf of the Chief Executive
Officer, shall set the matter for hearing and shall give notice of the
date, time, and place of the hearing to the appellant, the applicant, and
to any other party who has requested in writing to be so notified.
(G) Action on Appeal.
(I)

For appeals described in Subsection 83.05.070(b)(1), upon hearing
the appeal, the review authority shall consider the record and any
additional evidence that may be offered, and may affirm, reverse, or
modify, in whole or in part, the decision appealed.

(II) For appeals described in Subsection 83.05.070(b)(2), upon hearing
the appeal, the County’s Chief Executive Officer shall consider the
record and any additional evidence that may be offered, and may
affirm, reverse, or modify, in whole or in part, the decision appealed.
(H) Applicable Criteria, Findings, and Requirements. The review authority
and the County’s Chief Executive Officer are subject to all of the criteria,
findings, and requirements imposed by this Code upon the original decision
maker.
(I)

Withdrawal of Appeal. An appeal may be withdrawn before the time that
the review authority or the County’s Chief Executive Officer issues a
decision. The appellant or the appellant’s representative shall notify the
Land Use Services Department, and in the event of appeals under
Subsection 83.05.070(b)(2) to the Chief Executive Officer, in writing that
they wish to withdraw the appeal.

(J) Appeal of the Land Use Decision. If there is a land use decision for the
development project, any appeal of the decision of the review authority,
other than a decision by the Board of Supervisors which is final, regarding
the waiver or modification may be further appealed by the applicant or
other affected party along with the land use decision in compliance with
Chapter 86.08 (Appeals).
(K) Judicial Review. No person shall seek judicial review of a County
decision on the waiver or modification decision until all appeals have been
first exhausted in compliance with the County Code.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4098
(2010); Amended Ordinance 4242 (2014)

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83.05.080 Building Official Determination
Before final inspection of a structure, the Building Official shall determine that all of the following
have been accomplished:
(a)

Dedications have been provided.

(b)

Street improvements have either been installed or that a cash deposit, surety bond or other
form of acceptable surety in an amount equal to the estimated cost of the street
improvements has been posted with the County Department of Public Works to ensure the
installation of the street improvements.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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Fences, Hedges, and Walls

CHAPTER 83.06

83.06

FENCES, HEDGES, AND WALLS

Sections:
83.06.010
83.06.020
83.06.030
83.06.040
83.06.050
83.06.060
83.06.070
83.06.010

Purpose
Applicability
General Height Limitations
Measurement of Fence or Wall Height
Walls Required Between Different Land Use Zoning Districts
Special Wall and Fencing Requirements
Prohibited Fence Materials
Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to establish requirements for fences, hedges, and walls to ensure
that these elements do not unnecessarily block views and sunlight; provide adequate buffering
between different land uses; provide screening of outdoor uses and equipment; and provide for
the mitigation of noise. These requirements are designed to provide aesthetic enhancement of the
County.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.06.020

Applicability

The provisions of this Chapter apply to all fences, hedges, and walls unless otherwise stated.
These regulations do not apply to fences or walls required by regulations of a State or Federal
agency, or by the County for reasons of public safety, or to retaining walls which are regulated
by Section 83.02.070 (Setback Regulations and Exceptions).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.06.030

General Height Limitations

Fences, hedges, and walls may be erected/maintained within required setback areas to the heights
identified in Table 83-6, below. See also Figure 83-5.

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Table 83-6
Maximum Height of Fences, Hedges, and Walls Within Setbacks
Maximum Height in Setbacks (1)
Land Use Zoning Districts
Front

Street Side

Interior Side

Rear

Commercial land use zoning districts(2)

4 ft.

4 ft.

10 ft.

10 ft.

Industrial land use zoning districts(2)

6 ft.

6 ft.

10 ft.

10 ft.

All other land use zoning districts

4 ft.

4 ft.

6 ft.

6 ft.

Note:
(1)
Fence heights in excess of these standards may be allowed by an approved Use Permit, Variance, Tract or Parcel Map or when
required by the County for reasons of the health and safety of the general public. In the RC and RL land use zoning districts,
open fences may go up to a maximum of 5 feet in the front setbacks and street side setbacks.
(2)
Projects adjacent to residential districts shall use the standard of “All other land use zoning district.”

Figure 83-5
Allowed Fence Height in Residential Land Use Zoning Districts
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.06.040

Measurement of Fence or Wall Height

(a) The height of a fence or wall shall be measured from the finished grade at the location
in which the fence or wall is to be located.

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(b) Where there is a difference in the ground level between two adjacent parcels, the
height of a fence or wall constructed along the property line shall be determined by
using the finish grade of the lowest contiguous parcel.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4067 (2009)
83.06.050

Walls Required Between Different Land Use Zoning Districts

Walls shall be provided and maintained between different land use zoning districts in the
following manner:
(a) Nonresidential or multi-family. Where a nonresidential land use district abuts
property in any residential land use zoning district or a Multiple Residential Land
Use Zoning District abuts property in a Single Residential Land Use Zoning District, a
solid masonry wall shall be constructed on the land use zoning district boundary line
consistent with the height limitations contained in Table 83-6. If a public right-of-way
separates a nonresidential district from any residential district or multi-family
residential district from a Single Residential Land Use Zoning District, this wall
requirement may not apply. Also, this requirement shall not apply to the Rural
Commercial (CR) Land Use Zoning District in the Desert Region.
(b) Industrial. Where an industrial land use zoning district abuts property in a nonindustrial land use zoning district, a solid masonry wall, a minimum of 6 feet in
height, shall be constructed on the land use zoning district boundary line.
(c) Design and construction. Walls shall be of solid masonry construction and shall be of
a decorative design when in view of public rights-of-way subject to the approval of the
Director.
(d) Modification of requirements. The Director may waive or modify requirements for
walls between different land use zoning districts where a solid masonry wall already
exists on the abutting property if the following findings can be made in a positive
manner:
(1) The existing wall meets, or would be modified to conform to, the intent of this
Chapter.
(2) Suitable landscaping would be installed adjacent to the existing wall to
supplement and enhance the desired physical separation.
(3) The existing wall would be protected to prevent vehicle damage, if necessary.
(4) Concurrence of the abutting property owner(s) would be obtained, to modify the
existing wall to meet the requirements of this Chapter.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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Special Wall and Fencing Requirements

(a) Swimming pools, spas, and similar features. Swimming pools, spas, and other
similar features shall be fenced in compliance with the California Building Code.
(b) Outdoor equipment, storage, and work areas. Screening of outdoor uses and
equipment and activities shall be provided in compliance with Section 83.02.060
(Screening and Buffering).
(c) Temporary fencing. Temporary fencing may be necessary to protect archaeological
or historic resources and/or trees during site preparation and construction. Temporary
fencing for these purposes shall be subject to the approval of the Director.
(d) Walls along rights-of-way.
(1) Walls shall be constructed of decorative concrete or masonry materials up to six
feet in height.
(2) Aesthetic appeal as well as structural integrity shall be considered when
designing the wall;
(3) The design shall include an appropriate mix of materials and landscaping subject
to the approval of the Director.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.06.070

Prohibited Fence Materials

(a) Chain link fencing. Permanent chain link fencing or similar materials (chicken wire,
hog fencing, etc.) is prohibited in residential land use zoning districts in the Valley
Region, except in those cases where it is not visible from the public right-of-way or
where the fence does not extend in front of the primary structure and is camouflaged
to the greatest extent possible with plantings or similar shrouding, and except in those
cases where the use is adjacent to public rights-of-way in commercial and industrial
zoning districts. Chain link fencing shall be allowed for temporary uses. In the
Mountain Region, chain link fencing will be allowed when used in conjunction with
other fencing materials (i.e., split-rail fencing) and when camouflaged to the greatest
extent possible. In the Desert Region, the prohibition against chain link fencing will
not apply.
(b) Barbed wire/razor wire fencing. Barbed wire and razor wire fencing shall be
prohibited in residential land use zoning districts or adjacent to public rights-of-way in
commercial and industrial zoning districts. Barbed wire, razor wire, or other sharp
pointed material may only be used in the construction of a fence if it is at least six feet
above ground level.
(c) Tarp fencing. Tarp fencing shall be prohibited in all land use zoning districts.

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(d) Electrified fencing. The use of electrified fencing or wires in conjunction with any
fence, wall, roof, hedge, or by itself along the property lines of a parcel within any
land use zoning district is prohibited unless required by the law or a regulation of the
City, the County, the State, Federal Government, agency, or as a condition of
approval. The fencing may be allowed within the interior of a parcel if buffered from
other properties by a separate barrier.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4067 (2009)

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Glare and Outdoor Lighting

CHAPTER 83.07

83.07

GLARE AND OUTDOOR LIGHTING

Sections:
83.07.010
83.07.020
83.07.030
83.07.040
83.07.010

Purpose
Applicability
Glare and Outdoor Lighting - Valley Region
Glare and Outdoor Lighting - Mountain and Desert Regions
Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to encourage outdoor lighting practices and systems that will:
(a) Minimize light pollution, glare, and light trespass;
(b) Conserve energy and resources while maintaining nighttime safety, visibility, utility,
and productivity;
(c) Curtail the degradation of the nighttime visual environment.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.07.020

Applicability

The provisions of this Chapter shall apply to various types of outdoor lighting in the Valley
Region, as specified in Section 83.07.030 and in the Mountain and Desert Regions, as specified
in Section 83.07.040.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.07.030

Glare and Outdoor Lighting - Valley Region

This Section provides standards for outdoor lighting in the Valley Region.
(a) Light trespass prohibited. Outdoor lighting of commercial or industrial land uses
shall be fully shielded to preclude light pollution or light trespass on any of the
following:
(1) An abutting residential land use zoning district;
(2) A residential parcel; or
(3) Public right-of-way.

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(b) Determination of light trespass. A determination of light trespass shall be made
through a quantitative measurement utilizing a standard yardstick (3 ft x 1½ in.). The
yardstick shall be placed at the building setback line in the complainant’s yard. The
yardstick shall be in contact with the ground or may be raised to window level of the
dwelling and in a vertical position. The person taking the measurement shall then
determine if a shadow is cast by the light source, that is, the light source, yardstick,
and shadow shall be in alignment. Measurements shall not be taken when there is a
moon in the night sky.
(c) Maximum allowed foot-candles. Direct or indirect light from any light fixture shall
not cause glare above five-tenths (0.5) foot-candles when measured at the property
line of a residential land use zoning district, residential parcel, or public right-of-way.
Light levels shall be measured with a photoelectric photometer, following the standard
spectral luminous efficiency curve adopted by the International Commission on
Illumination.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.07.040

Glare and Outdoor Lighting - Mountain and Desert Regions

This Section provides standards for outdoor lighting in the Mountain and Desert Regions, unless
exempt in compliance with Subsection 83.07.040(e) (Exempt lighting and fixtures), below.
(a) Residential, commercial and industrial land use zoning districts. The following
standards shall apply to all structures and freestanding outdoor light fixtures in all land
use zoning districts.
(1) Maximum height. Residential pole lighting shall not exceed 12 feet in height.
(2) Shielding requirements. New permitted lighting for new construction, unless
exempt in compliance with Subsection 83.07.040(e) (Exempt lighting and
fixtures), below, shall be shielded in compliance with the requirements outlined
in Table 83-7 (Shielding Requirements for Outdoor Lighting in the Mountain
Region and Desert Region), in order to preclude light pollution or light trespass
on:
(A) Adjacent property;
(B) Other property within the line of sight (direct or reflected) of the light
source; or
(C) Members of the public who may be traveling on adjacent roadways or
rights-of-way.

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Table 83-7
Shielding Requirements For Outdoor Lighting
in the Mountain Region and Desert Region
Fixture Lamp Type
Low Pressure Sodium
High Pressure Sodium
Metal Halide
Fluorescent
Quartz
Incandescent > 60 Watts
Incandescent 60 Watts or
less
Compact fluorescent
(CFL) > 13 watts
Compact fluorescent
(CFL) 13 watts or less

Residential Area Shielded
Fully
Prohibited except fully
shielded on streets
Prohibited
Fully
Prohibited
Fully
No requirement

Commercial/Industrial
Area Shielded
Fully
Fully
Fully
Fully
Fully
Fully
No requirement

lights Fully

Fully

lights No requirement

No requirement

Glass Tubes filled with
Neon, Argon, or Krypton
Mercury Vapor
Halogen
Searchlights for advertising
purposes
Laser source light or similar
light intensity light for
advertising purposes

No requirement

No requirement

Prohibited
Prohibited
Prohibited

Fully
Fully
Prohibited

Prohibited when projected
above the horizontal

Prohibited when projected
above the horizontal

(b) Determination of light trespass. Light trespass shall be determined in compliance
with Subsection 83.07.030(a), above.
(c) Additional standards for recreation facilities. The following additional standards
shall apply to recreational facilities:
(1) Private recreational facilities shall not be illuminated between the hours of 11:00
p.m. and sunrise.
(2) Public recreational facilities shall not be illuminated unless the facilities are
being utilized. The illumination shall be turned off no later than 11:00 p.m. or
one hour after the termination of the event and/or use, whichever occurs last.
(d) Additional standards for off-site signs (billboards) and on-site signs. Lighting
fixtures used to illuminate a new off-site sign and exterior illuminated on-site signs
shall be mounted on the top of the sign structure and shall comply with the shielding
requirements in Table 83-7 (Shielding Requirements for Outdoor Lighting in the
Mountain Region and Desert Region), above.

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(e) Exempt lighting and fixtures. The following outdoor lighting fixtures shall be
exempt from the requirements of this Section:
(1) Fixtures producing light directly by the combustion of fossil fuels (e.g., kerosene
lanterns, gas lamps, etc.).
(2) Neon, argon or krypton outdoor lighting fixtures.
(3) Outdoor lighting fixtures on facilities or lands owned, operated, or controlled by
the United States Government or State of California. Voluntary compliance at
those facilities is encouraged.
(4) Emergency lighting operated by a public utility or agency during the course of
repairing or replacing damaged facilities.
(5) Emergency lighting and fixtures necessary to conduct rescue operations, provide
emergency medical treatment, or address any other emergency situation.
(6) Provided there is no light pollution, or light trespass, or when the lighting fixtures
are regulated by motion detector, lighting fixtures within five feet of an entrance
or exit door and/or alcove of a dwelling unit, not exceeding a height of eight feet
and a wattage not exceeding 75 watts.
(7) Internally illuminated signs.
(8) Holiday lighting fixtures or displays.
(9) Architectural lighting whether it is freestanding or attached to a structure that
does not exceed an intensity of 60 watts.
(10) Pedestrian lighting that does not have an intensity greater than 60 watts.
(11) Vertical lighting for properly displayed U.S. and State of California flags that
does not exceed an intensity of 140 watts.
(f)

Nonconforming lighting.
(1) Existing nonconforming outdoor lighting fixtures that were not regulated by
previous development codes shall be allowed continued use, except that the
lighting shall not be structurally altered so as to extend its useful life, aside from
regular maintenance. If the Director determines that a nonconforming lighting
fixture results in light pollution or light trespass, the Director may require the
light to either be shielded, filtered, redirected, replaced with a less intense light
source or otherwise modified (including removal if necessary) to eliminate the
light pollution or light trespass.

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(2) In those cases where the Director has determined that light pollution or light
trespass exists, the Director may grant additional time for the property owner to
remedy the light pollution or light trespass where a hardship exists. In
determining if a hardship exists, the following factors shall be considered:
(A) The degree of difficulty in accessing the fixture;
(B) Financial difficulty or cost of correcting the light pollution or light trespass;
(C) Degree of light pollution or light trespass; or
(D) Other similar issues.
(3) When a hardship exists and a request for temporary relief from the immediate
compliance of a remedy action has been submitted to the Director, the following
findings shall be made to grant the relief:
(A) Special circumstances or conditions apply to the land, structure(s), or
outdoor light fixtures for which temporary administrative relief is sought,
and the circumstances or conditions are peculiar to the land, structure(s), or
outdoor light fixtures and do not apply generally to the land, structure(s), or
outdoor light fixtures in the neighborhood.
(B) The granting of the temporary administrative relief will generally be in
harmony with the intent of this Section and will not be injurious to the
neighborhood or otherwise detrimental to the public welfare.
(4) When a request for temporary relief has been submitted to the Department in a
hardship case, the Director shall make a determination within 10 business days
from the date of the submission of the request and promptly notify the applicant
in writing of the decision. Temporary relief shall not exceed a period of 90 days.
The Director's determination may be appealed to the Commission within 10 days
of the decision. Should additional time be required, the request shall be
forwarded to the Commission for review and consideration through the
Temporary Use Permit process in compliance with Chapter 85.15 (Temporary
Use Permits).
(5) The Director may forward the request for temporary relief to the Commission
based upon the degree of light pollution or light trespass, costs of correcting the
light pollution or light trespass, or other similar issues.
(6) In those cases where the Director has determined that light pollution or light
trespass exists, and that adjustment or removal of the nonconforming light
structure is required, the Director shall fix a time for the adjustment or removal
of the nonconforming lighting fixture commensurate with the investment value
and related to the depreciated value of the lighting fixture. The determination
may only be made after notice to the owner.

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(7) Where the Director has determined the continued existence of a nonconforming
light is detrimental to the public health, safety or general welfare, or is a public
nuisance, the use of the light may be immediately terminated or abated in
compliance with the following procedure:
(A) A public hearing before the Commission shall be used to process this
termination or abatement.
(B) A Notice of Termination and a copy of the findings shall be sent to the
property owner at least 30 days before the public hearing. Public notice
shall be given in compliance with Chapter 86.07 (Public Hearings).
(C) If a termination is ordered, the Commission may provide for a reasonable
period of time to amortize any lawful existing uses on the site. Extensions
of this time period may be granted for good cause shown on later
application to the reviewing authority by any affected person.
(8) In commercial and industrial land use zoning districts, 50 percent of all
nonconforming lighting fixtures within parking lots or within open lot sale areas
shall be turned off within one hour after closing or between the hours of 10:00
p.m. and sunrise, whichever occurs first.
(A) In those cases where turning off 50 percent of the nonconforming lighting
fixtures would constitute a hardship, the Director may grant an
administrative exemption based on the following findings:
(I)

Special circumstances or conditions apply to the land, structure(s), or
outdoor light fixtures for which temporary administrative relief is
sought, and the circumstances or conditions are peculiar to the land,
structure(s), or outdoor light fixtures and do not apply generally to the
land, structure(s) or outdoor light fixtures in the neighborhood;

(II) The strict application of this Section would deprive the applicant
reasonable use of the land, structure(s), or outdoor fixtures;
(III) The granting of the temporary administrative relief will generally be in
harmony with the intent of this Section and will not be injurious to the
neighborhood or otherwise detrimental to the public welfare.
(B) When a request for an administrative exemption has been submitted to the
Department in a hardship case, the Director shall make a determination
within 10 business days from the date of the submission of the request for
an administrative exemption and promptly notify the applicant in writing of
the decision. The Director shall determine the period of administrative
exemption consistent with Section 83.07.040(f)(8)(D). The Director's
determination may be appealed to the Commission within 10 days of the
decision. Should additional time be required, the request shall be forwarded
to the Commission for review and consideration through the Temporary
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Use Permit process in compliance with Chapter 85.15 (Temporary Use
Permits).
(C) The Director may forward the request for an administrative exemption to
the Commission based upon the degree of light pollution or light trespass,
costs of correcting the light pollution or light trespass or other similar
issues.
(D) In those cases where the Director determines that turning off 50 percent of
the nonconforming lighting fixtures is a hardship to the business operator,
the Director shall fix a time for the termination of the use of the
nonconforming lighting fixture commensurate with the investment value
and related to the depreciated value of the lighting fixture. The
determination may only be made after notice to the owner.
(E) In those cases where the Director has determined that light pollution or light
trespass still exists even when 50 percent of all nonconforming lights are
turned off, and that adjustment or removal of the nonconforming light
structure(s) is required, the Director shall fix a time for the adjustment or
removal of the nonconforming lighting fixture(s) commensurate with the
investment value and related to the depreciated value of the lighting fixture.
The determination may only be made after notice to the owner.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4245 (2014)

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CHAPTER 83.08

83.08

HILLSIDE GRADING STANDARDS

Sections:
83.08.010
83.08.020
83.08.030
83.08.040
83.08.010

Purpose
Applicability
Hillside Grading Review
Hillside Grading Standards
Purpose

This Chapter establishes regulations for development within hillside areas to:
(a) Facilitate appropriate hillside development through standards and guidelines for
hillside areas.
(b) Ensure that development in the hillside areas is designed to fit the existing landform.
(c) Preserve significant features of the natural topography, including swales, canyons,
streams, knolls, ridgelines, and rock outcrops.
(d) Provide a safe means of ingress, egress and traffic flow for all forms of permissible
traffic within hillside areas.
(e) Provide alternative approaches to conventional grading practices by achieving
development intensities that are consistent with the natural characteristics of hillside
areas (e.g., land form, scenic quality, slopes, and vegetation).
(f)

Encourage the planning, design, and development of sites that provide maximum
safety with respect to fire hazards, exposure to geological hazards, drainage, erosion
and siltation, and materials of construction; provide the best use of natural terrain; and
to discourage development that will create or disproportionately increase fire, flood,
slide, or other safety hazards to public health, welfare, and safety.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.08.020

Applicability

(a) Slope gradient of 15 percent or greater. The standards contained in this Chapter
apply to all uses and structures within areas having a natural slope gradient of 15
percent or greater over the area being graded and requiring a Grading Permit. For the
purpose of this Chapter, slope shall be computed as set forth in Section 83.08.040(b)
for the area being graded before grading is commenced.

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(b) Site conditions requiring Hillside Grading Review. If the slope gradient is 15
percent or greater and if any one of the following thresholds applies on a particular site
meeting the criteria set forth in subsection (a) above, a full analysis and compliance
with this Chapter shall be required and a Hillside Grading Review shall be conducted
in compliance with Section 83.08.030 (Hillside Grading Review):
(1) The volume of proposed grading is more than 500 cubic yards per lot or more
than a total of 2,000 cubic yards for the total project.
(2) If retaining walls or the proposed cut or fill slopes greater than 15 feet in height
will be visible and exposed to permanent public view or will be adjacent to
designated open space or public lands.
(3) The width of proposed cut or fill slopes is greater than 75 feet in the Valley and
Mountain Regions and 150 feet in the Desert Region as measured at the widest
point of the slope.
(4) The area of proposed disturbance is more than 50 percent of the site area, or the
proposed disturbed area exceeds 10,000 square feet, whichever is less.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4067 (2009)
83.08.030

Hillside Grading Review

A subdivision, land use permit, or Building Permit application for a site or development that
meets or exceeds the thresholds in Section 83.08.020 (Applicability) shall require a Hillside
Grading Review.
(a) Procedure. The review shall be conducted concurrently with any required
discretionary review or in conjunction with an application for a Grading Permit for
any project that meets or exceeds the thresholds listed in Section 83.08.020
(Applicability).
(b) Submittal requirements. An application for a Hillside Grading Review shall require
the following documents, reports, maps and such others as determined appropriate by
the Director. Exceptions to the filing requirements shall require a written justification
supported by factual information submitted to the Director for consideration. Some of
the required submittals listed below may be displayed on a single map or plan.
(1) Natural features map. A natural features map shall identify all existing slope
banks, ridgelines, canyons, natural drainage courses, Federally recognized blue
line streams, rock outcroppings, and existing vegetation. When a geology report
is required, landslides and other existing geologic hazards shall also be depicted.
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(A) A legend with appropriate symbols shall include the following items:
change in direction of drainage, elevation of regulated trees subject to the
provisions of Section 88.01.070(b) (Regulated trees), estimated volumes
proposed to be cut and/or filled, finished floor elevations, high point, low
point, pad elevations, spot elevations, top of curb, and top of wall.
(B) A separate map, with proposed fill areas colored in green and cut areas
colored in red, with areas where cut and/or fill exceed depths established in
compliance with this Chapter. If custom foundations are proposed, this shall
be noted on the map. Additionally, the area of cut and/or fill, calculated as a
percentage of the total surface area of the site, shall be included on the plan;
and
(C) Contours for existing and natural land conditions and proposed work.
Existing contours shall be depicted with a dashed line with every fifth
contour line darker; and proposed contours shall be depicted similarly with
solid lines. Contours shall be shown at maximum five-foot intervals above
20 percent slope.
(3) Drainage map. A conceptual drainage and flood control facilities map
describing planned drainage improvements.
(4) Slope analysis map. A slope analysis map for the purpose of determining the
amount and location of land as it exists in its natural state falling into each slope
category as specified in this subparagraph. This map shall be prepared and signed
by a registered civil engineer or licensed land surveyor, and shall have a scale of
not less than one inch to 100 feet and a contour interval of not more than two
feet, provided that the contour interval may be five feet when the slope is more
than 20 percent. A scale of not less than one inch to 200 feet may be used for
developments greater than 100 acres in size. This map shall show the closest
structures on all contiguous properties. It shall delineate slope bands in the range
of zero to less than 15 percent, 15 to less than 30 percent, 30 percent to less than
40 percent, and 40 percent or greater. Also included shall be a tabulation of the
land/area in each slope category specified in acres.
(5) Slope profiles. A sufficient number of slope profiles shall be provided as
required by the Director to clearly illustrate the extent of the proposed grading.
The slope profiles shall:
(A) Be drawn at the same scale and indexed, or keyed, to the grading plan, and
project site map.
(B) Show existing and proposed topography, structures, and infrastructure.
Proposed topography, structures, and infrastructure shall be drawn with a
solid, heavy line. Existing topography and features shall be drawn with a
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(C) The slope profile shall extend far enough from the project site boundary to
clearly show impact on adjacent property, within at least 150 feet.
(D) The profiles shall be drawn along those locations of the project site where:
(I) The greatest alteration of existing topography is proposed;
(II) The most intense or dense development is proposed;
(III) The site that is most visible from surrounding land uses; and
(IV) At all site boundaries illustrating maximum and minimum conditions.
(E) At least two of the slope profiles shall be roughly parallel to each other and
roughly perpendicular to existing contour lines. At least one other slope
profile shall be roughly at a 45-degree angle to the other slope profiles and
existing contour lines.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.08.040

Hillside Grading Standards

(a) Landform grading and revegetation standards. Incorporation of the basic
principles of the landform grading and revegetation concept in the design and
construction of hillside development projects shall be required so that they will be in
harmony with the natural topography and reflect existing plant distribution patterns.
The general principles of landform grading and revegetation include the following
elements:
(1) The basic land plan flows with the natural topography rather than against it. This
means that street patterns and building pad configurations follow the underlying
topographic features rather than cutting across them. See Figure 83-6.

Figure 83-6
Development Follows Natural Topography

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(2) Manufactured sites.
(A) All manufactured cut and fill slopes exceeding 15 feet in height, which will
be either exposed to permanent public view or are adjacent to
environmentally sensitive areas, shall be designed with features
characteristic of natural slopes so that their ultimate appearance will
resemble a natural slope. This shall include slopes along streets and
highways, slopes adjacent to parks, schools, open spaces, and other public
facilities, and other prominent and highly visible slopes. See Figure 83-7.
(B) Side setback slopes and rear setback slopes, less than 25 feet in height, need
not have landform design applied.
(C) Slope drainage devices (i.e., down drains and interceptor drains) shall be
designed so that they are built into the natural slope features and become
hidden from view.

Figure 83-7
Characteristics of Manufactured Slopes
(3) When not otherwise required, terracing and the associated concrete drainage
devices (i.e., terrace drains, down drains, and interceptor drains) distract from
efforts to give cut and fill slopes a natural appearance and are therefore
discouraged.
(4) Landscaping shall be applied in patterns resembling native plant distribution. See
Figure 83-8.

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Figure 83-8
Patterns of Landscaping
(b) Slope analysis.
(1) Calculating average slope. Use one of the following formulas or an acceptable
alternative approved by the Director that would accurately portray the steepness
of areas throughout the site that are proposed for development and preservation
in open space to calculate the weighted average natural slope by slope category
for the entire project site and the weighted average for the area to be graded:
Example #1:
Weighted Average Slope = 0.002296 IL/A
I = Contour interval in feet
L = Summation of length of all contours in feet
A = Area in acres of parcel being considered (minimum area
to be considered shall be 10,000 square feet)
Example #2:
Weighted Average Slope = 100 IL/a
I = Contour interval in feet
L = Summation of length of all contours in feet
a = Area in square feet of parcel being considered (minimum area
to be considered shall be 10,000 square feet)
(2) Slope categories. Table 83-8 (Slope Categories) provides standards for hillside
slopes in areas that will not be landform graded. These standards ensure that
development will complement the existing character and topography of the land.
The standards for one category may be applied to limited portions of the site in
an adjacent category when a project is developed on a site with more than one
slope category. The maximum allowable density for residential projects shall be
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Standards) or in Section 82.13.060 (FS1, FS2 and FS3 Development Standards)
if the projects is located within a Fire Safety Overlay.

TABLE 83-8
SLOPE CATEGORIES
Slope
Category

1

2

3

Weighted
Average Natural
Slope
Gradient

Site Standards

Structures shall conform to the natural topography and natural grade
by using appropriate techniques, including stepped or split-level
foundations, stem walls, stacking, and clustering. Walls shall be as
15% to less than
natural appearing as possible. Conventional grading may be
30%
considered for limited portions of a project when its plan includes
special design features, extensive open space, or significant use of
greenbelts.
Development within this category shall be restricted to those sites
where it can be demonstrated that safety will be maximized while
30% to less than environmental and aesthetic impacts will be minimized. Use of large
40%
parcels, variable setbacks, and variable building structural techniques
(e.g., stepped foundations) shall be expected. Extra erosion control
measures may be included as conditions of approval.
This is an excessive slope condition. Pad grading shall not be
40% and greater allowed. Grading for driveways and roads shall be reviewed through
the Minor Use Permit application process.
(c) Grading.
(1) Grading standards.
(A) Cut and fill slopes shall not be created greater than 50 percent (2:1).
(B) Where cut or fill conditions are created, slopes shall be varied rather than
left at a constant angle that may be unstable or create an unnatural, rigid,
"engineered" appearance. See Figure 83-9.

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Figure 83-9
Variations in Cut and/or Fill Slopes

(C) The toe and crest of any slope in excess of 10 feet in vertical height shall be
rounded with vertical curves of radii no less that five feet and designed in
proportion to the total height of the slope.
(D) A manufactured slope bank shall not exceed 30 feet in vertical height unless
no feasible alternative exists or unless grading can be significantly reduced
by increasing slope height. However, the use of an alternative design is
strongly recommended as the desirable approach in reducing grading and
slope height. Any bank exceeding 25 feet in height, regardless of length,
shall have variable gradients.
(E) Grading shall be phased so that prompt revegetation or construction will
control erosion. Where feasible, only those areas that will be built on,
resurfaced, or landscaped shall be disturbed. Topsoil shall be stockpiled
during rough grading and used on cut and fill slopes whenever feasible.
Revegetation of cut and fill slopes shall occur within three months of
grading completion.

