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Planning Application

A completed Planning Application is required for all Planning permits and entitlements. It is the application used for the following purposes:

To download the Planning Application, click on the following link: Planning Application. Note: Applications are not considered complete until all required documentation has been received and approved by Planning staff, as well as payment of all applicable fees. Often times applications will also require consultation with a Planner.

For a listing of current fees, click on the following link: Planning Fees

Other forms and handouts available:

If you have any question regarding the application process, contact the Planning Division at (408) 615-2450 or Planning@santaclaraca.gov.

 

Application Process

  1. Complete Planning Application
    • Gather and submit all required documentation
    • Pay applicable fees
    • Meet with Planning staff (if necessary)
  2. Planning staff processes application
    • Review materials
    • Reference General Plan, Zoning Code, etc. to ensure compliance
    • Identify potential issues with application and/or permit, working with applicant to resolve any issues
    • Schedule applicable board/commission/Council meetings
  3. Application/permit decision made
  4. Public hearing (if applicable)
    • Depending on the application/permit, a public hearing (e.g. City Council, Planning Commission, etc.) may be required

 

Required Documentation

Below is a listing of required documentation for planning applications based on the type of permit or service requested:

 

Architectural Review for Residential, Non-Residential, or Mixed-Use

Section A - 4 copies required

Fully dimensioned site plan showing:

  • Property lines, including distance from street centerlines and face of curb; official plan lines for streets; building setback lines; all easements and public/private utilities; fences
  • Lot square footage, building square footage (including carports, covered patios, sheds, etc.); percent of lot coverage
  • Existing and proposed buildings and other structures (including roof peaks and overhangs)
  • Driveways, parking spaces and circulation (including sidewalks); planted areas (see landscaping checklist if applicable)
  • Trash enclosures (except for single-family residential); screens for roof-mounted or ground mounted tanks, equipment, etc.
  • Exterior lighting (except for single-family residential)
  • Required and proposed parking layout and data (including compact and handicapped stalls) and restaurant seating counts

Section B - 4 copies required

  • Floor plan indicating existing and proposed areas (including interior dimensions of covered parking areas)

Section C - 4 copies required

Fully dimensioned elevations showing:

  • All principal proposed views; existing elevations (including materials)
  • Proposed materials, textures and colors of exposed surfaces

 

Architectural Review for Landscaping

Section E - 4 copies required

Fully dimensioned landscape site plan showing:

  • Property lines, including distance from street centerlines and face of curb; existing and proposed building outlines
  • Major underground utilities (including existing underground wells or tanks)
  • Existing trees with trunks over one foot in diameter
  • Outline of all planted areas showing the required 6-inch concrete curbing
  • Precise location, or pattern and spacing of all plants (keyed to schedule in paragraph ΑF≅); location and topography of berms
  • Required irrigation system showing complete coverage
  • Right-of-way planting (if applicable)

Section F - 4 copies required

Schedule of Plantings, preferably in table form, showing:

  • Botanical name; common name; size (container size, height, trunk diameter, spread); total number and spacing

 

Variance, Use Permit, or Zoning Change

Section A - 12 copies required

Fully dimensioned site plan showing:

  • Property lines, including distance from street centerlines and face of curb; official plan lines for streets; building setback lines; all easements and public/private utilities; fences
  • Lot square footage, building square footage (including carports, covered patios, sheds, etc.); percent of lot coverage
  • Existing and proposed buildings and other structures (including roof peaks and overhangs)
  • Driveways, parking spaces and circulation (including sidewalks); planted areas (see landscaping checklist if applicable)
  • Trash enclosures (except for single-family residential); screens for roof-mounted or ground mounted tanks, equipment, etc.
  • Exterior lighting (except for single-family residential)
  • Required and proposed parking layout and data (including compact and handicapped stalls) and restaurant seating counts

Section B - 12 copies required

  • Floor plan indicating existing and proposed areas (including interior dimensions of covered parking areas)

Section C - 12 copies required

Fully dimensioned elevations showing:

  • All principal proposed views; existing elevations (including materials)
  • Proposed materials, textures and colors of exposed surfaces

Section D - 1 copy required

  • One 8 1/2" x 11" reduction of each sheet in Sections A, B, and C.

