Chapter 20.30


20.30.010    Applicability.

20.30.014    General terminology.

20.30.018    Definitions.

20.30.022    “A” weighted sound level.

20.30.026    Abut or abutting.

20.30.030    Accessory building.

20.30.034    Accessory use.

20.30.038    Acre.

20.30.042    Addition.

20.30.046    Adjacent.

20.30.050    Adjoining.

20.30.052    Adult day care facility.

20.30.054    Agriculture or agricultural.

20.30.058    Air contaminant, or air pollution.

20.30.062    Ambient noise level.

20.30.064    Amusement games.

20.30.066    Approving authority.

20.30.070    Alter or alteration.

20.30.074    Ancillary use.

20.30.078    Animal hospital or veterinary clinic.

20.30.082    Animal kennels or boarding.

20.30.086    Apartment building or apartment house.

20.30.090    Architectural design.

20.30.094    Architectural review committee or design review committee.

20.30.098    Area.

20.30.102    Area, net.

20.30.106    Area, gross.

20.30.110    Area development plan.

20.30.114    Area map.

20.30.118    Arterial street.

20.30.122    Assessment roll.

20.30.126    Automobile repair.

20.30.130    Automobile service station.

20.30.134    Auxiliary building, structure or use.

20.30.137    Boarding house.

20.30.138    Bona fide restaurant.

20.30.142    Building.

20.30.146    Building, accessory.

20.30.150    Building, addition to.

20.30.154    Building coverage.

20.30.158    Building or structure height.

20.30.162    Building, main.

20.30.166    Building setback.

20.30.170    Building site, or unit of development.

20.30.172    Bulk reverse vending machine.

20.30.174    Canopy.

20.30.176    Canopy, collapsible.

20.30.178    Car storage yard.

20.30.182    Carport.

20.30.186    Carry-out restaurant.

20.30.190    Certificate of occupancy.

20.30.194    Child day care facility.

20.30.198    Clinic.

20.30.200    Collection facility.

20.30.202    Collector street.

20.30.206    Commercial area.

20.30.210    Commercial recreation.

20.30.214    Common area.

20.30.216    Community care facility.

20.30.218    Comparable uses.

20.30.222    Conditional use.

20.30.226    Contiguous.

20.30.230    Convalescent home.

20.30.234    Convenience goods or service areas.

20.30.235    Convenience service station.

20.30.236    Convenience zone.

20.30.238    Corner lot.

20.30.242    Cul-de-sac.

20.30.246    Dairy.

20.30.248    Day care center.

20.30.250    Decibel (dB).

20.30.254    Density.

20.30.258    Dental clinics.

20.30.262    Design review committee.

20.30.266    Design, architectural.

20.30.270    Development area.

20.30.274    Development code.

20.30.278    Development map.

20.30.282    Development plan.

20.30.284    Disabled person.

20.30.286    Discontinuance.

20.30.290    District.

20.30.294    Drive-in restaurants.

20.30.298    Driveway.

20.30.302    Dwelling.

20.30.314    Dwelling unit.

20.30.318    Dwelling unit density.

20.30.322    Easement.

20.30.326    Environmental performance standards.

20.30.330    Equestrian trail.

20.30.334    Family.

20.30.338    Fence or wall height.

20.30.340    Family day care home.

20.30.342    Flammable gas.

20.30.346    Flammable liquid.

20.30.350    Floor area.

20.30.354    Floor area, gross.

20.30.358    Floor area ratio.

20.30.362    Foot candle.

20.30.366    Freeway.

20.30.370    Frontage.

20.30.372    Game arcade.

20.30.373    Garage sale.

20.30.374    General plan.

20.30.378    Grade.

20.30.382    Grading.

20.30.386    Greenbelt.

20.30.390    Health studio.

20.30.394    Height.

20.30.398    Highway.

20.30.402    Highway, major or primary.

20.30.406    Highway, secondary.

20.30.410    Home occupations.

20.30.414    Hospitals.

20.30.418    Hotel or motel.

20.30.422    Household pet.

20.30.426    Illustrative plan.

20.30.430    Impact insulation class.

20.30.434    Impact noise.

20.30.438    Incidental use.

20.30.442    Industrial area.

20.30.446    Interior street.

20.30.450    Interior lot.

20.30.454    Kennels.

20.30.458    Kitchen.

20.30.462    Land use.

20.30.466    Land use zone or zoning.

20.30.470    Landscaping.

20.30.472    Large collection facility.

20.30.474    Loading and unloading area.

20.30.478    Local street.

20.30.482    Lot.

20.30.486    Lot of record.

20.30.490    Lot, corner.

20.30.494    Lot coverage.

20.30.498    Lot depth.

20.30.502    Lot, interior.

20.30.506    Lot, key.

20.30.510    Lot line.

20.30.514    Lot line, front.

20.30.518    Lot line, interior.

20.30.522    Lot line, rear.

20.30.526    Lot line, side.

20.30.530    Lot, reversed corner.

20.30.534    Main building or structure.

20.30.538    Main use.

20.30.542    Median.

20.30.544    Mobile recycling unit.

20.30.546    Mound.

20.30.550    Medical clinic.

20.30.554    Motel.

20.30.558    Nonconforming building or structure.

20.30.562    Nonconforming performance.

20.30.566    Nonconforming signs.

20.30.570    Nonconforming use.

20.30.574    Nonconformity.

20.30.578    Nursery school.

20.30.582    Nursing home.

20.30.586    Odor threshold.

20.30.590    Off-street parking area, lot or facility.

20.30.594    Open area or space.

20.30.598    Parcel.

20.30.602    Parking area, lot or facility.

20.30.606    Parking space.

20.30.610    Parkway.

20.30.614    Patio structure.

20.30.618    Peripheral walls or fences.

20.30.622    Pet.

20.30.626    Premises.

20.30.630    Property line.

20.30.634    Precise plans.

20.30.638    Primary highway.

20.30.642    Private street.

20.30.643    Recreational vehicle.

20.30.644    Recyclable material.

20.30.645    Recyclable material processing facility.

20.30.646    Recycling facility.

20.30.648    Reasonable accommodation.

20.30.650    Residential area.

20.30.654    Rest home.

20.30.656    Reverse vending machine.

20.30.658    Room.

20.30.662    Salvage operation.

20.30.666    Service station.

20.30.670    Setback.

20.30.673    Short-term rental.

20.30.674    Signs.

20.30.676    Small collection facilities.

20.30.678    Smoke.

20.30.682    Sound level meter.

20.30.686    Sound pressure level.

20.30.690    Sound transmission.

20.30.694    Story.

20.30.698    Sound transmission class.

20.30.702    Specimen tree.

20.30.706    Storage area.

20.30.710    Street frontage.

20.30.714    Swimming pools.

20.30.718    Truck terminal.

20.30.722    Unit of development.

20.30.726    Use.

20.30.730    Variance.

20.30.734    Veterinary clinic.

20.30.738    Vibration.

20.30.742    Wall height.

20.30.746    Wrecking or salvage operations.

20.30.750    Yard.

20.30.754    Yard, front.

20.30.758    Yard, rear.

20.30.762    Yard, side.

20.30.766    Zone.

20.30.770    Public and private auctions.

20.30.010 Applicability.

Unless the context otherwise requires, or unless different definitions are set forth pertaining to individual titles, chapters, or sections of the city development code, the words and phrases defined in this chapter have the meaning and construction given in this chapter wherever they are used in Titles 20 through 29 of the Cerritos Municipal Code and in regulations adopted pursuant to the provisions of these titles. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.014 General terminology.

Unless inconsistent with the context of the use of the words hereinafter defined, words used in the present tense include the future tense; words used in the singular number include the plural; and those in the plural number include the singular.