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(F) Grading operations shall be prohibited during the rainy season, October 15
to April 15, unless adequate erosion control measures are implemented as
approved by the Director to control run-off and retain sediment on-site.
(G) Retaining walls associated with lot pads shall not exceed four feet in height,
where they will be visible to the public. Where an additional retained
portion is necessary due to unusual or extreme conditions (i.e., parcel
configuration, steep slope, or road design), the use of terraced retaining
structures shall be considered on an individual parcel basis and shall only be
allowed where landscaping is provided between the walls to soften the
overall appearance. Terraced walls shall be separated by a minimum of
three feet with appropriate landscaping. No more than three terraced or
stepped walls shall be permitted without obtaining a Variance for more.
Terraced retaining walls shall not be used as a typical solution within a
development and shall be limited to the minimum required subject to
approval of the Director.
(H) Parcel lines shall be placed two feet beyond top of major slope areas within
public view corridors to help ensure their maintenance by the downhill
owner.
(I)

Where feasible, graded areas shall be designed with manufactured slopes
located on the uphill side of structures, thereby hiding the slope behind the
structure. See Figure 83-10.

Figure 83-10
Manufactured Slopes Located at Rear of Lot

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On parcels sloping with the street and other configurations not addressed
above in this subparagraph 1, one retaining wall, not to exceed 42 inches in
height, may be used in a side setback where necessary. See Figure 83-11.

Figure 83-11
Retaining Walls for Side Setbacks
(2) Drainage standards.
(A) Debris basins, riprap, and energy dissipating devices shall be provided
where necessary to reduce erosion when grading is undertaken. Except for
necessary flood control facilities and road and utility crossings, significant
natural drainage courses shall be protected from grading activity. In
instances where crossing is required, a natural crossing and bank protection
shall be preferred over steel and concrete systems, where such crossing is
feasible. Where brow ditches are required, they shall be naturalized with
plant materials and native rocks.
(B) Terrace drains shall follow landform slope configuration. Down drains shall
not be placed in exposed positions. Down drains shall be hidden in swales
diagonally or curvilinearly across a slope face. In this manner they shall be
built into the overall landform of the slope. See Figure 83-12.

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This

Not This
Figure 83-12
Drains Follow Topography
(C) Building Permits and Grading Permits shall not be issued for construction
on any site without an approved location for disposal of runoff waters, (i.e.,
a drainage channel, public street or alley, or private drainage easement).
(D) The use of cross lot drainage shall be subject to the Director’s review and
may be approved after demonstration that this method will not adversely
affect the proposed parcels or adjacent properties, and that it is absolutely
required in order to minimize the amount of grading that would result with
conventional drainage practices. Where cross lot drainage is utilized, the
following shall apply:
(I)

One parcel may drain across another parcel if an easement is provided
either within an improved, open V-swale gutter that has a naturalized
appearance or within a closed drainage pipe that should be a minimum
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12 inches in diameter. This drainage shall be conveyed to either a
public street or to a drainage easement. The easement width shall be
determined on an individual basis and shall be dependent on
appropriate hydrologic studies and access requirements.
(II) On-site drainage shall be conveyed in an improved, open V-swale
gutter that has a naturalized appearance, or within an underground pipe
as determined on an individual basis and shall be dependent on
appropriate hydrologic studies and access requirements.
(E) Slope drainage on graded slopes should be regulated per the California
Building Code.
(F) Natural drainage courses shall be preserved and enhanced to the extent
feasible. Rather than filling them in, drainage features shall be incorporated
as an integral part of the project design.
(3) Access, trails, and roadway standards.
(A) Driveway grades up to a maximum of 20 percent shall be allowed and shall
be aligned with the natural contours of the land. Proper design
considerations shall be employed (i.e., vertical curbs and parking landings).
Parking landings shall be utilized on all driveways over 10 percent in grade.

3’

3’

3’

3’

(B) Where retaining walls are necessary adjacent to roadways or within street
setbacks, they shall be limited to three feet in height where they will be
visible from the street in order to avoid obstruction of motorists' and
pedestrians' field of view and to create an aesthetically pleasing streetscape.
No more than four terraced or stepped retaining walls shall be utilized.
Walls shall be separated by a minimum of three feet and include appropriate
landscaping.

Figure 83-13
Retaining Walls Along Streets and in Setbacks
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(C) Roadways and driveways shall conform to the natural landform, where
feasible. They shall not greatly alter the physical and visual character of a
hillside by creating large notches in ridgelines, defining wide straight
alignments, or by building switch-backs on visually prominent hillsides.
Split sections and parking bays shall be utilized in the layout of hillside
streets.
(D) Where road construction is allowed in hillside areas, the extent of
vegetation disturbance and visual disruption shall be minimized by the
combined use of retaining structures and regrading to approximate the
natural slope. The following techniques shall be used where feasible:
(I)

Utilize landform revegetation planting in order to create a natural
appearance and provide a sense of privacy.

(II) Reduce the visual and safety impacts by use of terraced retaining walls
and landscaping.
(III) Split roadways increase the amount and appearance of landscaping and
the median can be used to handle drainage.
(4) Site design.
(A) The dimensions of a structure parallel to the direction of the slope shall be
maximized in order to limit the amount of cutting and filling and to better
fit the structure to the natural terrain. See Figure 83-14.

Figure 83-14
Streets and Lots Follow Contours

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(B) Design of building sites shall be sensitive to the natural terrain. Structures
shall be located in ways that minimize grading and preserve natural features
(i.e., knolls or ridgelines). See Figure 83-15.

Figure 83-15
Preserve Natural Features
(C) Projects shall incorporate variable setbacks, multiple orientations, and other
site planning techniques to preserve open spaces, protect natural features,
and offer views for residents.
(5) Landscaping standards. In addition to the requirements in Chapter 83.10
(Landscaping Standards) the following standards shall apply to hillside
development subject to the requirements of this Chapter:
(A) Native or naturalized plants or other plant species that blend with the
landscape shall be utilized in all areas with required planting.
(B) Fire retardant plant materials shall be utilized.
(C) A permanent landscape and irrigation system, for purposes of establishing
and maintaining required planting, shall be installed on all slopes. The
emphasis shall be toward using plant materials that will eventually need
minimal irrigation. Water and energy conservation techniques shall be
utilized, including drip irrigation, reclaimed water, and xeriscape. Within
the Desert Region, if a natural landscape palette is selected, permanent
irrigation need not be provided if it is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the
Director that permanent irrigation is unnecessary. Drip irrigation need not
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efficient. Reclaimed water need be used only in situations where it is
available at the site.
(D) Landscaping shall be used to screen views of downslope building
elevations. When the structure height exceeds 20 feet from finished grade
on a downslope, additional landscaping shall be required and a landscaping
plan shall be submitted for review with the submittal package.
(E) Slopes with required planting shall be planted with informal clusters of trees
and shrubs to soften and vary the slope plane. Where required by the
County, jute netting or similar material shall be used to help stabilize
planting and minimize soil erosion.
(F) Native vegetation shall be retained and supplemented within undeveloped
canyons and along natural drainage courses as allowed by State and Federal
resource agencies (e.g., State Department of Fish & Game, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, etc.).
(G) Landscaping shall become a "revegetation" process and be applied in
patterns that occur in nature: Trees and shrubs shall be concentrated largely
in concave areas, while convex portions shall be planted mainly with
groundcovers.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
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Infrastructure Improvement Standards

CHAPTER 83.09

83.09

INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT STANDARDS

Sections:
83.09.010
83.09.020
83.09.030
83.09.040
83.09.050
83.09.010

Purpose
Applicability
Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Valley Region
Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Mountain Region
Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Desert Region
Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to establish the infrastructure improvements required for proposed
development in order to ensure that the development does not result in fiscal liabilities to County
residents. The intent is to require an appropriate range of infrastructure facilities and services to
support areas of high intensity development and areas of low intensity development. The
requirements are based upon the direct relationship between the intensity of land uses and the
amounts of facilities and services that are needed to support the uses.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.09.020

Applicability

The standards provided in this Chapter apply to all new residential and nonresidential
subdivisions and non-residential development in the Valley Region, Mountain Region, and
Desert Region of the County. Where indicated, some of these standards may apply to ministerial
permits (e.g., Building Permits). Infrastructure requirements for residential development on
existing lots of record are listed in Section 84.21.030 (Minimum Residential Construction
Standards) and Section 84.16.040 (Development Standards Applicable to All Multi-Family
Projects).
The road dedication and street improvement standards provided in this Chapter do not apply to:
(1) the alteration or enlargement of an existing building or structure on a lot or parcel of land if
the total square footage of such alteration or enlargement, and all other alterations or
enlargements completed three (3) years prior to the date of the application for a permit for such
alteration or enlargement, does not exceed one-half (1/2) of the original square footage of all
buildings and structures on such lot or parcel of land, or (2) the erection of one or more
accessory structures (not including accessory dwellings) as defined in Subsection 810.01.030(g)
of the County Code. For purposes of this section, “original square footage” means the square
footage of all buildings and structures that existed on such lot or parcel of land three (3) years
prior to the date of the application for such permit.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
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Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Valley Region

Table 83-9 identifies the infrastructure improvements required for all new residential and
nonresidential subdivisions and non-residential development in the Valley Region.
Table 83-9
Infrastructure Improvement Standards
Valley Region

STANDARDS

Residential and
Agricultural Land Uses
(Lot sizes are the size of the
resultant parcels
after subdivision)
1 acre or
less

More than
1 to less
than 2.5
acres

Y = Yes
Legal and physical access
Grants of Easements (1)(9)
Paved Access (9)
Internal access (internal roads)
Perimeter access (road abutting
subject property)
Off-site access (paving to nearest
paved road)
Curbs and gutters(2)(9)
Sidewalks(2)(9)
Street lights
Standard spacing including
intersections
Intersections only
Water
Water purveyor(5)
Substantiated well water
Sanitation
Sewer (7)
Septic systems (8)
Drainage improvements (9)
Fireflow
(1)
(2)

(3)

(4)
(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)
(9)

Commercial
and
Institutional
Land Uses

Industrial
Land Uses

All lot sizes

All lot sizes

2.5 acres
or
greater

NA = Not Allowed
Y
Y

N = Not required
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y
Y
Y
(2 sides)

Y
Y
Y (4)
(1 side)

Y
Y (3)

Y
Y

Y
Y

N

Y

Y

Y
N

N
N

Y
N

Y
N

Y
NA
Y
or
Y
Y
Y

Y
NA
Y
or
Y
Y
Y

N
Y
Y
or
Y (6)
Y
or
Y
Y
Y

Y
N

Y
N

Y
N
Y
Y

Y
N
Y
Y

Necessary rights-of way for transportation and circulation, drainage and flood control facilities, and utilities included.
These requirements may be waived within infill areas where there is no plan or financing mechanism in place to provide such
improvements to other existing properties and where, as a result, such improvements will not be connected to other infrastructure.
The Public Works Department shall require curbs and gutters, if necessary, to control vehicle access and street drainage. May be
required by Caltrans on State highways.
Sidewalks may be required on both sides of the street by the Public Works Department if needed for pedestrian safety.
Projects shall connect to a water purveyor when the nearest property line is within 200 ft. of a water line. This requirement shall
be increased by 100 ft. for each dwelling unit in the project.
Individual well allowed if no water purveyor is available and when consistent with Water Master requirements in adjudicated
groundwater basins.
Sewers shall be required within established sewer service districts and outside such districts when required by the WQCB.
Projects shall connect to a sewer system when the nearest property line is within 200 ft. of a sewer line. This requirement shall be
increased by 100 ft. for each dwelling unit in the project.
Septic systems are allowed only if the subject parcel is larger than one-half acre or meets WQCB requirements.
Waivers or modifications to these requirements may be considered pursuant to Section 83.05.070 of this Code.

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Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4242 (2014)
83.09.040

Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Mountain Region

Table 83-10 identifies the infrastructure improvements required for all new residential and
nonresidential subdivisions and non-residential development in the Mountain Region.
Table 83-10
Infrastructure Improvement Standards
Mountain Region
Residential and
Agricultural Land Uses
(Lot sizes are the size of the resultant parcels
after subdivision)

STANDARDS
1 acre or
less

More than
1 to less
than 2.5
acres
Y = Yes

Legal and physical access
Grants of Easements (1)(10)
Paved Access(10)
Internal access (internal roads)
Perimeter access (roads abutting
subject property)
Off-site access (paving to nearest
paved road)
Curbs and gutters (2)(3)(10)
Sidewalks (3)(4)(10)
Street lights at intersections only (collectors
or higher) (5)
Water
Water purveyor(6)
Substantiated well water
Sanitation
Sewer (8)
Septic systems (9)
Drainage improvements (10)
Fireflow
(1)
(2)

(3)

(4)
(5)
(6)

(7)
(8)

(9)

Commercial
and
Institutional
Land Uses

Industrial
Land
Uses

All lot sizes

All lot sizes

2.5 acres
or
greater
NA = Not Allowed

N = Not required

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y
Y
N

Y
Y
N

Y
N
N

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
N

Y

Y
Y
NA
Y
or
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
or
Y (7)

Y

Y
NA
Y
or
Y
Y
Y

N
Y
or
Y (7)
Y
or
Y
N
Y

Y
N
Y
Y

Y
N
Y
Y

Y
N

Necessary rights-of way for transportation and circulation, drainage and flood control facilities, and utilities included.
The Public Works Department shall require curbs, gutters and sidewalks if necessary to control vehicle access, street drainage,
and to provide pedestrian safety. Curb and gutters may be required by Caltrans on State highways.
These requirements may be waived within infill areas where there is no plan or financing mechanism in place to provide such
improvements to other existing properties and where, as a result, such improvements will not be connected to other infrastructure.
Sidewalks may be required on both sides of the street by the Public Works Department if needed for pedestrian safety.
Shall be in compliance with the requirements of Chapter 83.07 (Glare and Outdoor Lighting).
Projects shall connect to a water purveyor when the nearest property line is within 200 ft. of a water line. This requirement shall
be increased by 100 ft. for each dwelling unit in the project.
Individual well allowed if no water purveyor is available for residential and institutional uses.
Sewers shall be required within established sewer service districts and outside such districts when required by the WQCB.
Projects shall connect to a sewer system when the nearest property line is within 200 ft. of a sewer line. This requirement shall be
increased by 100 ft. for each dwelling unit in the project.
Septic systems are allowed only if the subject parcel is larger than one-half acre or meets WQCB requirements.

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Waivers or modifications to these requirements may be considered pursuant to Section 83.05.070 of this Code.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4242 (2014)
83.09.050

Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Desert Region

Table 83-11 identifies the infrastructure improvements required for all new residential and
nonresidential subdivisions and non-residential development in the Desert Region.
Table 83-11
Infrastructure Improvement Standards

Desert Region

STANDARDS

Residential and
Agricultural Land Uses
(Lot sizes are the size of the resultant
parcels
after subdivision)
1 to less
2.5 acres
Less than
than 2.5
or
1 acre
acres
greater
Y = Yes

Commercial and
Institutional Land
Uses

Industrial
Land Uses

All lot sizes

All lot sizes

NA = Not Allowed

N = Not required

Legal and physical access

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Grants of Easements (1)(16)
Paved Access(16)
Internal access (internal roads)
Perimeter access (roads abutting subject
property)
Off-site access (paving to nearest paved
road)
Curbs and gutters(5)(6)(16)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y (2)(3)

Y (4)

Y (4)

Y

Y (2)(3)

Y (2)(3)

Y

Y

Y
Y
Y
(2 sides)

Y (2)(3)
N (7)
Y (8)
(1 side)

Y (2)(3)
N (7)

Y
N (7)

Y
N (7)

N

N (8)

N (8)

Sidewalks(6)(16)

Street lights
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Standard spacing including intersections (9)
Intersections only (9)
N
Y
N
N
N
Water
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y(11)
Water purveyor(10)
or
or
or
Y (12)
Y (12)
Y (12)
Substantiated well water
NA
N(11)
Sanitation
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Sewer (13)
or
or
or
or
Septic systems (14)
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Drainage improvements (16)
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Fireflow(15)
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
(1)
Necessary rights-of way for transportation and circulation, drainage and flood control facilities, and utilities included.
(2)
This requirement shall not apply to subdivisions where the resultant parcel sizes are at least twice the minimum lot size for the
land use zoning district in which they are located.
(3)
This requirement applies to all subdivisions creating 5 or more parcels. It will not apply to subdivisions created by Parcel Map
unless the subdivision is adjacent to an existing paved road.
(4)
Required on driveway approach when accessed from a paved road. For alternate paving standards in parking areas, refer to
Section 83.11.090 (Parking and Loading Development Standards).
(5)
A rolled asphalt berm may be substituted at the discretion of Public Works.
(6)
These requirements may be waived within infill areas where there is no plan or financing mechanism in place to provide such
improvements to other existing properties and where, as a result, such improvements will not be connected to other infrastructure.
(7)
The Public Works Department shall require curbs and gutters, if necessary, to control vehicle access and street drainage. May be
required by Caltrans on State highways.
(8)
Sidewalks may be required on both sides of the street by the Public Works Department if needed for pedestrian safety.

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(10)

(11)

(12)

(13)

(14)

(15)

(16)

83.09

Shall be in compliance with the requirements of Chapter 83.07 (Glare and Outdoor Lighting).
Projects shall connect to a water purveyor when the nearest property line is within 200 ft. of a water line. This requirement shall
be increased by 100 ft. for each residential lot in the project.
This requirement applies to all subdivisions creating 5 or more parcels. It will also apply to subdivisions created by Parcel Map if
the provisions of Section 83.09.060 cannot be met.
Individual well allowed if no water purveyor is available and when consistent with Water Master requirements in adjudicated
groundwater basins.
Sewers shall be required within established sewer service districts and outside such districts when required by the WQCB.
Projects shall connect to a sewer system when the nearest property line is within 200 ft. of a sewer line. This requirement shall be
increased by 100 ft. for each residential lot in the project.
Septic systems are allowed only if the subject parcel is consistent with the WQCB requirements or is not within sewer service
district.
Shall not be required for single-family dwellings and accessory structures on parcels of 2.5 acres or greater where such structures
are located 50 ft. from the property lines. Structures on the same parcel shall be separated in compliance with County fire
standards.
Waivers or modifications to these requirements may be considered pursuant to Section 83.05.070 of this Code.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4242 (2014)
83.09.060

Infrastructure Improvement Standards - Desert Region

The water and sanitation provisions in Table 83-11 shall be met for proposed subdivisions created
by Parcel Map in the Desert Region unless the following standards can be met:
(a) Wells shall be setback from all leach lines by 100 feet and from seepage pits by 150 feet.
(b) Wells shall be set back from all property lines where no leach lines exist on the adjacent
property by 50 feet.
(c) Septic systems with leach lines shall be setback from all wells by 100 feet.
(d) Septic systems with leach lines shall be setback from property lines where no leach lines
exist on the adjacent property by 50 feet.
(e) Septic systems with seepage pits shall be setback from all wells by 150 feet.
(f) Septic systems with seepage pits shall be setback from property lines where no leach
lines exist on the adjacent property by 75 feet.
(g) Applicants providing a preliminary Composite Development Plan showing the envelope
locations of the building/house pad, septic tanks/pits/leach fields, and water well do not
have to meet these requirements for the requirements listed above when supporting
engineering data is provided demonstrating feasibility of septic systems and wells. The
location will be denoted on the final Composite Development Plan that accompanies a
Final Map or Parcel Map.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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83.10

LANDSCAPING STANDARDS

Sections:
83.10.010
83.10.020
83.10.030
83.10.040
83.10.050
83.10.060
83.10.070
83.10.080
83.10.090
83.10.100
83.10.110
83.10.120
83.10.010

Purpose
Applicability
Exemptions from the Landscaping Requirements
Modification to the Landscaping Requirements
Landscape Documentation Package
Landscape Area Requirements
Landscape Standards
Regional Landscaping Standards
Irrigation Scheduling and Maintenance Required
Landscape Certificate of Completion
Non-potable/Recycled Water
Stormwater Management
Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to:
(a) Enhance the aesthetic appearance of the County by providing standards related to the
quality and functional aspects of landscaping and to recognize that landscapes are
essential to the quality of life within County by providing areas for active and passive
recreation. Additionally, landscapes are an enhancement to the environment by
benefiting air and water quality, helping to prevent and manage erosion, offering fire
protection, and helping to replace valuable ecosystems that may be lost during
development.
(b) Increase the compatibility between abutting land uses and public rights-of-way by
providing landscape screening and buffers.
(c) Protect public health, safety, and welfare by preserving property values and enhancing
pedestrian and vehicular traffic and safety.
(d) Provide for the conservation and protection of water resources through the efficient
use of water; appropriate use of plant materials suitable for climate and location;
regular maintenance of landscaped areas; and provide standards that are as effective in
conserving water as the State Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance, and
recognize the following:
(1) The waters of the State of California are of limited supply and are subject to ever
increasing demands from new land uses, existing land uses, residents of the State,
and more;

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(2) The continuation of the economic prosperity of the state and the County is
dependent upon the availability of adequate water supplies for the future and
future development.
(e) Retain the land’s hydrological role within the County’s three main watersheds; Santa
Ana, Lahontan, and Colorado and promote the infiltration of surface water into the
groundwater tables.
(f) Preserve existing natural vegetation, while incorporating the use of native plants, plant
communities, and ecosystems into landscaping design, where possible.
(g) Establish effective coordination with neighboring and local agencies, which promote
benefits of consistent landscape ordinances and standards in accomplishing the
common goal of managing the County’s water supply and quality.
(h) Promote the conservation of potable water by utilizing the use of recycled water and
other water conserving technology, where possible.
(i) Promote public education about water conservation and efficient water management.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4136 (2011);
Amended Ordinance 4245 (2014)

83.10.020

Applicability

(a) A landscape document package shall be submitted for review and approval for the
following projects:
(1) All new and rehabilitated landscapes associated with homeowner installed
residential uses (including single residential units/projects) with a total landscape
area that is 5,000 square feet or greater.
(2) All new and rehabilitated landscapes associated with any developer-installed
residential uses (including single and multiple residential projects) with a total
landscape area that is 2,500 square feet or greater.
(3) All new and rehabilitated landscapes associated with any owner and/or developer
installed commercial, institutional, and/or industrial uses with a total landscape
area that is 2,500 square feet or greater.
(4) All new and rehabilitated landscapes within cemeteries. These projects need
only prepare a water budget that specifies the facilities Maximum Applied Water
Allowance (MAWA) and Estimated Annual Water Use (EAWU), and they must
meet the provisions set forth in Sections 83.10.100 and 83.10.120 of this Chapter.
(5) Existing uses and structures. If existing physical constraints on the site (e.g.,
structures, parking, circulation, etc.) limit the amount of landscaping that can be
provided, whatever additional landscaping the site can accommodate towards
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(b) Local Agencies. If a local agency, such as a water purveyor, has adopted and
implemented specific water-efficient landscaping requirements, as outlined by State
Title 23, Division 2, Chapter 2.7 Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance, then
those requirements may be used for properties located within its service area in lieu of
this Chapter. If the local agency has not adopted and implemented specific waterefficient landscape requirements, then the water-efficient requirements outlined in this
Chapter shall be used when developing landscape plans for properties within its
service area.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009), Amended Ordinance 4136 (2011)

83.10.030

Exemptions from the Landscaping Requirements

The following projects shall be exempt from landscaping requirements:
(a) Those properties that have been registered as local, state, and/or federally historical
sites.
(b) Undisturbed portions of residential subdivisions, such as areas which are to remain
natural for native plant protection and/or management, for the protection of a wildlife
corridor, or for other natural resource management approach all of which, will not
require supplemental water or the approval as a viable landscape by the Director.
(c) Undisturbed portions of nonresidential project sites.
(d) Those properties that are currently in agricultural production are exempt from the
requirements of this Chapter. Commercial agriculture production requiring more
intense water usage shall be subject to separate water efficiency standards as regulated
by the State of California and local water resource agencies.
(e) Those properties that are part of an ecological restoration project(s) and do not require
the use of a permanent irrigation system.
(f)

Those properties that are part of a mined-land reclamation project(s) and do not
require the use a permanent irrigation system.

(g) Those plant collections, as part of botanical gardens and arboretums that are open to
the public.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009), Amended Ordinance 4136 (2011)

83.10.040

Modification to the Landscaping Requirements

(a) Director approval. The Director may approve modifications to the requirements of
this Chapter. The modifications shall be limited to the following:
(1) Minor modifications to the approved landscape documentation package that
comply with the spirit and intent of the requirements, including, but not limited
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irrigation specifications, hardscape components, berm heights and/or locations,
slope features, and other similar changes.
(2) Any minor modifications of planting, installation, and/or soil preparation details
as listed within the approved landscape documentation package.
(3) The occupancy of structures prior to the installation of landscaping due to
exceptional and unforeseen circumstances when a bond or other surety is
provided in compliance with Subsection 83.10.060(c) (Statement of surety).
(b) Conditions imposed in connection with modifications. In granting modifications to
any approved landscape documentation package, the Director may impose conditions
as deemed necessary to comply with the spirit and intent of these regulations.
(c) Fire Safety (FS) Overlay. The standards in this Chapter may be modified by Chapter
82.13 (Fire Safety (FS) Overlay).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009), Amended Ordinance 4136 (2011)

83.10.050

Landscape Documentation Package

(a) Landscape Documentation Package Requirements. A landscape documentation
package shall be submitted for review and approval for those projects specified in
Subsection 83.10.020 (Applicability), consisting of the following:
(1)

Title Sheet. Pertinent project information (i.e. applicant contact information,
representative contact information if applicable, assessor’s parcel number, etc.)
shall be included on a title sheet. The following statement is to be placed on the
title sheet of the landscape documentation package:
“I agree that this landscape documentation package complies with
the landscaping requirements as outlined by Chapter 83.10 of the
County of San Bernardino Development Code; as well as any other
requirements as outlined in supporting documentation regarding
water efficient-landscaping requirements provided by the County
of San Bernardino.”
The Title sheet shall bear the signature of a licensed professional authorized to
design landscape plans.

(2)

Demolition Plan. The landscape demolition plan, if applicable, shall show all
landscape elements, and/or hardscape elements, that will affect the proposed
landscaped areas, and identify each element to be removed or protected in place.
Any existing native or protected tree species with a six-inch or greater stem
diameter and/or 19 inches in circumference measured at four and half feet above
the average ground level from the base of the tree base shall not be removed
without a tree removal permit. The issuance of the tree removal permit and the
removal of any native or protected tree on-site shall comply with Chapter 88.01
(Plant Protection and Management). Within the Valley Region, native trees are
defined as three or more palm trees in linear plantings that are 50 feet or greater
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in height in established windrows, or parkway plantings, which are considered
heritage trees.
(3)

Construction Plan. The landscape construction plan shall detail the hardscape
elements, i.e. sidewalks, mowcurbs, aesthetic elements, etc., that are proposed as
part of the landscape design.

(4)

Water Budget. A project’s water budget shall be based on the following
calculations and shall be included on the irrigation plan:
(A) Maximum Applied Water Allowance (MAWA): The MAWA for the
project shall be calculated using the following formula:
MAWA (in gallons) = (ETo)(0.62)[(0.7 x LA) + (0.3 x SLA)]
Where:
(I)

ETo: The project area specific reference evapotranspiration rate
(inches), as outlined in the California Irrigation Management
Information System (CIMIS), other equivalent data, or soil moisture
sensor data.

(II) 0.62: The conversion factor, which converts acre-inches per acre per
year to gallons per square foot per year.
(III) 0.70: The ET adjustment factor, that, when applied to the ETo,
adjusts for plant factors and irrigation efficiency, which are two major
influences upon the amount of water that needs to be applied to the
project’s landscaped areas. Those areas using non-potable/recycled
water for irrigation purposes may use the ET adjustment factor, which
shall not exceed of 1.0. The ET adjustment factor is figured by
dividing the average site-wide plant factor, found in the Water Use
Classifications of Landscape Species, third edition (WUCOLS III),
with the average irrigation efficiency of 0.71, as defined by State law;
(IV) LA: The project’s total landscaped area (including SLA) in square
feet; and
(V) SLA: The project’s total special landscaped area (i.e. areas dedicated
to edible plants, areas irrigated with non-potable/recycled water, and
publicly accessible areas dedicated to active play such as parks, sports
fields, golf courses, and where turf provides a playing field or where
turf is needed for high traffic activities) in square feet.
(B) Estimated Annual Water Use (EAWU). The EAWU for project specific
hydrozones shall be calculated using the following formula:
EAWU (in gallons) = (ETo)(0.62)[((PF x HA)/IE) + SLA]
Where:
(I)

ETo: The project area specific reference evapotranspiration rate
(inches), as outlined in the California Irrigation Management

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Information System (CIMIS), other equivalent data, or soil moisture
sensor data.
(II) 0.62: The conversion factor, which converts acre-inches per acre, per
year to gallons per square foot, per year.
(III) PF: The plant factor found in the Water Use Classifications of
Landscape Species, third edition (WUCOLS III) publication,
available from the Department of Water Resources. The plant factors
range from: low (0 to 0.3), medium (0.4 to 0.6), and high (0.7 to 1.0).
(IV) HA: The hydrozone area in a square foot number based on water
usage areas within the particular landscaping area (i.e. high, medium,
and low, see above). If plants with low water requirements are used
within a medium water use hydrozone (those plants that can also
survive/flourish in a medium water use application), they shall be
counted as a medium water use in the water budget calculations. The
same requirement applies for those plants that can also be utilized in a
high water use application.
(V) IE: The irrigation efficiency of the projects irrigation systems. For
the purposes of determining the EAWU, the average irrigation
efficiency is assumed to be 0.71, based on State law. All project
irrigation systems shall be designed, maintained, and managed to
meet or exceed an average irrigation efficiency of 0.71, as defined by
State law.
(VI) SLA: The project’s total special landscaped area (i.e. areas dedicated
to edible plants, areas irrigated with non-potable/recycled water, and
publicly accessible areas dedicated to active play such as parks, sports
fields, golf courses, and where turf provides a playing field or where
turf is needed for high traffic activities) in square feet.
(VII) The landscaping plans shall provide the EAWU (in the same units as
the MAWA is provided) for each valve stationed on the project
specific irrigation controller. The sum of the projected EAWU shall
not exceed the projected MAWA for the project.
(5)

Landscape Planting Plan
(A) Plant Groupings. Plants selected for the landscape planting plan shall
have similar water needs and be grouped together in distinct hydrozones for
water maximum efficiency.
(B) Plant Hardiness. Plants selected for the landscape planting plan shall be
selected based upon their adaptability to the climate in which the project is
located, as well as the geologic and topographical conditions. Where
possible, the preservation and protection of existing native plant species
and natural areas shall be encouraged.

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(6)

Landscape Irrigation Plan. The plan shall include all components of the
irrigation system (i.e., valves, heads, sensors, etc.). The water budget
information shall be used in the preparation of the irrigation plan and shall be
included on the plan.

(7)

Hydrozone Plan. A separate hydrozone plan shall be prepared in conjunction
with the irrigation plan calling out the distinct hydrozone plant groupings.

(8)

Landscape Grading Plan. If the proposed grading exceeds 50 cubic yards, the
developer shall submit the most recent rough/precise grading plans and
elevations for the project site. These plans shall bear the signature of a licensed
professional authorized by law.

(9)

Soil Management Report. To help further reduce runoff and help encourage
healthy plant growth, a project-specific soil management report with soil
amendment recommendations shall be submitted as part of the landscape
documentation package.

