Temporary Events

What is the process?

Step 1: Determine if temporary events is an allowed land use

 

  • In the top right hand corner, use the “Search...” feature to search for the property.  The property can be found using an address or Assessor’s Parcel Number.    

 

  • Click on the parcel to highlight it in yellow, and display basic property information.  Scroll down in the information box to the “Land Uses,” and identify the Land Use Category that is assigned to the property.   

 

  • Temporary events ARE allowed in the following Land Use Categories, with a Minor Use Permit:  
    • AG – Agriculture (on non-prime soils). 

      • To determine if the property has prime soils, click the blue “I want to...” button, and click “See Layer List.”  

      • Expand the “Environment” category.  Expand the “Physical Env” sub-category.  Expand the “Geology/Soils” sub-sub-category, and click the box for “Countywide Soils.”   

    • RL – Rural Lands  

    • RR – Residential Rural  

    • OP – Office and Professional  

    • CR – Commercial Retail  

    • CS – Commercial Services  

    • IND – Industrial  

    • REC – Recreation  

    • PF – Public Facilities 

 

  • Temporary events ARE NOT allowed in the following Land Use Categories:  
    • AG – Agriculture (on prime soils)  

      • To determine if the property has prime soils, click the blue “I want to...” button, and click “See Layer List.”  

      • Expand the “Environment” category.  Expand the “Physical Env” sub-category.  Expand the “Geology/Soils” sub-sub-category, and click the box for “Countywide Soils.”  

    • RS – Residential Suburban  

    • RSF – Residential Single-Family  

    • RMF – Residential Multi-Family  

    • OS – Open Space  

Step 2: Determine number of unobstructed access points.

  • A minimum of two unobstructed access points from the property to a publicly-maintained road must be present, or possible.   

  • If the property has less than two public access points, a Conditional Use Permit is required to waive this standard.   

Step 3: Complete the Land Use Permit Application Form

Step 4: Assemble the other required documents

  • Detailed project description that includes:  
    • Frequency of events  

    • Maximum number of attendees at each event  

    • Hours of operation  

    • Narrative summary of operations including shuffling, parking, catering, restrooms, etc. 

 

  • Site Plan that illustrates the location of the events, access points, and other public facilities.   

 

  • Traffic Report that estimates the quantity of traffic that will be generated by the venue and evaluates the impact of that traffic on existing roadway conditions.   

 

  • Noise Study that identifies the impact of amplified sound at the property, and identifies methods to ensure compliance with County Code Section 22.10.120 or 23.06.040.  

Step 5: Apply for a Land Use Permit application online. 

  • Select “Land Use Permit Application.”   

  • Click “Apply.”   

  • Upload the application form, and other documents.   

Step 6: Pay Invoice

  • Select “Pay Invoice.”   

  • Search the invoice number, and follow the system prompts.   

Step 7: Department will Process the Application

  • Department will process the application.

Who can use this service?

This service is available to anyone applying for a land use permit for the use of any structure or land for events.   

Is there a charge for this service?

Please refer to the Department of Planning and Building Fee Schedule for application fees.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

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