Words and phrases not defined in this chapter shall be as defined in other chapters of the municipal code, the Los Angeles County Building and Fire Codes, and Webster’s Dictionary, the definition which results in the most restrictive regulation to apply in case of conflict.

“State” means the state of California; “county” means the county of Los Angeles, California.

The word “code” as used in Chapters 20 through 29 of the municipal code of the city means the “development code” set forth in the chapters noted.

The word “chapter” means a chapter of the municipal code unless some other document is specified.

The word “city” means the city of Cerritos, California, a municipal corporation chartered under the laws of the state.

The words “city council” and “council” may be used interchangeably and mean the city council of the city of Cerritos, California.

The words “city planning commission,” “planning commission,” and “commission” may be used interchangeably and mean the planning commission of the city of Cerritos, California, duly established and empowered in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 2.16 of this code.

The words “secretary to the planning commission” and “director of community development” may be used interchangeably and mean an officer of the city of Cerritos responsible, through delegation of authority by the city manager, for the administration of city planning activities.

The title “city engineer” and “director of public works” may be used interchangeably and mean an officer of the city of Cerritos responsible through delegation of authority by the city manager for the administration of certain municipal services.

The words “erect,” “install,” “construct,” “build,” “place,” “improve,” “develop” or other words customarily used in that context, either implicitly or explicitly, and referring to the doing of physical work which results in the existence of any structure, or building, or portion thereof or improvement of land may be used interchangeably, singularly, or in conjunction, and mean the same.

The designation “person” means any individual, firm, copartnership, joint venture, association, social club, fraternal organization, corporation, estate, trust, business, county, school district, special district, or other political subdivision, or any other group or combination acting as a unit.

The word “may” is permissive; the word “shall” is mandatory. (Ord. 770 § 1 (part), 1996; Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.018 Definitions.

Words and terms used in the city development code are defined in the following Sections 20.30.022 through 20.30.766. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.022 “A” weighted sound level.

““A” weighted sound level” means the total sound level in decibels of all noise as measured by a sound level meter using the “A” weighting network (scale). The unit of measurement is designated as dB(A). (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.026 Abut or abutting.

“Abut” or “abutting” means two or more lots, parcels, or land areas sharing a common boundary line, or two or more buildings, structures, or other objects in contact with each other. The same as adjoining and contiguous. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.030 Accessory building.

“Accessory building” means a separate building or a part or portion of a separate building or structure which is subordinate to, and the use of which is incidental to, that of a main building, structure, or use on the same lot. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.034 Accessory use.

“Accessory use” means a use incidental, related, appropriate, and clearly subordinate to the main use of a lot or of a main building or structure, and which accessory use does not alter the main use, except where specifically authorized. The same as ancillary use. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.038 Acre.

“Acre” means the same as net acre unless otherwise specified. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.042 Addition.

“Addition” means the result of any work which increases the volume of any building or structure, or replaces a demolished portion thereof. (Compare Section 20.30.070, Alteration.) (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.046 Adjacent.

“Adjacent” means two or more parcels of land separated only by an alley, street, highway or recorded easement, or two or more objects that lie near or close to each other. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.050 Adjoining.

“Adjoining” means the same as abutting and contiguous. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.052 Adult day care facility.

“Adult day care facility” means any place or building which is maintained and operated to provide nonmedical care and supervision to adults on a less than twenty-four-hour per day basis including, but not limited to, the physically handicapped and mentally impaired. (Ord. 919 § 1, 2006)

20.30.054 Agriculture or agricultural.

“Agriculture” or “agricultural” includes farming, dairying, pasturage, horticulture, floriculture, and animal and poultry husbandry and the necessary accessory uses for the handling, treating, or storing the produces thereof; provided, that the operation of any such accessory use shall be secondary to the main agricultural activity. Animal slaughter shall not be considered either a main or secondary agricultural activity. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.058 Air contaminant, or air pollution.

“Air contaminant” or “air pollution” means particulate matter, dust, fumes, gas, mist, smoke, vapor, or any combination thereof having, or tending to have, a deleterious effect on any and all life forms or any negative environmental impact including reduced visibility. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.062 Ambient noise level.

“Ambient noise level” means the lowest average sound level in dB(A) (excluding transient peak sound conditions) as measured at a sound receptor point rather than sound source, as determined by employing a sound level meter during a specified sample period and following an approved specific procedure for measurement. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.064 Amusement games.

“Amusement games” means any mechanical or electronic machine, apparatus, contrivance, appliance or device which may be operated or played upon the placing or depositing therein of any coin, check, slug, ball, disc or any other article or device, or by paying therefor either in advance of or after use, involving in its use either skill or chance, including, but not limited to, tape machine, pinball machine, bowling game machine, shuffleboard machine, marble game machine, horse racing machine, basketball game machine, baseball game machine, football game machine, electronic video game, or any other similar machine or device. (Ord. 601 § 1, 1982)

20.30.066 Approving authority.

“Approving authority” means any duly and lawfully constituted and empowered officer or body having the authority to approve or deny, either under original or appellate jurisdiction, any of the following: a precise plan of development, a tentative tract map, a conditional use permit, a zone variance, an area development plan, development standards, environmental performance standards, or other matters set forth in the city development code. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.070 Alter or alteration.

