Permits & Applications

Address Request

Request an address for new development.

Address Request Application

Adult Oriented Business Regulatory Permit

Every person who proposes to maintain, operate or conduct an adult oriented business in the city shall file an application with the chief of police.

Adult Oriented Business Regulatory Permit Form

Architectural Guidelines
Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)

A COA is an application upon which the Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission makes a decision to alter, demolish, move, or subdivide a building/property which has been designated as a Landmark or Historic Resource by the City Council. This means that any modification to the outside of the structure must be approved through this application.

Certificate of Appropriateness Application

Certificate of Compliance

Regulation and control of the design and improvement of subdivisions.

Certificate of Compliance Application

Commission Review & Approval (CRA)

Commission Review and Approval (CRA) is the construction of a listed use in a designated zone and the approval is for the site plan, building, and if applicable the environmental impacts.

Commission Sign Review
Conditional Use Permit
A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is for a use which requires special review for impacts to the neighborhood or to place specific conditions on use that could have a negative impact on a neighborhood. Some examples of Conditional Uses are churches, theaters, nightclubs, arcades, service stations, drive through facilities, schools, and board & care facilities, If a church desires to build or rent space a CUP will be required and the Planning Commission and/or City would examine the site plan, building, landscaping, parking and if applicable, the environmental impacts.
Demolition

The demolition of buildings is subject to review by the Environmental Review Committee and/or the Historic and Scenic Preservation Committee.

Application for Demolition

Development Agreement

A Development Agreement is a City Council approved document which in essence is a covenant between the applicant and the City of Redlands.  In developing some of the larger projects that will be built in phases over a period of time, the applicant may wish to have a Development Agreement with the City.  A Development Agreement may extend the current regulations and/or fees over a mutually agreed upon time period.

The Development Agreement is often linked to a larger project such as a Specific Plan, Conditional Use Permit, Commission Review & Approval, or a subdivision of property.  The application will be reviewed by the Environmental Review Committee, Planning Commission, and final action from the City Council including the review of a Socio-Economic Cost Benefit Study.  For the details of the meetings involved please refer to the Development Applications Introduction. Development Process.

General Plan Amendment

From time to time individuals or the City may wish to amend the General Plan. The State of California allows this to be done up to four (4) times a year. Since the City is limited to four General Plan Amendments a year there is a special schedule. Please see any staff member of the Planning Division of the Development Services Department for the General Plan Schedule.

In order to process a General Plan Amendment one must complete an application and pay the required fees. For a description of the process see the Development Process Introduction page. As mentioned earlier, the reviews will include the Environmental Review Committee, Planning Commission, and the City Council who will take final action. A Socio-Economic Cost Benefit Analysis will only be required if the General Plan Amendment is linked to a Development Application.

Historic Resource Designation

The Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission has the primary responsibility of making a recommendation to the City Council on the designation of an individual structure as a Historic Resource. A structure with esthetics, architectural or historical value which is fifty (50) years old or older may be designated as a Historic Resource. A structure with exceptional esthetics, architectural, or historical value may be designated as a Landmark Resource.

Certificate of Appropriateness Application
Mills Act Application

Home Occupation Permit

A Home Occupation Permit allows people to conduct business out of their home under certain circumstances. Any time you perform any work from your home or use your home address as the place of business, then you must obtain a Home Occupation Permit. This includes businesses such as painters, gardeners, or consultants who work at their clients homes. In order to qualify for a Home Occupation Permit you must meet certain criteria.

Home Occupation Permit Application

Minor Exception Permit

A minor exception permit is necessary for fences, solar panels and vehicle/boat storage that does not conform to the Redlands Municipal Code.

Minor Exception Permit Application

Pre-Annexation Agreement

The City and the land owner have entered into a properly recorded and binding pre-annexation agreement establishing covenants running with the land that assure full compliance with all development standards of the City of Redlands, payment of all capital improvement and other development fees which would be applicable to the property if it were within the City limits at the time of extension of such services, and immediate processing of annexation to the City at the City's request and the land owner agrees as a condition of extension of utility facilities to serve the proposed development to pay the full cost of such extension of such utility facilities.

