PRIOR to signing a lease, committing to a site or making a major business decision to expand or relocate your business; there are a few questions you may want to ask the City or other agencies. The following is a list of issues that you should consider to enable you to make an informed decision.
I. Determine the zoning designation, permitted use and the regulations governing your property:
The first step in determining the zoning regulations that apply to your property is to find the base zone, which governs the uses permitted and the development regulations of the site. Zoning information is available through our website at: http://1.usa.gov/QtKQ16
Once you determine the base zone, you should refer to Land Development Code for your property development regulations and the permitted use. You also need to check on any previous development approvals or easements on site.
II. Identify other development regulations that apply to your property:
Once you have found the use and development regulations for your base zone and any overlay zones, if applicable, look in Municipal Code Chapter 14 for additional city-wide, general development regulations that apply in all zones. Also, check the Land Development Manual for information on fees, processing and re- view of development approval applications on line at: http://1.usa.gov/OCgyXF
III. Will the proposed use require additional parking?
Whether you are moving to a new location or expanding an existing space; parking could be an important issue that should be considered in the early stages before making final decision. Check on Parking Ratio for different uses at: http://bit.ly/QtKuaN
IV. Determine if your property contains historical resources:
a. Potential Historical Resource
b. Designated Historical Site or District
V. Determine the type of permit or approval review:
Based on the scope of work, you may be required to obtain a permit. To determine if a building permit will be required or not see “Information Bulletin 115: Building Permit Exemptions.” It is important to verify if a Development Permit or Policy Approval is required for your proposed project prior to applying to a construction permit or to operate your business.
VI. Is the proposed use in compliance with the building & fire codes? Or it would require more exits or sprinklers?
It is important to verify that the proposed building/use is in compliance with the current California Construction Codes. The following are the current codes: 2010 California Residen- tial Code, 2010 California Building Code, 2010 California Electrical Code, 2010 California Plumbing Code, 2010 California Mechanical Code, 2010 California Fire Code and 2010 Califor- nia Green Building Code
VII. What about disabled access?
Verify that the proposed space is in compliance with the current Title 24 access provisions in accordance with CBC Section 1134B “Accessibility for Existing Buildings”.
VIII. Business Tax Certificate
The contact information to apply for a Business Tax Certificate is: http://1.usa.gov/OCgGq7
For more information, to help identify various requirements and/or potential issues, resolutions and layout key steps of the process; please contact Development Services Small Business Liaison Laila Iskandar at (619) 446-5297 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.