May 17, 2017
As many of you know, we work closely with the Department of Community Planning and Development (CPD) and some licenses require documents generated by that Department. As one of our important City partners, we wanted to share with you some important changes that are taking place in CPD.
The commercial zoning counter is changing to half-days starting June 5
Over the past few months, the commercial zoning review process has changed quite a bit.
As a result, fewer customers need to see the commercial zoning staff in person at the permit counter, and so the Department is shifting these important, skilled plan reviewers away from the counter, so they can spend more time reviewing submitted applications and issuing permits. This will also free up more staff time for responding to records requests and answering customers' questions via phone and email.
Starting Monday, June 5, the commercial zoning counter's new hours will be 8 am to noon, Monday through Friday. Check-in opens at 8 am each day and closes at 11:30 am. Like all permit counter services, check-in will close early if all available time slots for that day are taken, and check-in always closes 30 minutes before the counter closes.
As always, Community Planning and Development will accept emailed zoning application packages to email@example.com at any time of day.
As a complement to the residential permitting guides the Department released in 2016, there are now updated application forms and guides for commercial zoning permits as well. The new applications better reflect the information they need to complete a zoning review, and each application is accompanied by details on how to apply.
They have created Project Guides for most of their common zoning permit types - Use Permits, Construction Permits, and Temporary Use Permits - and for special situations like marijuana businesses, special event parking, home occupations, zone lot amendments, and more.
They also created sample plans that illustrate all the elements of a good zoning plan set, and listed these elements on the sample plans as well as within each of the project guides.
Easily access all this information (commercial zoning forms, guides, and sample plans) online.
Open the drop-down menu of the permit you seek (e.g., a "zoning use permit" for a new use or a "zoning construction permit" for a fence) and follow the instructions.