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You can find information about incentives for historic structures by visiting the National Trust for Historic Preservation (click below)
Another possibility is the Mills Act-a State initiated program that allows owners of historic properties property tax savings in return for a guarantee that the structure will be maintained in an historically accurate manner.
To get more information, you may contact the Planning Department at 909.394.6250.
RVs (which includes horse trailers, utility trailers, boats, and camper shells) must be parked in the rear or side yard behind house building line, must be parked on a 3 ½" thick concrete surface, and must not block access to vehicle parking in a garage. RVs may be temporarily parked in the paved front driveway with a FREE permit for up to 48 hours for loading and unloading. Click below to be re-directed to our online permit system to obtain a 48 hour RV Parking Permit for Front yard Driveway.
Yes. For monitoring purposes, San Dimas requires permits for all yard sales. You are permitted up to three yard sales per year, not to exceed three consecutive days.
The City will post your yard sale on the City's webpage as well.
The City may have a copy of your plans for review at City Hall.
Be aware that plans rarely provide specific detail as to the location of individual electrical circuits or plumbing/sewer lines.
Also, please note that plans are copyrighted and therefore may not be reproduced without approval in accordance with the California Health and Safety Code. Contact the building division for availability and specific restrictions (909) 394-6260.
Permit fees are designed to try and offset the actual cost of review and inspection of the specific work proposed and therefore calculated by one of the following:
- Valuation of work as determined by a standardized per square foot cost table.
- Valuation based on fair market value of labor and materials.
- Per item as is the case with plumbing and electrical permits.
Fee schedules are available at the Building Division counter.
The Contractors State License Board operates a toll-free telephone number and an Internet website for you to check a contractor's license before you hire one. Their phone number is 800.321.CSLB.
Your property lines can be determined by a licensed surveyor completing a survey of your property. The City has maps that show your lot dimensions; however, you can not determine that exact location on the ground without a survey of your property. The City can not recommend any specific surveying company.
Depending on the size of the project, plans are normally returned within 14 working days for small additions and minor tenant improvements. New houses and large commercial work may take 30 to 45 days as the Plan Review time is proportional to the scope of work and complexity of the project.
A minimum of two sets are required for minor projects;
three sets of plans and two sets of calculations for more complex work; and four sets of plans required if project requires Fire Deptartment review.
For more information, contact the Building Depatment at 909.394.6260.
Yes. The City requires businesses to have a permit for a temporary banner. The maximum time period for any single banner display can not exceed thirty (30) days. A maximum of six (6) temporary banner permits may be approved for any single business location within a calendar year not to exceed a grand total of 60 days.
Detailed regulations can be found in the City Municipal Code Chapter 18.152.160. You may also contact the Planning Department at 909.394.6250 for more information.
The City of San Dimas provides unbiased enforcement of the City's Municipal Code and other City regulations to ensure property maintenance and to promote a quality aesthetic appearance throughout the City.
For more information or to file a complaint, please contact:
Ron D'Alessandro - Code Compliance Officer
Diana Torre - Code Compliance Officer
Jeff Hartung - Parking Compliance
Yes, if the tree is an oak genus that measures eight inches or more in trunk diameter and/or any other species of trees that measure ten inches or more in trunk diameter and/or a multi-trunk tree(s) having a total circumference of thirty-eight inches or more; the multi-trunk tree shall include at least one trunk with a diameter of a minimum of four inches. (The trunk diameter is measured at a point thirty-six inches above the ground at the base of the tree.)
You may get an application from the Planning Department at City Hall. If you have any questions call the Planning Department at (909) 394-6250.
The the early 1990's the City conducted an historical survey of the City and established a list of locally significant structures.
To determine if your house is on that list, you can view the survey by selecting the link below.
For more information about how this impacts your property, contact the Planning Department at 909.394.6250.
LA County Fire Dept.
San Dimas Parks and Recreation
Effective January 1, 2008:
California Building Code 2007 (Based on IBC 2006.)Both CBC and IBC are based on the ASCE 7-05 for the latest editions.
California Plumbing Code 2007.
California Electrical Code 2007.
California Mechanical Code 2007.
California Disabled Access(CALDAG). Please see Chapter 11 included within the California Building Code 2007, as the recognized accessibility document.
California Energy Code 2005 (Please observe the modifications occurred on October 2005 and January 2006.)
City of San Dimas Municipal Code
The Municipal Code is available on this website, and the codes above are available at the building division counter.
Development Services is open during regular City Hall business hours:
Monday - Thursday from 7:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.
Fridays from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Setbacks vary throughout the city. Please call the Planning Department at (909) 394-6250 with your address and we will gladly provide this information.
Fencing may not exceed 42 inches in height within the front yard and it may not exceed six feet in height at side and rear property lines. Decorative fencing material is encouraged. For example, if you are using masonry block, then slump stone, split face block or a stucco covered wall are all acceptable. Wood or wrought iron fencing is also permitted. Please contact the Planning Department at (909) 394-6250 for details.
Generally, the following information is needed:
What work is being proposed. (Scope of Work)
Where it is occurring. Address and location
Current property owner name and address
Assessor Parcel Number
More specifically, the following information is needed:
A site/plot plan.
A foundation plan.
Roof & floor framing plans.
Appropriate floor plans of new and adjacent areas.
Standard plan size is 81/2" x 11" for small projects and 24" x 36" for typical projects.
If adding floor area, energy calculations are required (listed mandatory requirements or computer generated calculations).
Note that the approval process is proportional to the completeness of the submitted plans.
Please call the Planning Department at (909) 394-6250 with your address and we will gladly inform you of your property's zoning. If no address exists it may be necessary to briefly stop in at our public counter at 245 East Bonita Avenue in City Hall to obtain zoning information of a property.
Re-roofs under 6 pounds per square foot may be issued over the counter. (Note that under some circumstances a pre-inspection may be required prior to permit issuance)
Miscellaneous plumbing, electrical or mechanical.
This is only a sample list of the types of permits that may be issued over the counter. If you have any questions about a specific project, please contact our office at (909) 394-6260.
Planning Commission meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 245 East Bonita Avenue.
In addition to any alteration to a residential or commercial structure or occupancy:
To build a STORAGE SHED IN EXCESS OF 120 SF of floor area.
To build a FENCE GREATER THAN 6' IN HEIGHT.
To build a RETAINING WALL. See specific retaining wall handout.
New WINDOWS including replacement windows. See specific window handout.
For any electrical work EXCEPT changing plugs or lights.
To replace or install a WATER HEATER.
To replace or install a FURNACE.
To replace or install GAS, WATER OR WASTE PIPE.
To install a POOL, SPA OR HOT TUB.
Special Note: Exemption from the permit requirements of the code does not grant authority for any of the work to be done in any manner in violation of the code.