(b) Review and approval. Prior to the issuance of permits, the developer shall submit a
complete Landscape Documentation Package for review and approval.
(c) Statement of surety. When required by the Director, a statement of surety in the
form of cash, performance bond, letter of credit, or certificate of deposit in an amount
equal to 120 percent of the total value of all plant materials, irrigation equipment,
installation, and maintenance shall be posted with the County for a two-year period.
The Director may require statements of surety for phased development projects, a
legitimate delay in landscape installation due to seasonal requirements (including
adverse weather conditions) and similar circumstances where it may not be advisable
or desirable to install all of a project’s landscaping before occupancy of a site.
(d) Local Water Purveyor. If special provisions have been arranged for a local water
purveyor to review and approve a specific project’s landscape documentation package,
a stamped set of plans approved by the local water purveyor shall be provided.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009), Amended Ordinance 4136 (2011)

83.10.060

Landscape Area Requirements

(a) General requirements.
(1) Setbacks. Setback and open space areas required by this Development Code
shall be landscaped based on the requirements of this Chapter, except the portion
where a sidewalk or driveway occur in the required setback. Required setbacks
that are screened from public view in commercial and industrial zones, and are
not adjacent to residentially-zoned property, are exempt from the provisions of
this Chapter.
(2) Unused areas. Areas of a project site not intended for a specific use shall be
landscaped based on the requirements of this Chapter, unless exempt in

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compliance with Subsection 83.10.030 (Exemptions from the Landscaping
Requirements).
(3) Parking areas. Parking areas shall be landscaped in compliance with Chapter
83.11 (Landscape Requirements for Parking Areas) and the water-efficient
landscaping requirements of this Chapter. Areas dedicated to parking lots shall
not be counted as part of the total lot area needed when computing the minimum
landscaped area in compliance with Table 83-12, nor shall the parking lot
landscaping be counted as part of the minimum landscaping required.
(4) Minimum area. Projects specified in Subsection 83.10.020 (Applicability) shall
provide and maintain landscaped areas in compliance with Table 83-12
(Minimum Landscaped Area). No landscaped area having a width of less than
five feet shall be considered in the minimum landscaping requirement.

Table 83-12
Minimum Landscaped Area
Minimum Landscape Area
Land Use

The factor resulting in the larger landscaped area shall be used.

Residential
Single-Family
Multi-Family (4 or more units)
Nonresidential
Industrial/Warehouse
Institutional
Office
Retail

As a % of Lot Area

Area in Sq. Ft.

Front and street side
setbacks
40%

900
N/A

15%
20%
20%
20%

1,000
500
1,000
1,000

(b) Area increase in lieu of parking spaces. In addition to required landscaping areas,
landscaping may be provided in lieu of 10 percent of the total number of parking
spaces required, provided the landscaping is arranged so that parking may be installed
at a later date if a demand arises, and further provided, that the owner agrees to
provide parking at the request of the reviewing agency.
(c) Variation of area coverage in planned developments. Variation of landscape
coverage may be allowed for individual parcels within planned developments
established in compliance with Chapter 85.10 (Planned Development Permits) when
the development as a whole meets the required coverage and the landscape
documentation package is consistent with the purpose and water-efficient
requirements of this Chapter.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4067 (2009), Amended Ordinance 4136 (2011)
83.10.070

Landscape Standards

(a) Design Standards. The elements within the landscape documentation package (i.e.
planting, irrigation, construction, etc.) shall incorporate the following:

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(1) Cohesive landscape design. Landscaped areas shall be made an integral part of
the overall project design and shall not be simply located in excess space after
parking areas and structures have been planned on-site. Additionally, landscaped
areas should have a coordinating design that blends with the architectural
influence of the site. Larger developments may utilize a variety of themes
throughout landscaped areas to distinguish key areas and elements within the
development, yet these design concepts shall be consistent with the unifying
concept established for the development.
(2) Scale and character. Landscape materials (i.e. planting and hardscape) shall be
selected so that the scale and character are appropriate to the site architecture
and/or use of the site.
(3) Functional landscapes. Landscaped areas shall be utilized to enhance and
define entrances, sidewalks, and pedestrian areas. Additionally, landscaped areas
shall be utilized to control microclimates as well as enhance views. Plant
materials that provided seasonal color via flowers or foliage shall be provided as
an accent to entrances and sidewalks, and shall be considered throughout the
landscape.
(4) Landscape design features. Aesthetic landscape design features such as
sculptures, decorative paving, benches, trellises, arbors, etc. shall be strongly
encouraged within landscaped areas. Aesthetic landscape design features do not
include driveways, parking areas, and/or storage areas.
(5) Sidewalks. All sidewalks shall be shown on the landscape plans (i.e. planting,
irrigation, construction, etc.). This will ensure proper planting and irrigation
design around proposed sidewalks.
(6) Alternative hardscape materials. Decomposed granite, pea gravel, mulch,
bark, recycled tire mulch, play area surfacing, and other similar materials may be
used in functional activity areas (i.e., patios, rear entry walks, trails, etc.).
(7) Water features. If a water feature such as a pond or fountain is used within a
project’s landscape then the project’s water budget calculations (MAWA) will
need to include the surface area of the water feature with the evaporation rate
equivalent to that of a high water use plant. Where available, if not utilized by
the public as a recreation source, a non-potable/recycled water source shall be
used for any decorative water features. Decorative water features shall be on a
recirculating system and shall be maintained on a regular basis.
(8) Screening. Planting material and/or hardscape material, such as block walls,
wood fencing, vinyl fencing, etc., shall be required to screen storage areas, trash
enclosures, parking areas, air conditioning units, and other such elements (except
residential driveways). Additionally, any above ground public utilities, such as,
but not limited to electrical substations, water storage facilities, and treatment
plants shall also be provided with perimeter landscape screening to the extent
possible.

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(9) Bio-swales. Where possible, bio-swales shall be incorporated into landscaped
areas to help maintain, manage, and prevent run-off. All bio-swales shall be a
mixture of hardscape materials, i.e. rocks, boulders, rip rap, and plant materials
suitable for bio-swales; impermeable surfacing shall be avoided in all bio-swales.
(10) High maintenance landscaping. High maintenance landscaped areas shall be
kept to a minimum. If high maintenance landscaped areas are proposed as part of
a project’s landscaping, these areas shall be located near primary uses and high
activity areas.
(11) Maximum height for clear sight triangles. Any planting material and/or
hardscape elements over 30 inches in height shall not be allowed within a clear
sight triangle formed by the intersection of public rights-of-way, parking lot
entrances and exits, pedestrian rights-of-way, driveways, or alleys as described in
Subsection 83.02.030 (Clear Sight Triangles).
(12) Phased development. Disturbed nonresidential project sites, including those
that have been approved with phasing, where future development is intended
within six months of approval, or intended to begin within six months after the
completion of a previous phase shall be hydro-seeded with a non-irrigated mix of
annuals and natives. Supplemental water shall be provided to the hydro-seeded
areas to establish plant health. The hydro-seeded areas shall be maintained in a
weed-free condition until development occurs on-site. The proposed hydro-seed
mix shall be submitted for review and approval.
(b) Planting Plan Requirements: Planting plans shall include the following:
(1)

Plant material varieties. Plant materials shall include water-conserving trees
(deciduous and evergreen), shrubs, and groundcover that are attractive and useful
for erosion control. The use of one predominant species shall be avoided to
prevent spread of disease and pests.

(2)

Plant material selection. Plant material shall be selected based on mature width
and spreads, level of maintenance, durability, aesthetic appeal, thematic qualities,
horticulture attributes, resistance to pests and diseases, soil type, slope coverage,
topography, and geologic conditions. Plant materials shall also be selected based
on their appropriate plant hardiness climate zones as defined by Sunset Western
Garden Book and their classifications per the WUCOLS III publication.

(3)

Coordination of plant materials. Plant types shall be grouped together based
on their water, soil, sun, and shade requirements, as well as their relation to
natural watercourses on-site, existing vegetation that is to remain, and their
relationship to building orientation. Plant types with different water needs shall
be placed on separate irrigation valves within specific hydrozones. Plant types
with similar classifications such as high and moderate, moderate and low, low
and very low, per the WUCOLS III publication, shall be grouped together in
planting areas.

(4)

Existing plant materials. To the extent feasible, mature plant materials that are
existing on-site and are deemed to be healthy shall be protected and preserved.
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Protected plant material shall be retained on-site or be protected in place, unless
otherwise approved in writing by the Director or the proper removal permit is
granted in compliance with Chapter 88.01 (Plant Protection and Management).
(5)

Native and drought-tolerant plant materials. Native and drought-tolerant
plant materials capable of surviving with a minimal amount of supplemental
water shall be utilized.

(6)

Mature Trees. Mature trees should be incorporated into landscape plans,
because specimen trees or groupings of existing trees can provide a new
development with immediate character, and should be considered as design
elements.

(7)

Shade trees. Shade trees, a mixture of deciduous and evergreen, shall be
provided for residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings,
parking lots, open space areas, etc. The trees shall be incorporated to provide
natural cooling opportunities and water conservation.

(8)

Invasive plants. The use of invasive plant materials shall be avoided in areas
near parks, buffers, greenbelts, water bodies, conservation areas/reserves, and
other open space areas because of the potential to cause harm to environmentally
sensitive areas.

(9)

Vines. To aid in the prevention of graffiti, self-clinging vines shall be planted to
help ensure full coverage of the public-facing side of all walls.

(10) Edible plants. If edible plant material is proposed as part of the landscape
design, it shall be clearly defined and kept separate from all other plant material.
Non-potable/recycled water shall not be used to irrigate edible plant material
areas.
(11) Fire-prone plants. Plant materials that are fire-prone and highly flammable
shall be avoided.
(12) Plant material spacing. Trees proposed within the road right-of-way shall be
planted 30 linear feet on-center from one another, unless another on-center
spacing is specified within the project’s conditions of approval. In open space
areas, trees shall be planted in odd number groupings to allow for a more natural
look and feel. The on-center spacing for shrub and groundcover materials shall
be based on the size of the specific plant species at maturity. Careful
consideration shall be given to proposed plant materials height and spreads so
that at maturity they do not interfere with service lines, a driver’s or pedestrian’s
view of public rights-of-way (e.g., the view of approaching, merging, or
intersecting traffic, etc.), or otherwise impair public safety, or interfere with the
safe operation of a motor vehicle on public streets.
(13) Plant material container sizes. Plant materials shall be provided in an array of
several of container sizes. Container sizes for plant material shall include:

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(A) Trees: 15 gallon, 24-inch box, 36-inch box, 48-inch box, and 52-inch box,
72-inch box, 96-inch box, and field dug.
(B) Palms: six- to 15-foot brown trunk height (BTH).
(C) Shrubs: one-gallon, two-gallon, five-gallon, and 15-gallon.
(D) Groundcovers: flats and one-gallon.
(14) Plant solar orientation. Plant materials shall be planted in a manner
considerate of solar orientation to help maximize summer shade and water
conservation.
(15) Turf. Turf areas shall be used in response to functional needs of the project, not
solely for aesthetic purposes, and shall be in compliance with the project’s water
budget calculations (MAWA). Where turf is installed, the use of warm season
turf shall be strongly encouraged. To help minimize irrigation runoff and
overspray landscape designs shall avoid proposing small, irregularly shaped turf
areas. Furthermore, unless subsurface or other low-flow or non-spray irrigation
is proposed, all turf areas shall be a minimum 24 inches away from nonpermeable surfaces as to minimize irrigation runoff and overspray.
(A)

Turf on slopes. Turf shall not be allowed on slopes that are greater than
25 percent and/or where the toe of the slope is adjacent to an impermeable
hardscape surface.

(B)

Turf in rights-of way. The placement of turf within County road rightsof-way shall be minimized. If turf is to be used in County road rights-ofway, there shall be no runoff or overspray from irrigation systems located
in the turf areas. If irrigation runoff and overspray cannot be obtained,
than turf shall not be used in that application.

(16) Mulch. All non-turf planting areas (except those areas that have been hydroseeded) shall be mulched to help in the retention of moisture, suppress weeds, to
help moderate damage to trees and shrubs, and help moderate soil temperature.
All non-turf planting areas shall be mulched with a two-inch minimum layer of
mulch. In those areas where groundcover has been planted from flats, the mulch
layer shall be one and one half inches.
(A)

Mulch on revegetation projects. The requirement for mulch may be
omitted for native revegetation projects upon the recommendation of the
project biologist.

(B)

Hydro-seeding mulch requirement. The mulching portion of the
seed/mulch slurry mix for hydro-seeding applications shall meet the
mulching requirements.

(C)

Mulch on slopes. The application of a stabilizing mulch product shall be
used on all slopes to help with water retention and erosion control.

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(17) Slope design. Slopes with a 5:1 ratio or greater; cut slopes with a five-foot
vertical height or greater; and fill slopes with a three-foot vertical height or
greater shall be protected against damage from erosion. In addition to the
stabilizing mulch, drought-tolerant plant material and hardscape features shall be
utilized on slopes to promote water retention and erosion control. Decorative
boulders and other suitable hardscape materials may be utilized on slopes, but the
dominant visual character of the slope shall be made up of drought-tolerant plant
materials. Shrubs shall be used in combination with lateral spreading
groundcovers; trees shall be used where slope exceeds 15’ vertical height. Trees
and shrubs shall be planted in visually attractive groupings that provide a more
natural appearance.
(18) Root barriers. Any tree planted within five feet of hardscape material shall
incorporate the use of a root barrier to help minimize hazards to the public.
Where possible, trees shall be planted in areas of public view adjacent to
structures, either individually or in groupings.
(c) Irrigation Plan Requirements: Irrigation plans shall include the following:
(1)

Efficiency. Irrigation systems shall be designed, installed, maintained, and
managed to achieve the highest efficiency rate as possible, and shall meet and
maintain an average efficiency rate of 0.71, as defined by State law. High
efficiency methods of irrigation (i.e., drip irrigation, efficient rotators, rotary
nozzles, micro sprays, etc.) are recommended within the irrigation design.

(2)

Water pressure. Static water pressure, dynamic, or operating pressure and flow
reading of the water supply shall be measured at the point of connection (POC).
These pressure and flow measurements shall be conducted at the design stage to
help aid in the design of the irrigation systems. If these measurements are not
available at the design stage, the measurements shall be obtained at time of
construction and the irrigation design adjusted accordingly. The design of the
irrigation systems will ensure that each emission device is within the
manufacturer’s recommended dynamic pressure range for optimal performance.

(3)

Variables in static pressure. If the measured static pressure is above or below
the required dynamic pressure for optimal performance of the irrigation system
then pressure-regulating devices (i.e. inline pressure regulators, booster pumps,
etc.) shall be specified and installed in order to meet the dynamic pressure
required for optimal performance of the irrigation systems.

(4)

Matched precipitation rates. Irrigation heads (i.e. spray heads, rotors, etc.) and
other emission devices shall have matched precipitation rates unless otherwise
directed by the manufacturer’s specifications.

(5)

Capacity. The capacity of the irrigation system shall not exceed the capacity
required based on the water budget calculations for peak water demand, meter
capacity, and/or the backflow preventer type and device capacity. If the project
is served by a local water purveyor then it is recommended that the project
developer contact the water purveyor and inquire about peak water demands (on

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the main water supply system) and any known water restrictions that could
possibly impact the effectiveness of the irrigation systems.
(6)

Runoff and overspray. Soil types and infiltration rates shall be taken into
account when irrigation systems are designed and installed. Irrigation systems
shall be designed and installed to prevent runoff, low head drainage, overspray,
or other similar conditions where water flows onto adjacent property, nonirrigated areas, sidewalks, roadways, or structures. The use of check valves shall
be required on all irrigation systems to prevent low head drainage. Proper
irrigation design, equipment, and schedules, including repeating cycles, shall be
used in order to match application rates and help minimize runoff.

(7)

Head to head coverage. Irrigation systems shall be designed to utilize head-tohead coverage with matched precipitation rate nozzles. Rotors and spray heads
shall be zoned separately. When using rotors, half arc rotors and full rotors shall
be zoned separately, unless matched precipitation rate nozzles are utilized.

(8)

Water Waste. Water waste is the result of inefficient irrigation due to runoff,
overspray, low head drainage, and other similar conditions that causes flows to
run onto adjacent non-irrigated areas, walks, roadways, parking lots, etc. It shall
be the responsibility of the property owner to prevent water waste on their
property by properly maintaining, managing, and replacing irrigation equipment
per the regular maintenance schedule. Restrictions in regards to overspray may
be considered and modified if the following occur:
(A) The landscaped area is directly adjacent to a permeable surface and no
runoff occurs; or
(B) If the directly adjacent non-permeable surfaces have been designed and
installed to drain entirely into a landscaped area on-site.

(9)

Meters. For irrigated landscape areas in excess of 2,500 square feet, separate
water meters shall be installed for landscaping, which will help facilitate water
management. This requirement shall not apply to single-family residential
projects or those projects that utilize a well source for water on-site. Lettered lots
or easements for landscaping or recreational purposes shall have a separate
meter.

(10) Valves. Separate valves shall be provided for those planting areas with similar
water uses, so plantings with similar water needs are on the same irrigation valve.
All turf areas shall be placed on a separate valve from non-turf areas. Where
feasible, trees shall be placed on a separate deep root watering system with its
own valve.
(11) Equipment. All irrigation systems shall be equipped with the following:
(A) “Smart” irrigation controller. All irrigation systems shall be equipped
with a smart irrigation control, which automatically adjusts the frequency
and/or duration of irrigation events in response to changing environmental
conditions. Landscaped areas shall be zoned together in relation to
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moisture control zones, which shall be based on similarity of water needs
(i.e. turf separate from shrubs and groundcovers, sun exposure areas
separate from shade areas, top of slope separate from toe of slope, etc.).
(B) Weather sensing devices. All irrigation systems shall be equipped with
weather sensing devices (i.e. rain, wind, freeze, etc.), either integral or
auxiliary, that suspend or alter system operations during unfavorable
weather conditions.
(C) Flow Sensor. A flow-sensing device is recommended for all irrigation
systems so that irregular flows within the system can be detected and
repaired.
(D) Manual shut-off valves. All irrigation systems shall be equipped with
manual shut-off valves (i.e. gate valve, ball valve, butterfly valve, etc.) that
are located as close as possible to the irrigation systems point of connection
(POC) and also where jointed transitions occur on the mainline to minimize
water loss in case of an emergency and/or scheduled routine repair.
(E) Pressure regulator. All irrigations systems shall be equipped with a
pressure regulator that regulates when the static pressure is above or below
the recommended operating pressure for the designed irrigation system.
(F)

Backflow preventers. All irrigation systems shall be equipped with a
backflow prevention device. Upon approval from the Land Use Services
Department in residential settings, an anti-siphon valve maybe used in lieu
of a backflow prevention device.

(G) Swing joints/riser protection. In order to prevent damage that maybe
caused to irrigation heads adjacent to hardscape and high traffic areas, all
irrigation systems shall utilize swing joints and other riser protection.
(12) Soils. Relevant information provided in the soil management report, such as soil
types and infiltration rates shall be utilized when irrigation systems are designed.
(13) Non-permeable surfaces. Conventional spray irrigation shall not be permitted
within 24 inches of any non-permeable surface. Irrigation systems that are
allowed within the 24-inch setback from a non-permeable surface range from
drip, drip line, other low-flow or non-spray technology. If the landscape area is
adjacent to permeable surfacing and no overspray or run off occurs then there
shall be no restrictions on the irrigation system type.
(14) Irregular shaped areas. Those areas that are long, narrow, and/or irregular
shaped, including turf areas, less than eight feet in any direction shall be irrigated
with low-volume irrigation or subsurface irrigation technology.
(15) Irrigation on slopes. Non-turf areas located on slopes greater than 25 percent
shall be irrigated with a drip irrigation system or other low volume irrigation
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technology proposed if that design/technology demonstrates that no run-off or
erosion will occur.
(16) Mulched planting areas. In planting areas that utilize a form of mulch, the use
of a low volume irrigation system shall be required in order to maximize water
infiltration into the plants root zone.
(17) Non-potable/Recycled water. Where available, the use of non-potable/recycled
water to irrigate planting areas shall be utilized. If facilities are made available,
water systems for common open spaces (i.e. parks, preserves, etc.) shall use nonpotable/recycled water. If non-potable/recycled water is used for irrigation
systems then all systems shall be designed to meet all applicable local agency
and State codes regarding the use of non-potable/recycled water.
(18) Hydrozones. Irrigation systems shall be zoned in accordance to plant water use,
slope aspects, and sun/shade microclimates.
(d) Hydrozone plan. Each irrigation design plan shall include a separate hydrozone plan
outlining the hydrozones that are valved separately within all landscaped areas.
(e) Grading Plan Requirements: For the efficient use of water, grading of the project
site shall be designed so that soil erosion, runoff, and water waste are minimized. As
part of the landscape document package, if a project’s grading exceeds 50 cubic yards,
then the project developer shall submit the most recent rough and/or precise grading
plan(s) that have been prepared and signed by a licensed professional as authorized by
law.
(f)

Soil Management Report: A soil management report is required as part of the
landscape documentation package when mass grading is not proposed. When mass
grading is proposed, the soil management report shall be submitted with the certificate
of completion.
(1) Development of the soil management report. The steps listed below are
intended to help guide the developer in the preparation of the soil management
report:
(A) Perform a preliminary site inspection;
(B) To obtain the necessary sample, determine the appropriate level of soil
sampling and sampling method;
(C) To determine the soil in the landscape area has sufficient depth to support
proposed plants perform a soil probe test; and
(D) Obtain appropriate soil sample.
(2)

Soil Sample(s). Once a soil sample(s) has been obtained from the project site it
shall be submitted to the appropriate laboratory for analysis and
recommendations. Minimum requirements for the soil analysis should include

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soil texture, infiltration rate determined by lab tests or soil texture infiltration rate
table, pH, total soluble salts, sodium, and any recommendations.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009), Amended Ordinance 4136 (2011)
83.10.080

Regional Landscaping Standards

(a) Valley Region. In the Valley Region, the following additional landscaping standards
shall apply:
(1) Existing Trees. Where possible, trees that are existing on a site shall remain and
be protected in place. If existing trees are removed to accommodate
development, those trees shall be replaced at the rate of 2:1. Fruit or nut bearing
trees planted in groves shall be exempt from this provision. Replacement trees
shall be a mixture of 15 gallon and 24-inch box container sizes. Wherever
possible, preservation of existing trees and shrubs shall be used to meet site
landscaping requirements.
(2) Plant materials. Plant materials shall be a cohesive mix of deciduous and
evergreen trees, shrubs, groundcovers, native plant material, and, where
applicable, turf. A list of acceptable plant materials for the Valley Region is
available from the Land Use Services Department to assist developers and their
landscape professionals in preparing the landscape documentation package. If
existing plant material is used as part of the site landscaping requirements, it
shall be included into the sites water budget calculations. If any local, state,
and/or federally protected plant material is found on-site, removal and/or
protection shall be in compliance with Chapter 88.01 (Plant Protection and
Management).
(3) Tree removal permit.
(4) Landscaped setbacks. The front yard and street side yard setback areas of a
parcel shall be landscaped, except for sites where no disturbance of the natural
terrain within a setback is proposed or the natural terrain precludes setback
landscaping (i.e., mountainsides or hillsides). Landscaping of interior side yard
setbacks may be required in compliance with Subsection 83.02.060 (Screening
and Buffering).
(b) Mountain Region. In the Mountain Region, the following additional landscaping
standards shall apply:
(1)

Forest conservation plan and insect infestation prevention program. Any
landscaping proposed shall be in conjunction with a forest conservation plan and
insect infestation prevention program. These plans shall be prepared by a
Registered Professional Forester (RPF), and submitted with the landscape
documentation package by the developer. The plan shall include guidelines for
tree preservation, both during and after construction.

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(2)

Existing trees.
Any existing trees that are removed to accommodate
development shall be replaced according to the recommendations of the forest
conservation plan submitted with the landscape documentation package by the
developer. Wherever possible, preservation of existing trees and shrubs shall be
used to meet site landscaping requirements.

(3)

Plant materials. Plant materials shall be a cohesive mix of evergreen and
deciduous trees, shrubs, groundcovers, native plant materials that are drought and
infestation tolerant, and fire-resistant; turf shall be minimized and be installed in
compliance with this Chapter. A list of acceptable plant materials for the
Mountain Region is available from the Land Use Services Department to help
assist developers and their landscape professionals in the preparation of the
landscape document package. If existing plant material is used as part of the site
landscaping requirements, it shall be included into the site’s water budget
calculations. If any local, state, and/or federally protected plant material is found
on-site, removal and/or protection shall be in compliance with Chapter 88.01
(Plant Protection and Management). Seedlings may be considered a viable
container size as part of the planting plan.

(4)

Landscaped setbacks. The front yard and street side yard setback areas shall be
landscaped except for sites where no disturbance of the natural terrain is
proposed. Landscaping of interior side yard setbacks may be required in
compliance with Subsection 83.02.060 (Screening and Buffering).

(c) Desert Region. In the Desert Region, the following additional landscaping standards
shall apply:
(1)

Existing plant material. Any existing native desert plant material, or any part
thereof, except the fruit, shall not be removed without the issuance of a tree
removal permit in compliance with Chapter 88.01 (Plant Protection and
Management). Additionally, if native desert plant materials are to be replaced,
then the replacement of those materials are to be in compliance with Chapter
88.01 (Plant Protection and Management), except as provided for in this
Subsection. If Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) exist on-site and are proposed to
be relocated, they shall be relocated on-site in the landscaped areas; unless, in
writing, the Director of the Land Use Services Department specifically allows
another option.

(2)

Plant materials. Plant materials shall be a cohesive mix of evergreen and
deciduous trees, shrubs, groundcovers, succulents, and native plant material that
are drought and infestation tolerant; turf shall be minimized and be placed in
compliance with this Chapter. A list of acceptable plant materials for the Desert
Region is available from the Land Use Services Department to help assist
developers and their landscape professionals in preparing their landscape
documentation package. If any local, state, and/or federally protected plant
material is found on-site, removal and/or protection shall comply with Chapter
88.01 (Plant Protection and Management).

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(3)

Landscaped setbacks. The front yard and street side yard setback areas of a
parcel shall be landscaped using xeriscape landscaping techniques, which
combines drought tolerant plant and hardscape materials in a variety of
aesthetically pleasing designs. For sites where no disturbance of land within
setbacks is proposed, landscaping shall not be required. Landscaping of sideyard setbacks may be required in compliance with Subsection 83.02.060
(Screening and Buffering).

(4)

Unpaved parking lots. Those parking lots not requiring paving shall not be
required to be landscaped, nor will they count as part of the overall landscape
total needed for the project. Only those parking lots required to be paved shall be
landscaped in compliance with this Chapter and with Subsection 83.11.080
(Landscape Requirements for Parking Areas). Parking lot landscaping shall not
be counted as part of the minimum landscaping requirement for a project.

(5)

Dust Control. If grading takes place, then a dust control plan shall be submitted
for review. All grading and dust control measures shall be conducted in
compliance with the provisions of Chapter 88.02 (Dust Control Desert Region).

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4067 (2009), Amended Ordinance 4136 (2011)
83.10.090

Irrigation Scheduling and Maintenance Required

(a) Landscape Maintenance. All landscaped areas shall be properly maintained to
ensure water use efficiency and overall plant health. A regular maintenance schedule
shall be submitted to the Land Use Services Department and the local water purveyor,
if applicable, with the Landscape Certificate of Completion for all projects subject to
the provisions of this Chapter.
(1) Responsibilities of property owners. Property owners shall be responsible for
the installation and the regular maintenance and management of landscaped areas
on their property and within the contiguous landscaped rights-of-way/parkways.
Those rights-of way/parkways that are maintained by the County shall not be the
responsibility of the property owner.
(2) Maintenance practices. The following maintenance practices shall be part of
the regular maintenance schedule and shall be performed on a regular basis to
ensure water use efficiency and overall plant health:
(A) For the overall health of plant material pruning, cultivating, weeding,
fertilizing, watering, and replenishing mulch on a regular basis shall be part
of a regular maintenance schedule. All pruning shall be in compliance with
the adopted pruning standards of the Western Chapter of the International
Society of Arboriculture.
(B)

The removal of dead, decayed, diseased, or hazardous trees and/or shrubs,
weeds, and debris constituting unsightly appearance, dangerous to public
safety and welfare or detrimental to neighboring properties or property
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(C) values shall be accomplished on a regular basis. Any dead or dying plant
material shall be removed and replaced as quickly as possible. Any
accumulation of leaves, twigs, bark, and other similar materials shall be
removed on a regular basis. All landscaped areas shall be kept in a weedfree fashion at all times.
(D) Litter removal from all landscaped areas shall be performed on a regular
basis.
(E)

All turf areas shall be mowed, aerated, and dethatched on a regular basis to
ensure the overall health of the turf.

(F)

Plantings shall be irrigated as often as necessary to maintain healthy
growing conditions. Damage to the landscaping and irrigation systems
shall be corrected as quickly as possible.

(G) All irrigation systems, and components, shall be routinely inspected,
adjusted, and repaired. Any obstructions to emission devices shall be
removed. If repair to the irrigation equipment is necessary, the replacement
parts shall conform to all standards that govern the original irrigation
installation and/or approved landscaping plans.
(H) Mulch shall be routinely replenished as part of the regular maintenance
schedule. The depth, type, and replenishment frequency of all mulch
within landscaped areas shall be listed as part of the regular maintenance
schedule.
(I)

The operation of the irrigation systems outside of the normal watering
window shall only be allowed for system auditing and maintenance.

(J)

The property owner is encouraged to implement sustainable and/or
environmentally friendly practices for overall landscape maintenance. If
sustainable and/or environmentally friendly landscape maintenance
practices are utilized then those practices shall be outlined within the
regular maintenance schedule.

(3)

Trimming to prevent encroachment or obstruction. Plant material (i.e. trees
and shrubs), when established, shall be trimmed so that they do not encroach
upon sidewalks, property lines, or streets. Plant materials shall not encroach,
impede and/or interfere with vehicle or pedestrian traffic, or obstruct the
illumination from any streetlight to the street or sidewalk or sidewalk. Refer to
Subsection 83.02.030 concerning clear sight triangles and Subsection 83.02.080
concerning projections into yards.

(4)

Trees.
(A) In residential subdivisions, the developer shall guarantee street trees for a
minimum of one year after acceptance of the tract or until 80 percent of the
units are occupied, whichever is later. Maintenance of all trees shall
become the responsibility of the homeowner upon occupancy.
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As necessary, all tree guys, stakes, etc. shall be adjusted on a regular basis
and replaced in order to maintain a neat appearance and to prevent damage
to trees. All tree guys, stakes, etc. shall be removed after the first growing
season to ensure the continuing health of the plant.

