Assembly Bill 2234

In accordance with Assembly Bill (AB) 2234, the following information pertains to the typical permits required for residential development during the post-entitlement processing phase.  The following development types have been constructed in the City:  Single-Family Residential Detached (SFD), Single-Family Residential Attached (SFA), and Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU).  The typical permits required during the post-entitlement phase for these development types, as well as samples of completed permit applications, are provided below for reference, and as a guide to assist you with completing the necessary permits that may be required for your project.  However, because the permits required for each project are determined on a case-by-case basis, please contact Public Works and the Building and Planning Divisions to identify the specific permits required for your project.  The contact information for each of these departments is provided below.

Post-entitlement permits include, but are not limited to, a Building Permit, Temporary Use Permit, Grading Permit, Encroachment Permit, Landscape Permit, and Transportation Permit.  To obtain any one of these permits, plans and a completed permit application must be prepared and submitted to the applicable City Department for review and approval.  The type of plans required, and level of detail needed within these plans, will depend upon the scope of work of the proposed project.  The following provides further information regarding required post-entitlement permits.

Building Permit

  • To submit for a Building Permit, a completed Building Permit/Plan Review Application must be completed and submitted to the Building Division.  More information regarding the building permit process and types of building permits can be found on the Permit Process webpage.  Please contact the Building Division at 949-635-1800 ext. 6101 for the Building Permit application submittal requirements as well as the approximate processing times for Building Permit application submittals.
  • For ADU projects, a completed ADU application must be submitted to the Planning Division in addition to a Building Permit application. Please contact the Planning Division at 949-635-1800 ext. 6705 for the ADU application submittal requirements.

Temporary Use Permit

  • Temporary construction fencing, stockpiling yards, trailers, and similar uses/structures related to the development of residential projects require approval of a Site Development Permit application prior to operation.  Please contact the Planning Division for the Site Development Permit submittal requirements.
  • Processing time for the review of a Site Development Permit application depends on the scope of work and duration of the temporary uses and structures.  Please contact the Planning Division for approximate processing times for Site Development Permits.

Grading Permit & Landscape Permit

  • Grading and/or Landscape Permits may be required for residential development projects.  To submit for a Grading and/or Landscape Permit, a completed permit application is required.  The submittal requirements for Grading and Landscape Permits can be found on the Public Works webpage.
  • Please contact the Public Works and Engineering Division at 949-635-1800 ext. 6504 for the application submittal requirements as well as the approximate processing times for Grading Permit and Landscape Permit application submittals.

Encroachment & Transportation Permits

  • An Encroachment Permit may be required for encroachments into public right-of-ways.  In addition, a Transportation Permit may be required to identify transportation haul routes related to construction. The applications for Encroachment and Transportation Permits can be found on the Public Works webpage.
  • Please contact the Public Works and Engineering Division at 949-635-1800 ext. 6504 for the application submittal requirements as well as the approximate processing times for Encroachment Permit and Transportation Permit application submittals.

Outside Agency Reviews

The following outside agencies may require review of plans and/or fees prior to the issuance of City permits.  Please contact the Building Division to identify the outside agencies that require review of the project plans prior to City approval.

  • Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA)
  • Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD)
  • Trabuco Canyon Water District (TCWD)
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
  • Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA)
  • Southern California Edison (SCE)
  • SoCal Gas 
  • Master and Local Homeowners' Associations, such as SAMLARC
  • Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD)
  • Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD)
  • Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA)
  • County of Orange Public Works Department (OCPW)

Fees

Applicable City permit fees can be found in the City User Fee Schedule.  In addition, certain development impact fees must be paid to the City prior to issuance of a permit.  Please contact the Building Division to determine the appropriate development impact fees.  Other outside agency plan review fees may also be required.  Please contact each outside agency to determine the appropriate fee amount collected by each agency.  Further information regarding building permit fees can be obtained by contacting the Building Division.

Sample Documents

The following is a list of sample permits completed for residential development projects in the City.  Please note that this list is for reference only and each application should be completed based on the scope of the project being constructed.  Please contact the Planning and Building Divisions for the information required on the permit application specific to your project.

Single-Family Residential Detached

Single-Family Residential Attached

Accessory Dwelling Unit