“Alter” or “alteration” means any work on a structure that does not result in any addition to the structure. (See Section 20.30.042, Addition.) (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.074 Ancillary use.

“Ancillary use” means the same as accessory use. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.078 Animal hospital or veterinary clinic.

“Animal hospital” or “veterinary clinic” means a place where animals or pets no larger than the largest breed of dog are given medical or surgical treatment and are cared for only during the time of such treatment or medical observation. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.082 Animal kennels or boarding.

“Animal kennels” or “boarding” means a premises used or intended to be used for the keeping, care, training, and breeding of pets or other animals. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.086 Apartment building or apartment house.

“Apartment building” or “apartment house” means a multifamily structure with two or more dwelling units per building, each unit including a kitchen. (See Section 20.30.458, Kitchen.) (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.090 Architectural design.

“Architectural design” means the overall function and appearance of a building or structure including but not limited to consideration of construction plans, elevations, perspectives, and other renderings in terms of the harmony of function and appearance with respect to intended uses and surrounding structures, landscaping, land uses, and topography.

“Architectural design” may mean or refer to the proportions, finish, shape, height, color scheme, style, theme, and appropriateness of any structure or building as well as the type of walls, roof, and architectural features thereon. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.094 Architectural review committee or design review committee.

“Architectural review committee” or “design review committee” means a committee of professionals in the fields of art, architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and engineering selected by the city council to review selected plans and render an advisory opinion to the approving authority as provided for in Section 23.90.240. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.098 Area.

“Area” means the same as net area unless otherwise specified or used in a context where reference to a general geographical vicinity or district is made. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.102 Area, net.

“Net land areas” means that area of a lot, parcel of land or unit of development exclusive of streets, parkways, and alleys. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.106 Area, gross.

“Gross area” means that area of a lot, parcel or unit of development within property lines or lines demarking a unit of development, but extending to the centerline of bounding streets and easements not over one hundred fifty feet in width. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.110 Area development plan.

“Area development plan” means a document which regulates, controls, guides, and coordinates development of a specific area of the city as provided in Chapter 22.10. It is a specific plan as authorized in Article 8 of Chapter 3 of the State Planning and Zoning Law. It replaces the usual zoning regulations. It must be consistent with and carry out the provisions and objectives of the general plan of the city. It serves as a basis for the city to consider and act upon more detailed precise plans prepared by landowners, developers, and public agencies.

The purposes of an “area development plan” are to promote appropriate land use and to encourage the highest possible quality of design and environment within the designated area. Objectives, policies, and standards are set forth in order to promote the special qualities and opportunities of the area while permitting the flexibility required to consider unique and imaginative designs. An “area development plan” establishes a pattern for the arrangement of land uses, circulation systems, open spaces and other features as necessary to coordinate developments on adjacent parcels of property and in order to achieve a functionally and visually integrated development of the entire area. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.114 Area map.

“Area map” means an instrument adopted as part of an area development plan which displays the boundaries of a development area and other features as provided in Section 22.10.105 of this code. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.118 Arterial street.

“Arterial street” means a major or secondary highway as shown on the general plan map of the city. Same as Section 20.30.398, Highway. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.122 Assessment roll.

“Assessment roll” means the latest available property assessment roll of the county assessor of Los Angeles County and of Orange County, when applicable. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.126 Automobile repair.

“Automobile repair” means the activity of repair work on motor vehicles, such as body or body parts repair, automobile painting, replacing or adding parts thereto, major motor repair or replacement, and/or any activity associated therewith. Activities incidental to the selling of motor fuels such as minor repair, minor tune-up, lubrication and the changing of tires, fan belts, lamp globes, batteries, and ornamental accessories shall not be considered as automobile repair. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.130 Automobile service station.

“Automobile service station” means any retail business selling motor fuel and petroleum products for motor vehicles. Also included in the business may be the auxiliary servicing and selling of batteries, tires, automotive accessories and replacement items; minor repair service including lubrication of motor vehicles not exceeding a rated capacity of one ton but excluding major motor overhaul, body work, transmission repair work, steam cleaning, and tire recapping. Service stations shall not be permitted to be nonattended during the station’s business hours. Service stations shall not be permitted to be accessory to any other use and, conversely, no use shall be accessory to a service station unless approved by the city council. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.134 Auxiliary building, structure or use.

“Auxiliary building, structure or use” means the same as accessory building, structure or use. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.137 Boarding house.

“Boarding house” means an owner-occupied, single-family residential dwelling, including any guesthouses, second units, and other accessory structures, wherein one or more rooms, with or without individual or group cooking facilities, are rented, licensed or otherwise provided in exchange for rent or other remuneration to an individual or individuals under separate written or oral rental leases, licenses or other agreements (“rental agreement”) for a term of thirty consecutive calendar days or more. (Ord. 1006 § 2, 2016)

20.30.138 Bona fide restaurant.

“Bona fide restaurant” means a restaurant, the main use of which is the serving of the usual assortment of meals commonly ordered at various hours of the day. An establishment that serves a limited assortment of food such as sandwiches and salads exclusively or sells alcoholic beverages as the primary business with food service as a supplemental activity could not qualify as a “bona fide restaurant.” (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.142 Building.

“Building” means any structure having a roof supported by columns, or walls, which is used, designed, or intended for use as housing, shelter, or enclosure of persons, animals, chattels, or property of any kind, but excluding all forms of vehicles, even if immobilized. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.146 Building, accessory.

See Section 20.30.030, Accessory building. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.150 Building, addition to.

See Section 20.30.042, Addition. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.154 Building coverage.

“Building coverage” means the net land area covered by buildings and structures, including garages, accessory buildings, and any structures with solid covers, balconies, or overhangs extending beyond thirty-inch eaves, but not including structures with open-lattice roofs. (Ord. 868 § 1, 2003: Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.158 Building or structure height.

“Building or structure height” means the vertical distance from the average finished grade, adjacent to a structure to the highest point of the building or structure, or any part thereof. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.162 Building, main.

See Section 20.30.534, Main building or structure. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.166 Building setback.

“Building setback” means the minimum distance between a property line or other specifically designated line and the closest point of any structure or building, excluding therefrom architectural features specifically permitted to encroach into a required setback. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.170 Building site, or unit of development.