(b) Irrigation schedule. An irrigation schedule shall be developed for all landscaped
areas in order to ensure the efficient use of water. The site-specific irrigation schedule
shall be developed, managed, and evaluated to utilize the least amount of water
required to ensure plant health. The site-specific irrigation schedule shall meet the
following criteria:
(1) Two separate irrigation schedules. Two site-specific irrigation schedules shall
be prepared. The first schedule shall be for the initial establishment period of six
months and the second schedule shall be for the established landscape, and shall
incorporate the specific water needs of on-site plant material throughout the
calendar year.
(2) Watering window for conventional (overhead) spray systems.
All
conventional (overhead) spray systems shall be scheduled to run between the
hours of 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. The project developer shall check with the local
water purveyor, if applicable, to determine their suggested watering window, and
the stricter of the two shall apply. The operation of the irrigation systems outside
of the normal watering window shall only be allowed for system auditing and
maintenance.
(3) Maximum Applied Water Allowance (MAWA). The total water applied to the
site landscaping shall be less than or equal to the site-specific Maximum Applied
Water Allowance (MAWA).
(4) Copies of irrigation schedule. A copy of the project-specific irrigation schedule
shall be located within the irrigation controller enclosure for maintenance
purposes. Additionally, a copy of the schedule shall be given to the property
owner prior to occupancy.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009), Amended Ordinance
4136 (2011)
83.10.100

Landscape Certificate of Completion

Landscape Certificate of Compliance submittal. Prior to the issuance of the certificate of
occupancy or final inspection for a project that is subject to the requirements within this Chapter,
a Landscape Certificate of Completion shall be submitted to the Land Use Services Department,
Planning Division certifying that the landscape has been installed in accordance with the
approved project specific landscape documentation package. The Landscape Certificate of
Completion shall be signed and dated by the licensed professional who prepared the plans and
shall include the following information:
(a) Date.

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(b) Project information to include project name, project applicant name, telephone and
mailing address, project address, location, and Assessor’s Parcel Number, and
property owner name and mailing address.
(c) A statement certifying that the landscaping has been installed in accordance with the
approved project specific landscape documentation package.
(d) Evidence that the party who is responsible for the installation of the irrigation systems
has conducted a preliminary field inspection prior to backfilling, and that the irrigation
systems are in working order (evidence of field inspection shall be attached).
(e) An irrigation audit report indicating that a certified irrigation auditor has performed
and completed an irrigation audit on the installed irrigation systems, and has ensured
water efficiency, and that the irrigation systems are not in excess of the site-specific
Maximum Applied Water Allowance (MAWA) per the water budget.
(f)

Documentation that the specified “smart” irrigation controller has been set according
to the correct irrigation schedule.

(g) Documentation that all on-site irrigation systems have been adjusted to maximize
irrigation efficiency and eliminate irrigation runoff and overspray.
(h) Documentation that a copy of both of the project specific irrigation schedules have
been given to the property owner for future maintenance and management obligations.
(i)

If mass grading occurred on the site, a soil management report shall be included.

Adopted Ordinance 4136 (2011)
83.10.110

Non-Potable/Recycled Water

Where available, the installation of non-potable/recycled water irrigation systems (i.e., dual
distribution systems, purple pipe, and interchangeable components) shall be required to allow for
the current and future use of non-potable/recycled water. See Subsection 83.10.070 (c)(17) for
additional requirements.
Adopted Ordinance 4136 (2011)
83.10.120

Stormwater Management

Stormwater management combines practices to help minimize runoff and water waste while
increasing infiltration, which helps to recharge groundwater tables and improve water quality.
The implementation of stormwater best management practices into the landscape documentation
package (i.e., planting, irrigation, grading plans, etc.) will help minimize runoff and increase
retention and infiltration on-site. Refer to Chapter 85.11 (Pre-Construction Flood Hazard and
Soil Erosion Pollution Prevention Inspection) for more information regarding Stormwater
Management, and to Title 3, Division 5, Chapter 1, Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems
Regulations.
Adopted Ordinance 4136 (2011)
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CHAPTER 83.11

83.11

PARKING AND LOADING STANDARDS

Sections:
83.11.010
83.11.020
83.11.030
83.11.040
83.11.050
83.11.060
83.11.070
83.11.080
83.11.090
83.11.100
83.11.010

Purpose
Applicability
General Parking Provisions
Number of Parking Spaces Required
Adjustments to Parking Requirements
Disabled Parking Requirements
Development Standards
Landscape Requirements for Parking Areas
Parking and Loading Development Standards
Commercial Vehicle Parking in Residential Areas
Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to provide parking and loading standards to:
(a) Ensure the provision and maintenance of safe, adequate, well-designed, off-street
parking facilities in conjunction with a use or development.
(b) Reduce street congestion and traffic hazards.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.11.020

Applicability

Unless otherwise provided in the specific applicable land use zoning district, the provisions of
this Chapter shall apply to appropriate uses and development. The standards in this Chapter shall
be considered minimums, and more extensive parking provisions as a condition of project
approval may be required by a review authority for a discretionary permit.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.11.030

General Parking Provisions

(a) Location. The required parking spaces shall be located on the same site with the
primary use or structure, on premises contiguous to them, or in a location conforming
to a Site Plan approved in compliance with Chapter 85.08 (Site Plan Permits).
Property within the ultimate right-of-way of a street or highway shall not be used to
provide required parking or loading facilities. Parking shall not be allowed in the front
yard setback other than in the driveway for a single-family residential use or within a
driveway in a multi-family development that is specifically designed for and has
sufficient length to provide off-street parking for a specific dwelling unit.
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(b) Change in use. When the occupancy or use of a property is changed to a different use,
parking to meet the requirements of this Chapter shall be provided for the new use or
occupancy. In the case of an infill multi-family or affordable (income-restricted)
residential development, a Minor Use Permit may be used to review and approve any
additional parking required that is a result of the change in use.
(c) Increase in use. When the occupancy or use of a premises is altered, enlarged,
expanded, or intensified, additional parking to meet the requirements of this Chapter
shall be provided for the enlarged, expanded, altered, or intensified portion only.
(d) Two or more uses. Where two or more uses are located in a single structure or on a
single parcel, required parking shall be provided for each specific use (i.e., the total
parking required for an establishment that has both industrial and office uses shall be
determined by computing the parking for the industrial use and the office use and then
adding the two requirements together.)
(e) Parking and loading spaces to be permanent. Parking and loading spaces shall be
permanently available, marked and maintained for parking or loading purposes for the
use they are intended to serve. The Director may approve the temporary reduction of
parking or loading spaces in conjunction with a seasonal or intermittent use with the
approval of a Temporary Use Permit issued in compliance with Chapter 85.15.
(f)

Parking and loading to be unrestricted. Owners, lessees, tenants, or persons having
control of the operation of a premises for which parking or loading spaces are required
by this Chapter shall not prevent, prohibit or restrict authorized persons from using
these spaces without prior approval of the Director.

(g) Use of parking area for activities other than parking. Required off-street parking,
circulation, and access areas shall be used exclusively for the temporary parking and
maneuvering of vehicles and shall not be used for the sale, lease, display, repair, or
storage of vehicles, trailers, boats, campers, mobile homes, merchandise, or
equipment, or for any other use not authorized by the provisions of this Code.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.11.040

Number of Parking Spaces Required

(a) Number of parking spaces required. Each land use shall provide at least the
minimum number of off-street parking spaces, including disabled access spaces
required by Section 83.11.060 (Disabled Parking Requirements), except where a
parking reduction has been granted in compliance with Section 83.11.050
(Adjustments to Parking Requirements) or a variance has been granted in compliance
with Chapter 85.17 (Variances). Additional spaces may be required through approval
of a discretionary permit.
(b) Minimum requirements for nonresidential uses. A nonresidential use shall provide
a minimum of four spaces with one additional parking space for each facility vehicle,
except where otherwise noted in this Chapter.

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(c) Area calculations. The minimum required number of parking spaces for the following
uses shall be determined based upon the indicated area calculations:
(1) Food establishments: Gross leasable area (GLA).
(2) General retail uses: Gross leasable area (GLA).
(3) Industrial uses: Gross floor area (GFA).
(4) Personal services: Gross leasable area (GLA).
(5) Professional offices: Gross leasable area (GLA).
Table 83-15
Parking Requirements by Land Use
Uses
Number of Spaces Required
Industry, Manufacturing & Processing, Wholesaling(4)
Industrial uses of all types, including warehouses or
structures used exclusively for storage purposes,
wholesale houses and distributors and public utility
facilities including, but not limited to, electric, gas,
water, telephone, and telegraph facilities not having
business offices on the premises

 1 for each 1,000 s.f. of the first 40,000 s.f. of GFA;
and
 1 for each 4,000 s.f. of GFA for the portion over
40,000 s.f.; and
 1 for each facility vehicle
 Mini-storage office 1 for each 250 sq. ft. of office
area with 4 minimum
 Additional requirements:
 A parking lane shall be provided adjacent to the
storage structure’s openings that is a minimum of 9
feet in width and outlined (painted). The parking
lane is for temporary parking only (30 minutes
maximum) and this time restriction shall be clearly
marked with signs.
 Driveways adjacent to the parking lane shall be a
minimum width of 15 feet for one-way and 24 feet
for two-way.)

Storage Mini storage facilities

Recreation, Education & Public Assembly Uses(4)
Amusement enterprises
Bowling alleys and billiard halls

Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other
places of worship (1)
Commercial recreation and similar uses (e.g.,
shooting ranges, race tracks, miniature golf course,
pitch and putt courses, parks, and zoos)
Commercial swimming pools and swimming schools

Dance halls

 1 for each 4 persons of the facility’s allowed
maximum attendance
 5 for each bowling lane; and
 2 for each billiard table
 1 for each 3 fixed seats; and
 1 for every 25 s.f. of seating area where there are no
fixed seats; and
 1 for each 400 s.f. of floor area outside the main
assembly area
 1 for each 4 persons of the facility’s allowed
maximum attendance
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1 for each 500 s.f. of water surface area
10 minimum
1 for each 20 s.f. of dance floor area; and
1 for each 3 fixed seats and for each 20 s.f. of seating
area where there are no fixed seats

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Table 83-15
Parking Requirements by Land Use
Number of Spaces Required

Golf courses and driving ranges, but not to include
miniature golf courses
Organizational camps
Meeting facilities - Theaters, auditoriums, stadiums,
sport arenas, gymnasiums and similar places of
public assembly

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
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Schools general curriculum
Kindergarten through Grade 9
Schools general curriculum
Grade 10 through 12, colleges and universities,
business and professional schools

Schools special schools or trade schools

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

Skating rinks, ice or roller


4 for each hole on all golf courses; and
1 for each tee for driving ranges
1 bus parking space per 20 campers
2 for each resident staff
1 for each nonresident staff on the largest shift
1 for each facility vehicle
1 for each 3 fixed seats or for every 25 s.f. of seating
area within the main auditorium where there are no
fixed seats (1)
1 for each staff member, faculty member, and
employee
1 for each facility vehicle
1 for each 4 students; and
1 for each staff member, faculty member and
employee; and
1 for each facility vehicle
1 for each 3 students; and
1 for each staff member, faculty member, and
employee
1 for each facility vehicle
1 for each 3 fixed seats and for each 20 s.f. of seating
area where there are no fixed seats; and (1)
1 for each 250 s.f. of skating area

Residential Uses
Caretaker housing
Dependent housing
Group residential (sorority, fraternity, boarding
house, private residential club, etc.)

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Mobile home parks
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Multi-family dwelling
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Parolee and/or probationer home
Second dwelling unit
Single-family dwelling

2, with one covered
2 for each unit
1 for each bedroom
1 for the house manager, staff member or employee
2; one covered on each mobile home parcel (may be
in tandem); and
1 guest space for each 10 spaces, or fraction thereof
2.5 for projects of 4 or more units, one shall be
covered for each dwelling unit on the project site to
accommodate resident and visitor parking (2)
2.0 for projects of 2 or 3 units, one shall be covered
for each dwelling unit (2)
1 for each bedroom
1 for the house manager, staff member or employee
2, one shall be covered (2)
2, one shall be covered on the same site with the
primary structure (2)

Retail Trade
Automobile repair and service stations

Automobile sales, boat sales, mobile home sales,
retail nurseries, and other open uses not in a structure

 3 for each service bay (service bays do not count as
spaces); and
 1 for each facility vehicle
 1 for each 2,000 s.f., or portion thereof, for open area
devoted to display or sales; for the first 10,000 s.f.;
and
 1 for each 5,000 s.f., or portion thereof, over 10,000
s.f.; and
 1 for each facility vehicle

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Table 83-15
Parking Requirements by Land Use
Number of Spaces Required

Food establishments with take-out provisions only
General retail
Restaurants, in the Valley and Desert Regions,
including drive-ins, cafes, night clubs, taverns, and
other similar places where food or refreshment are
dispensed
Restaurants in the Mountain Region, including drive
ins, cafes, and other similar places that have 5,000
s.f. of GLA or less, where food or refreshment are
dispensed and where no alcoholic beverages of any
type are sold or served
Restaurants in the Mountain Region, including drive
ins, cafes, and other similar places that have over
5,000 s.f. of GLA where food or refreshment are
dispensed, regardless of whether or not alcoholic
beverages are served
Restaurants in the Mountain Region, including drive
ins, cafes, and other similar places where food or
refreshment are dispensed and where alcoholic
beverages are sold under State Alcoholic Beverage
Control license types 42 (bar/tavern) or 48
((bar/night club), regardless of the square footage of
the restaurant
Restaurants in the Mountain Region, including drive
ins, cafes, and other similar places where food or
refreshment are dispensed and where alcoholic
beverages are sold under State Alcoholic Beverage
Control license type 47(restaurant)
Shopping centers (projects over 200,000 s.f. of floor
area)
Wholesale commercial nurseries

 1 for each 200 s.f. of GLA; and
 1 for each facility vehicle
 4 minimum
 1 for each 250 s.f. of GLA
 4 minimum
The greater of the following:
 1 for each 100 s.f. of GLA; or
 1 for each 3 fixed seats and/or 1 for every 50 s.f. of
floor area where seats may be placed; or
 10 minimum
1 space per 250 square feet of GLA with a 4 space
minimum

1 space per 100 square feet of GLA with a 4 space
minimum

1 space per 100 square feet, regardless of GLA with a 4
space minimum

1 space per 250 square feet of GLA with 5,000 square
feet or less of GLA with a 4 space minimum
1 space per 100 square feet of GLA for restaurant uses
over 5,000 square feet of GLA with a 4 space
minimum
 1 for each 200 s.f. of GLA up to 100,000 sf; and
 1 for each 250 s.f. of GLA for square footage above
100,000 s.f.
 1 for each 500 s.f. of display area

Services -- General
Beauty and nail salons
Child care centers
Emergency shelter
Hospital
Medical offices, clinics, veterinary hospital
Motels, hotels, and boarding house
Licensed Residential care facility of 6 or fewer
persons
Licensed Residential care facility of 7 or more
persons
Offices, general, financial, business and professional
uses
Personal services
Short-Term Private Home Rental

 2 for each station
 1 for each 5 children that the facility is designed to
accommodate
 1 for each guest room
 1 for each 2 patient beds
 1 for each 250 s.f. of GLA
 1 for each unit/room
 2, one shall be covered on the same site with the
primary structure (2)
 1 for each bedroom
 1 for the house manager, staff member or employee
 1 for each 250 s.f. of GLA
 1 for each 250 sq. ft. of GLA
 1 for each bedroom

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Table 83-15
Parking Requirements by Land Use
Number of Spaces Required

Unlicensed Residential Care Facility with 6 or
fewer persons
Unlicensed Residential Care Facility with 7 or more
persons

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1 for each bedroom
1 for the house manager, staff member or employee
1 for each bedroom
1 for the house manager, staff member or employee

Other Uses
Bed and breakfast

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1 for each guest room
1 for each nonresident employee in addition to
Home occupations
residential requirements
 2 per office
On-Your-Lot builder model home/sales office
 2 for visitors
(1) Twenty-four (24”) linear inches of bench or pew shall be considered a fixed seat.
(2) Residential parking spaces shall be located to the rear of the front setback line, except that in the Mountain
Region, the parking spaces may be located within the setback areas. Tandem parking is not allowed except
in the Mountain Region. Areas outside the driveway in front of the primary structure, whether outside the
front yard setback or not, shall not be used for parking. In the Valley and Desert Regions, the covered
parking requirement only applies to the RS and RM Land Use Zoning Districts.
(3) In dormitories, each 100 square feet shall be considered equivalent to a guest room.
(4) Nonresidential uses shall provide a minimum of four spaces with an additional parking space for each
facility vehicle, except where otherwise noted.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4161 (2012); Amended Ordinance 4230 (2014); Amended
Ordinance 4245 (2014)
83.11.050

Adjustments to Parking Requirements

(a) Shared parking reduction. Where two or more adjacent nonresidential uses have
distinct and differing peak parking usage periods, (e.g. a theater and a bank), a
reduction in the required number of parking spaces may be approved by the
Commission based on the findings and recommendations of a parking study prepared
by a qualified parking or traffic consultant. The amount of reduction may be up to the
number of spaces required for the least intensive of the uses sharing the parking.
(c) Transportation control measures. Parking requirements may be adjusted in
compliance with the provisions of Chapter 83.14 (Transportation Control Measures).
An approved Conditional Use Permit/Minor Use Permit (Chapter 85.06) may
authorize adjustments to parking requirement not to exceed individually or
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Table 83-16
Transportation Control Measures
Transportation Control Measure
Parking Credit
(Cumulative Maximum Credit = 10% of Required Parking Spaces)

Car pool space (9’ x 19’)

1 car pool space = 2 spaces

Bus ridership

2 riders = 1 space (1)

Motorcycle spaces (4’x 8’)

2 motorcycle spaces = 1 space (2)

Boat slips on waterfront

1 slip = 1 space

(1) Bus stop shall be within 1,320 feet of the proposed use with a path of travel from the bus stop to the
facility that complies with disabled access requirements.
(2) Motorcycle stalls shall be on concrete and have a permanent tie-down ring.

(c) Landscaping in lieu of parking spaces. In compliance with Section 83.10.060
(Landscape Area Requirements), landscaping may be provided in lieu of 10 percent of
the total number of parking spaces required, provided the landscaping is arranged so
that parking may be installed at a later date if a demand arises, and further provided,
that the owner agrees to provide parking at the request of the reviewing agency.
(d) Variance. Other than changes to parking requirements provided for in this Section, a
Minor Variance or a Variance in compliance with Chapter 85.17 (Variances) shall be
required for any change to a parking requirement.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.11.060

Disabled Parking Requirements

(a) Required number of disabled parking spaces. For multi-family residential,
commercial, industrial, institutional, and public uses, State law establishes the required
number of disabled parking spaces, which are reflected in Table 83-17.

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Table 83-17
Required Number of Parking Spaces for Disabled
Total Number of Parking Spaces
1-25
26-50
51-75
76-100
101-150
151-200
201-300
301-400
401-500
501-1000
1001 and over

# of Parking Spaces for the Disabled
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
2 percent of total
20 plus 1 for each 100 or fraction, over 1001

(b) Size of parking space for the disabled.
(1) Dimensions. Except as provided below, each parking space for the disabled shall
be 14 feet wide and outlined to provide a nine foot parking area and a five foot
loading/unloading area on the passenger side. When more than one space is
provided, two spaces may be provided within a 23-foot wide area lined to
provide a nine foot parking area on each side of a five foot loading and unloading
area in the center. The minimum length of each parking space shall be 19 feet.
(2) Van accessibility. One in every eight parking spaces for the disabled, but not
less than one, shall be served by an access aisle 96 inches wide and shall be
designated van accessible. This means that when only one space is required, it
shall be 17 feet wide and outlined to provide a nine-foot parking area and an
eight-foot loading/unloading area on the passenger side. When only two spaces
are required, they may be provided within a 26-foot wide area lined to provide a
nine-foot parking area on each side of an eight-foot loading/unloading area in the
center. These spaces may be grouped on one level of a parking structure.
(3) Less than five spaces. When only four parking spaces are required for a specific
project, the parking space for the disabled shall be 17 feet wide, but does not
need to be marked or reserved exclusively for the disabled.
(c) Arrangement and identification. The arrangement and design of these spaces shall
be subject to Chapter 2-71 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, and they
shall be identified as required in Vehicle Code Section 22511.8.
(d) Additional spaces based on actual or anticipated usage. Additional spaces shall be
provided where usage indicates a greater need, or where a higher than normal
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(e) Location of spaces. Parking spaces for the disabled shall be located as near as
practical to a primary entrance to a single structure, or shall be located to provide for
safety and optimum proximity to the entrances of the greatest incidence of use when
more than one structure is served by the parking lot. The spaces shall be located to
ensure that a disabled individual is not compelled to wheel or walk behind parked cars
other than their own.
(f)

Walkways and ramps. Pedestrian walkways that are accessible to the physically
disabled shall be provided from each disabled parking space to related facilities,
including curb cuts or ramps as needed. Ramps shall not encroach into parking spaces.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.11.070

Development Standards

(a) Minimum parking space sizes and lot dimensions.
(1) Each required parking space shall be at least nine feet wide by 19 feet long, with
adequate provisions for ingress and egress by a standard full size passenger
vehicle. This standard shall be apply to all uses, including single-family
residential, except where noted in Subsections 2, 3, 4 and 5 below. Parking
spaces in parking lots shall comply with the minimum dimension requirements in
Table 83-18 (Minimum Off-Street Parking Dimensions) and as illustrated in
Figure 83-16 (Off-Street Parking Dimensions). The Director shall not reduce
these requirements.
Table 83-18 Minimum Off-Street Parking Dimensions
Angle of Parking
(in degrees)
(A)

Space Width
(in feet)
(B)

Space Length
(per vehicle)
(C)

Space Depth
(from curb)
(D)

Driveway Width
(in feet)
(E) (1)

Parallel (0°)
45°
60°
90°

9 ft
9 ft
9 ft
9 ft

19 ft
19 ft
19 ft
19 ft

9 ft
20 ft
21 ft
19 ft

12 ft
14 ft
19 ft
24 ft

(1)

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Figure 83-16
Off-Street Parking Dimensions
(2) If wheel stops or curb with overhang area are installed in parking spaces, the
distance from the end of the space to the rear of the wheel stop/curb shall not
exceed two feet. For parallel parking spaces (i.e., spaces where vehicles park in a
line, front to rear, next to a curb or side of a road), each space shall be separated
from the next space by a distance of four feet.
(3) Enclosed parking spaces (i.e., residential garages) shall be 10 feet in width and
20 feet in length.
(4) Mobile home parking spaces shall be at least 10 feet wide by 20 feet long, with
adequate provisions for ingress and egress by a standard full size passenger
vehicle.
(5) Tractor trailer parking spaces shall be at least 12 feet wide by 50 feet long.
(b) Circulation requirements. The parking area shall be designed so that a car entering
the parking area shall not be required to enter a public street to move from one
location to any other location within the parking area or premises.
(c) Forward entry into right-of-way. Parking and maneuvering areas shall be arranged
so that vehicles entering a vehicular right-of-way can do so traveling in a forward
direction only.

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(d) Head-in parking. Where curbs and gutters do not exist and where barriers do not
restrict vehicular access to the private property, head-in parking shall not be allowed.
(e) Driveway access. Off-street parking facilities shall be designed to limit access to
private property from streets and highways to a minimum number of standard
driveways in compliance with the Department of Public Works specifications.
(f)

Lighting. Parking area lighting and glare shall reflect away from public thoroughfares
and adjacent residences and shall comply with Chapter 83.07 (Glare and Outdoor
Lighting).

(g) Maintenance. Individual parking stalls shall be clearly striped and permanently
maintained with double or hairpin lines on the surface of the parking facility, with the
two lines being located an equal nine inches on either side of the stall sidelines.
Arrows shall be painted on paving to indicate direction of traffic flows.
(h) Minimum aisle widths.
(1) One-way traffic. One-way access driveways leading to aisles within a parking
area shall be a minimum width of 12 feet, and driveways within the parking
aisles shall be as shown in Table 83-19 (Minimum Aisles):
Table 83-19
Minimum Aisles
Parking Stall Angle
Minimum Aisle Width (feet)
Parallel (0°)
12
1° - 45°
14
46° - 60°
17
61° - 90°
24
(2) Two-way traffic. The aisles and the two-way access drives leading to aisles
within a parking area shall be a minimum width of 24 feet.
(3) Fire access aisles. The aisles adjacent to nonresidential structures shall be a
minimum width of 26 feet to accommodate fire emergency vehicles and shall be
located so that the vehicles can park within 150 feet of all sides of the structures.
Aisles adjacent to structures that are greater than two stories in height shall be a
minimum width of 30 feet.
(4) Truck aisles. Access aisles for multiple-axle trucks in commercial and industrial
projects shall be a minimum width of 40 feet for projects with a gross floor area
of 10,000 square feet or greater or where the design of the project includes a
loading dock. Truck movement templates (i.e., turning radii elements including
wheel paths, which define the needed width of pavement, and the front overhang,
which is the zone beyond the pavement edge that must be clear of obstructions
above curb height) shall be included on the site plan design to indicate turning
conditions.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
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83.11

Landscape Requirements for Parking Areas

(a) Applicability.
(1) Unpaved parking areas in the Desert Region. For sites in the Desert Region
where parking area paving is not required, landscaping shall not be required.
(2) Countywide paved parking areas. Landscaping for paved parking areas
Countywide shall be provided as outlined in Subsections (b) through (I), below.
(3) Parking garages and structures. The landscaping standards in this Section shall
not apply to parking garages or other parking structures.
(b) Landscape and irrigation plan required. A comprehensive landscape and irrigation
plan shall be submitted to the Director for approval in compliance with Chapter 83.10
(Landscaping Standards).
(c) Landscape materials. Landscaping materials shall be provided throughout the
parking lot area using a combination of trees, shrubs, and vegetative ground cover.
Water conserving landscape plant materials shall be emphasized.
(d) Curbing. Areas containing plant materials shall be bordered by a concrete curb at
least six inches high and six inches wide. Alternative barrier designs may be approved
by the Director.
(e) Irrigation. Except where xeriscaping is specifically designed and intended not be
irrigated, an automatic irrigation system, including drip systems, bubblers, and
soakers, shall be provided for landscaped areas, including tree wells, planters, and
planting islands.
(f)

Location of landscaping. Parking lot landscaping shall be located so that pedestrians
are not required to cross through landscaped areas to reach building entrances from
parked cars. Trees and shrubs shall be planted so that at maturity they shall not
interfere with a driver’s or pedestrian’s view of public rights-of–way (e.g. the view of
approaching, merging, or intersecting traffic, etc.) or otherwise impair public safety, or
interfere with the safe operation of a motor vehicle on public streets.

(g) Bumper overhang areas. A maximum of two feet of the parking stall depth may be
landscaped with low-growth, hearty materials in lieu of paving, allowing a two-foot
bumper overhang while maintaining the required parking dimensions. Bumper
overhang areas shall not encroach into required walkways or rights-of-way.
(h) Perimeter parking lot landscaping.
(1) Adjacent to streets. Parking areas adjoining a public street shall be designed to
provide a landscaped planting strip between the street right-of-way and parking
area.

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(A) Parking areas adjoining a public street shall be designed to provide a
landscaped planting strip between the street right-of-way and parking area
that is equal to the setback area required by the development standards of
the subject land use zoning district. The Director may grant an exception to
this requirement if existing structures or substandard parcels preclude its
implementation. In this case, the maximum planting strip area shall be
provided based on site conditions.
(B) The landscaping, other than trees, shall be designed and maintained to
screen cars from view from the street and shall be approximately three feet
in height.
(C) Screening materials may include a combination of plant materials, earth
berms, raised planters, or other screening devices that meet the intent of this
requirement and have been approved by the Director.
(D) Plant materials, walls, or structures within a clear sight triangle of a
driveway shall not exceed 30 inches in height in compliance with Section
83.02.030 (Clear Sight Triangles).
(2) Adjacent to residential use. Parking areas for nonresidential uses adjoining
residential uses shall provide a landscaped buffer yard with a minimum 10-foot
width between the parking area and the common property line bordering the
residential use. A solid masonry wall in compliance with Section 83.06.050
(Walls Required Between Different Land Use Districts) and landscaping shall be
provided along the property line. Trees shall be provided at a rate of one for each
30 feet of landscaped area and shall be a minimum 15-gallon container stock
with a caliper size, at time of planting, which is appropriate for a normal, healthy
example of the specified tree variety and no less than ¾ inches in diameter.
(3) Larger projects. Parking lots with more than 100 spaces shall provide an
appropriate entry feature consisting of a concentration of landscape elements at
primary entrances, including specimen trees, flowering plants, enhanced paving,
and project identification.
(i)

Interior parking lot landscaping. Multi-family residential uses and nonresidential
uses shall provide landscaping consistent with the following requirements.
(1) Trees required.
(A) Number and location. Trees shall be evenly spaced throughout the interior
parking area at a rate of one tree for every 10 parking spaces. The required
number of trees shall not include trees required around the perimeter of the
parking area. In the Valley Region, parking lot planters shall provide a
minimum of one 15 gallon, multi-branched tree, unless healthy existing
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(B) Size. Trees within the parking area shall be a minimum 15-gallon container
stock with a caliper size, at time of planting, that is appropriate for a
normal, healthy example of the specified tree variety and no less than ¾inch in diameter.
(2) Planting areas. Trees shall be located in planting areas that are designed and
constructed throughout the parking area. In order to be considered within the
parking area, trees shall be located in planters that are bounded on at least three
sides by parking area paving. Planters shall have a minimum interior dimension
of six feet. Ends of parking lanes shall have landscaped islands.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.11.090

Parking and Loading Development Standards

Every parcel of land used or maintained for residential parking, public parking, private parking,
new car sales lots, used car sales lots, mobile home, camper or trailer sales lots, boat sales lots or
other uses of a similar nature, shall be improved as follows, including loading spaces and access
drives:
(a) Loading spaces. Every institutional, commercial, industrial, or special use established
or erected on land that abuts a street or an alley shall have one permanently maintained
loading space of not less than 10 feet in width, 20 feet in length, and 14 feet clear in
height, for each 5,000 square feet of structure floor area provided. However, not more
than four loading spaces shall be required for each use. An approved Use Permit may
allow adjoining uses to share loading areas where appropriate.
(b) Surface requirements in Desert Region. In the Desert Region, where the parcel
abuts a paved street or road, the required off-street parking and loading areas and
access drives shall be surfaced with a minimum of two inches of asphaltic concrete
paving except as follows:
(1) For residential uses on parcels of 18,000 square feet or larger, the required offstreet parking, loading areas and access drives shall be dust-proofed with
materials that may include slag, gravel, or other similar materials, or fully paved.
(2) For commercial, industrial, or institutional uses with less than 4,000 square feet
of structure area in rural areas, the required off-street access driveway parking for
the disabled and loading area(s) shall be surfaced with a minimum of two inches
of asphaltic concrete paving. The remaining parking may be either asphaltic
concrete paving or dustproofed with materials that may include slag, gravel, or
other similar materials. Areas that are dustproofed shall be required to be
maintained with periodic dustproofing as necessary to minimize the creation of
airborne dust. The non-paved area(s) of the parking shall have a positive barrier
prevent direct access onto the adjacent paved road.

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(c) Surface requirements in Mountain Region. In the Mountain Region, where the
parcel abuts a paved street or road, the required off-street parking and loading areas
and access drives shall be surfaced with a minimum of two inches of asphaltic
concrete or road-mixed surfacing, in compliance with County Department of Public
Works Specification No. 38.
(d) Surface requirements in Valley Region. In the Valley Region, the required off-street
parking and loading areas and access drives shall be surfaced with a minimum of two
inches of asphaltic concrete paving or plant-mix surfacing, in compliance with County
Department of Public Works Specification No. 38.
(e) Dust-proofing. Truck terminals or yards and motor vehicle storage/impound facilities
shall be provided with a dust-proofed surface of slag, crushed rock, or an equivalent
measure.
(f)

Parking areas for nonresidential uses abutting residential uses. Nonresidential
parking areas that abut residential land use zoning districts shall be separated and
buffered by a six-foot high solid fence or masonry wall. The solid fence or masonry
wall shall be four feet in height within the required residential setback for residential
uses.

