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Request an address for new development.
Certificate of Appropriateness
A “Certificate of Appropriateness” is an application upon which the Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission makes a decision about a request to alter, demolish, move, or subdivide a building or property that has been previously-designated as a Landmark or as an Historic Resource by the City Council. This means that any proposed modification to the exterior of the structure/property must be approved through this application (prior to any work or action that would result in altering, demolishing, moving, or subdividing the subject property).
Certificate of Compliance
Regulation and control of the design and improvement of subdivisions.
Commission Review & Approval
Commission Review & Approval (CRA) is a land use permit that authorizes the construction of a new building for a Permitted Use (as listed in the Redlands Municipal Code for the zone in which the subject property is located), as well as additions to existing buildings that are 500 square-feet or more in area. The specific criteria are listed in Chapter 18.12 of the Redlands Municipal Code.
Lists of the Permitted Uses specified for each zone in the City of Redlands can be obtained from the Redlands Municipal Code online (select Title 18 – Zoning Regulations). If your property is located within a Specific Plan, you can view the Specific Plans online here, or you may contact Planning staff with your question.
Inquiries regarding permitted uses and the review process for a Commission Review & Approval can also be obtained from the Planning public counter at the One Stop Permit Center, or you may contact us. Information regarding the development review process is also available at our Development Process webpage. The Development Application Form and the current Fee Schedule are also available at our Development Process webpage.
Commission Sign Review
Conditional Use Permit
A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is for a land use that requires additional review for any potential impacts to the surrounding neighborhood or community at-large, or to place specific Conditions of Approval on a use to alleviate any potentially detrimental effects generated by the use. Some examples of conditional uses are churches, theaters, nightclubs, service stations, drive-through facilities, schools, and board/care facilities. The Planning Commission typically makes decisions to approve CUP applications. However, if an associated application requires a decision by the City Council, then the CUP would accompany the other entitlements to the City Council hearing for the decision.
Lists of the conditional uses specified for each zone in the City of Redlands can be obtained from the Redlands Municipal Code online. If your property is located within a Specific Plan, you can view the Specific Plans online here, or you may contact Planning staff with your question.
Inquiries regarding conditional uses and the review process for a Conditional Use Permit can also be obtained from the Planning public counter at the One Stop Permit Center, or you may contact us. Information regarding the development review process is also available at our Development Process webpage.
The Development Application Form and Fee Schedule are available under the tabs below (on this page). Please feel free to call or visit us if you have any questions.
The demolition of buildings is subject to review by the Development Services Director and/or the Historic and Scenic Preservation Committee.
A Development Agreement is a document approved by the City Council which is a covenant between the applicant and the City of Redlands regarding certain development rights. In developing some of the larger projects that will be built in phases over an extended period of time, the applicant may wish to request a Development Agreement with the City. A Development Agreement may extend the current regulations and/or specified fees over a mutually agreed-upon time period.
For further information about Redlands Municipal Code requirements for a Development Agreement, please refer to RMC Chapter 18.220. If a Development Agreement is contemplated for your project, it is recommended that potential applicants contact Planning staff early (prior to filing a formal application) to meet with staff and discuss the proposal or project. Contact information is available at our Contact Us page.
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 Development Review Committee, the 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 Process webpage.
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 each year. Since the City is limited to four amendments per year, one or more amendment actions (either map amendments and/or text amendments) may be consolidated as one General Plan Amendment. If a General Plan Amendment is contemplated, it is recommended that a potential applicant contact Planning Division staff early (prior to filing a formal application) to meet with staff and discuss the proposal or project.
In order to process a General Plan Amendment, one must complete the Legislative Application form, file all other required materials, and pay the applicable application fee(s). For an overview of the review process, please visit the Development Process Introduction page. The review process will include a review and recommendation by the Planning Commission, and possibly the Development Review Committee for proposals that include development as part of the project. The City Council will ultimately make the decision to approve a General Plan Amendment.
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 aesthetic, architectural, or historical value that is 50 years old or older may be designated as a Historic Resource. A structure with exceptional aesthetic, architectural, or historical value may be designated as a Landmark Resource. For further information, please visit our Historic Preservation webpage.
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 off-site business activities such as painters, gardeners, or consultants who work at a client’s home. In order to qualify for a Home Occupation Permit, you must meet certain criteria listed in RMC Chapter 18.160 (click here).
Legislative decisions are those made by the City Council, and include applications for: General Plan Amendments; Specific Plans or Specific Plan Amendments; Zone Changes; Ordinance Text Amendments; Development Agreements; vacating street right-of-way; Agricultural Preserve Removal; and Williamson Act Removal.
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. The process and criteria for a Minor Exception is listed in Sections 18.168.040 through 18.168.100 (click here) of the Redlands Municipal Code.
Newspaper Rack Placement Permit
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).
Specific Plan Amendment
Specific Plans are approved or amended by the City Council. If you wish to amend a Specific Plan, you must submit an application, all other require materials, and pay the applicable fee(s). The process will include a review and recommendation by the Planning Commission, and ultimately a decision by the City Council. A Socio-Economic Cost/Benefit Analysis (prepared by staff) may be required for a proposed Specific Plan or Amendment.
If a Specific Plan Amendment is contemplated, it is recommended that a potential applicant contact Planning Division staff early (prior to filing a formal application) to meet with staff and discuss the proposal or project. For further information, please refer to the Development Process Introduction page.
A Specific Plan is a document that establishes the land uses, development standards, and aesthetic character for a portion of land within the City (in effect, establishing the zoning for that area). All Specific Plans and any Amendments must be reviewed by the Planning Commission, and ultimately a decision made by the City Council. Specific Plan proposals require a Socio-Economic Cost/Benefit Analysis (prepared by staff) to disclose all potential economic effects of the proposal. If a new Specific Plan is contemplated, it is recommended that a potential applicant contact Planning Division staff early (prior to filing a formal application) to meet with staff and discuss the proposal or project.