Reasonable Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities

The City of Redlands has established procedures to ensure that reasonable accommodations are made for persons with disabilities. Any person with a disability may submit an application for reasonable accommodation or variance from the requirements of City zoning or building codes by submitting an application to the city’s community development director who may deny, approve or conditionally approve the request or pass the request along to a designated city committee (Ord. 2656 § 1, 2007).

Reasonable Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities Application

Specific Plan Amendment

Any Specific Plan can be amended by the City Council. If you wish to amend a Specific Plan you must submit an application and required fees. The process will include review from the Environmental Review Committee, Planning Commission, and City Council. A Socio-Economic Cost Benefit Analysis may be required for a Specific Plan or Amendment to a Specific Plan and the applicant should talk to staff for the appropriate answer. For an explanation of the meetings involved, please refer back to the Development Process Introduction page.

Specific Plan

A Specific Plan is a document that sets the Development Standards for a portion of land within the City. Specific Plans can be very general or detailed in nature. Regardless of the content, all Specific Plans and their Amendments must be reviewed by the Environmental Review Committee, Planning Commission, and final action from the City Council including a Socio Economic-Cost Benefit Analysis.

Specific Plans usually supplement or replace the City's Zoning because the City Council desired to have special standards for that area. If you live in a Specific Plan Area it is labeled on the Zoning Map and that would contain the Development Standards and allowed uses. The City has Specific Plans for the Lucky Center, Sunset Hills, Redlands Corporate Center, and the Redlands Airport Area among others. The largest Specific Plan is the East Valley Corridor Specific Plan which runs roughly from Tennessee Street at Colton Avenue west to Mountain View Avenue, south to Barton Road, and north to the Santa Ana River.

Subdivision Map Act

Generally, a subdivision is any division of land for the purpose of sale, lease, or financing and is governed by the State Subdivision Map Act. Subdivision is defined as "the division, by any sub-divider, or any unit or units of improved or unimproved land, or any portion thereof, shown on the latest equalized county assessment roll as a unit or as contiguous units, for the purpose of sale, lease, or financing, whether immediate or future, except for leases of agricultural land for agricultural purposes."

The Subdivision Map Act distinguishes between a subdivision of five or more residential parcels which is a Tentative Tract Map and one consisting of four or fewer residential parcels which is a Minor Subdivision or Parcel Map. In general, a subdivision of five or more residential parcels requires a tentative tract map and a final tract map; a subdivision of four or fewer residential parcels requires a tentative and final parcel map.

In Redlands, all subdivisions need a Socio Economic Cost Benefit Study according to Measure U. For more information on Measure U, please see the Measure U Section. Please see the Development Process Introduction page for a description of the meetings involved.

Temporary Sales & Special Events Application
Time Extension

You can apply for a time extension for the following permits: Commission Review and Approval, Conditional Use Permit, Tentative Tract Application and Minor Subdivision Application.

Time Extension Application

Variance

Sometimes in developing a project an applicant may find that they cannot meet some development standard because of a unique or special condition that effects their property. For these types of situations a Variance Application can be submitted with the project.

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Variance Application

Zone Change

The City or an individual may wish to change a zone on a parcel of land. This is called a Zone Change. Since a Zone Change is required by law to be consistent with the General Plan, many times it may also require a General Plan Amendment. In order to process a Zone Change one must complete the Legislative Application and pay the required fees. The reviews will include the Environmental Review Committee, Planning Commission, and the City Council who will take final action. In addition another requirement of this application will be a Socio-Economic Cost Benefit Analysis. For the details of the meetings involved please refer to the Development Applications Introduction.  A Zone Change modifies the land use district of a specific parcel. Another type of change is to a development standard, an allowed use, or other text in the Municipal Code. This would require an Ordinance Text Amendment which would change that standard City-Wide. In addition to the Legislative Application and required fees the applicant must submit in writing the exact changes to the ordinance. The reviews will include the Environmental Review Committee, Planning Commission, and the City Council who will take final action. A Socio-Economic Cost Benefit Analysis will only be required if the Zone Change or Ordinance Text Amendment is linked to a Development Application. For the details of the meetings involved please refer to the Development Applications Introduction.