(g) Parking areas abutting streets. Where a boundary of a parking area abuts a street, a
suitable concrete curb or barrier not less than six inches in height shall be securely
installed and maintained where there is no solid fence or masonry wall.
(h) Hours of operation. Except as otherwise provided by this Code, the required parking
area shall not be used for a purpose other than the temporary parking of motor
vehicles, during the operating hours of the supporting primary land use.
(i)

Parking area notices. Parking area signs may be located in all land use zoning
districts at the entrance or exit of a parking area, but shall not exceed six square feet in
area and five feet in height. The signs may contain the name of the owner or occupant
of the property and a combination of the following words and symbols only:
“Parking,” “Park Here,” “Entrance,” “Exit,” “Do Not Enter,” “Stop,” “Private
Parking,” “Public Parking,” “Customers Only,” “Handicap Parking,” no parking
directional arrow, and “Tow Away” notice.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.11.100

Commercial Vehicle Parking in Residential Areas

(a) Applicability.
(1) Residential land use zoning districts.
(A) The provisions of this Section shall apply only to the Single Residential
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Development (SD) land use zoning districts in the Valley Region and the
Desert Region.
(B) Except as provided in Subsection (b) (Acceptable commercial vehicles on
streets or adjacent to residential uses), below, parking of commercial
vehicles shall not be allowed in the Single Residential (RS), Multiple
Residential (RM), Rural Living (RL), and Special Development land use
zoning districts in the Mountain Region.
(2) Nonresidential land use zoning districts. In nonresidential land use zoning
districts in the Valley, Mountain, and Desert Regions, commercial vehicle
parking shall comply with the land use regulations established for the land use
zoning district of the subject property.
(b) Acceptable commercial vehicles on streets or adjacent to residential uses. Except
as provided in Title 5: Highways, Traffic, Section 52.0125 (Weight Limitations),
Section 52.0128 (Restriction or Prohibition of Parking of Commercial Vehicles), and
Section 52.0131 (Prohibition of Certain Vehicles on Highways) of the County Code,
commercial truck tractors, motor trucks, semi-trailers, or combinations of them,
exceeding a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds, may be
parked on public streets, roads, highways, alleys, or public rights-of-way adjacent to a
residential use, or on a residential property as follows:
(1) While making pick-ups or deliveries of goods, wares, or merchandise from or to
a property adjacent to or abutting upon streets or highways.
(2) When this type of vehicle is parked in connection with, and in aid of, the ongoing
performance of a service to, or on, a property in the block where the vehicle is
left standing. This includes the temporary parking of construction and similar
types of service vehicles, as well as snow removal equipment in the mountain
communities during the winter months. In remote mountain areas where there are
no commercial or industrial land use zoning districts, service vehicles may be
parked on residential parcels during other times of the year, provided they are
covered. Where possible, they shall be parked behind the residence. The vehicles
may project into the side and rear yard areas. A vehicle shall not be parked or left
standing on the paved portion of a street, highway, or alley unless the paved
portion of the half-width roadway is at least 22 feet wide.
(3) A vehicle that is used in conjunction with an approved Home Occupation Permit.
(c) Commercial vehicles at residences. An owner/operator of a commercial vehicle may
park the vehicle at their residence under the following standards/conditions:
(1) The owner and operator of the vehicle shall be a resident of the home on the
parcel where it is parked.

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(2) Except as provided in Subsection 11 below of this Subsection, the commercial
vehicle shall be parked off of the street and behind the front setback.
(3) The operator of the vehicle shall not idle the vehicle’s engine for longer than 10
minutes.
(4) A vehicle shall not be loaded or unloaded or have cargo transferred to or from the
vehicle except during the first 24 hours during which a vehicle is mechanically
disabled.
(5) A refrigeration unit on the vehicle shall not be operated between the hours of
8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. unless the noise level of the operation is reduced to 45
dB(A) or less as measured at the property line in compliance with Section
83.01.080 (Noise).
(6) No dispensing of fuel on-site in excess of 10 gallons shall be allowed.
(7) The property owner shall provide appropriate design measures to minimize dust.
(8) Outdoor storage of equipment, materials, or supplies shall not be allowed.
(9) Mechanical work and routine maintenance or repair work that causes an
excessive amount of noise shall be done off-site. The following maintenance
work shall not be done on-site:
(A) Steam-cleaning or degreasing the vehicle.
(B) Welding.
(C) Use of pneumatic equipment, other than to repair a disabled vehicle.
(10) Parking shall be allowed in compliance with the following:
(A) Desert Region. One truck tractor with a trailer or semi-trailer may be
parked on the owner/operator’s residential parcel if it is at least one-half
acre in size. One additional truck tractor with a trailer or semi-trailer, up to a
maximum of three vehicles of this type, may be parked on the
owner/operator’s residential parcel for each additional one-half acre the
parcel contains. Vehicles shall not be parked in compliance to this
Subsection unless all parts of the vehicle are at least five feet from each
interior property line, at least 15 feet from public rights-of-way and
easements, and at least 70 feet from a structure used for human habitation or
public assembly (e.g., parks, churches, etc.) on adjoining properties. The
area of human habitation shall not include cabanas, patios, attached, or
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(B) Mountain Region. Except as provided in Subsection A of this Section,
commercial vehicle parking in residential areas shall not be allowed in the
Mountain Region.
(C) Valley Region. One truck tractor with a trailer or semi-trailer may be
parked on the owner/operator’s residential parcel if the parcel is at least one
acre in size. Only one truck tractor with a trailer or semi-trailer may be
parked on the parcel. A vehicle shall not be parked in compliance to this
Subsection unless all parts of the vehicle are at least five feet from each
interior property line, at least 15 feet from public rights-of-way and
easements, and at least 70 feet from a structure used for human habitation or
public assembly (e.g., parks, churches, etc.) on adjoining properties. The
area of human habitation shall not include cabanas, patios, attached or
detached private garages or storage structures.
(D) Parking on vacant parcels. In the Valley Region and the Desert Region,
commercial vehicles may be allowed on an adjacent vacant parcel under the
same ownership as the owner/operator’ s residence only when there is no
access and/or adequate space to the rear or side of the residence, subject to
compliance with all other conditions, including:
(I)

Commercial vehicles parked on a vacant parcel shall be parked the
same distance from the roadway as the owner/operator’s residence.

(II) The commercial vehicle shall be parked within 20 feet of the fence line
of the owner/operator’s residential parcel.
(III) The commercial vehicle shall be parked perpendicular to the street and
behind the front setback.
(IV) If needed, the additional square footage of the adjacent vacant parcel
may be added to the subject parcel to meet the acreage area
requirement listed in Subsections (A) and (C), above, of this
Subsection 10.
(11) Truck tractors may be parked in the driveway of the owner/operator’s residential
parcel of any size, provided the tractor is completely clear of public streets,
sidewalks, and easements.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
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CHAPTER 83.12

83.12

ROAD SYSTEM DESIGN STANDARDS

Sections:
83.12.010
83.12.020
83.12.030
83.12.010

Purpose
Applicability
Road System Design Standards
Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to provide standards for the various types of roads within the
County maintained road system.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.12.020

Applicability

This Chapter shall apply to all the roads within the unincorporated portions of San Bernardino
County.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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83.12

Road System Design Standards

Table 83-20 provides road system design standards. For diagrams and specific features on the
County maintained road system, refer to the Road Planning and Design Standards and the San
Bernardino County Standards and Specifications Manual, as may be amended from time to time.
The Road Planning and Design Standards and the Standards and Specifications Manual are
maintained by the Department of Public Works.
Table 83-20
Road System Design Standards
HIGHWAY DESIGNATION

Freeway
State Highway (special
standards/conditions)
Major Arterial Highway
Major Divided Highway
Major Highway
Secondary Highway
Controlled/Limited Access Collector
Mountain Major Highway
Mountain Secondary Highway
Collector Street
Local Street
Mountain Collector
Mountain Local

NUMBER OF
LANES

RIGHT-OF-WAY
WIDTH

CURB-TO-CURB
SEPARATION

Variable
(per Caltrans)
Variable
(per Caltrans)
6
4
4
4
2
4
2
2
2
2
2

Variable
(per Caltrans)
Variable
(per Caltrans)
120’ minimum
120’
104’ minimum
88’
66’
80’
60’
66’
60’
50’
40’

Variable
(per Caltrans)
Variable
(per Caltrans)
104’
94’
80’
64’
44’
64’
44’
44’
36’
—
—

Note: Collector Streets and Local streets are not shown on the General Plan Transportation/Circulation Maps

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
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CHAPTER 83.13

SIGN REGULATIONS

Sections:
83.13.010
83.13.020
83.13.030
83.13.035
83.13.040
83.13.050
83.13.060
83.13.070
83.13.080
83.13.090
83.13.100
83.13.110
83.13.120
83.13.130
83.13.010

Purpose
Applicability
Sign Permits and Exemptions
Comprehensive Sign Program for Crest Forest
Prohibited Signs
On-Site Signs
Off-Site Signs
Temporary Signs
Standards for All Types of Signs
Standards for Specific Types of Signs
Sign Standards for Specific Uses
Enforcement
Nonconforming Signs
Abandoned Signs
Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to:
(a) Establish general regulations for signs and other exterior advertising formats.
(b) Establish additional standards and regulations applicable to land use zoning districts.
(c) Recognize that the eventual elimination of existing signs that do not comply with the
provisions of this Code is as important as is the denial of new signs that violate these
regulations.
(d) Safeguard and enhance property values; protect public and private investment in
structures and open spaces; and improve the appearance of the County as a place in
which to live and work and as an attraction to nonresidents who come to visit or trade.
(e) Encourage sound signing practices as an aid to business and provide information to the
traveling public.
(f)

Prevent excessive and confusing sign displays.

(g) Reduce hazards to motorists and pedestrians and promote the public health, safety, and
general welfare.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009): Amended Ordinance
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83.13

Applicability

The sign standards provided in this Chapter shall apply to signs in all land use zoning districts in
the County. Only signs authorized by this Chapter shall be allowed in that land use zoning
district, unless otherwise expressly provided in this Chapter.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.13.030 Sign Permits and Exemptions
(a) Sign permits. No sign regulated by this chapter shall be erected without appropriate
permits from the Land Use Services Department. Signs shall be erected in compliance
with the provisions of the Development Code and applicable specific plans.
(b) Sign Location Plan. A Sign Location Plan shall be required for subdivisions, and may
be utilized to propose commercial sign programs in compliance with Chapter 85.13
(Sign Location Plans).
(c) Exempt signs. The following signs shall be exempt from the requirements of this
Development Code and applicable specific plans:
(1) Signs, flags, banners, emblems, or notices issued or endorsed by a constituted
governmental body, public agency, court, person, or officer in performance of a
public duty, including traffic or highway signs, railroad crossing signs or similar
regulatory or warning devices and legal notices.
(2) Holiday displays and decorations not to exceed 60 days.
(3) Signs, located inside a structure, courtyard, mall, or other similar structure,
provided these signs are not conspicuously visible and readable from a public
street or adjacent properties not under the same ownership.
(4) Utility company signs identifying conduits, cables, dangerous conditions, or
providing other notices of this type.
(5) Memorial tablets or signs and historic markers.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4298
83.13.035

Comprehensive Sign Program for Crest Forest

A comprehensive sign program developed with local input for the Crest Forest Community Plan
area is presented in Table 83-31. In addition to the on-site sign standards specified for Crest
Forest in Table 83-31, a project-level commercial sign program may be proposed for a
commercial complex or group of individual businesses in the Crest Forest Community Plan area,
to allow sharing and averaging of the signage permitted for the participating businesses.
Proposal of a commercial sign program shall require an application to the Land Use Services
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83.13

Department, with notification of surrounding property owners and approval by the Planning
Commission. As a condition of acceptance of a commercial sign program application, any
illegal signs displayed on the site shall be removed. Submittal of a commercial sign program
application shall not preclude Code Enforcement action. Approval of a commercial sign
program shall not conflict with the Crest Forest Community Plan, or the comprehensive sign
program set forth in Table 83-31, or with the other regulations of this chapter.
Amended Ordinance 4298 (2016)

83.13.040

Prohibited Signs

The following signs shall be prohibited in all land use zoning districts:
(a) Signs having animated, moving, or rotating parts, including signs that have alternating
messages that change more than once every five seconds.
(b) Moveable or portable signs, including signs attached to or painted on trailers or
vehicles parked on private property for the purpose of gaining unauthorized sign area.
(c) Signs that make sounds.
(d) Signs that obscure, imitate, or otherwise limit the effectiveness of official traffic
control signs or devices.
(e) Signs that display statements or symbols of an obscene or immoral nature as to offend
the public morals or decency.
(f)

Tethered balloon(s) or other inflatable(s) used to draw attention to a use or event.

(g) Signs with flashing neon elements or signs with neon lighting on their support
structures.
(h) Signs that are not effectively shielded to prevent beams or rays of light from being
directed on the traveled way, or whose intensity or brilliance cause glare or impair the
vision of the driver of a motor vehicle, or that otherwise interfere with drivers of
motor vehicles.
(i)

A beacon or searchlight, except for emergency purposes.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4298 (2016)
83.13.050

On-Site Signs

The provisions of this Section regulate on-site signs and structures. On-site signs shall be
allowed in the land use zoning districts specified.

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(a) Residential on-site signs. On-site signs shall be allowed in land use zoning districts
that allow residential land uses and shall be subject to the following standards
(1) On-site residential signs are signs that give notice of the name and/or address of
residential land uses on the same parcel and/or the name of a resident on the
parcel. Except as otherwise provided, on-site residential signs shall not exceed a
total of six square feet in area for each residential dwelling and shall not exceed
six feet in height.
(2) On-site residential signs for multi-family structures shall not exceed 20 square
feet in area.
(3) On-site residential signs shall also include signs that identify a residential
development by name or give similar notice to identify a residential area or
neighborhood. Each residential area or development shall be limited to a
maximum of two permanent signs per principal entrance to the residential
development. The maximum total sign area shall be 100 square feet for each
development and individual signs shall not exceed a maximum height of six feet
when the sign is located outside the front setback area and four feet when the
sign is within the front setback area. These signs shall not advertise the sales of
parcels or homes.
(b) Nonresidential on-site signs in residential, agricultural, and conservation land use
zoning districts. When a nonresidential use is allowed within a residential,
agricultural, or conservation land use zoning district, the use may be accompanied by
one unlighted single or double faced sign not to exceed six feet in height or 12 square
feet in area, for each 60 feet of street frontage and not to exceed a maximum of 24
square feet in total area.
(c) On-site commercial/industrial complex signs. On-site signs shall be allowed in land
use zoning districts that allow commercial and industrial land uses and shall be subject
to the following standards:
(1) A shopping center occupant located:
(A) On the perimeter of a shopping center with street frontage may have one
monument sign in addition to a wall, roof, or projecting sign. The additional
sign shall not exceed 50 square feet in area.
(B) Adjacent to, or that backs onto, a major arterial, or a major or secondary
highway, may have an additional wall sign on the rear of the structure.
(2) A complex occupant sign shall also include the use of one five square foot
pedestrian walkway sign for each occupant within the complex in addition to
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(3) A complex shall have a minimum street frontage of one 150 feet. A shopping
center complex, abutting two street frontages of at least 150 feet each, may have
one additional monument sign. However, the total cumulative square footage of
the monument signs shall not exceed 100 square feet.
(4) On-site signs in Office Commercial (CO) land use zoning district. Table 83-21
indicates the types of signs allowed in the Office Commercial (CO) land use zoning
district and the standards applicable to those signs.
Table 83-21
On-Site Signs in Office Commercial (CO) Land Use Zoning District
Type of Sign

Individual Business/Structure
Not a Part of a Complex

Multi-Tenant Complex

Occupant within a Multi-Tenant
Complex

Freestanding
Pole or Pylon
Monument

25 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area
4 ft. maximum height
36 sq. ft. maximum area

25 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area
4 ft. maximum height
36 sq. ft. maximum area

Sign not allowed

25 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying walkway
or thoroughfare
1:1 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:1 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
150

25 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying walkway
or thoroughfare
Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

100

1:1 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:1 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
50

1 Freestanding
1 Attached

1 per frontage

1

Sign not allowed

Attached

Projecting

Roof

Wall
Total area
sq. ft.
Total number

Sign not allowed

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(5) On-site signs in Neighborhood Commercial (CN) land use zoning district.
Table 83-22 indicates the types of signs allowed in the Neighborhood
Commercial (CN) land use zoning district and the standards applicable to those
signs.
Table 83-22
On-Site Signs in Neighborhood Commercial (CN) Land Use Zoning District
Type of Sign

Individual Business/Structure
Not a Part of a Complex

Multi-Tenant Complex

Occupant within a Multi-Tenant
Complex

25 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area
4 ft. maximum height
36 sq. ft. maximum area

25 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area
4 ft. maximum height
36 sq. ft. maximum area

Sign not allowed

25 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare
1:2 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:2 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
150

25 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare
Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

100

1:2 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:2 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
50

1 Freestanding
1 Attached per Frontage

1 per frontage

1

Freestanding
Pole or Pylon
Monument

Sign not allowed

Attached

Projecting

Roof

Wall
Total area
sq. ft.
Total number

Sign not allowed

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(6) On-site signs in Rural Commercial (CR) land use zoning district. Table 8323 indicates the types of signs allowed in the Rural Commercial (CR) land use
zoning district and the standards applicable to those signs.

Table 83-23
On-Site Signs in Rural Commercial (CR) Land Use Zoning District
Type of Sign

Individual Business/Structure
Not a Part of a Complex

Multi-Tenant Complex

25 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area
4 ft. maximum height
36 sq. ft. maximum area

25 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area
4 ft. maximum height
36 sq. ft. maximum area

25 ft. maximum height
50 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare
1:2 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:2 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
150

25 ft. maximum height
50 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare
Sign not allowed

Occupant within a Multi-Tenant
Complex

Freestanding
Pole or Pylon
Monument

Sign not allowed
Sign not allowed

Attached

Projecting

Roof

Wall
Total area
sq. ft.
Total number

1 Freestanding
1 Attached per Frontage

Sign not allowed

100

1 per frontage

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1:2 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:2 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
50
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(7) On-site signs in Highway Commercial (CH) land use zoning district. Table
83-24 indicates the types of signs allowed in the Neighborhood Commercial
(CN) land use zoning district and the standards applicable to those signs.
Table 83-24
On-Site Signs in Highway Commercial (CH) Land Use Zoning District
Type of Sign

Individual Business/Structure
Not a Part of a Complex

Multi-Tenant Complex

25 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
4 ft. maximum height
50 sq. ft. maximum area

25 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
4 ft. maximum height
50 sq. ft. maximum area

35 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare
1:3 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:3 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
200 sq. ft. maximum area
300

35 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare

Occupant within a Multi-Tenant
Complex

Freestanding
Pole or Pylon
Monument

Sign not allowed
Sign not allowed

Attached

Projecting

Roof

Wall
Total area
sq. ft.
Total number

1 Freestanding
2 Attached

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

1:2 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:2 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area

200

100

1 per frontage

1

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(8) On-site signs in General Commercial (CG) land use zoning district. Table
83-25 indicates the types of signs allowed in the General Commercial (CG) land
use zoning district and the standards applicable to those signs.

Table 83-25
On-Site Signs in General Commercial (CG) Land Use Zoning District
Type of Sign

Individual Business/Structure
Not a Part of a Complex

Multi-Tenant Complex

25 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
4 ft. maximum height
50 sq. ft. maximum area

25 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
4 ft. maximum height
50 sq. ft. maximum area

35 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare
1:3 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:3 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
300

35 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare

Occupant within a Multi-Tenant
Complex

Freestanding
Pole or Pylon
Monument

Sign not allowed
Sign not allowed

Attached

Projecting

Roof

Wall
Total area
sq. ft.
Total number

1 Freestanding
2 Attached

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

1:2 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:2 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area

200

50

1 per frontage

1

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(9) On-site signs in Service Commercial (CS) land use district. Table 83-26
indicates the types of signs allowed in the Service Commercial (CS) land use
district and the standards applicable to those signs.
Table 83-26
On-Site Signs in Service Commercial (CS) Land Use Zoning District
Individual Business/Structure
Not a Part of a Complex

Multi-Tenant Complex

25 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
4 ft. maximum height
50 sq. ft. maximum area

25 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
4 ft. maximum height
50 sq. ft. maximum area

35 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare
1:3 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:3 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
200 sq. ft. maximum area

35 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare

Total area
sq. ft.

300

200

50

Total number

1 Freestanding
1 Attached

1 per frontage

1

Type of Sign

Occupant within a Multi-Tenant
Complex

Freestanding
Pole or Pylon
Monument

Sign not allowed
Sign not allowed

Attached

Projecting

Roof

Wall

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

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1:2 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:2 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area

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(10) On-site signs in Community Industrial (IC) land use zoning district. Table
83-27 indicates the types of signs allowed in the Community Industrial (IC) land
use zoning district and the standards applicable to those signs.
Table 83-27
On-Site Signs in Community Industrial (IC) Land Use Zoning District
Type of Sign

Individual Business/Structure
Not a Part of a Complex

Multi-Tenant Complex

25 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
6 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area

25 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
6 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area

Occupant within a Multi-Tenant
Complex

Freestanding
Pole or Pylon
Monument
Attached
Projecting
Roof

Wall
Total area
sq. ft.
Total number

Sign not allowed
Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed
Sign not allowed
1:3 (bldg. frontage to Sign not allowed
sign area ratio)
150 sq. ft. maximum area
1:3 (bldg. frontage to Sign not allowed
sign area ratio)
200 sq. ft. maximum area
320
400

Sign not allowed
Sign not allowed

1 Freestanding
2 Attached

1

1 per frontage

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(11) On-site signs in Regional Industrial (IR) land use zoning district. Table 83-28
indicates the types of signs allowed in the Regional Industrial (IR) land use
zoning district and the standards applicable to those signs.
Table 83-28
On-Site Signs in Regional Industrial (IR) Land Use Zoning District
Type of Sign

Individual Business/Structure
Not a Part of a Complex

Multi-Tenant Complex

25 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
6 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area

25 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
6 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area

Occupant within a Multi-Tenant
Complex

Freestanding
Pole or Pylon
Monument

Sign not allowed
Sign not allowed

Attached

Projecting

Roof

Wall

25 ft. maximum height
200 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance Sign not allowed
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare
1:4 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
Sign not allowed
200 sq. ft. maximum area
1:4 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
Sign not allowed
200 sq. ft. maximum area

Sign not allowed

1:1 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:2 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
150 sq. ft. maximum area

Total area
sq. ft.

400

400

150

Total number

1 Freestanding
2 Attached

1 per frontage

1

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(12) On-site signs in Institutional (IN) land use zoning district. Table 83-29 indicates
the types of signs allowed in the Institutional (IN) land use zoning district and the
standards applicable to those signs.
Table 83-29
On-Site Signs in Institutional (IN) Land Use Zoning District
Type of Sign

Individual Business/Structure
Not a Part of a Complex

Multi-Tenant Complex

Occupant within a Multi-Tenant
Complex

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

Freestanding
Pole or Pylon
Monument

25 ft. maximum height
48 sq. ft. maximum area
6 ft. maximum height
48 sq. ft. maximum area

Attached

Projecting

Roof

Wall

15 ft. maximum height
48 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare
1:1 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
100 sq. ft. maximum area
1:1 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
100 sq. ft. maximum area

Total area sq.
150
ft.
1 Freestanding
Total number
2 Attached

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(13) On-site signs in Special Development (SD) land use zoning district. Table 83-30
indicates the types of signs allowed in the Special Development (SD) land use zoning
district and the standards applicable to those signs.
Table 83-30
On-Site Signs in Special Development (SD) Land Use Zoning District
Type of Sign

Individual Business/Structure
Not a Part of a Complex

Multi-Tenant Complex

25 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area
4 ft. maximum height
36 sq. ft. maximum area

25 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area
4 ft. maximum height
36 sq. ft. maximum area

25 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare
1:2 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:2 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area

25 ft. maximum height
100 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare

Occupant within a Multi-Tenant
Complex

Freestanding
Pole or Pylon
Monument

Sign not allowed
Sign not allowed

Attached

Projecting

Roof

Wall

Total area sq.
150
ft.
1 Freestanding
Total number
2 Attached per frontage

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed

1:2 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1:2 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area

100

50

1 per frontage

1

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(14) On-site signs in Crest Forest Community Plan commercial land use zoning
districts. Table 83-31 indicates the types of signs allowed in commercial land use
districts of the Crest Forest Community Plan area, and the standards applicable to
those signs.

Table 83-31
On-Site Signs in Crest Forest Community Plan (CF) Commercial Land Use Zoning Districts
Type of Sign

Individual Business/Structure
Not a Part of a Complex

Multi-Tenant Complex

Occupant within a Multi-Tenant
Complex

25 ft. maximum height
50 sq. ft. maximum area

25 ft. maximum height
50 sq. ft. maximum area

4 ft. maximum height in
addition to 2 ft. solid
base
32 sq. ft. maximum area

4 ft. maximum height in
addition to 2 ft. solid
base
Sign not allowed
32 sq. ft. maximum area

Freestanding
Pole or Pylon

Monument

Sign not allowed

Attached
35 ft. maximum height,
not to exceed roof ridge
Projecting
or parapet height.
(may require 32 sq. ft. maximum area
encroachment 8 ft. minimum clearance
permit
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare

Roof

Wall
Total number

3:1 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
32 sq. ft. maximum area
Placement subject to
Section 83.13.090(f)
3:1 (bldg. frontage to
sign area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
1 Freestanding
2 Attached per frontage

35 ft. maximum height,
not to exceed roof ridge
or parapet height.
32 sq. ft. maximum area
8 ft. minimum clearance
from underlying
walkway or thoroughfare

Sign not allowed

Sign not allowed
1 per frontage

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3:1 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
32 sq. ft. maximum area
Placement subject to
Section 83.13.090(f)
3:1 (bldg. frontage to sign
area ratio)
50 sq. ft. maximum area
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(d) On-site civic signs. On-site civic signs are signs that give notice of the name or
service, or other function or operation, of a publicly owned land use type on the same
parcel, or that gives notice of the address or conditions of use of a parking area or
other facility serving the activity. On-site civic signs are allowed in all land use zoning
districts subject to the following limitations:
(1) In land use zoning districts where on-site business signs are not allowed, on-site
civic signs with a maximum area of 32 square feet and a maximum height of 12
feet are allowed.
(2) In land use zoning districts where on-site business signs are allowed, the
maximum height and area for on-site civic signs shall be the same as that allowed
for on-site business signs.
(e) Freeway oriented on-site signs.
(1) Freeway oriented signs shall be located within 200 feet of the structure or use to
which the sign is an on-site use.
(2) A maximum of two steel support poles shall be required for a freestanding
freeway oriented on-site sign that has an area of 18 square feet or greater.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4298 (2016)
83.13.060

Off-Site Signs

(a) General regulations for off-site signs. Unless otherwise specified in this Section, the
following standards shall be applicable to off-site signs:
(1) Allowability of Off-Site signs.
(A) Where allowed. Off-site signs shall be allowed in the CG (General
Commercial) and CH (Highway Commercial) land use zoning districts
subject to a Conditional Use Permit.
(B) Where prohibited. Off-site signs shall be prohibited in the Phelan/Pinion
Hills Community Plan area and Crest Forest Community Plan area.
(2) Dimensions and area.
(A) Overall height. The maximum height of an off-site freestanding sign shall
be 35 feet. The maximum height of an off-site freestanding sign whose
leading edge is not within 500 feet of a freeway right-of-way nor located
within 50 feet of a railroad line shall be 25 feet.
(B) Height of sign face. The maximum vertical height of the face of an off-site
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(C) Width of sign face. The maximum horizontal width of the face of an offsite sign shall be 50 feet.
(D) Area. The maximum area of the face of an off-site sign shall be 500 square
feet. The maximum area of the face of an off-site sign whose leading edge
is not within 500 feet of a freeway right-of-way shall be 300 square feet.
The area and height of a freestanding sign may be expanded by no more
than 10 percent for the addition of temporary embellishments, cut-outs, and
other add-ons. The embellishments shall not exceed 50 square feet in area,
nor add more than five feet in additional height.
(3) Construction standards. A maximum of two steel support poles shall be
allowed for an off-site freestanding sign. Steel support poles shall be required for
the construction of an off-site freestanding sign required in this Chapter to have a
Building Permit.
(4) Access. Off-site signs shall not obstruct an access route, including setback areas
needed for emergency vehicle or personnel access.
(5) Designated scenic route. No off-site freestanding signs greater than 18 square
feet in area shall be oriented toward a State or County Highway that has been
designated as a Scenic Route by the Federal, State, or a local jurisdiction.
(6) Visibility from freeway when sign not oriented towards freeway. Where offsite signs are oriented towards thoroughfares other than freeways, the message
displayed on the signs may be visible to the operators of vehicles from on-andoff ramps, but the message shall not be designed to be viewed by the operators of
vehicles being driven on the main traveled way of the freeway.
(7) Double-faced, back-to-back signs allowed. Provisions of this Section shall not
prevent the erection of double-faced, back-to-back off-site signs or V-shaped
signs erected in compliance with Subsection 1.d (Area), above.
(8) Minimum spacing. Off-site signs shall maintain the following minimum spacing
between the leading edge of each sign on the same side of the same street or
freeway. Measurements shall be calculated from the leading edge or footing of
the sign nearest to the planned right-of-way.
Sign Area
(A) Freeway Oriented Off-site Signs
0 - 500 square feet
500.01 square feet and over
(B) All other Off-site Signs
0 - 50 square feet
50.01 100 square feet
100.01
300 square feet
300.01 square feet and over
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750 feet
Not allowed
50 feet
150 feet
500 feet
Not allowed
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(9) Setback. The leading edge of off-site signs shall maintain the following
minimum setback from the planned right-of-way:
Sign Height
(A) Freeway oriented off-site signs
Any height
(B) All other off-site signs
0 16 feet
16.01 25 feet
25.01 feet and over

Setback
3 feet
3 feet
5 feet
Not allowed

(10) State Outdoor Advertising Permit. A copy of the current valid State Outdoor
Advertising Permit, where one is required by the State, shall be submitted to the
Building Official before approval of a plot plan for an off-site sign, except where
specific County findings are required by the State Department of Transportation
before the issuance of the State Outdoor Advertising Permit. When a valid State
Outdoor Advertising Permit is required by the State, it shall be submitted before
issuance of a Building Permit for the construction of the sign.
(11) Illumination. Lighting of off-site signs shall comply with Section 83.07.040
(Glare and Outdoor Lighting
Mountain and Desert Regions).
(b) Freeway oriented off-site signs.
(1) Message orientation. Freeway oriented off-site signs shall be erected,
constructed, or maintained, to ensure that the message displayed on the signs
shall be designed to be viewed by the operators of vehicles traveling on
freeways.
(2) Applicable land use development standards. In addition to the provisions of
this Subsection, signs shall be subject to the provisions of the land use zoning
district in which they are located.
(3) Conditional Use Permit required. Freeway oriented off-site signs shall be
allowed subject to a Conditional Use Permit.
(4) Minimum spacing. See Section 83.13.060.(a)(8) (Minimum spacing).
(5) Location and design standards. Unless otherwise specified in this Chapter, the
location and design standards for freeway oriented off-site signs shall be as
provided in the:
(A) Outdoor Advertising Act (California Business and Professions Code
Section 5200 et seq.).
(B) California Code of Regulations, Title 4 (Business Regulations), Chapter 4
(Directional and Other Official Signs and Notices).
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(6) Activities exempt from permit requirements. The changing of a message or
customary maintenance of a legally existing sign structure as defined in Section
2270 (Customary Maintenance) of the California Code of Regulations, Title 4
(Business Regulations), Chapter 1 (Outdoor Advertising General) shall not
require a Use Permit in compliance with this Subsection.
(7) Location standards. In addition to other applicable Federal, State, and local
requirements, freeway oriented off-site signs shall not be constructed until a
permit has been issued by the Building Official in compliance with the
following:
(A) Location in established business area.
(I)

Freeway oriented off-site freestanding signs shall be located where
allowed within an established business area, which shall mean an area
within 1,000 feet, measured in any direction, from the leading edge of
the nearest edge of a commercial or industrial activity or structure, and
that is located in a commercial or industrial land use zoning district.
For purposes of calculating the 1,000-foot measurement, the freeway
right-of-way shall be excluded.