 

Modification

Section A - 4 copies required

Fully dimensioned site plan showing:

  • Property lines, including distance from street centerlines and face of curb; official plan lines for streets; building setback lines; all easements and public/private utilities; fences
  • Lot square footage, building square footage (including carports, covered patios, sheds, etc.); percent of lot coverage
  • Existing and proposed buildings and other structures (including roof peaks and overhangs)
  • Driveways, parking spaces and circulation (including sidewalks); planted areas (see landscaping checklist if applicable)
  • Trash enclosures (except for single-family residential); screens for roof-mounted or ground mounted tanks, equipment, etc.
  • Exterior lighting (except for single-family residential)
  • Required and proposed parking layout and data (including compact and handicapped stalls) and restaurant seating counts

Section B - 4 copies required

  • Floor plan indicating existing and proposed areas (including interior dimensions of covered parking areas)

Section C - 4 copies required

Fully dimensioned elevations showing:

  • All principal proposed views; existing elevations (including materials)
  • Proposed materials, textures and colors of exposed surfaces

 

Off-Site Parking Permit

In addition to a completed Planning Application, a completed Off-Site Parking Permit Application is also required. An additional planning fee is charged for stadium event parking north of Highway 101. This is an ongoing per event / per space used fee that is collected to help recover additional public safety costs incurred for each event. For more information, please review the Planning Fee Schedule.

Section A - 4 copies required

Fully dimensioned site plan showing:

  • Property lines, including distance from street centerlines and face of curb; official plan lines for streets; building setback lines; all easements and public/private utilities; fences
  • Lot square footage, building square footage (including carports, covered patios, sheds, etc.); percent of lot coverage
  • Existing and proposed buildings and other structures (including roof peaks and overhangs)
  • Driveways, parking spaces and circulation (including sidewalks); planted areas (see landscaping checklist if applicable)
  • Trash enclosures (except for single-family residential); screens for roof-mounted or ground mounted tanks, equipment, etc.
  • Exterior lighting (except for single-family residential)
  • Required and proposed parking layout and data (including compact and handicapped stalls) and restaurant seating counts

Section B - 4 copies required

  • Floor plan indicating existing and proposed areas (including interior dimensions of covered parking areas)

Section C - 4 copies required

Fully dimensioned elevations showing:

  • All principal proposed views; existing elevations (including materials)
  • Proposed materials, textures and colors of exposed surfaces

 

Tentative Map, Tentative Parcel Map, Lot-Line Adjustment

Section A - 12 copies required

Fully dimensioned site plan showing:

  • Property lines, including distance from street centerlines and face of curb; official plan lines for streets; building setback lines; all easements and public/private utilities; fences
  • Lot square footage, building square footage (including carports, covered patios, sheds, etc.); percent of lot coverage
  • Existing and proposed buildings and other structures (including roof peaks and overhangs)
  • Driveways, parking spaces and circulation (including sidewalks); planted areas (see landscaping checklist if applicable)
  • Trash enclosures (except for single-family residential); screens for roof-mounted or ground mounted tanks, equipment, etc.
  • Exterior lighting (except for single-family residential)
  • Required and proposed parking layout and data (including compact and handicapped stalls) and restaurant seating counts

Section A Supplement - 1 copy required

  • One 8 1/2" x 11" reduction of each sheet in Section A.

 

Historical and Landmarks Commission

Section A - 11 copies required

Fully dimensioned site plan showing:

  • Property lines, including distance from street centerlines and face of curb; official plan lines for streets; building setback lines; all easements and public/private utilities; fences
  • Lot square footage, building square footage (including carports, covered patios, sheds, etc.); percent of lot coverage
  • Existing and proposed buildings and other structures (including roof peaks and overhangs)
  • Driveways, parking spaces and circulation (including sidewalks); planted areas (see landscaping checklist if applicable)
  • Trash enclosures (except for single-family residential); screens for roof-mounted or ground mounted tanks, equipment, etc.
  • Exterior lighting (except for single-family residential)
  • Required and proposed parking layout and data (including compact and handicapped stalls) and restaurant seating counts

Section B - 11 copies required

  • Floor plan indicating existing and proposed areas (including interior dimensions of covered parking areas)

Section C - 11 copies required

Fully dimensioned elevations showing:

  • All principal proposed views; existing elevations (including materials)
  • Proposed materials, textures and colors of exposed surfaces

 Section D - 1 copy required

  • One 11" x 17" reduction of each sheet in Sections A, B, and C.

 

Special Permit, General Plan Amendment, Temporary Sign Permit, or Off-Site Parking Permit

 Please contact Planning staff at at (408) 615-2450 or Planning@santaclaraca.gov for information on requirements.

 

Signs

Section G - 4 copies required

Fully dimensioned site plan showing:

  • Property lines, including distance from street centerlines and face of curb; official plan lines for streets, building setback lines and any existing or planned above ground utilities, easements in the area of the request
  • All buildings and structures
  • Location of all existing and proposed signs; sign setbacks from property lines and structures

Section H - 4 copies required

Fully dimensioned sign elevations showing:

  • Each sign, existing and proposed, showing materials and colors
  • The building face or marquee with proposed signs attached (except for free-standing signs)
  • Square footage of all existing and proposed signs

Green Building Checklist - 1 electronic PDF copy required (select and click on the appropriate checklist to download, then email to the Project Planner)

 

Development Applications Located on El Camino Real

El Camino Real Corridor Development Guidelines - 1 completed check list required

General Information and Maps

El Camino Real Corridor Development Guidelines Checklist

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