Zoning and Development - FAQs
Q. What is the zoning designation of my property and what does it mean?
A. Your zoning designation can be found using the GIS Mapping Application. You will need to have your parcel number. Click the following link for instructions on how to use the GIS Mapping application. Once you have determined your zoning you may refer to the Zone District Summary brochure or the County Code by entering your zoning into the search utility. For example, the search RA Use will result in section 13.10.322 Residential Uses which will display the uses for Residential Agriculture zoned property.
Q. What is the status of my Discretionary Permit Application?
A. Please refer to the Application Status and Permit History lookup at the bottom of the Planning Homepage
Using your Parcel Number, you can access the status of your application. Comments from reviewing agencies are not available for discretionary applications because they are advisory to a decision on the project which will be made later. For specific questions contact the project planner assigned to your project.
Q. What are the setbacks, height limits, zoning characteristics, planning requirements, lot coverage, floor area ratio, etc. of my property?
A. These questions can be answered by our Zoning Counter staff and in particular, the County Code, Chapter 13 at: http://www.codepublishing.com/ca/santacruzcounty/
If you cannot find the information you want there, please call the Zoning Information Phone Line at 831.454.2130 between 1 and 4 PM, daily.
Q. How do I get a business license?
A. In order to determine if you need a business license, it is best that you speak directly with a staff person at our Zoning Counter. If you will be operating out of your home please review our brochure on Home Occupations. If the business will be based within city limits, please contact the respective city planning department. Be sure to check with the tax and license division in each city you intend to operate.
Q. Is my lot buildable?
A. Please refer to our brochure concerning parcel buildability: although it is recommended that you speak directly with staff at our Zoning Counter or call the Zoning Information Phone Line at 831.454.2130 between 1 and 4 PM, daily.
General Department Information
Q. What is a 'Hold' and how do I get it removed?
A. Please refer to our brochure concerning holds
Q. How do I make an appointment to submit a building permit?
A. Please contact the General Information Desk (GID) at 831.454.3252 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, daily.
Q. What is the Building Permit history or Redtag history of a property?
A. Building Permit history is available online by visiting the Application Status and Permit History lookup at the bottom of the Planning Homepage. Information regarding Redtags is not presently available on the internet. Some information can be obtained by calling the Building Information Phone Line at 831.454.2260 between 1 and 4 PM, daily. The Assessor's Parcel Number or address will be required. More detailed information can be obtained by visiting the Planning Department permit counter during the hours of operation.
Q. Where can I find the Santa Cruz County Code?
A. You will find the County Code here:
Q. How do I get a septic or well permit?
A. Please contact the Environmental Health Department. Their phone number is 831.454.2022, and their web site can be found at: http://sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/eh/ehhome.htm
Q. What is the general application process?
A. Please refer to our "How to get a Permit" page under in the Building & Safety section as well as the "Application Flow Chart" document under the Zoning and Development section.
Q. How do I calculate the percent modification for a remodel project?