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 within a Specific Plan area, it is labeled on the Zoning Map, and would contain the development standards and list of allowed uses for the property. 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 (referred to as a “Tentative Tract Map”) and one consisting of four or fewer residential parcels (referred to as a “Tentative Parcel Map”). In general, a subdivision of five or more residential parcels requires a tentative tract map and a final tract map; while 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 (to be prepared by staff) in accordance with Measure ‘U.’ For more information on Measure ‘U’ please see the Measure U Section. Please see the Development Process Introduction page for an overview of the review process and description of the meetings involved.
Temporary Sales & Special Events Application
You can apply for a time extension for the following permits: Commission Review and Approval, Conditional Use Permit, Tentative Tract Map, and Minor Subdivision.
Occasionally, developing a property or a project encounters some type of physical constraint or circumstance that makes it difficult or impossible to comply with a particular development standard (such as a required yard setback). An applicant may find that they cannot meet a development standard because of a unique or special physical condition that affects the subject property. For these types of situations, a “variance” from development standards may offer relief, and provide a mechanism to establish parity of development rights to the subject property. However, the necessary Findings to receive approval for a Variance are stringent, and may be found in Chapter 18.196 of the Redlands Municipal Code.
If a Variance is contemplated as part of an application, it is recommended that the potential applicant meet with Planning Division staff to discuss the proposal prior to filing a formal Variance application. Visit the Contact Us page for further information.
Wireless Telecommunications Facilities
Wireless Facilities located on private property:
- Refer to RMC Chapter 18.178
- Use the
Wireless Facilities located in public rights-of-way (not on private property):
The City or an individual may wish to change a zone designation on one or more parcel(s) of land. A proposed Zone Change must be consistent with the City’s General Plan, in accordance with State law. Some projects may also require a General Plan Amendment to accompany the Zone Change. In order to file a request for a Zone Change, applicants must complete the Legislative Application Form, submit all required materials, and pay the applicable fee(s). Review of the proposal will include a review and recommendation by the Planning Commission, and the City Council will ultimately make the decision. In addition, another requirement of this application may be a Socio-Economic Cost/Benefit Analysis (prepared by staff) to evaluate the economic effects of the proposal. For further information, please visit our Development Process webpage.
Another type of zone change is an amendment to a development standard, an allowed use, or other text in the Municipal Code. This is referred to as an “Ordinance Text Amendment” and would result in changing that specific development standard citywide for all parcels within that same zone. In addition to the Legislative Application and required fees, the applicant must submit in writing the proposed changes to the text of Title 18 (Zoning Regulations). The review will include the Planning Commission and the City Council.
If a Zone Change or an Ordinance Text Amendment is contemplated, it is recommended that a potential applicant meet with Planning Division staff early (prior to filing a formal application) to meet and discuss the proposal. Go to the Contact Us page for further information.
How do I know if I need a Home Occupation Permit for my business?
If you run a business from your home then you must obtain a Home Occupation Permit from the Planning Division of the Community Development Department, regardless of the work involved. Please check with the Planning Staff to see if your business qualifies as a Home Occupation.
I live in a home that is a Heritage Home and want to know if that requires a review from the City regarding my remodel?
The Heritage Award is strictly an Honorary Designation from the Redlands Historical Society. Although obtaining a Heritage Award from the Redlands Historic Society is a prestigious honor it is not a designation adopted by the City of Redlands. A structure only needs review from the City’s Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission when it is a recognized Resource or Landmark from the City of Redlands.
I want to modify the sign for my business and want to know if that requires a permit from the City.
Any modification to your sign, including change of copy needs to be approved by the Community Development Department.
Are Banners legal in the City of Redlands?
Yes, banners are legal in the City of Redlands. Effective July 2, 1998 a commercial enterprise can apply for a Banner for a period of up to one month up to four times a year. In order to display a banner it does require a permit and is subject to certain regulations.
I want to build a room addition on my house what do I need to do?
The first thing you should do is to discuss your project with Planning staff to see if you can meet the zoning requirements such as lot coverage, setbacks, and height limits. Then you need to have plans drawn by a an architect or draftsperson and submit them to Building and Safety.
How do I obtain copies of the staff reports or minutes from a Planning Commission or City Council Meeting?
If you need copies of minutes or staff reports from a Planning Commission you can call the Department Secretary and make arrangements to pick up the document or have it mailed. If it is for a City Council Meeting you may request copies of the minutes or Staff Reports directly from the City Clerk.
I am opposed to a project that is on a future Agenda for the Planning Commission and/or City Council, is there anything I can do?
There are a number of ways to keep yourself informed and present your ideas to the decision makers. Projects are submitted to the Planning Division and area available for public review prior to the public hearing. A staff report is prepared for each agenda item and is available prior to the hearing. If you are unsure as to the hearing dates you may notify the City Clerk and/or Planning Secretary that you want to be notified of all future hearings on the manner. To present your ideas you may want to submit written comments to the Environmental Review Committee, Planning Commission, and/or City Council. You may also want to present oral testimony at the Public Meeting.
Can I purchase the City’s Zoning Map, General Plan Map, or other ordinances?
All of these items can be purchased at the Planning Division, Suite 20 in the Civic Center. Please call the Planning Secretary at (909) 798-7555 for the correct fees. The documents can be mailed or picked up in person. If you want the documents mailed then you must send in the correct amount prior to any mailing.
My neighbor has a tree that is blocking my view of the mountains, what can I do?
The City does not have any view ordinances nor does it have any ordinance that would limit the growth of trees.