“Building site, or unit of development” means a legally created lot or lots owned as a single, joint, or common ownership, occupied or intended to be occupied, developed or intended to be developed, by a principal or main building and/or accessory buildings, together with any required open spaces and having approved and accepted public access thereto, or an approved private access. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.172 Bulk reverse vending machine.

“Bulk reverse vending machine” means a reverse vending machine that occupies an area greater than fifty square feet and is designed to accept more than one container at a time and pay a refund by weight instead of by container. (Ord. 682 § 2 (part), 1989)

20.30.174 Canopy.

“Canopy” means a fixed shelter without enclosing walls used only as a roof covering and attached to the exterior wall or wall of a building. A canopy may be supported by supporting members such as columns or beams, and/or the building to which it is attached. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.176 Canopy, collapsible.

“Collapsible canopy” means an attached or detached accessory structure used as a roof covering to protect vehicles or shelter goods and which may or may not be fixed to the ground. Such accessory structures may be erected by the use of poles, ropes, stakes, or a combination of these items. Roof coverings may be constructed of pliable materials such as canvas, vinyl or similar materials. (Ord. 911 § 2, 2006)

20.30.178 Car storage yard.

“Car storage yard” means an outdoor area used for the storage or processing of automobiles or other vehicles prior to sale. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.182 Carport.

“Carport” means an accessory structure or portion of a main structure consisting of a roof and supporting members which is not enclosed on all sides and which is intended for use or used for the parking or temporary storage of motor vehicles of the owners, occupants, visitors, or guests, of the structure to which it is an accessory. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.186 Carry-out restaurant.

“Carry-out restaurant” means any commercial establishment serving food and/or beverages which is designed or operated to accommodate the sales of any food and beverage for consumption at a location other than within the food service building. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.190 Certificate of occupancy.

“Certificate of occupancy” means a required document issued by the city after the completion of construction and the final building department inspection, and prior to the occupation or use of any building or structure erected, altered, or added to, for the purposes of authorizing an occupancy. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.194 Child day care facility.

“Child day care facility” means a facility which provides nonmedical care to children under eighteen years of age in need of personal services, supervision, or assistance essential for sustaining the activities of daily living or for the protection of the individual on less than a twenty-four-hour basis. Child day care facility includes day care centers and family day care homes. (Ord. 712 § 1, 1992: Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.198 Clinic.

“Clinic” means any facility for the care, diagnosis, and treatment of persons in need of medical, dental, or surgical attention, but who are not provided with board or overnight accommodations on the premises. When specifically stated, “clinic” may refer to a veterinary clinic. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.200 Collection facility.

“Collection facility” means a center for the acceptance by donation, redemption or purchase of recyclable materials from the public, and may include reverse vending machines, small collection facilities and large collection facilities. (Ord. 682 § 2 (part), 1989)

20.30.202 Collector street.

“Collector street” means a public street, other than an arterial street, which is intended to serve as a link between an arterial street and local street. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.206 Commercial area.

“Commercial area” means any area either in commercial use or planned for commercial use by commercial designation in the general plan, area development plan, or land use zone. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.210 Commercial recreation.

“Commercial recreation” means recreational facilities operated as a business and open to the public for a fee. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.214 Common area.

“Common area” means a privately owned area shared by more than one user, and may apply to common open space such as greenbelts or common facilities such as recreation buildings. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.216 Community care facility.

“Community care facility” means any facility, place or building which is maintained and operated to provide nonmedical residential care, day treatment, or adult day care, including, but not limited to, the physically handicapped, mentally impaired, incompetent persons, and abused or neglected children, and includes:

(a) “Residential facility” which means any family home, group care facility, or similar facility, for twenty-four-hour nonmedical care of persons in need of personal services, supervision, or assistance essential for sustaining the activities of daily living or for the protection of the individual;

(b) “Residential care facility for the elderly” means a housing arrangement chosen voluntarily by persons sixty years of age or over, or their authorized representative, where varying levels and intensities of care and supervision, protective supervision, personal care, or health related services are provided, based upon the person’s varying needs, as determined in order to be admitted and to remain in the facility. (Ord. 712 § 2, 1992)

20.30.218 Comparable uses.

See Section 22.20.100. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.222 Conditional use.

“Conditional use” means a use which requires a special degree of control because of the characteristics peculiar to it, or because of its size, nature, or processes involved therein, or because of its location in relation to its surroundings, existing or proposed improvements, or demands upon public facilities.

Such use may, or may not, be permitted in a given area depending upon a determination made in accordance with Chapter 23.10. (Ord, 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.226 Contiguous.

“Contiguous” means the same as adjoining or abutting. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.230 Convalescent home.

“Convalescent home” means lodging, meals, nursing, dietary, or other personal services to convalescents, invalid or aged persons but does not include surgery or the care of alcoholics, drug addicts, or persons with mental, contagious or communicable diseases or other afflictions. Same as rest home and nursing home for the aged. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.234 Convenience goods or service areas.

“Convenience goods” or “service areas” mean premises used, designed or intended to be used for the frequent trade or service needs of the immediately surrounding vicinity. A typical convenience center may include a grocery store, beauty shop, cleaning establishment, medical or dental office. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.235 Convenience service station.

“Convenience service station” means any retail business selling motor fuel for motor vehicles in which a convenience goods store selling convenience goods for off-site consumption exists as an accessory use. (Ord. 909 § 1, 2006)

20.30.236 Convenience zone.

“Convenience zone” means an area within a one-half mile radius of a supermarket, as defined by the California Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling. A “supermarket” is defined as a full-line, self-service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars or more, and which sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods or non-food items and some perishable items. (Ord. 682 § 2 (part), 1989)

20.30.238 Corner lot.

See Section 20.30.490, Lot, corner. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.242 Cul-de-sac.

“Cul-de-sac” means a street enlarged at its terminus which provides adequate turning radius for vehicles. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.246 Dairy.

“Dairy” means any premises where three or more cows or goats or combination thereof equaling three or more are kept or maintained for the purposes of producing milk or milk products. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.248 Day care center.

“Day care center” means any child day care facility other than a family day care home, and includes infant centers, preschools, and extended day care facilities. (Ord. 712 § 3, 1992)

20.30.250 Decibel (dB).

The “decibel” is one-tenth of a bel. Thus, the “decibel” is a unit of level when the base of the logarithm is the tenth root of ten, and the quantities concerned are proportional to power. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.254 Density.