(II) The area of a commercial or an industrial activity shall be presumed to
be that portion of a parcel lying within a single rectangle that encloses
improvements, storage areas, and parking areas related to that
commercial or industrial activity. This activity includes accessory and
primary land uses that are both directly and traditionally related to a
commercial or industrial land use, but does not include infrastructure
or access improvements (e.g., driveways, railways, power lines, etc.).
(B) Sign separation requirement. Freeway oriented off-site signs shall be not
be placed within 750 feet from another freeway oriented off-site sign on the
same side of the freeway. If a particular land use zoning district specifies a
more restrictive spacing, then the more restrictive spacing shall prevail.
(c) Freeway oriented directional signs.
(1) Location and design standards. Freeway oriented directional signs shall be
located and designed in compliance with the:
(A) Outdoor Advertising Act (Business and Professions Code Section 5200 et
seq.).
(B) California Code of Regulations, Title 4 (Business Regulations), Chapter 4
(Directional and Other Official Signs and Notices).
(2) Message. The message on directional signs shall be limited to the identification
of an attraction or activity and directional information useful to the traveler in
locating the corresponding attraction or activity.
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(3) State Outdoor Advertising Permit. A copy of the current valid State Outdoor
Advertising Permit, where it is required by the State, shall be submitted to the
Building Official before approval of a plot plan for a freeway oriented directional
sign, except where specific County findings are required by the State Department
of Transportation before the issuance of State Outdoor Advertising Permit. When
a valid State Outdoor Advertising Permit is required by the State, it shall be
submitted before issuance of a Building Permit for the construction of the sign.
(d) Additional off-site signs. The following off-site signs are allowed in addition to those
specified within individual land use zoning districts:
(1) Off-site permanent civic signs. Signs that serve to identify a community shall
be allowed in all land use zoning districts subject to the following:
(A) In land use zoning districts where off-site business signs are allowed, the
maximum height and area for a off-site civic sign shall be the same as the
allowed on-site business sign, unless otherwise specified by this Chapter.
(B) In land use districts where off-site signs are not allowed, signs shall have a
maximum area of 100 square feet and a maximum height of 15 feet, except
in those land use zoning districts where on-site signs are not allowed.
(C) In land use districts where off-site signs are not allowed, off-site civic signs
shall have a maximum area of 32 square feet and a maximum height of 12
feet.
(D) Off-site civic signs shall only display the name, surname, and/or slogan of
the city or community.
(2) Off-site business directional signs. Off-site business directional signs are signs
that direct attention to, or otherwise pertain to, a commodity or service that is
sold, produced, conducted or offered by a nonresidential land use type not
located on the same site where the sign is located but is within 50 air miles of the
business or establishment being identified. Off-site business directional signs are
allowed in all land use zoning districts subject to the following restrictions:
(A) Off-site business directional signs shall not be allowed when an on-site
business sign will serve to adequately identify the establishment.
(B) Off-site business directional signs shall not be located within 50 feet of
another off-site sign.
(C) In those nonresidential land use zoning districts where on-site business
signs are not allowed, off-site business directional signs shall not exceed 32
square feet in area nor 10 feet in height.

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(D) In those land use zoning districts where on-site business signs are allowed,
off-site business directional signs shall not exceed 64 square feet in area,
nor 15 feet in height or the signs shall conform to the size and height
provided for on-site business signs within the land use zoning district,
whichever is smaller.
(E) Whenever an off-site business directional sign is used, there shall be a one
square foot reduction of allowed sign area for on-site business signs for the
establishment for each square foot of sign area in the business directional
sign.
(F) If an off-site business directional sign is oriented towards a State Highway
or freeway, the sign shall also comply with the provisions of Subsection
83.13.060(c) (Freeway oriented directional signs), above.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.13.070

Temporary Signs

(a) Temporary on-site signs. The following signs shall be allowed as on-site signs in all
land use zoning districts on a temporary basis:
(1) Temporary on-site realty signs.
(A) On-site realty signs are temporary on-site signs that pertain to the sale,
lease, rental, or display of parcels, structures, or facilities that exist or are in
the process of being constructed or altered.
(B) On-site realty signs shall be allowed subject to the following height and
area limitations:
(I)

In land use zoning districts where on-site business signs are not
allowed, the maximum area of an on-site realty sign shall be six square
feet and the maximum height shall be five feet. These signs shall have
a maximum height of four feet when placed within the front setback or
side street setback areas.

(II) In land use zoning districts where on-site business signs are allowed,
the maximum area for an on-site reality sign shall be 50 percent of the
allowable area for the on-site business signs, but not more than 32
square feet. Allowed height for an on-site realty sign shall be the same
as that allowed for an on-site business sign.
(2) Temporary on-site development signs. On-site development signs are
temporary on-site signs that announce future activities and facilities to be located
on the site, and that may identify the persons or firms engaged in the promotion,
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shall be allowed in all land use zoning districts subject to the issuance of a
Temporary Use Permit.
(3) Temporary on-site residential development signs.
(A) Temporary on-site residential development signs are for on-site
advertisement of residential development projects.
(B) A maximum of three signs are allowed within the boundaries of the
residential development project. These signs are to be located as follows:
one at the entrance, and one at the exit of the residential development
project, and one at the sales office site.
(C) Temporary on-site residential development signs shall only state the name
of the developer, type of financing, price range, and the developer’s
telephone number.
(D) Temporary on-site residential development signs may be located in front,
side, or rear setbacks, but shall not be located closer than five feet from the
edge of the planned right-of-way.
(E) Each individual sign structure shall have no more than 64 square feet of
total sign area. The total square footage of the on-site signs shall not be
more than 100 feet.
(F) Nonconforming signs on the proposed site shall be removed.
(G) An approved Temporary Use Permit may allow the use of flags or other
alternate advertising displays, provided the conditions of approval specify
the type, maximum area, maximum height, maximum number, minimum
spacing, time limitation, and maintenance requirements for the alternate
advertising displays.
(H) See also Subsection 84.25.040(g)(3) (Temporary On-Your-Lot Builder
Model Home/Sales Office).
(4) Temporary banners and flags. Temporary banners and flags shall be allowed
without a permit, subject to the owner maintaining the banners and flags in good
condition, and subject to the following standards: On-site banners and flags shall
not exceed 15 feet in length or three feet in width. Any banners or flags
exceeding 15 feet in length or 3 feet in width shall be subject to a temporary use
permit. Banners and flags shall be displayed on roof, wall, or fence areas only.
Banners and flags shall be placed in a manner that will not obstruct the visibility
of other signs or pose a safety hazard for drivers or pedestrians. The total number
of banners or flags for each occupant shall not exceed one for each street
frontage. The maximum time period for display of a banner or flag shall be 60
days. Banners and flags advertising a special event shall be removed within 5
days following the event. Banners and flags proposed for display in the public
right-of-way shall be subject to an encroachment permit.
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(A) “Banana flags” shall not be allowed in the Crest Forest Community Plan
area.
(b) Temporary off-site signs. The following signs shall be allowed in all land use zoning
districts on a temporary basis:
(1) Temporary off-site political signs.
(A) A temporary off-site political sign is a sign that indicates any one or a
combination of the following:
(I)

The name or picture of an individual seeking election or appointment
to a public office.

(II) Relates to an upcoming public election or referendum.
(III) Advocates a person’s, group’s, or party’s political views or policies.
(B) A temporary off-site political sign shall be allowed in any land use zoning
district subject to the following limitations:
(I)

Political signs shall be removed within 30 days after the election.

(II) Political signs shall have a maximum area of eight square feet in
residential land use zoning districts, and 32 square feet in other land
use zoning districts, unless the sign is an on-site sign (e.g., campaign
headquarters, etc.) or is an off-site sign allowed by this Chapter.
(III) Political signs shall not be erected within a street intersection, clear
sight triangle, or at a location where the sign may interfere with,
obstruct the view of, or be confused with an authorized traffic sign.
(IV) Political signs shall not be nailed or affixed to a tree, fence post, or
public utility pole and shall not be located in the public right-of-way,
parkway, or on publicly owned land.
(2) Temporary off-site residential directional signs. Temporary off-site residential
directional signs shall be used for identifying a housing project or a new
apartment complex of five or more units. These signs shall be allowed in all land
use zoning districts subject to a Sign Location Plan and the following provisions:
(A) The maximum height shall be eight feet.
(B) The top panel shall measure 60 inches by 16 inches and shall identify the
County or the community where the sign is located.

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(C) Each subsequent panel shall measure not less than 60 inches by 10 inches
and shall only specify the name of the development project and a directional
arrow. A maximum of six advertising panels shall be allowed per sign.
(D) Colors for lettering and background and type of lettering shall be uniform
for each community and shall be approved by the Director.
(E) Double wide sign structures may be installed at locations subject to the
approval of the Director.
(F) In areas where it is not practical to install the standard sized sign, a small
sign may be installed. The sign shall measure no more than 30 inches high
and 30 inches wide. A maximum of two panels shall be used per sign.
(G) Temporary off-site residential directional signs shall be located at lest 300
feet away from another off-site residential directional sign, unless it is
determined by the Director that a closer spacing will better accomplish the
intent of this Subsection.
(H) Temporary off-site residential directional signs placed on private property
shall receive written consent of the property owner that shall be filed with
the Department before issuance of a permit. Signs placed in the public rightof-way shall require an Encroachment Permit from the Department.
(I)

Temporary off-site residential directional signs shall be located away from a
scenic highway or outside a Sign Control Overlay with a designation of
SC[p] whenever possible. However, if a location is sufficiently justified, the
maximum number of advertising panels shall be restricted to two.

(J)

Temporary off-site residential directional signs shall not be allowed within
clear sight triangles in compliance with Section 83.02.030 (Clear Sight
Triangles).

(K) There shall not be additions, tag signs, streamers, flags, devices, display
boards, or appurtenances added to the sign as originally approved. Further,
other directional signs shall not be used (e.g., posters, trailer signs, etc.).
(L) Nonconforming subdivision or apartment complex directional signs that are
advertised under this Subsection shall be removed before the issuance of a
New Sign Permit. These signs may be removed by the County, with the cost
of removal charged to the developer. Additional costs incurred by the
County resulting from the removal of illegal signs shall also be charged to
the developer.
(M) Signs shall not be illuminated.

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(N) Signs shall be maintained in a neat, clean, and orderly manner. Broken,
damaged, or defaced signs shall be repaired within 30 days.
(O) Signs shall not obstruct the use of sidewalks, walkways, bike or multi-use
trails.
(P) The County, and its officers and employees, shall be held free and harmless
of costs, claims, and damages levied against them.
(Q) Temporary Weekend Signs. Small temporary signs may be placed during
two or three day weekends on private property with the property owner’s
permission or within the public right-of-way so long as the signs are
requested from and placed by the County’s authorized administrator. These
signs shall not be larger than 24 inches by 25 inches, and they shall be made
of either plastic or cardboard, and shall be mounted with stakes that are
either wood or metal. These signs shall not be erected earlier than 12
midnight on Friday and shall not be removed later than 12 midnight on
Sunday. In the event of a three-day holiday, these signs may be erected no
earlier than 12 midnight on Thursday, if the holiday falls on Friday, and
shall not be removed later than 12 midnight on Monday, if the holiday falls
on a Monday.
(R) An off-site residential directional sign program may be implemented and
installed through the Building Industry Association (BIA) if an agreement is
approved for the regulation and control between the County and the BIA.
Directional signs erected through this program shall be regulated and
installed in compliance with the agreement and approvals between the BIA
and the County. The BIA shall not install new structures without express
written consent of the Director.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.13.080

Standards for All Types of Signs

(a) Maintenance. Signs and their components shall be regularly maintained and kept in
good repair and appearance. If a sign is not properly maintained, it shall be removed or
repaired within 30 days, following written notice of insufficient maintenance by an
authorized County official.
(b) Maximum sign area and calculation of sign area.
(1) Where a maximum overall sign area is specified, the sum of the areas of walls,
roofs, or display sign faces shall be calculated in compliance with the provisions
of this Section.
(2) Where a ratio of structure frontage to sign area is used, the structure frontage
shall be the linear dimension of the structure foundation or base that is adjacent
to the street right-of-way, or that is the main entrance to the structure when it is
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(3) Where a ratio of structure footage to sign area is used, separate attached signs are
allowed on each structure footage, provided that this ratio and the maximum total
area and total number of attached signs provided for within the land use zoning
district is not exceeded.
(4) The area of a single sign shall not exceed 500 square feet and shall be calculated
as follows:
(A) Except as otherwise provided by this Section or the provisions of a land use
zoning district, decorative trim six inches or less in width immediately
surrounding the perimeter of a sign, pole covers not exceeding 24 inches in
width, and roofs attached immediately above the top of the sign that do not
exceed 24 inches in height nor 12 inches in width beyond the width of each
side of the sign face, shall not be included for purposes of calculating sign
area, unless decorative trim is part of, is associated with or implies the
commercial, noncommercial, or political message that is being displayed.
(B) The maximum area allowed for each face of the following signs shall be
equal to the maximum sign area allowed by the applicable land use zoning
district or this Chapter.
(I) Single face signs.
(II) Double face signs, as measured on the largest single face.
(III) V-shaped signs with an acute or right angle between the sign faced on
the side away from the right-of-way to which the sign is oriented.
(5) The maximum area allowed for one of the following signs shall be 75 percent of
the maximum sign area allowed by the applicable land use zoning district or this
Chapter. The total area of these sign faces shall not exceed the maximum sign
area allowed by the applicable land use zoning district or this Chapter.
(A) Signs with more than two faces.
(B) Signs with more than one face oriented in the same direction.
(C) V-shaped signs with an obtuse angle greater than 90 degrees and less than
180 degrees between the sign faces on the side away from the right-of-way
to which the sign is oriented.
(6) The area of a figure or other irregular or three-dimensional display used for
advertising purposes shall be computed by enclosing the entire area within
parallelograms, triangles, or circles in a size sufficient to cover the entire area
and computing only the maximum single display surface that is visible from a
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(7) A sign that includes an automatic time or temperature display shall be given a
bonus of 30 percent increase in area over the maximum area allowed by a land
use zoning district or this Chapter. This bonus area shall only be utilized for the
time or temperature display. The bonus shall not exceed a maximum of 50 square
feet.
(8) Animals, man-made objects or natural features that are part of or incorporated
into the design of the sign, and are associated with or imply the commercial,
noncommercial, or political message that is being displayed shall be calculated as
part of the total sign face area.
(9) The area of a monument sign shall be calculated by using only the area devoted
to display of a commercial, noncommercial, or political message.
(c) Design.
(1) Illumination. Except for time and temperature components, signs shall only be
lit by steady, stationary, shielded light directed only at the sign, by light inside
the sign, by direct neon lighting, or by an alternating light system that does not
change more than once five seconds. The glare from luminous sources shall not
exceed one-half footcandle. See also Section 83.07.040 (Glare and Outdoor
Lighting Mountain and Desert Regions).
(2) Visibility of sign faces. More than two faces of a single sign shall not be
viewable at one time from one place.
(3) Setback from right-of-way. The leading edge or footing of a sign shall not be
located closer that one foot from the ultimate right-of-way line.
(d) Height.
(1) Measurement. The height of signs shall be measured along the leading edge of
the sign and shall be measured from the finished grade of the ground below the
leading edge to the top of the sign, except that freestanding signs shall be
measured from grade or the surface of the adjacent roadbed, whichever yields the
greater sign height.
(2) Maximum height. The maximum height of an on-site freestanding sign shall be
25 feet. A more restrictive maximum sign height standard may be specified by
this Chapter or by the provisions of the applicable land use zoning district or
overlay.
(e) Location.
(1) A sign or portion of sign shall not extend over a property line onto an adjacent
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(2) A sign shall not interfere with a driver’s or pedestrian’s view of public rights-ofway (e.g., the view of approaching, merging, or intersecting traffic, etc.) or
otherwise impair public safety, or interfere with the safe operation of a motor
vehicle on public streets.
(3) Signs shall comply with the provisions Section 83.02.030 (Clear Sight Triangles)
that include the following:
(A) Monument signs shall not be allowed within a clear sight triangle.
(B) There shall not be more than two posts or columns, each with a width or
diameter no greater than 12 inches, within a clear sight triangle.
(C) When a freestanding sign is located within a clear sight triangle, the lower
edge of the sign face shall be at least eight feet above grade.
(4) A sign shall not be attached to or painted on a public utility pole, traffic sign, or
streetlight.
(5) Where it is determined that vegetation will obstruct the visibility of more than 10
percent of the face of a proposed sign, as viewed from the edge of the abutting
paved roadway for 10 percent of the distance up to 750 feet away from the
proposed sign face, the following shall be submitted before issuance of a
Building Permit:
(A) The sign owner shall submit a statement indicating what vegetation will be
cut, trimmed, and/or left undisturbed.
(B) The sign owner shall submit a letter from an affected agency or property
owner, where trees are proposed to be cut or trimmed, authorizing the
removal or trimming operation.
(C) Where vegetation is authorized to be removed to accommodate visibility of
a sign on a publicly owned right-of-way, then the remaining vegetation
shall be enhanced by the planting of one specimen tree or plant of the same
or similar species for each tree or plant removed. This shall be
accomplished before the final Building Permit inspection for the proposed
sign. The specimen plants shall be planted along the same roadway as close
as botanically sound, but not in a manner that obstructs the proposed sign
during the life of the tree or plant. The applicant shall obtain permission
from the responsible agency or property owner for the plantings before the
issuance of the Building Permit and shall maintain the vegetation after
planting for a period of six months or until the plant is self-sustaining,
whichever is longer. This requirement shall be modified or waived by the
Building Official where it is determined that an alternate mitigation
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(6) A sign shall not be attached to or painted on natural features (e.g., trees, shrubs,
rocks, etc.).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.13.090

Standards for Specific Types of Signs

(a) Accessory signs. An accessory sign, as allowed by this Code, may be mounted on the
same sign structure as a permanent freestanding sign, provided that the accessory sign
shall have a maximum area that is no more than 50 percent of the area of the off-site
sign face on the same sign structure, and provided that the maximum total area and
height allowed within a land use zoning district is not exceeded.
(b) Complex or Center occupant signs. Complex or center occupant signs shall be
allowed in conjunction with individual occupants within a shopping center, business,
or other complex. The complex occupant sign shall also include the use of one five
square foot pedestrian walkway sign for each occupant within the complex or center,
in addition to other sign configurations and sign area allowed by the land use zoning
district.
(c) Freestanding signs - general.
(1) Unless otherwise specified by this Chapter or a land use zoning district, a
maximum of one freestanding sign shall be allowed on each parcel, per frontage.
A portion of a new freestanding sign structure, erected after November 1987,
shall not be closer than 10 feet to an existing sign.
(2) Freestanding signs that have an area 18 square feet or greater and/or a height of
six feet or greater shall require a Building Permit before construction.
(3) No part of a freestanding sign, including the footing, shall be located closer than
one foot away from an interior property line and from the right-of-way of a street
or highway adjoining the parcel on which the sign is located. Provided, however,
that when a freestanding sign is within a front or street side setback, the sign
shall be constructed to provide an open space of at least eight feet in height
measured from grade.
(4) When a freestanding sign is located within a street front or side setback area, the
sign face shall be at least eight feet above grade.
(5) Freestanding signs located in a front setback or street side setback area shall not
have more than two post or columns, each with a width or diameter no greater
than 12 inches. Exceptions to this design standard shall be subject to Director
approval, subject to a safety review for clear sight triangle obstruction by the
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(d) Freestanding signs - monument signs.
(1) A monument sign may be substituted for a freestanding sign allowed by the
provisions of this Code or an applicable plan, provided the monument sign
complies with the provisions of this Chapter.
(2) The maximum height of a monument sign located in a setback area shall be the
height of an allowed wall or fence in the same setback area.
(3) Monument signs shall not interfere with a driver’s line of sight and shall not be
closer than one foot from the right-of-way and shall not have a height greater
than that allowed for a wall or fence, unless otherwise specified in an applicable
land use zoning district.
(e) Projecting signs. A projecting sign shall not:
(1) Exceed the height of the structure to which it is attached.
(2) Project more than five feet from the supporting wall.
(3) Be less than eight feet from grade or any underlying walkway or thoroughfare.
(f) Roof signs. Roof signs shall be mounted on the roof parallel to the ridge of the roof
and shall not project above a ridge line or top of the parapet, whichever is greater, nor
project beyond the end of the structure wall or edge of the roof. Roof signs shall not
be displayed on a pole mounted on the roof. Approval of roof sign shall be subject to
demonstration by the applicant that the building design will not accommodate
adequate signage on the walls. Whenever possible, roof signs shall be placed flat on
the roof surface, and on the lower one-third of the roof slope surface.
(g) Wall signs. Wall signs shall be attached flat against a wall of the structure. These
signs shall not project more than 18 inches from the wall, and shall not project above
the roof line or extend over a public sidewalk or right-of-way.
(h) Window display signs. Display signs shall not exceed 25 percent of the window area
on which the sign is placed.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4298 (2016)

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83.13

Sign Standards for Specific Uses

The following signs shall comply with the requirements of this Development Code or applicable
specific plans:
(a) Service station signs. The following regulations shall apply to service stations, in
addition to all other provisions of this Chapter.
(1) Monument.
(A) Number. One per street frontage.
(B) Area. Not to exceed 36 square feet.
(C) Height. Not to exceed 4 feet.
(D) Additional regulations. Ground signs shall be located in a landscaped
planter with a minimum area equal to two times the area of the sign.
(2) Wall signs.
(A) Number. One per building frontage facing a street.
(B) Area. The area of a wall sign shall not exceed two square feet for each
lineal foot of building frontage.
(3) Canopy signs.
(A) Number. Two canopy signs per canopy.
(B) Area. The area of a canopy sign shall not exceed 8 square feet.
(C) Additional regulations. Canopy signs shall not extend beyond the gable or
fascia board of the canopy.
(4) Service island signs. One sign, not exceeding 4 square feet, shall be allowed on
or in front of each end of a service island to identify methods of sale (i.e., selfserve or full-serve).
(5) Window signs.
(A) Number. One per window.
(B) Area. Window signs shall not cover more than 25 percent of the window
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(6) Service station product price signs. Not to exceed 24 square feet in area per
sign. One such sign shall be allowed per street frontage. Any additional sign area
shall be calculated as part of the total sign area allowed by the land use district.
(b) Drive-in restaurant menu board. Drive-in restaurant menu boards, including those
with speakers, shall be allowed provided each sign does not exceed 50 square feet.
More than two of these signs shall not be allowed on each site.
(c) Garage sales signs. Temporary signs for garage sales shall be allowed in compliance
with Chapter 84.10 (Garage Sales).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4067 (2009)
83.13.110

Enforcement

(a) In addition to the following provisions, violations of this Chapter shall be enforced in
compliance with the provisions of Chapter 86.09 (Enforcement).
(b) The following signs are hereby declared to be public nuisances:
(1) A sign or advertising structure, including flags, unlawfully constructed, placed on
or unlawfully projecting over land owned in fee simple by a governmental entity,
or unlawfully on or over a public right-of-way without an Encroachment Permit
as provided in the County Code.
(2) A sign declared to be hazardous or unsafe by the Director, Building Official, or
Fire Chief.
(3) Illegal signs.
(c) A County Enforcement Officer may, without notice, move, remove, and/or dispose of
a sign or advertising structure that has been declared a public nuisance in compliance
with Subsection B. above. In addition, an Enforcement Officer may authorize work
required to correct a hazardous or unsafe condition.
(d) A County Enforcement Officer shall charge the cost of moving, removing, disposing,
correcting, storing, repairing, or working on a sign or sign structure to any one or all of
the following, each of which shall be jointly and individually liable for the expense:
(1) The permittee.
(2) The owner of the sign.
(3) The owner of the premises on which the sign is located.
(4) The sign lessee or lessor.

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(e) The charge for expenses shall be in addition to penalty for the violation. Recovery of
the sign does not necessarily abrogate the penalty.
(f)

Signs made of paper, cardboard, lightweight plastic, or similar materials, that are
removed, may be discarded immediately. Other removed signs shall be held no less
than 30 days by the County, during which period it may be recovered by the owner
upon paying the County for costs of removal and storage. If not recovered within the
allowed 30-day period, the sign and structure is hereby declared abandoned and the
Title of it shall vest to the County.

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4245 (2014)
83.13.120

Nonconforming Signs

(a) Amortization of nonconforming signs. Nonconforming signs shall be removed or
altered to be conforming as provided below.
(1) Nonconforming on-site signs that are located in an agricultural or residential
district shall be removed from the site without compensation after the expiration
of 15 years from the date the sign became nonconforming. Upon the expiration
of the amortization period, the sign shall be an illegal use subject to immediate
removal. Nonconforming on-site signs that are also illegal signs shall be removed
immediately from the site without compensation.
(2) Legal nonconforming commercial signs and billboards existing at the time this
Code became effective may be continued, although the use does not conform
with these provisions provided, however, that these nonconforming signs and
billboards and their supporting structures shall be completely removed by their
owners not later than five years from the effective date of this Code.
(3) Legal nonconforming off-site sign displays located in an area designated on the
County General Plan and designated as either agricultural or residential and
located more than 660 feet from the edge of the right-of-way of a freeway or
primary highway, that have copy not visible or intended to be read from the
freeway or primary highway, shall be removed from the site without
compensation in compliance with the following schedule. This amortization
period shall commence upon receipt of written notice of nonconformance.

Fair Market Value on Date of Notice
Under $1,999
$2,000 to $3,999
$4,000 to $5,999
$6,000 to $7,999
$8,000 to $9,999
$10,000 and over
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2.0
4.5
6.0
7.5
9.0
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(4) The Building Official shall determine the fair market value in compliance with
the latest material valuation schedules and send notice of the determined value to
the owner. Disagreement over the value shall be resolved under the appeal
procedures identified in this Code. Upon the expiration of the appeal period, the
sign shall be an illegal use, subject to immediate removal.
(b) Continuance of nonconforming signs. A nonconforming sign may be continued and
shall be maintained in good condition as required by these regulations, but it shall not
be:
(1) Structurally changed to another nonconforming sign, but its pictorial content may
be changed.
(2) Structurally altered to prolong the life of the sign, except to meet safety
requirements.
(3) Expanded or altered in a manner that increases the degree of nonconformity.
(4) Reestablished after damage or destruction if the estimated cost of reconstruction
exceeds 75 percent of the replacement cost as determined by the Building
Official.
(c) New signs on sites with nonconforming signs. No new sign shall be approved for a
site, structure, building, or use that contains a nonconforming sign unless the
nonconforming sign is removed or modified to conform to the provisions of this
Chapter. No building permit shall be issued for any structures, building expansions, or
new building construction on a site that contains nonconforming signs, unless all signs
on the site are brought into compliance with this Chapter. This does not include
interior alterations that do not substantially change the character or intensity of the
site.
(d) Repairing and painting. Nonconforming signs shall only be painted and repaired in
place and shall not be removed from their existing location except for building
remodeling.
(e) Change of business ownership. Upon a change of ownership, the new owner of a
nonconforming sign may change a name or names on the sign so long as there is no
change in the structure or configuration of the sign.
(f) Structure remodeling. Nonconforming signs may be removed for the purpose of
remodeling a structure and shall be replaced immediately after the remodeling is
completed. No alteration of the sign cabinet or structure is allowed.
(g) Hardship cases.
(1) Under cases of extreme hardship and unusual circumstances, the Commission
shall have the authority to allow the retention of a legal nonconforming sign if
the Commission specifically finds that extreme hardship and unusual
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circumstances exist. The proponent of the request shall have the burden of clearly
demonstrating that an extreme hardship and unusual circumstance exists and
warrants the retention of the nonconforming sign. The Commission shall conduct
a public hearing and shall find the following to be true before allowing retention
of a nonconforming sign:
(A) The site has a unique character or features that cause visibility problems.
(B) The sign does not create a traffic hazard.
(C) The sign does not create a visual blight to the community.
(D) The sign does not adversely affect adjacent properties.
(E) The sign is properly maintained and structurally sound.
(F) Other sign alternatives or designs would not be feasible or be able to
provide reasonable signing in compliance with this Code.
(2) If the Commission finds that an extreme and unusual circumstance exists, but
that the design or condition of the sign creates a visual blight, then the
Commission may grant a relief from the amortization of the nonconforming sign
with the condition that the sign be remodeled to improve the condition of the sign
and/or to create a more aesthetic design.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.13.130

Abandoned Signs

(a) Removal of abandoned signs.
(1) A sign that identifies a business or activity that is no long conducted on the
premises where the sign is located or pertains to a time, event, or purpose that no
longer applies, shall be considered an abandoned sign and shall be prohibited. An
abandoned sign shall be removed by the owner or lessee of the premises upon
which the sign is located immediately upon closure of the business or the passing
of the event.
(2) A sign frame or structure that supported an abandoned sign and that conforms to
all applicable regulations shall be allowed to remain in place. However, in the
event a sign frame or structure is inconsistent with regulations, the sign structure
and/or frame shall be either altered to comply with the regulations of this
Chapter, or removed by the owner or lessee of the property.
(3) Signs considered by the County to have historic value or cultural significance
shall be exempt from this requirement.

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(4) If the owner or lessee fails to remove the sign, the County, following a public
hearing, may have the sign removed.
(b) Recovery of costs. When the County is required to remove an illegal sign, the
reasonable cost of the removal and storage may be assessed against the owner of the
sign(s) and/or the property owner. If not paid, the applicable costs may be imposed as
a tax lien against the property.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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CHAPTER 83.14

83.14

TRANSPORTATION CONTROL MEASURES

Sections:
83.14.010
83.14.020
83.14.030
83.14.010

Purpose
Applicability
Transportation Control Measures Development Standards
Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to reduce vehicle trips thereby reducing air congestion and
pollutants and improving air quality, to comply with State law, and to promote an improved
quality of life. This Chapter is intended to satisfy the legal requirements of Chapter 6 of the San
Bernardino County Congestion Management Program (CMP).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.14.020

Applicability

This Chapter shall apply to all non-residential projects within the unincorporated portions of San
Bernardino County that are greater than 10,000 square feet in area.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.14.030

Transportation Control Measures Development Standards

(a) Bicycle parking required. Bicycle parking facilities or secured bicycle lockers shall
be provided for all non-residential and multi-family (of 10 or more units)
developments when discretionary review is required. Parking racks or secured lockers
shall be provided at a rate of 1 per 30 parking spaces with a minimum of a three-bike
rack.
(b) Pedestrian and bicycle connections to streets. On-site pedestrian walkways and
bicycle facilities shall be provided connecting each structure in a development to
public streets for all new non-residential and multi-family (of 10 or more units)
development.
(c) Shower facility. A minimum of one shower facility accessible to both men and
women shall be provided for persons bicycling or walking to work for all new nonresidential development generating 250 or more peak hour trips.
(d) Passenger loading area. Passenger loading areas in locations close to building
entrances (but not interfering with vehicle circulation) shall be provided for all new
non-residential and multi-family (of 10 or more units) developments with at least 100
parking spaces. (Loading area shall be equivalent to a minimum of 5 parking spaces).

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(e) Vanpool parking. Preferred parking facilities shall be provided near building
entrances for vanpools in all new non-residential developments where appropriate. A
vertical clearance of no less than 9' shall be provided.
(f)

Transit improvements. Transit improvements (i.e., bus pullouts, bus pads, and bus
shelters) shall be provided for all new residential and non-residential development
along existing or planned transit routes. The need for and nature of those
improvements shall be determined in cooperation with the designated local
transportation authority.

(g) On-site video conferencing facilities. On-site video conferencing facilities shall be
provided for all office park developments with 1,000 or more employees.
(h) Reduction in parking space requirements. Parking space requirements for new nonresidential development shall be reduced when linked to other actions that reduce trips
to account for increased ridesharing and other modes of transportation. The amount of
reduction shall be based on the recommendations of a parking study prepared by a
qualified traffic engineer.
(i)

Incentives for on-site child care and senior citizen facilities. Incentives to
incorporate on-site child care facilities and senior citizen facilities (e.g., increased
parcel coverage, reduced parking requirements, etc.) shall be provided.

(j)

Bicycle Plan. Participate in implementation of the Countywide Bicycle Plan (when
adopted).

Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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Conditional Compliance for Water Quality Management Plans

CHAPTER 83.15

83.15

CONDITIONAL COMPLIANCE FOR WATER QUALITY
MANAGEMENT PLANS

Sections:
83.15.010
83.15.020
83.15.030
83.15.040
83.15.050
83.15.060
83.15.070
83.15.010

Purpose
Applicability
Quality Control Engineer's Role and Responsibilites
Developer's Deposit
Land Development Engineering Authority
Authority to Contract
Expenditure of Funds
Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to ensure compliance with conditions of approval on projects
involving Water Quality Management Plan features.
Adopted Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.15.020

Applicability

The provisions of this Chapter apply to projects when a Water Quality Management Plan is
required.
Adopted Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.15.030

Quality Control Engineer’s Role and Responsibilities

(a)

Independent. The quality control engineer shall not be employed by, have any
relationship to, or interest in the developer, or any contracting, engineering, or
geotechnical companies performing work on or providing services to the project
being inspected.

(b)

Duties and responsibilities. The quality control engineer shall
(1)

Inspect the work in progress to ensure compliance with the conditions of
approval for Water Quality Management Plan’s site design, source control
and treatment control features.

(2)

Set provisions regarding Water Quality Management Plan compliance.

(3)

Report to and file reports with the Department of Public Works, Land
Development Engineering Division Chief relative to Water Quality
Management Plan compliance.

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Adopted Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.15.040

Developer’s Deposit

(a)

Deposit required for services of quality control engineer. Before the issuance
of building permits and where a Water Quality Management Plan is required, the
developer shall post a deposit with Department of Public Works, Land
Development Engineering Division in the amount and in the form specified by
that Division. The deposit funds held in trust shall be dispersed to the quality
control engineer by the Land Development Division under the terms of the
agreement between the County and the quality control engineer to pay for the
services of the quality control engineer.

(b)

Additional deposits required. The Land Development Engineering Division
shall notify the developer if and when it becomes apparent that the deposit will be
exhausted and the developer shall make the additional deposit as is required by
the Land Development Division.

(c)

Suspension or revocation of grading permit. If the developer fails to submit the
additional deposit by the date specified by the Land Development Engineering
Division, the Land Development Division shall suspend or revoke the
development permit, in compliance with the provisions of this code and order that
work on the project be ceased.

(d)

Refunds. Upon completion of the work, unused funds shall be returned to the
developer within 60 days following the quality control inspection approvals.

Adopted Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.15.050

Land Development Engineering Division Authority

The Land Development Engineering Division shall have authority to adopt reasonable rules and
regulations to clarify, interpret, and enforce the provisions of this Chapter. The Land
Development Engineering Division may approve variations when the variations are not
detrimental to the life, health, safety or welfare of the public and are necessary because of
particular or peculiar circumstances, and will achieve the same level of protection as the original
condition.
Adopted Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.15.060

Authority to Contract

For the purpose of the Chapter, the Land Development Engineering Division may retain, on
behalf of the County, independent engineers to serve as the quality control engineer on projects
regulated by this Chapter using a standard form contract approved by the Board of Supervisors.

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Adopted Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
83.15.070

Expenditure of Funds

Authority to expend deposited funds. The Land Development Engineering Division shall have
the authority to expend any remaining funds in the developer's deposit to obtain compliance with
this Chapter.
Adopted Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4085 (2009)

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Division 4

DIVISION 4 STANDARDS FOR SPECIFIC LAND
USES AND ACTIVITIES
Chapter 84.01 Accessory Structures and Uses ................................................................... 4-5
84.01.010
Purpose .............................................................................................................. 4-5
84.01.020
General Development Standards ....................................................................... 4-5
84.01.030
Agricultural Accessory Structures and Uses ..................................................... 4-6
84.01.040
Commercial and Industrial Accessory Structures and Uses .............................. 4-7
84.01.050
Residential Accessory Structures and Uses ....................................................... 4-7
Chapter 84.02 Adult Oriented Businesses........................................................................... 4-9
84.02.010
Purpose .............................................................................................................. 4-9
84.02.020
Definitions ......................................................................................................... 4-9
84.02.030
Location of Adult Businesses .......................................................................... 4-10
84.02.040
Establishment of an Adult Oriented Business .............................................. 4-10.1
84.02.040
Operating Standards ..................................................................................... 4-10.1
Chapter 84.03 Agritourism Enterprises ............................................................................ 4-11
84.03.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-11
84.03.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-11
84.03.030
Permit Requirements and Development Standards ......................................... 4-11
Chapter 84.04 Animal Keeping .......................................................................................... 4-15
84.04.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-15
84.04.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-15
84.04.030
General Development Standards ..................................................................... 4-15
84.04.040
Exotic Animals ................................................................................................ 4-16
84.04.050
Commercial Kennels and/or Catteries ............................................................. 4-16
84.04.060
Private Kennels and/or Catteries ..................................................................... 4-21
84.04.070
Animal Keeping Allowed as Primary Use ...................................................... 4-23
84.04.080
Animal Keeping Allowed with Conditional Use Permit ................................. 4-24
84.04.090
Animal Keeping Allowed as Accessory Use ................................................... 4-25
Chapter 84.05 Bed and Breakfast Uses ............................................................................. 4-31
84.05.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-31
84.05.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-31
84.05.030
Types of Bed and Breakfast Uses .................................................................... 4-31
84.05.040
Permit and Tax Requirements ......................................................................... 4-31
84.05.050
Development Standards ................................................................................... 4-32
84.05.060
Additional Standards for Bed and Breakfast Inns/Lodges .............................. 4-35
Chapter 84. 06 Cemeteries.................................................................................................. 4-37
84.06.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-37
84.06.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-37
84.06.030
Permit Requirements ....................................................................................... 4-37
84.06.040
Development Standards ................................................................................... 4-37
Chapter 84.07 Commercial and Industrial Transitional Uses ........................................ 4-39
84.07.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-39
84.07.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-39
84.07.030
Development Standards ................................................................................... 4-39
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Chapter 84.08 Dependent Housing .................................................................................... 4-41
84.08.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-41
84.08.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-41
84.08.030
Permit Requirements ....................................................................................... 4-41
84.08.040
Development Standards ................................................................................... 4-41
Chapter 84.09 Firewood Storage ....................................................................................... 4-45
84.09.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-45
84.09.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-45
84.09.030
Development Standards - Nonresidential Land Use Zoning Districts ............ 4-45
84.09.040
Development Standards - Residential Land Use Zoning Districts .................. 4-46
Chapter 84.10 Garage Sales ............................................................................................... 4-47
84.10.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-47
84.10.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-47
84.10.030
Standards ......................................................................................................... 4-47
Chapter 84.11 Hazardous Waste Facilities ....................................................................... 4-49
84.11.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-49
84.11.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-49
84.11.030
Permit Requirements ....................................................................................... 4-49
Chapter 84.12 Home Occupations ..................................................................................... 4-51
84.12.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-51
84.12.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-51
84.12.030
Classes of Home Occupations Described ........................................................ 4-51
84.12.040
Allowed Land Use Zoning Districts and Permit Requirements ...................... 4-52
84.12.050
Prohibited Home Occupations ......................................................................... 4-53
84.12.060
Allowed Home Occupations in Desert Region................................................ 4-53
84.12.070
Development Standards Applicable to all Classes .......................................... 4-54
84.12.080
Class I Home Occupation Standards ............................................................... 4-55
84.12.090
Class II Home Occupation Standards .............................................................. 4-56
84.12.100
Class III Home Occupation Standards............................................................. 4-56
84.12.110
Other Restrictions on Home Occupations ....................................................... 4-57
84.12.120
Nonconforming Home Occupations ................................................................ 4-57
Chapter 84.13 Massage Services ........................................................................................ 4-59
84.13.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-59
84.13.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-59
84.13.030
Development Standards ................................................................................... 4-59
Chapter 84.14 Mobile Home Parks ................................................................................... 4-61
84.14.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-61
84.14.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-61
84.14.030
Enforcement Authority .................................................................................... 4-61
84.14.040
Definitions ....................................................................................................... 4-62
84.14.050
Development Standards ................................................................................... 4-62
84.14.060
(Reserved) ........................................................................................................ 4-65
84.14.070
Bonds to Guarantee Improvements ................................................................. 4-65
84.14.080
Mobile Home Park Subdivisions ..................................................................... 4-66
Chapter 84.15 (Reserved) ................................................................................................... 4-67
Chapter 84.16 Multi-Family Residential Development Standards ................................. 4-69
84.16.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-69
84.16.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-69

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84.16.030
84.16.040
84.16.050

Processing ........................................................................................................ 4-70
Development Standards Applicable to All Multi-Family Projects .................. 4-70
Development Standards Applicable for Multi-Family Projects – Four to 19
Units ................................................................................................................ 4-75
84.16.060
Development Standards for Multi-Family Projects – 20 or More Units ......... 4-79
84.16.070
Common Amenities and Facilities – Four or More Units ............................... 4-81
84.16.080
Design Guidelines for Multi-Family Projects – 20 or More Units .................. 4-84
Chapter 84.17 Nonconforming Uses and Structures........................................................ 4-95
84.17.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-95
84.17.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-95
84.17.030
Continuation of Nonconforming Uses and Structures ..................................... 4-95
84.17.040
Termination of Nonconforming Use ............................................................... 4-96
84.17.050
Removal or Alterations of Nonconforming Uses ............................................ 4-96
84.17.060
Nonconforming Commercial Chicken Ranch ................................................. 4-97
84.17.070
Other Nonconforming Uses ............................................................................. 4-97
84.17.080
Alteration of Nonconforming Uses ................................................................. 4-98
84.17.090
Conversion of Nonconforming Retail Land Use to Nonconforming Restaurant
Land Use in the Mountain Region Only ...................................................... 4-98.1
Chapter 84.18 Planned Development Standards.............................................................. 4-99
84.18.010
Purpose ............................................................................................................ 4-99
84.18.020
Applicability .................................................................................................... 4-99
84.18.030
Development Standards ................................................................................. 4-100
84.18.040
Design Standards ........................................................................................... 4-102
Chapter 84.19 Recycling Facilities ................................................................................... 4-107
84.19.010
Purpose .......................................................................................................... 4-107
84.19.020
Applicability .................................................................................................. 4-107
84.19.030
Modification of Standards ............................................................................. 4-107
84.19.040
Permit Requirements ..................................................................................... 4-107
84.19.050
Site Clean-Up Required ................................................................................. 4-108
84.19.060
Standards for Small Collection Facilities ...................................................... 4-108
84.19.070
Standards for Large Collection Facilities ...................................................... 4-110
84.19.080
Light Processing Facilities............................................................................. 4-112
84.19.090
Heavy Processing Facilities ........................................................................... 4-112
Chapter 84.20 Service Stations ........................................................................................ 4-115
84.20.010
Purpose .......................................................................................................... 4-115
84.20.020
Applicability .................................................................................................. 4-115
84.20.030
Development Standards ................................................................................. 4-115
Chapter 84.21 Single-Family Residential Dwellings ...................................................... 4-117
84.21.010
Purpose .......................................................................................................... 4-117
84.21.020
Applicability .................................................................................................. 4-117
84.21.030
Minimum Residential Construction Standards .............................................. 4-117
Chapter 84.22 Small Lot Standards ................................................................................ 4-121
84.22.010
Purpose .......................................................................................................... 4-121
84.22.020
Applicability .................................................................................................. 4-121
84.22.030
Development Requirements .......................................................................... 4-121
Chapter 84.23 Licensed Residential Care Facilities ....................................................... 4-125
84.23.010
Purpose .......................................................................................................... 4-125
84.23.020
Applicability .................................................................................................. 4-125

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84.23.030
Development Standards ................................................................................. 4-125
Chapter 84.24 Solid Waste/Recyclable Materials Storage ............................................ 4-127
84.24.010
Purpose .......................................................................................................... 4-127
84.24.020
Applicability .................................................................................................. 4-127
84.24.030
Storage Areas for Multi-Family Uses ............................................................ 4-127
84.24.040
Storage Areas for Nonresidential Uses .......................................................... 4-128
84.24.050
Location Standards ........................................................................................ 4-129
84.24.060
Design and Construction Standards ............................................................... 4-130
Chapter 84.25 Temporary Structures and Uses ............................................................. 4-131
84.25.010
Purpose .......................................................................................................... 4-131
84.25.020
Applicability .................................................................................................. 4-131
84.25.030
Exempt Temporary Structures and Uses ....................................................... 4-131
84.25.040
Structures and Uses Allowed with Temporary Use Permit ........................... 4-132
84.25.050
Additional Development Standards ............................................................... 4-140
84.25.060
Interim Operation of Activities Requiring a Conditional Use Permit ........... 4-141
84.25.070
Camping or Occupancy of Temporary Structure Prohibited ......................... 4-141
Chapter 84.26 Accessory Wind Energy Systems ............................................................ 4-143
84.26.010
Purpose .......................................................................................................... 4-143
84.26.020
Applicability .................................................................................................. 4-143
84.26.030
Development Standards ................................................................................. 4-143
Chapter 84.27 Wireless Telecommunications Facilities ................................................ 4-147
84.27.010
Purpose .......................................................................................................... 4-147
84.27.020
Applicability .................................................................................................. 4-148
84.27.030
Structure Height ............................................................................................. 4-148
84.27.040
Separation from Residences .......................................................................... 4-150
84.27.050
Minimizing Impacts ....................................................................................... 4-150
84.27.060
Review Procedures ........................................................................................ 4-152
84.27.070
Project Notices ............................................................................................... 4-153
84.27.080
Review Factors .............................................................................................. 4-153
84.27.090
Abandoned Sites ............................................................................................ 4-154
84.27.100
Elevation of Approvals .................................................................................. 4-155
84.27.110
Interjurisdictional Review ............................................................................. 4-155
Chapter 84.28 Short-Term Private Home Rentals ......................................................... 4-157
84.28.010
Purpose .......................................................................................................... 4-157
84.28.020
Applicability .................................................................................................. 4-157
84.28.030
Special Use Permit Requirements ................................................................. 4-157
84.28.040
Development Standards ................................................................................. 4-158
84.28.050
Conditions of Operation ................................................................................ 4-159
Chapter 84.29 Renewable Energy Generation Facilities ............................................... 4-161
84.29.010
Purpose .......................................................................................................... 4-161
84.29.020
Applicability and Land Use Zoning Districts ................................................ 4-161
84.29.030
Wind Energy Development Standards .......................................................... 4-162
84.29.035
Required Findings for Approvaal of a Commercial Solar Energy Facility ... 4-164
84.29.040
Solar Energy Development Standards ........................................................ 4-166.2
84.29.050
Special Fencing Standards .......................................................................... 4-166.4
84.29.060
Additional Wind and Solar Energy Development Standards. .................... 4-166.4
84.29.070
Decommissioning Requirements ................................................................ 4-166.4

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Chapter 84.30
84.30.010
84.30.020
84.30.030
Chapter 84.31
84.31.010
84.31.020
84.31.030
84.31.040
84.31.050
84.31.060
84.31.070
84.31.080
84.31.090
Chapter 84.32
84.32.010
84.32.020
84.32.030
84.32.040
Chapter 84.33
84.33.010
84.33.020
84.33.030
Chapter 84.34
84.34.010
84.34.020
84.34.030
84.34.040
84.34.050
84.34.060
84.34.070

Division 4

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan Implementation ................. 4-167
Purpose .......................................................................................................... 4-167
Applicability and Land Use Zoning Districts ................................................ 4-167
GHG Performance Standards ........................................................................ 4-167
Reasonable Accommodation in Housing Development for Disabled
Individuals ................................................................................................... 4-169
Purpose .......................................................................................................... 4-169
Notice to the Public of Availability of Accommodation Process .................. 4-169
Requesting Reasonable Accommodation ...................................................... 4-169
Decision on Application ................................................................................ 4-170
Required Findings.......................................................................................... 4-172
Waiver of Time Periods ................................................................................. 4-173
Notice of Decision ......................................................................................... 4-173
Amendments or Revisions ............................................................................. 4-174
Expiration of Grants of Reasonable Accommodation ................................... 4-174
Small Unlicensed Residential Care Facilites ............................................. 4-175
Purpose.......................................................................................................... 4-175
Applicability ................................................................................................. 4-175
Performance Standards for Unlicensed Residential Care Facilities ............. 4-176
Existing Nonconforming Unlicensed Residential Care Facilities ................ 4-178
Emergency Shelters .................................................................................... 4-179
Purpose.......................................................................................................... 4-179
Applicability ................................................................................................. 4-179
Development Standards for Emergency Shelters ......................................... 4-179
Commercial Cannabis Activity………………………………………… 4-183
Purpose……………………………………………………………………..4-183
Definitions………………………………………………………………….4-183
Prohibition of Commercial Cannabis Activity…………………………......4-186
Exemption for Cultivation by Specified Persons…………………………..4-186
Exemption for Primary Caregiver Affiliated with Licensed Facility………4-188
Exemption for Licensed Health Care Facilities…………………………….4-189
Application with other laws………………………………………………...4-190

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CHAPTER 84.01

84.01

ACCESSORY STRUCTURES AND USES

Sections:
84.01.010
84.01.020
84.01.030
84.01.040
84.01.050
84.01.010

Purpose
General Development Standards
Agricultural Accessory Structures and Uses
Commercial and Industrial Accessory Structures and Uses
Residential Accessory Structures and Uses
Purpose

This Chapter establishes the regulations and criteria that determine the location of compatible
accessory uses within various land use zoning districts.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
84.01.020

General Development Standards

(a) Land use zoning district regulations applicable. Unless otherwise provided,
accessory structures and uses shall be subject to the same regulations as the primary
structure or use, including projections into setbacks specified in Section 83.02.080
(Allowed Projections).
(b) Legally established primary use. An accessory structure or use shall always exist in
conjunction with, and never without, a legally established primary structure or primary
use that has the same common owner. Where the primary use is a residence, it shall
not be enclosed within an accessory structure. Where the primary use has not yet been
established, an accessory structure may only be built subject to the issuance of a
Temporary Use Permit in compliance with Chapter 84.25 Temporary Structures and
Uses.
(c) Use of accessory structure. The use of an accessory structure may be for either a
primary or an accessory use allowed by the applicable land use zoning district.
(d) Determination of accessory uses. In addition to the accessory uses specifically
provided for by this Chapter or elsewhere within this Development Code, each land
use shall be deemed to include other accessory uses that are necessarily and
customarily associated with and are clearly incidental and subordinate to the primary
land use. Whenever the accessory uses are questioned, the Director shall be
responsible for determining if a proposed accessory use meets the criteria in this
Chapter. Before making a determination, the Director shall give notice to contiguous
property owners in compliance with Section 85.02.030 (Staff Review with Notice).
(e) Maximum site coverage. The combination of accessory and primary structures on a
parcel shall not exceed the maximum site coverage allowed by the applicable land use
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zoning district regulations in Division 2 (Land Use Zoning Districts and Allowed
Land Uses).
(f) Location on same or contiguous abutting parcel. Accessory structures or uses shall
be located on either:
(1) The same parcel as the primary structure or use; or
(2) A contiguous abutting parcel that is owned by the same owner who owns the
parcel that has the primary structure or use, with the exception of guest housing
in compliance with Subsection 84.01.050(b), below. An accessory use may or
may not entail the use of a structure.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4085 (2009)
84.01.030

Agricultural Accessory Structures and Uses

This Section provides standards for accessory structures and uses that are customarily related to
an agricultural use.
(a) Animal keeping. Animal keeping activities are governed by Chapter 84.04 (Animal
Keeping)
(b) Row field tree and nursery crop and animal product sales stand. The retail trade
of plant or animal products primarily grown on the subject property shall be allowed
when displayed from one stand with a floor area no larger than 200 square feet on
parcels greater than 10,000 square feet in area. Standards for produce stands are
provided in Chapter 84.03. (Agritourism Enterprises).
(c) Caretaker housing. A caretaker dwelling unit may be located anywhere on the
property at the discretion of the property owner. The unit shall be a minimum 600
square feet in area and a maximum 1,200 square feet in area. The unit shall be limited
to two bedrooms, and its architectural design shall be compatible with the
neighborhood. Recreational vehicles shall not be used for caretaker housing. Existing
residential structures are exempt from this maximum square footage requirement.
(d) Seasonal Labor Quarters. Labor quarters for agricultural operations that are limited
to three months of the year that encompass the harvest season of the agricultural
product may utilize recreational vehicles as temporary labor quarters. A Site Plan
Permit shall still be required to ensure proper services are supplied to the temporary
laborers. Also, a Special Use Permit shall be required to monitor the use. Failure to
obtain both the Site Plan Permit and the Special Use Permit required under this
subsection shall render the placement, use and/or occupancy of recreational vehicles
or similar vehicles unlawful and subject to enforcement under Chapter 86.09 of this
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Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4098 (2010)
84.01.040

Commercial and Industrial Accessory Structures and Uses

This Section provides standards for accessory structures and uses that are customarily related to
commercial and industrial uses.
(a) Exterior storage. Exterior storage shall comply with Title 3 (Health and Sanitation
and Animal Regulations) of the County Code. Screening of exterior storage shall
comply with Section 83.02.060 (Screening and Buffering).
(b) Caretaker housing. The caretaker dwelling unit may be located either above the first
floor or behind a primary commercial use. The unit shall be a minimum 600 square
feet in area and a maximum 1,200 square feet in area. The unit shall be limited to two
bedrooms, and its architectural design shall be compatible with the neighborhood.
Recreational vehicles shall not be used for caretaker housing. Existing residential
structures are exempt from this maximum square footage requirement.
(c) Seasonal Labor Quarters. Labor quarters for commercial or industrial operations that
are limited to three months of the year may utilize recreational vehicles as temporary
labor quarters. A Site Plan Permit shall still be required to ensure proper services are
supplied to the temporary laborers. Also, a Special Use Permit shall be required to
monitor the use. Failure to obtain both the Site Plan Permit and the Special Use Permit
required under this subsection shall render the placement, use and/or occupancy of
recreational vehicles or similar vehicles unlawful and subject to enforcement under
Chapter 86.09 of this Title.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067
(2009); Amended Ordinance 4098 (2010)
84.01.050

Residential Accessory Structures and Uses

This Section provides standards for Accessory Structures and Uses that are customarily related to
residential single-family dwelling units (e.g., play yards, pools, storage sheds, etc.) or that are
residential in nature (e.g., caretaker housing, guest housing, second dwelling units, etc.
(a) Number of accessory residential uses. In addition to a single-family dwelling unit,
only one of the following uses shall be allowed on parcels less than five acres in size:
(1) A second dwelling unit shall be allowed provided that the parcel area is at least
two times the minimum lot size specified by the land use zoning district for the
subject property. If a parcel with a second dwelling unit is subsequently
subdivided, the County may require the second dwelling unit be moved if proper
setbacks and other development standards cannot be met.
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(3) Caretaker housing. The caretaker dwelling unit shall be a minimum 600 square
feet in area and a maximum 1,200 square feet in area. The unit shall be limited
to two bedrooms, and its architectural design shall be compatible with the
neighborhood. In the Single Residential (RS) or the Multiple Residential (RM)
land use zoning districts on parcels less than 2.5 acres in size, the caretaker
dwelling unit shall not extend in front of the primary structure. Recreational
vehicles shall not be used for caretaker housing. The provisions of Subsection
84.21.030(i) of this Title shall apply to a manufactured home used as caretaker
housing.
(b) Guest housing. Guest housing shall be located on the same parcel as the primary
dwelling unit and shall be separated from it by at least 10 feet. Guest housing shall be
for use by temporary guests of the occupants of the primary dwelling unit and shall not
be rented or otherwise used as a separate dwelling. Only one guest house shall be
allowed. In the Single Residential (RS) or the Multiple Residential (RM) land use
zoning districts on parcels less than 2.5 acres in size, the guest housing unit shall not
extend in front of the primary structure. The provisions of Subsection 84.21.030(i) of
this Title shall apply to a manufactured home used as guest housing.
(c) Parking. Parking for accessory residential dwelling units shall comply with Chapter
83.11 (Parking and Loading Standards).
(d) Carport and/or garage. Detached carports or garages shall be limited to 1,200
square feet when located on parcels that are less than 20,000 square feet in size.
(e) Other residential accessory structures and uses. Except in the Mountain Region,
structures and uses such as cabanas, tennis courts, ramadas, water towers and wells,
swimming pools, storage buildings shall not extend in front of the primary structure
where the primary structure faces a street right-of-way. See Section 83.02.080
(Allowed Projections into Setbacks).
(f)

Detached storage structures. Parcels that are one acre or less in size shall be limited
to only one detached storage structure that exceeds 120 square feet and the storage
structure shall not exceed 1,000 square feet. Except in the Mountain Region, detached
storage structures shall not extend in front of the primary structure where the primary
structure faces a right-of-way.

(g) Freight containers and similar storage-type structures.
(1)

Freight containers, railroad cars, intermodal containers, and other similar
storage-type structures shall be allowed as accessory structures in the RS (Single
Residential) or RM (Multiple Residential) land use zoning districts provided that
they are structurally altered to be similar to, and compatible with, the appearance
of the on-site primary structure and the surrounding neighborhood and setting,
subject to the satisfaction of the Director through an approved Compatibility
Determination [see Subsection (l) below]. Such railroad car, container or similar
storage-type structure shall be placed behind the primary structure and not
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Freight containers, railroad cars, intermodal containers, and other similar
storage-type structures shall be allowed as accessory structures in the Agriculture
(AG) or Rural Living (RL) land use zoning districts provided that they shall be
altered, either painted or structurally altered, to appear to be similar to, and
compatible with, the appearance of the on-site primary structure and the
surrounding neighborhood or to blend in with the surrounding environment.
Such railroad car, container or similar storage-type structure shall be allowed
provided that the container can be placed behind the primary structure and not
prominently visible from the street.

(h) Animal keeping. Accessory animal keeping shall be conducted as specified in
Chapter 84.04(Animal Keeping).
(i)

Exterior storage. Exterior storage shall be fully and solidly screened and kept below
the level of the fence or other screening mechanism. Exterior storage shall comply
with Title 3 (Health and Sanitation and Animal Regulations) of the County Code.
Screening of exterior storage shall comply with Section 83.02.060 (Screening and
Buffering).

(j)

Residential crop production. Accessory crop production shall be allowed on parcels
of 10,000 square feet or more, with a temporary sales facility for plant or animal
products grown on the subject property. The sales facility shall not be larger than 200
square feet in area and shall display produce for sale for no longer than 72 hours in
any calendar month. Standards for produce stands are provided in Chapter 84.03
(Agritourism Enterprises). This does not include wholesale or retail nurseries.

(k) Private office. A private office shall be for the sole use of the dwelling unit occupants
within a primary structure and shall have no external advertising or signs.
(l)

Compatibility. In the RS (Single Residential) and RM (Multiple Residential) land
use zoning districts, the appearance of an accessory structure shall be similar to, and
compatible with, the appearance of the primary structure and the surrounding
neighborhood and setting. A Compatibility Determination application shall be
approved by the Planning Division of the Land Use Services Department to allow such
a structure. Screening such a structure from view from the street or the physical
alteration of such a structure, such as painting or otherwise altering the structure, may
be considered in the approval of the application.

(m) Storage of firewood. The storage of firewood shall comply with Chapter 84.09
(Firewood Storage).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4043 (2008); Amended Ordinance
4057 (2008); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance 4245 (2014)

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CHAPTER 84.02

ADULT BUSINESSES

Sections:
84.02.010
84.02.020
84.02.030
84.02.040
84.02.050
84.02.010

Purpose.
Definitions.
Location of Adult Businesses.
Establishment of an Adult Business.
Operating Standards.
Purpose.

It is the purpose and intent of this chapter of the County Code to regulate the operations of adult
businesses, which tend to have judicially recognized adverse secondary effects on the
community, including, but not limited to, increases in crime in the vicinity of adult businesses;
degradation of the unincorporated County's commercial and industrial base; increases in
vacancies in residential areas in the vicinity of adult businesses; interference with residential
property owners’ enjoyment of their properties when such properties are located in the vicinity
of adult businesses as a result of increases in crime, litter, noise, and vandalism; and the
deterioration of neighborhoods. Special regulation of these businesses is necessary to prevent
these adverse secondary effects and the blighting or degradation of the neighborhoods in the
vicinity of adult businesses while at the same time protecting the First Amendment rights of
those individuals who desire to own, operate or patronize adult businesses.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4239 (2014)
84.02.020

Definitions.