“Density” means the number of dwelling units that may be constructed per net acre, per square foot of net lot area, or other specified unit of area. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.258 Dental clinics.

See Section 20.30.198, Clinic. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.262 Design review committee.

“Design review committee” means the same as architectural review committee. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.266 Design, architectural.

“Architectural design” means the overall function and appearance of a building or structure including, but not limited to, consideration of construction plans, elevations, perspectives, and other renderings in terms of the harmony of function and appearance with respect to intended uses and surrounding structures, landscaping, and land uses, and topography.

“Architectural design” may mean or refer to the proportions, finish, shape, height, color scheme, style, theme, and appropriateness of any structure or building, as well as the type of walls, roofs, and architectural features thereon. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.270 Development area.

“Development area” means the property within a specific area development plan. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.274 Development code.

“Development code” means the same as city development code. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.278 Development map.

See Section 20.01.030. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.282 Development plan.

“Development plan” means the regulations, criteria, standards, map and plans, etc. contained in or adopted pursuant to Title 22 of this code. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.284 Disabled person.

“Disabled person” means any person who has a medical, physical, or mental condition, disorder or disability, as defined in the California Government Code, that substantially limits one or more major life activities. (Ord. 916 § 1, 2006)

20.30.286 Discontinuance.

“Discontinuance” means the cessation of an occupancy or the operations of a use or any positive act indicating such intent. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.290 District.

“District” means the same as development area or a land use zone. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.294 Drive-in restaurants.

“Drive-in restaurants” mean any commercial establishment serving food and/or beverages and which provides for or encourages purchase or consumption of food and/or beverages in automobiles, whether such intended consumption is in automobiles located on or off the premises. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.298 Driveway.

“Driveway” means an accessway providing a link between a street or alley and one or more off-street parking spaces. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.302 Dwelling.

“Dwelling” means any building or portion thereof containing two or more dwelling units. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.314 Dwelling unit.

“Dwelling unit” means one room, or suite of two or more rooms, designed for or used by one family for living, and sleeping purposes and having only one kitchen or kitchenette. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.318 Dwelling unit density.

“Dwelling unit density” means the same as density. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.322 Easement.

“Easement” means an area on a lot or parcel of land, and so indicated on a subdivision map or in a deed restriction or other recorded document, reserved for or used for a party other than the fee owner of the lot or parcel. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.326 Environmental performance standards.

See Chapter 22.80. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.330 Equestrian trail.

“Equestrian trail” means an area designed for equestrian use on the general plan of the city. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.334 Family.

“Family” means a person or persons, related by blood, marriage, or adoption, living together as a single housekeeping unit or a group of no more than three unrelated adults, including any minor children under the legal custody of one or more such persons. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.338 Fence or wall height.

“Fence or wall height” means, unless otherwise specified, the vertical distance between the top of the fence or wall and the highest ground level adjoining the fence or wall. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.340 Family day care home.

“Family day care home” means a home which regularly provides care, protection and supervision of twelve or fewer children, in the provider’s own home, for periods of less than twenty-four hours per day, while the parents or guardians are away, and includes the following:

(a) “Large family day care home” which means a home that provides family day care for seven to twelve children, inclusive, including children under the age of ten years who reside at the residential dwelling;

(b) “Small family day care home” which means a home that provides family day care to six or fewer children, including children under the age of ten years who reside at the residential dwelling. (Ord. 712 § 4, 1992)

20.30.342 Flammable gas.

“Flammable gas” means any gas having a flammability range greater than one percent by volume with air. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.346 Flammable liquid.

“Flammable liquid” means any liquid having a flash point between one hundred forty degrees Fahrenheit and a vapor pressure not greater than forty PSI absolute at one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.350 Floor area.

“Floor area” means the same as gross floor area unless otherwise specified. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.354 Floor area, gross.

“Gross floor area” means the floor area of the ground floor and any additional floors or basements of a building that extend beyond a height of three feet above exterior finished grade. Measurements shall be taken from the exterior faces of walls or sides, including patios, porches, and balconies that are enclosed, but not including the areas of open inner courts or shaft enclosures. For any residential use, gross floor area shall not include garages, carports, attics, roofed terraces, breezeways, basements that do not extend beyond a height of three feet above exterior finished grade, or any patios, porches or balconies that are open-sided. (Ord. 868 § 2, 2003: Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.358 Floor area ratio.

“Floor area ratio” means a numerical value obtained by dividing the total gross floor area of all buildings on a lot, plus the floor areas of garages and accessory structures with solid covers, by the lot area. (Ord. 868 § 3, 2003: Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.362 Foot candle.

“Foot candle” means a unit of illumination equal to the light flux which falls on a one square foot area one foot distant from a light source of one candle power. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.366 Freeway.

“Freeway” means a high-speed, high capacity limited access highway including interchange roadways, access ramps and all related rights-of-way. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.370 Frontage.

“Frontage” means the same as street frontage. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.372 Game arcade.

“Game arcade” means a commercial recreation use where the operation of the amusement game is the main use as defined in Section 20.30.538. (Ord. 601 § 2, 1982)

20.30.373 Garage sale.

“Garage sale” means the sale of primarily used personal household goods and property from a garage or yard area; and may also be referred to as a “yard sale” or a “rummage sale.” (Ord. 737 § 1, 1994)

20.30.374 General plan.

See Chapter 21.10. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.378 Grade.

“Grade” means the lowest point of elevation of the finished surface of the ground between the exterior wall of a building and a point five feet distant from said wall, or the lowest point of elevation of the finished surface of the ground between the exterior wall of a building and the property line if it is less than five feet distant from said wall. In case walls are parallel to and within five feet of a public sidewalk, alley or other public way, the grade shall be the elevation of the sidewalk, alley, or public way. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.382 Grading.

“Grading” means the movement of earth, usually resulting in changes in the configuration of the land surface. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.386 Greenbelt.

“Greenbelt” means a linear, landscaped open space. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.390 Health studio.

“Health studio” means a facility designed and operated to provide physical exercise and other activities for physical fitness and weight reduction purposes, but not including nursing care or overnight facilities. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.394 Height.

See building or structure height and fence or wall height. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.398 Highway.

See Section 20.30.118, Arterial street. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.402 Highway, major or primary.

“Major or primary highway” means a highway designated a major highway on the general plan of the city. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.406 Highway, secondary.

“Secondary highway” means a highway designated a secondary highway on the general plan of the city. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.410 Home occupations.

See Section 22.40.240. (Ord. 770 § 3(f), 1996: Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.414 Hospitals.

“Hospital” means an establishment which provides accommodations, facilities and services over a continuous period of twenty-four hours or more, for observation, diagnosis, and care, of two or more individuals, not related by blood or marriage to the operator, who are suffering from illness, injury, deformity, or abnormality, or from any condition requiring obstetrical, medical, mental or surgical services. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.418 Hotel or motel.

“Hotel” or “motel” means a building containing rooms which are occupied for sleeping purposes by guests for compensation, and where no provision is made for cooking in any guest room or suite. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.422 Household pet.

See Section 22.40.210. (Ord. 770 § 3(b) (part), 1996; Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.426 Illustrative plan.

“Illustrative plan” means a concept of a desirable implementation of the objectives, policies, and standards of an area development plan and other elements as included in Section 22.10.100. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.430 Impact insulation class.

“Impact insulation class” means a standard of impact noise measurement as determined according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development publication, “A Guide to Airborne, Impact, and Structure Borne Noise Control in Multi-Family Dwellings.” (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.434 Impact noise.

“Impact noise” means a sound of short duration such as that from a hammer or punch press. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.438 Incidental use.

“Incidental use” means the same as accessory use. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.442 Industrial area.

“Industrial area” means any area either in industrial use or planned for industrial use, by such designation on the general plan, an area development plan, or a land use zone. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.446 Interior street.

“Interior street” means a street within, rather than on the periphery of a tract, neighborhood, unit of development, commercial area, industrial area, or other planning unit. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.450 Interior lot.

“Interior lot” means a lot other than a corner or reversed corner lot. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.454 Kennels.

See Section 20.30.082, Animal kennels or boarding. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.458 Kitchen.

“Kitchen” means any room or any portion of a dwelling unit, whether an enclosing subdivision thereof or otherwise, used or intended or designed to be used for cooking and preparing food, except a light housekeeping room or that portion of a recreation room in a multiple residential use, or in an accessory building appurtenant thereto, containing facilities for the cooking and preparation of food. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.462 Land use.

“Land use” means the same as use. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.466 Land use zone or zoning.

“Land use zone” or “zoning” means the designation of an area by zoning classification as shown on the development map, wherein such designation subjects all property within each classification to regulations concerning the use and development of land as contained within the chapter of this code pertaining to such classification (Chapters 22.21 through 22.29). (See Chapter 22.20 concerning land use zones in general.) (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.470 Landscaping.

“Landscaping” means the installation and maintenance of some combination of organic plant material which includes trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, annuals, perennials and lawns; and in addition, the combination or design may include non-organic plant material, earth mounds, and other acceptable ornamental horticultural features. Structural features may include but are not limited to fountains, walkways, arbors, walls, fences and benches. Landscape design accessories such as decorative bark, volcanic rock, decomposed aggregate, pea gravel, or similar non-organic material can be used to accent the organic plant material but not as the predominant landscape feature. The use of materials such as silk plants, plastic trees, and shrubs is prohibited. (Ord. 1003 § 2, 2016: Ord. 885 § 1, 2004: Ord. 737 § 2, 1994: Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.472 Large collection facility.

“Large collection facility” means a recycling facility that occupies an area of more than five hundred square feet and buys or accepts recyclable materials from the public. (Ord. 682 § 2 (part), 1989)

20.30.474 Loading and unloading area.

“Loading and unloading area” means an off-street space or berth on the same lot with a main building, or contiguous to a group of buildings for the temporary parking of commercial vehicles while loading or unloading, and which has access from a street, alley or other permanent means of ingress and egress. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.478 Local street.

“Local street” means a street other than an arterial or collector street, the primary purpose of which is to provide access to abutting properties. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.482 Lot.

“Lot” means:

(a) A parcel of real property with a separate and distinct number or other designation shown on a plat recorded in the office of the county recorder as part of an approved subdivision; or

(b) A parcel of real property delineated on a record of survey, lot split or parcel map approved by the city, or

(c) A parcel of real property abutting at least one public street or right-of-way created pursuant to the city’s subdivision ordinance is created legally in the county prior to incorporation. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.486 Lot of record.

“Lot of record” means a lot which is part of a subdivision recorded in the office of the county recorder or a lot or parcel described by metes and bounds, the description of which has been so recorded. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.490 Lot, corner.

“Corner lot” means a lot located at the intersection or interception of two or more streets at an angle of not more than one hundred thirty-five degrees. If the angle is greater than one hundred thirty-five degrees, the lot shall be considered an interior lot. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.494 Lot coverage.

See Section 20.30.154, Building coverage. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.498 Lot depth.

“Lot depth” means the distance between the mid-point of the front lot line and the mid-point of the rear lot line, providing that for a corner lot such line shall be drawn along the largest horizontal axis thereof. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.502 Lot, interior.

“Interior lot” means a lot other than a corner lot or reversed corner lot. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.506 Lot, key.

“Key lot” means a lot, the side line of which adjoins the rear line of one or more adjoining lots. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.510 Lot line.

“Lot line” means any line bounding a lot as herein defined. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.514 Lot line, front.

On an interior lot, the “front lot line” is the property line abutting the street except in those cases where the latest tract deed restrictions specify another line as the front lot line. On a corner or reversed corner lot, the “front lot line” is the shorter property line abutting a street. On a through lot or a lot with three or more sides abutting a street, or a corner or reversed corner lot, with lot lines of equal length, the director of community development shall determine which property line shall be the front lot line, for purposes of compliance with yard and setback provisions of this code. (Ord. 770 § 1 (part), 1996; Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.518 Lot line, interior.

“Interior lot line” means a lot line not abutting a street. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.522 Lot line, rear.

“Rear lot line” means a lot line not intersecting a front lot line that is the greatest distance from and the most closely parallel to the front property line. If the side property lines of a lot meet, the rear property line shall be a line not less than ten feet long, Lying within the lot and parallel to the front property line. In the event that the front property line is curved, then the rear property line shall be a line not less than ten feet long, lying within the lot and parallel to a line tangent to the front property line at its midpoint. The final determination of the rear property line shall be subject to the interpretation of the director of community development. (Ord. 737 § 3, 1994: Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.526 Lot line, side.

“Side lot line” means any lot line not a front lot line or rear lot line. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.530 Lot, reversed corner.

“Reversed corner lot” means a corner lot, the side street of which is substantially a continuation of the front lot line of the first lot to its rear. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.534 Main building or structure.