The words and phrases included in this chapter shall employ the definitions found in Subsection
810.01.030(l) of the Development Code, entitled “Adult Business” unless otherwise stated or if
it is clearly apparent from the context that another meaning is intended. In addition to those
definitions, the following definitions shall apply to this chapter:
(a) “Park” shall mean a non-commercial publicly owned area of land operated by San
Bernardino County, or a city or special district within the County that is developed for
active or passive recreation, providing features such as open grassy areas, sports and
play fields, courts, gymnasiums, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Not included are
trails, nature preserves, or privately owned recreation facilities developed to offer
recreation to paying customers.
(b) “School” shall mean any child or day care facility, or an institution of learning for
minors, whether public or private, offering instruction in those courses of study
required by the California Education Code and maintained pursuant to standards set by
the State Board of Education. This definition includes nursery school, kindergarten,
elementary school, middle or junior high school, senior high school, or any special
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institution of education, but it does not include a vocational or professional institution
of higher education, including a community or junior college, college, or university.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4239 (2014)
84.02.030

Location and Buffer Requirements.

(a) Adult businesses shall only be established in the General Commercial (CG) or
Community Industrial (IC) land use zoning districts and shall be subject to the location
and design standards specified by this chapter, and the approval of an Adult Business
Regulatory Permit in compliance with Chapter 85.21 (Adult Business Regulatory
Permit).
(b) Required separation distance from other uses. An adult business shall not be
established or located within:
(1) 500 feet of the following:
(A) Any county or city land use zoning district that contains the words
“Residence” or “Residential” within its title.
(B) Any city land use zoning district that permits residential development (other
than caretakers residences) by right, including city pre-zoning of
unincorporated lands for which an annexation has been filed with, accepted
by, and is being actively processed by LAFCO prior to the effective date of
this ordinance.
(C) Any place of worship as defined in Section 810.01.170.
(D) Any school as defined in Section 84.02.020.
(E) Any park as defined in Section 84.02.020.
(2) 250 feet of the following:
(A) any residential use located within a County land use zoning district that
contains the words “Rural Living”
(B) any residential use located within the IC land use zoning district.
(c) Separation of adult businesses. An adult business shall not be established or located
within 1,000 feet of an existing adult business. If two or more existing adult
businesses are located in closer proximity to each other than 1,000 feet, then in
determining which of the businesses is or are nonconforming, preference shall be
given in the order of the respective lengths of continuous uninterrupted operation of
the businesses.

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(d) Distance measurement. For the purposes of this Chapter, distances shall be
measured in a straight line, without regard to intervening structures, from the nearest
point of the parcel on which the adult business is or will be located to the nearest
property line of a land use or land use zoning district described in Subsection (a) of
this section, or to the nearest point of the structure in which an adult business
described in Subsection (b), of this section, is located.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4239 (2014)
84.02.040

Establishment of an Adult Business.

“Establishment of an adult business” shall mean any of the following:
(a) The opening or commencement of any “adult business” as a new business;
(b) The conversion of an existing business, whether or not an “adult business,” to any
“adult business;”
(c) The addition of any “adult business” to any other existing “adult business;”
(d) The relocation of any “adult business;” or
(e) Physical changes that expand the square footage of an existing “adult business” by
more than ten percent (10%).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4239 (2014)
84.02.050

Operating Standards.

(a) Hours of Operation. It shall be unlawful for any owner, operator, manager, employee
or independent contractor of an adult business to allow such adult business to remain
open for business, or to license any employee to engage in a performance, solicit a
performance, make a sale, solicit a sale, provide a service, or solicit a service, between
the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any day, excepting here from an “adult
hotel/motel.”
(b) On-site manager. All adult businesses shall have a responsible person who shall be
at least 18 years of age and shall be on the premises to act as manager at all times
during which the business is open. No performer may serve as the manager. The
individual(s) designated as the on-site manager shall obtain an Adult Business NonPerformer License in compliance with Chapter 29 of Division 1 of Title 4 of the
County Code, shall provide his/her name to the County Sheriff to receive all
complaints and shall be given by the owner and/or operator the responsibility and duty
to address and immediately resolve all violations taking place on the premises.
(c) Regulation of adult booth/individual viewing area.
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(1) No adult booth/individual viewing area shall be occupied by more than one
individual at a time.
(2) Each adult booth/individual viewing area within the adult business shall be
visible from a continuous and accessible main aisle in a public portion of the
establishment, and shall not be obscured by any door, curtain, wall, two-way
mirror or other device which would prohibit a person from seeing the entire
interior of the adult booth/individual viewing area from the main aisle. Any
adult business may have more than one manager station in order to ensure
compliance with this regulation. At all times, the manager station(s) shall be
maintained to ensure a clear line of sight into the interior of the adult/booth
individual viewing area.
Further, no one shall maintain any adult
booth/individual viewing area in any configuration unless the entire interior
wherein the picture or entertainment that is viewed is visible from the manager
station(s). The entire body of any patron in any adult booth/individual viewing
area must be visible from the main aisle and the manager station(s) without the
assistance of mirrors or any other device.
(3) No doors are permitted on an adult booth/individual viewing area. No partially
or fully enclosed adult booth/individual viewing areas or partially or fully
concealed adult booth/individual viewing areas shall be maintained.
(4) No holes or other openings shall be permitted between adult booths/individual
viewing areas. Any such hole or opening shall be repaired within twenty-four
(24) hours using “pop” rivets to secure metal plates over the hole or opening to
prevent patrons from removing the metal plates.
(5) No beds, couches or chairs with a sitting area greater than twenty-four inches
(24”) wide shall be permitted in an adult booth/individual viewing area.
(d) Interior of premises/screening. No exterior door or window on the premises of an
adult business shall be propped or kept open at any time while the business is open
and any exterior windows shall be covered with opaque coverings at all times.
(e) Displays of adult-oriented materials. All signs or structures, advertisements,
displays, or other promotional materials characterized or distinguished on matters
describing or relating to “specified sexual activities” or “specified anatomical areas,”
as defined in this Code, shall be completely screened from public view as viewed from
adjacent sidewalks or public rights-of-way.
(f)

Signs. All adult businesses shall comply with the following sign requirements, in
addition to those provided elsewhere in this Code. Should a conflict exist between the
requirements of other provisions of the Code and this subsection, the more restrictive
shall prevail. If an adult business does not serve alcohol, it shall post a notice prior to
entry to the area of public assembly and within ten feet of every entrance used by
customers for access to the establishment, stating that persons below the age of 18
years of age are prohibited from entering onto the premises or within the confines of
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the adult business. This notice shall be posted on a wall in a place of prominence.
The dimensions of the notice shall be no less than six inches by six inches, with a
minimum typeface of 25 points. If the adult business serves alcohol, it shall comply
with all notice and posting requirements of the Alcoholic Beverage Control
Department.
(g) Exterior lighting requirements. All exterior areas, including parking lots, of the
adult business shall be illuminated at a minimum of 1.50 foot candle, maintained and
evenly distributed at ground level with appropriate devices to screen, deflect or diffuse
the lighting in such manner as to prevent glare or reflected light from creating adverse
impacts on adjoining and nearby public and private properties and to avoid light
pollution. Inoperable and/or broken lights shall be replaced within 24 hours.
(h) Interior lighting requirements. All interior areas of the adult business, excepting
therefrom adult hotels/motels, shall be illuminated according to the standard of the
California Building Code, maintained and evenly distributed at floor level. Inoperable
and/or broken lights shall be replaced within 24 hours, excepting here from an “adult
hotel/motel.”
(i)

Regulation of public restroom facilities. All restrooms available for patron use shall
be separated facilities for male and female patrons. The restrooms shall be free from
adult-oriented material. Only one person shall be allowed in each restroom at any
time, unless otherwise required by law, in which case the adult business shall employ
a restroom attendant of the same sex as the restroom users who shall be present in the
public portion of the restroom during operating hours. The attendant shall ensure that
no person of the opposite sex is permitted into the restroom, and that not more than
one person is permitted to enter a restroom stall, unless otherwise required by law, and
that the restroom facilities are used only for their intended sanitary purposes. Access
to restrooms for patron use shall not require passage through an area used as a dressing
area by performers.

(j)

Interior Areas. The surfaces of all interior areas of any adult business shall be kept
free of any bodily fluids or excretion that would aid in the transmission of any
communicable diseases.

(k) Trash. All interior trash cans shall be emptied into a single locked trash bin lined
with a plastic bag or with individually bagged trash at least once a day. At least four
times a day, the front and rear exteriors of any adult business, along with the parking
lot, shall be inspected for trash and debris and any trash and debris found shall be
immediately removed and placed into a single locked trash bin lined with a plastic
bag.
(l)

Adult business offering adult live entertainment - additional operating
requirements. The following additional requirements shall apply to adult businesses
providing adult live entertainment:
(1) No person shall perform adult live entertainment for patrons of an adult business
except upon a permanently fixed stage at least 18 inches above the level of the
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floor, and surrounded with a three foot high barrier or by a fixed rail at least 30
inches in height. No patron shall be permitted on the stage while the stage is
occupied by a performer(s) and/or adult cabaret dancer(s). This provision shall
not apply to an individual viewing area where the performer is completely
separated from the area in which the performer is viewed by an individual by a
permanent, floor to ceiling, solid barrier.
(2) No performer or adult cabaret dancer shall be within six feet (6’) of a patron,
measured horizontally, while the performer or adult cabaret dancer is performing
adult live entertainment. While on stage, no performer or adult cabaret dancer
shall have physical contact with any patron, and no patron shall have physical
contact with any performer or adult cabaret dancer.
(3) As to off stage performances, no performer or adult cabaret dancer shall perform
“adult live entertainment” off stage. As to an adult cabaret dancer performing off
stage, a distance of at least six feet (6’) shall be maintained between the adult
cabaret dancer and the patron(s) at all times. During off stage performances, no
adult cabaret dancer shall have physical contact with any patron, and no patron
shall have physical contact with any adult cabaret dancer.
(4) While on the premises, no performer or adult cabaret dancer shall have physical
contact with a patron and no patron shall have physical contact with a performer
or adult cabaret dancer, which physical contact involves the touching of the
clothed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks, cleft of the buttocks,
perineum, anal region, or female breast with any part or area of any other
person’s body either before or after any adult live entertainment or off-stage
performances by such performer or adult cabaret dancer. Patrons shall be
advised of the no touching requirements by signs and, if necessary, by employees
of the establishment. This prohibition does not extend to incidental touching.
(5) Patrons shall be advised of the separation and no touching requirements by signs
conspicuously displayed and placed on the barrier between patrons and
performers and utilizing red or black printing of letters not less than one inch in
size. If necessary, patrons shall also be advised of the separation and no touching
requirements by employees of the establishment.
(6) All employees of the adult facility, except therefrom performers while
performing on the fixed stage, while on or about the premises or tenant space,
shall wear at a minimum an opaque covering which covers their specified
anatomical areas.
(7) Patrons shall not throw money to performers, place monies in the performers’
costumes or otherwise place or throw monies on the stage. If patrons wish to pay
or tip performers, payment or tips may be placed in containers. Patrons shall be
advised of this requirement by signs conspicuously displayed and placed on the
barrier between patrons and performers and utilizing red or black printing of
letters not less than one inch in size. If necessary, patrons shall also be advised
of the tipping and gratuity requirements by employees of the adult business.
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(8) The adult business shall provide dressing rooms for performers, that are
separated by gender and exclusively dedicated to the performers’ use and which
the performers shall use. Same gender performers may share a dressing room.
Patrons shall not be permitted in dressing rooms.
(9) The adult business shall provide an entrance/exit to the establishment for
performers that is separate from the entrance/exit used by patrons, which the
performers shall use at all times.
(10) The adult business shall provide access for performers between the stage and the
dressing rooms that is completely separated from the patrons. If such separate
access is not physically feasible, the adult business shall provide a minimum
three foot wide walk aisle for performers between the dressing room area and the
stage, with a railing, fence or other barrier separating the patrons and the
performers capable of (and which actually results in) preventing any physical
contact between patrons and performers and the patrons must also be three feet
away from the walk aisle. Nothing in this section is intended to exempt the adult
business from compliance with the provisions of Title 24 of the California Code
of Regulations pertaining to handicapped accessibility.
(11) All adult businesses featuring live entertainment shall employ security guards in
order to maintain the public peace and safety, based upon the following
standards:
(A) Provide at least one security guard at all times while the business is open.
(B) If the occupancy limit of the premises is greater than 21 persons, an
additional security guard shall be on duty.
(C) Security guard(s) shall be charged with preventing violations of law and
enforcing compliance by patrons with the requirements of these regulations.
Security guard(s) shall be uniformed in such a manner so as to be readily
identifiable as a security guard by the public and shall be duly licensed and
bonded as a security guard as required by applicable provisions of state law.
No security guard required pursuant to this subsection shall act as a door
person, ticket seller, ticket taker, admittance person, or sole occupant of the
manager’s station while acting as a security guard.
(D) Between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 30 minutes after the established closing
time of the facility, security guard(s) shall regularly patrol the parking lot
and adjacent outdoor areas of the facility to maintain order therein and
prevent any illicit or nuisance activity.
(E) Security guard(s) shall be regularly posted at the doors used by the
performers when said doors are in use.

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(F)

The adult business shall provide a security system that visually records and
monitors all parking lot areas as well as all entrances and exits to or from the
facility. The recordings shall have sufficient definition/fidelity to allow for
identification of persons entering or exiting the premises. These recordings
shall be retained on site for 30 days and shall be made available within 24
hours if requested by a member of the County Sheriff’s Department for a
legitimate law enforcement purpose.

(m) Adult motion picture theater additional operating requirements. The following
additional requirements shall apply to adult motion picture theaters:
(1) If the theater contains a hall or auditorium area, the area shall comply with each
of the following provisions:
(A) Have individual, separate seats, not couches, benches, or the like, to
accommodate the maximum number of persons who may occupy the hall or
auditorium area;
(B) Have a continuous main aisle alongside the seating areas in order that each
person seated in the hall or auditorium area shall be visible from the aisle at
all times; and
(C) Have a sign posted in a conspicuous place at or near each entrance to the
hall or auditorium area which lists the maximum number of persons who
may occupy the hall or auditorium area, which number shall not exceed the
number of seats within the hall or auditorium area.
(n) Employment of and services rendered to persons under the age of 18 years is
prohibited; 21 if liquor is served.
(1) Employees/independent contractors. Employees and independent contractors of
an adult business must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. It shall be unlawful
for any owner, operator, manager, partner, director, officer, shareholder with a
ten percent (10%) or greater interest, employees, or other person in charge of any
adult business to employ, contract with, or otherwise retain any services in
connection with the adult business with or from any person who is not at least
eighteen (18) years of age. If liquor is served at the adult business, employees
and independent contractors of the adult business must be at least twenty-one
(21) years of age. If liquor is served at the adult business, it shall be unlawful for
any owner, operator, manager, partner, director, officer, shareholder with a ten
percent (10%) or greater interest, employee, or other person in charge of any
adult business to employ, contract with, or otherwise retain any services in
connection with the adult business with or from any person who is not at least
twenty-one (21) years of age. And said persons shall exercise reasonable care in
ascertaining the true age of persons seeking to contract with, be employed by, or
otherwise service the adult business.

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(2) Patrons. Patrons of an adult business must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, operator, manager, partner, director, officer,
shareholder with a ten percent (10%) or greater interest, employee, independent
contractor, or other person in charge of any adult business to permit to enter or
remain within the adult business any person who is not at least eighteen (18)
years of age. If liquor is served at the adult business, patrons must be at least
twenty-one (21) years of age. If liquor is served at the adult business, it shall be
unlawful for any owner, operator, manager, partner, director, officer, shareholder
with a ten percent (10%) or greater interest, employee, independent contractor, or
other person in charge of any adult business to permit to enter or remain within
the adult business any person who is not at least twenty-one (21) years of age.
And said persons shall exercise reasonable care in ascertaining the true age of
persons entering the adult business.
(o) X-rated movies. The selling, renting and/or displaying of x-rated movies, videotapes,
digital video discs (DVDs), compact discs CDs) and laser discs shall be restricted to
persons over 18 years of age or older. If an establishment that is not otherwise
prohibited from providing access to the establishment to persons under 18 years of age
sells, rents, or displays movies, videos, DVDs, CDs or laser discs that have been rated
“X” or rated “NC-17” by the motion picture rating industry (Motion Picture
Association of America or “MPAA”), or which have not been submitted to the MPAA
for a rating, and which consist of images that are distinguished or characterized by an
emphasis on depicting or describing specified sexual activities or specified anatomical
areas, said movies, videos, DVDs, CDs, and laser discs shall be located in a specific
section of the establishment where these items are not visible to persons under the age
of 18 and from which persons under the age of 18 shall be prohibited.
(p) Inspections. Each owner, operator, manager, employee or independent contractor of
an adult business or other person in charge of an adult business shall permit
representatives of the County Sheriff, Department of Public Health, Fire Department,
Land Use Services Department, business license division, and other County
departments, to inspect the adult business for the purpose of insuring compliance with
the laws and operating standards applicable to adult businesses at any time it is
occupied or open for business. Such inspections shall be conducted in a reasonable
manner.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
4239 (2014)

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Agritourism Enterprises

CHAPTER 84.03

84.03

AGRITOURISM ENTERPRISES

Sections:
84.03.010
84.03.020
84.03.030
84.03.010

Purpose
Applicability
Permit Requirements and Development Standards
Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to regulate the establishment and operation of agritourism
enterprises in order to maintain and preserve the rural character, integrity, and property values of
surrounding areas in which these uses are located.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
84.03.020

Applicability

The permit requirements and standards provided in this Chapter apply to agritourism enterprises
where allowed in compliance with Division 2 (Land Use Zoning Districts and Allowed Land
Uses).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
84.03.030

Permit Requirements and Development Standards

The following permit requirements and development standards shall apply to all agritourism
enterprises.
(a) Permit requirements and development standards.
(1) Scope of use and permit requirements. The allowed scope of use, minimum
lot size, and permit requirements for an agritourism enterprise shall be as
provided in Table 84.1.

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Table 84-1
Permit Requirements and Development Standards for Agritourism Enterprises
Scope of Use/Event(4)

Use/Permit Required

Produce Stand
Permitted (no permit
required)

Small scale use
Site Plan Permit





Single structure that is 200 sq. ft. or less
All produce shall be grown on site.
No other produce or merchandise allowed.




Single structure greater than 200 sq. ft. and less than
3,000 sq. ft.
Not more than 15 automobiles allowed on site at any
one time. (1) (2)



Bed and Breakfast Home (up to 5 guest rooms)



Small incidental food services operations not to
include restaurants.
Operations that do not require a permanent structure
(e.g., educational tours).(3)
No use of amplified music, or historical reenactments
using gunfire or similar loud noise.






Medium scale use
Minor Use Permit






Large scale use
Conditional Use Permit





Minimum Lot
Size

10,000 sq. ft

2 acres

Single or multiple structures with a total area that is
3,000 sq. ft. or greater and less than 5,000 sq. ft.
Not more than 25 automobiles allowed on site at any
one time. (1) (2)
Bed and Breakfast Inn/Lodge (up to 10 guest rooms)
[the requirements of Section 84.05.060 (a) need not
apply]
No use of amplified music, or historical reenactments
using gunfire or similar loud noise.
Single or multiple structures with a total area that is
5,000 sq. ft. or greater
More than 25 automobiles allowed on site at any one
time. (1) (2)
Lodging having more than 10 guest rooms
Restaurants

5 acres

10 acres

Notes:
(1)

(2)

(3)

This requirement refers only to the parking required and/or provided for the commercial activities that are
accessory to the primary agricultural uses. It shall not apply to the parking provided for the primary
agricultural activities (e.g., u-pick or u-cut operations, etc.).
Parking for the commercial activities accessory to the primary agricultural uses shall be provided in
compliance with Section 83.11.040 (Number of Parking Spaces Required) and Table 83-15 (Parking
Requirements by Land Use) specified for "General retail." Parking area improvements shall be in
compliance with Section 83.11.090 (Parking and Loading Development Standards), or as specified in the
approved permit for the commercial agritourism enterprise
If these operations are conducted year round, a Site Plan Permit shall be required. If the project cannot meet
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Conditional Use Permit. These operations shall have an Environmental Health Services-approved
wastewater disposal system and facilities. If no more than four events are planned, a Temporary Special
Event Permit shall be required.
The parameters in this column will dictate both the use/permit required and the minimum lot size. The
filing of a higher land use approval application shall not relieve a project of the minimum lot size.

(2) Storage areas. The total area of all storage areas shall not exceed 25 percent of
the total floor area of the structures used for the agritourism enterprise.
(3) Setbacks. Structures for agritourism enterprises shall be set back from lot lines
in compliance with Division 2 (Land Use Zoning Districts and Allowed Land
Uses) unless a greater setback is required by the applicable review authority.
(b) Operational standards.
(1) Incidental to primary agricultural, horticultural, animal husbandry use. An
agritourism enterprise shall be incidental to the primary associated agricultural,
horticultural, or animal husbandry use being conducted on the property. For the
purposes of this Section, a primary agricultural, horticultural, or animal
husbandry use shall mean that:
(A) At least 50 percent of the total gross parcel area shall be suitable and
available for agricultural, horticultural animal husbandry or open space use;
and
(B) At least fifty percent of that 50 percent area (i.e., 25 percent of the total
gross parcel area) shall be in actual active agricultural, horticultural, or
animal husbandry use. For operations with a total area greater than 200
acres, at least 40 acres must be actual active agricultural, horticultural, or
animal husbandry use.
(2) Operator. The agritourism enterprise shall be operated or maintained by the
owner, operator, or occupant of the land upon which the primary associated
agriculture, horticulture, or animal husbandry use is being conducted.
(3) Hours of operation. Hours of operation for outdoor activities shall be limited to
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(4) Private special events for compensation. Private special events (e.g. weddings,
receptions, parties, etc.) or similar activities conducted for compensation may be
held, as follows.
(A) Up to 5 private special events in a 12-month time period shall require a Site
Plan Permit.
(B) 6 to 12 private special events in a 12-month time period shall require a
Minor Use Permit.

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(C) 13 or more private special events in a 12-month time period shall require a
Conditional Use Permit.
(5) Noise/Amplified Sound. All approved projects shall be operated in compliance
with the noise standards provided in Section 83.01.080. All amplified sound
being considered as part of a Conditional Use Permit application shall be
conducted indoors, except as approved through a Temporary Special Event
Permit or when being conducted at least 330 feet from the nearest residence or
other sensitive receptor on a neighboring parcel.
(c) Existing structures/uses. A structure existing before the adoption of this Chapter
may be used for an agritourism enterprise and shall be exempt from the minimum lot
area and floor area requirements specified in this Chapter, provided that an expansion
or enlargement the structure(s) shall not exceed 15% of the total floor area existing
before adoption of this Chapter unless a greater expansion is allowed through approval
of a Minor Use Permit in compliance with Chapter 85.06 (Conditional Use
Permit/Minor Use Permit).
(d) Additional licenses and permits. In addition to required land use permits, an
agritourism enterprise may be required to obtain licenses and permits from other
County Departments (e.g., business licenses from the County Clerk, food service or
sales licenses from the County Department of Public Health, animal care licenses from
the County Department of Public Health, etc.).
(e) Seasonal operations. Those operations that will be limited to three months of the year
that encompass the harvest season of the agricultural product to which the tourism
activity is an accessory use. may be operated with reduced standards. These shall
include the following:
(1) Parking area. The parking area does not need to be surfaced with a minimum of
two inches of asphaltic concrete paving or plant-mix surfacing but shall be
provided with a dust-proofed surface of slag, crushed rock, or an equivalent
measure.
(2) Sanitation facilities. Toilets, potable water, lavatories, wastewater may be used
for seasonal operations in compliance with the provisions required for a
Temporary Special Event.
(3) Permit required. Even though an operation may be seasonal, if a structure is
built, land use approvals shall be required in compliance with Table 84-1 above.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009); Amended Ordinance
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Animal Keeping

84.04

CHAPTER 84.04

ANIMAL KEEPING

Sections:
84.04.010
84.04.020
84.04.030
84.04.040
84.04.050
84.04.060
84.04.070
84.04.080
84.04.090
84.04.010

Purpose
Applicability
General Development Standards
Exotic Animals
Commercial Kennels and/or Catteries
Private Kennels and/or Catteries
Animal Keeping Allowed as Primary Use
Animal Keeping Allowed with Conditional Use Permit
Animal Keeping Allowed as Accessory Use
Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to ensure that the keeping, raising, and maintenance of animals do
not create an adverse impact on adjacent properties by reason of bright lights, dust, fumes, insect
infestations, noise, odor, or visual blight.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
84.04.020

Applicability

The regulations in this Chapter apply to all animal-keeping uses in the County, except as
otherwise provided in Chapter 82.07 (Additional Agricultural Overlay).
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
84.04.030

General Development Standards

(a) Applicable local health and animal control regulations. The keeping of animals in
all land use zoning districts shall be subject to the conditions of the County Public
Health Department and the regulations of Title 3 (Health and Sanitation and Animal
Regulations) of the County Code.
(b) Pre-existing uses. A legally established nonconforming animal-keeping use shall be
allowed to continue subject to Chapter 84.17 (Nonconforming Uses and Structures).
(c) Allowed uses. Animal-keeping uses shall be allowed in compliance with Division 2
(Land Use Zoning Districts and Allowed Land Uses) and shall comply with the permit
requirements and standards in this Chapter and other requirements in this
Development Code and the County Code.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)

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84.04.040

84.04

Exotic Animals

(a) Accessory residential use. The keeping of exotic animals shall be an accessory use to
a single-family dwelling unit.
(b) Special Use Permit requirements. The keeping of exotic animals shall require a
Special Use Permit in compliance with Chapter 85.14 (Special Use Permits)
(1) Before giving notice to adjacent property owners, the review authority shall
request that the County Veterinarian submit a statement regarding the particular
animal's mature behavior and personality characteristics. Notice given to
adjacent property owners shall include a description of the type of animal and its
behavior characteristics.
(2) Approval of a Special Use Permit for an exotic animal shall not be effective until
the Code Enforcement Division receives written evidence that the applicant has
applied for and obtained the following:
(A) Permit from the County Public Health Department.
(B) Permit from the State Department of Fish and Game.
(3) Each Special Use Permit shall specify the periodic renewal period and inspection
requirements in compliance with Chapter 85.14 (Special Use Permits).
(c) Standards. In addition to conditions imposed by the review authority for the Special
Use Permit, the keeping of exotic animals shall comply with the following standards:
(1) The keeping of an exotic animal shall comply with all County Code
requirements, including setbacks from property lines and other dwellings as
identified in 84.04.090 (b) (Setbacks).
(2) The keeping of an exotic animal shall comply with all applicable Federal and
State requirements.
(3) No more than two exotic animals over the age of six months shall be kept as an
accessory use to a single dwelling unit, unless a Conditional Use Permit for a
menagerie or zoo has been approved in compliance with Chapter 85.06
(Conditional Use Permit/Minor Use Permit).
(4) Each exotic animal shall have sufficient area to be maintained and exercised in a
normal healthy manner as determined by the County Veterinarian.
Adopted Ordinance 4011 (2007); Amended Ordinance 4067 (2009)
84.04.050

Commercial Kennels and/or Catteries

Commercial kennels and/or catteries, where allowed in compliance with Division 2 (Land Use
Zoning Districts and Allowed Land Uses), shall be subject to the regulations in this Section.
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(a) Compliance with health regulations. The commercial kennel shall comply with the
provisions of Chapter 3 (Commercial Kennels) in Division 2 (Animals), Title 3
(Health and Sanitation and Animal Regulations), of the County Code. The commercial
cattery shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 12 (Catteries) in Division 2
(Animals), Title 3 (Health and Sanitation and Animal Regulations), of the County
Code.
(b) Permit requirements. A commercial kennel and/or a cattery shall require a Special
Use Permit in compliance with Chapter 85.14 (Special Use Permits). If the
establishment has both dogs and cats, only one Special Use Permit shall be required. A
Special Use Permit shall not be effective until the Code Enforcement Division
receives written evidence that the applicant has applied for and obtained required
permits from the County Public Health Department.
(c) Minimum parcel size. Table 84-2 indicates the minimum parcel sizes required for
commercial kennels and/or catteries in the land use zoning districts indicated.
Table 84-2
Minimum Parcel Sizes for Commercial Kennels and/or Catteries
Minimum Parcel Size

1 acre minimum

2.5 acre minimum

Land Use Zoning Districts or Overlay

RS (Single Residential) in the AA (Additional
Agriculture) Overlay
Community Industrial (IC) in Phelan Community
Planning Area (PH/IC)
Resource Conservation (RC)
Commercial Rural (CR)
Rural Living (RL)
Agriculture (AG)
Service Commercial (CS)
Community Industrial (IC)

(d) Standards and permit requirements for breeding operations within RC, AG or
RL Land Use Zoning Districts. In addition to conditions imposed by the review
authority for the Special Use Permit, commercial kennels and catteries for breeding
operations located within a Resource Conservation, Agriculture or Rural Living Land
Use Zoning Districts shall comply with the following standards and permit
requirements:
(1) Accessory residential use. A commercial kennel and/or cattery that involves
breeding shall be an accessory use to a single-family dwelling unit.
(2) Permit requirements. A commercial kennel and/or cattery for up to 15 animals
shall require a Special Use Permit in compliance with Chapter 85.14 (Special
Use Permits). If the establishment has both dogs and cats, only one Special Use
Permit shall be required. A commercial kennel and/or cattery for more than 15
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(Special Use Permits) and a Minor Use Permit in compliance with Chapter 85.06
(Conditional Use Permit/Minor Use Permit).
(3) A Special Use Permit shall not be effective until the Code Enforcement Division
receives written evidence that the applicant has applied for and obtained required
permits from the County Public Health Department.
(4) Compliance with health regulations. The commercial kennel shall comply with
the provisions of Chapter 3 (Commercial Kennels) in Division 2 (Animals), Title
3 (Health and Sanitation and Animal Regulations), of the County Code. The
commercial cattery shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 12 (Catteries) in
Division 2 (Animals), Title 3 (Health and Sanitation and Animal Regulations), of
the County Code.
(5) Compliance with land use zoning district development standards. The keeping of
dogs and cats shall comply with all County Code requirements, including
setbacks from property lines and other dwellings as specified in Division 2 (Land
Use Zoning Districts and Allowed Land Uses). In the event there is a conflict
between a provision in this Section and a provision in Chapter 3 (Commercial
Kennels), in Division 2, Title 3, of the County Code, the stricter standard shall
apply.
(6) Minimum parcel size. A minimum parcel size of two and one half acres shall be
required.
(7) Density of animals and maximum number of animals. Animal densities shall be
as follows:
Acreage
0 to less than 2.5 acres
2.5 to less than 5 acres
5 acres
Each additional acre
above 5 acres

Number of Animals
As allowed by
Section 84.04.090
15
16 to 30

Additional Animals
0
0
0
6 per acre

A maximum of 50 dogs and/or cats shall be allowed regardless of the size of the
parcel(s).
(8) Setbacks. Setbacks. All animals shall be maintained at least 70 feet, measured in
a straight line, away from any structure or area used for human habitation or
public assembly (e.g. parks, churches, etc.) on adjoining property. The area of
human habitation shall not include cabanas, patios, attached or detached private
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(9) Housing. All dogs shall be housed in the indoor portion of the kennel from 9 p.m.
to 7 a.m. The kennel shall be a solid, four-walled structure with a solid roof.
Appropriate exercise areas shall be provided and shall be sheltered from the
elements and be secure. Adequate heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation and
bedding must be provided as required to the individual needs