“Main building or structure” means a building or structure in which is conducted a main use of the lot or parcel of land upon which it is situated. In a residential or agricultural zone any dwelling shall be deemed to be a main building upon the lot or parcel of land on which it is situated. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.538 Main use.

“Main use” means any use of a building, structure, or land which is not clearly and entirely incidental and accessory to some other use on the same parcel or unit of development. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.542 Median.

“Median” means a strip of land within a street or highway which separates two traveled roadways and is not intended to be used as part of a roadway. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.544 Mobile recycling unit.

“Mobile recycling unit” means an automobile, truck, trailer or van, licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles, which is used for the collection of recyclable materials. A mobile recycling unit also means the bins, boxes or containers transported by trucks, vans or trailers used for the collection of recyclable materials. (Ord. 682 § 2 (part), 1989)

20.30.546 Mound.

“Mound” means a raised embankment of earth intended as a landscape feature and/or to screen an area from sight or sound. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.550 Medical clinic.

See Section 20.30.198, Clinic. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.554 Motel.

“Motel” means the same as hotel. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.558 Nonconforming building or structure.

“Nonconforming building or structure” means a building or structure or portion thereof which was lawful when established but which does not conform to regulations subsequently established. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.562 Nonconforming performance.

“Nonconforming performance” means any lawfully established operation not meeting the environmental performance standards and other applicable performance standards. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.566 Nonconforming signs.

“Nonconforming signs” mean any lawfully established sign which does not conform to regulations subsequently established. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.570 Nonconforming use.

“Nonconforming use” means a use of a building, structure, or land which was lawful when established but which does not conform to regulations subsequently established. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.574 Nonconformity.

“Nonconformity” means a condition or circumstance which results in a nonconforming use, building, structure, sign, or performance. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.578 Nursery school.

“Nursery school” means the same as child day care center. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.582 Nursing home.

“Nursing home” means the same as convalescent home. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.586 Odor threshold.

“Odor threshold” means the lowest concentration of odorous matter that produces an olfactory response in normal human beings, as defined by the American Society for Testing Materials (dilution method). (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.590 Off-street parking area, lot or facility.

“Off-street parking area, lot or facility” means an approved site or portion of a site devoted to the parking of vehicles, including parking spaces, aisles, access drives and landscaped areas. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.594 Open area or space.

“Open area or space” means that portion of a parcel or unit of development not covered by buildings or structures. See common area, greenbelt, and yard. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.598 Parcel.

“Parcel” means any contiguous area of land in the possession of, or owned by, or recorded as the property of, the same claimant or person. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.602 Parking area, lot or facility.

See Section 20.30.590, Off-street parking areas, lot, or facility. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.606 Parking space.

“Parking space” means a permanently surfaced area of not less than one hundred eighty square feet excluding driveways or access drives, either within a structure or in the open for the parking of a motor vehicle. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.610 Parkway.

“Parkway” means a portion of a street or highway right-of-way between the back of the curb and the right-of-way line and which is not intended to be used as part of the roadway. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.614 Patio structure.

“Patio structure” means an attached roofed structure open on one or more sides, whose principal use shall be for indoor-outdoor living and recreation. See Section 22.22.700 (18). (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.618 Peripheral walls or fences.

“Peripheral walls or fences” mean walls or fences along the outer boundaries of a tract or unit of development, but not including walls or fences between lots or sites within a tract or unit of development. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.622 Pet.

See Section 20.30.422, Household pet. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.626 Premises.

“Premises” means land, building, structures, and facilities associated with a use. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.630 Property line.

“Property line” means a line separating parcels of real property having separate legal descriptions. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.634 Precise plans.

“Precise plans” mean a plan for the development of land as provided for in Title 23. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.638 Primary highway.

“Primary highway” means the same as major highway. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.642 Private street.

“Private street” means any parcel of land not dedicated as a public right-of-way, but used or intended to be used for ingress and egress from a lot or lots which may or may not have frontage on a public street. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.643 Recreational vehicle.

“Recreational vehicle” means a vehicular-type portable structure, without a permanent foundation, that can be towed, hauled or driven and primarily designed for recreational, camping and travel use and including, but not limited to, travel trailers, truck campers, camping trailers, boats and self-propelled motor homes. (Ord. 737 § 4, 1994)

20.30.644 Recyclable material.

“Recyclable material” means any reusable material including but not limited to, metals, glass, plastic and paper, which are intended for reuse, remanufacture or reconstitution for the purpose of using the altered form. Recyclable material may include used motor oil that is collected and transported in accordance with Section 25250.11 and 25243.2 (b) (4) of the California Health and Safety Code. (Ord. 737 § 5, 1994: Ord. 682 § 2 (part), 1989)

20.30.645 Recyclable material processing facility.

“Recyclable material processing facility” means a building or enclosed space that is used for the collection and processing of recyclable materials. Processing means the preparation of material for efficient shipment or to an end-user’s specifications including but not limited to, baling, briquetting, compacting, flattening, grinding, crushing, mechanical sorting, shredding, cleaning and remanufacturing. Recyclable material processing facilities shall not shred, compact or bale ferrous metals other than food and beverage containers and shall not include wrecking, salvage and storage of automobile parts. Certified processing facility shall mean a facility, certified by the Department of Conservation, which purchases at least one container type from recycling centers and ships the containers directly to their end-user or physically processes them in a prescribed and recognizable manner so that they cannot be re-redeemed. (Ord. 737 § 6, 1994: Ord. 682 § 2 (part), 1989)

20.30.646 Recycling facility.

“Recycling facility” means a center for the collection and/or processing of recyclable materials. A certified recycling facility is an operation which is certified by the Department of Conservation as meeting the requirements of the Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act of 1986 by accepting containers from customers, and paying the redemption bonus for all types of empty beverage containers intended to be recycled. (Ord. 737 § 7, 1994: Ord. 682 § 2 (part), 1989)

20.30.648 Reasonable accommodation.

“Reasonable accommodation” means any reasonable, necessary and feasible modification from the City’s municipal code to provide a disabled person an equal opportunity to access their residential dwelling unit and/or place of business. (Ord. 916 § 2, 2006)

20.30.650 Residential area.

“Residential area” means any area either in residential use or planned for residential use, by such designation in the general plan, an area development plan, or by land use zoning. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.654 Rest home.

“Rest home” means the same as convalescent home. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.656 Reverse vending machine.

“Reverse vending machine” means an automated mechanical device which accepts at least one or more types of empty beverage containers including but not limited to, aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles, and issues a cash refund or a redeemable credit slip with a value not less than the container’s redemption value as determined by the state. (Ord. 682 § 2 (part), 1989)

20.30.658 Room.

“Room” means an unsubdivided portion of the interior of a dwelling excluding bathrooms, closets, hallways, and service porches. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.662 Salvage operation.

See Section 20.30.746, Wrecking or salvage operations. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.666 Service station.

“Service station” means the same as automobile service station. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.670 Setback.

See Section 20.30.166, Building setback; Section 20.30.754, Yard, front; Section 20.30.762, Yard, side; Section 20.30.758, Yard, rear. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.673 Short-term rental.

“Short-term rental” means the rental or lease of any residential dwelling unit, or any portion thereof, including, but not limited to, vacation rentals or home sharing activities, for transient use of thirty-one consecutive calendar days or less in any residential zone. City approved and permitted hotels shall not be considered a short-term rental.

(a) “Vacation rental” means the rental or lease of any residential dwelling unit, or any portion thereof, to any individual or individuals for transient use for a term of thirty-one consecutive calendar days or less.

(b) “Home sharing” means an owner-occupied residential dwelling unit whereby the residential dwelling unit owner rents, leases, or hosts any individual or individuals in their privately owned dwelling unit, for compensation, for a term of thirty-one consecutive calendar days or less, while at least one of the dwelling unit’s primary owners lives on site, in the dwelling unit, throughout the stay. (Ord. 1005 § 2, 2016)

20.30.674 Signs.

For definitions relating to signs, see Section 22.48.200. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.676 Small collection facilities.

“Small collection facilities” means a recycling facility that occupies an area of not more than five hundred square feet and may include a mobile unit, bulk reverse vending machines or a grouping of four or more reverse vending machines and kiosk type units which may include permanent structures. (Ord. 682 § 2 (part), 1989)

20.30.678 Smoke.

“Smoke” means small gasborne particles other than water that form a visible plume in air. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.682 Sound level meter.

“Sound level meter” means an electronic instrument which includes a microphone, amplifier, and output meter which measures sound pressure levels in a specified manner. It may be used with the octaveband analyzer. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.686 Sound pressure level.

“Sound pressure level” means the sound pressure level, in decibels, of a sound is twenty times the logarithm to the base ten of the ratio of the pressure of this sound to the reference pressure. The reference pressure shall be explicitly stated. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.690 Sound transmission.

“Sound transmission” means the travel or propagation of sound into a room by any paths direct or indirect, from a sound source outside the room. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.694 Story.

“Story” is that portion of a building included between the upper surface of any floor and upper surface of the floor next above. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.698 Sound transmission class.

“Sound transmission class” means a standard of noise transmission determined in accordance with the American Society For Testing and Materials publication E.336-67T A.S.T.M., “Tentative Recommended Practice for Measurement of Airborne Sound Insulation in Buildings”. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.702 Specimen tree.

“Specimen tree” means a tree of at least twenty-inch box size. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.706 Storage area.

“Storage area” means an area used or intended for the storage of materials, equipment, refuse, or vehicles, not in service; not including parking area. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.710 Street frontage.

“Street frontage” means the length of a front lot line. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.714 Swimming pools.

“Swimming pool” means a body of water twenty-four inches deep or deeper at any point which is designed, used, or intended to be used for swimming or wading. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.718 Truck terminal.

“Truck terminal” means premises used for the parking, servicing, repairing, or storage including the storage for rental or leasing purposes, of any truck except where such use is incidental to a permitted use, servicing, only said permitted use, and wholly owned by the owners of the permitted use. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.722 Unit of development.

“Unit of development” means the same as parcel. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.726 Use.

“Use” means the activity for which land or structures are arranged, designed, or intended or for which they are occupied or maintained. “Use” includes construction, establishment, maintenance, alteration, moving onto, enlargement, operation, and occupation. No premises shall be used for any activity or purpose, except as permitted by or under this code and no premises and building, structure, or improvement on such premises shall be used, occupied, altered, or improved for any other activity or purpose, and no building, structure, or improvement on such premises shall be erected, constructed, established, maintained, allowed to remain, altered, moved onto, or enlarged which is designed, or intended to be occupied or used for any other activity or purpose than permitted by or under this code. See Section 20.30.034, Accessory use, Section 20.30.538, Main Use, and Section 20.30.222, Conditional use. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.730 Variance.

“Variance” means a waiver of specific regulations imposed by or under Title 22 of this code and granted by the city in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 23.20, for the purpose of assuring that no property, because of special circumstances applicable to it, shall be unreasonably deprived of privileges commonly enjoyed by other properties in the same land use zone or development area. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.734 Veterinary clinic.

See Section 20.30.198, Clinic. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.738 Vibration.

“Vibration” means the periodic displacement or oscillation of the earth. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.742 Wall height.

“Wall height” means the same as fence height. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.746 Wrecking or salvage operations.

“Wrecking or salvage operations” mean any operation or the use of any portion of a lot, for the dismantling of machinery or for the storage or keeping for sales of parts, and equipment resulting from such dismantling or wrecking, or for the storage or keeping of junk, including scrap metals or other scrap materials. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.750 Yard.

“Yard” means an open space on a lot or parcel of land, unoccupied and unobstructed from the ground upward, except for encroachments provided for in this code. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.754 Yard, front.

“Front yard” means a yard extending across the full width of a lot or parcel of land and extending from the front lot line to the entire actual front building line including building offsets covered with a roof extension. (Ord. 737 § 8, 1994: Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.758 Yard, rear.

“Rear yard” means a yard which extends across the full width of the lot or parcel of land between the rear lot line and a line thirty feet from the rear lot line, including any area covered by an allowed encroachment. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.762 Yard, side.

“Side yard” means a yard between a main building and the side lot line, extending from the front yard to the rear yard. The width of the required side yard shall be measured horizontally from the nearest point of the side lot line toward the nearest point on the side lot line toward the nearest part of the main building. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.766 Zone.

“Zone” means the same as land use zone. (Ord. 429 (part), 1973)

20.30.770 Public and private auctions.

“Public and private auctions” means auctions that are held for the purposes of selling private property or property seized by the government. This definition does not apply to auctions conducted by nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and where the proceeds of the sales of private property are donated to nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations. (Ord. 827 § 11, 2001)