Division I. General Provisions

Chapter 15.100


15.100.010    How to use this code.

15.100.010 How to use this code.

This code has been designed and written to make it as easy to use as possible. Below is a simple step by step procedure for helping property owners determine what can be built on their property, what the applicable standards are, and how to obtain necessary permits. To assist in understanding the code, all words that are italicized are defined in Chapter 15.130 ECC in alphabetical order.1

Step 1: What zoning district am I located in?

•    See zoning map

Step 2: What type of development can I do on my property?

•    See Division III, which addresses permitted uses and density/dimensional standards.

Step 3: What design provisions apply?

•    First, see Division IV, which addresses standards for larger scale community design elements such as subdivisions (if applicable) and streetscape design (for streets adjacent to and/or within property).

•    Second, see Division V, for individual project design provisions. For nonresidential and multifamily projects, most of the chapters in this division apply (such as site orientation standards, site planning and design elements, and building design). For detached single-family uses, there are special standards in Chapter 15.540 ECC. Plus, some specialized site development issues warrant their own chapter including off-street parking (Chapter 15.550 ECC), landscaping (Chapter 15.570 ECC), and outdoor lighting (Chapter 15.580 ECC). It is also important to read the applicability sections at the beginning of each chapter in Division V.

Step 4: Are there designated “critical areas” on my property?

•    First, see Division VI for provisions related to the particular type of critical area (such as wetlands or geologically hazardous areas); and

•    Second, check with the community development department to determine if there are any “critical areas” on your property.

Step 5: How do I get a permit to develop?

•    First, see Division II for permits, legislative actions, and procedures provisions.

•    Second, determine what “type” of review process applies for the particular development by reviewing ECC 15.210.050.

•    Third, review the requirements for each permit type starting with ECC 15.210.040, then looking at Chapter 15.220 ECC for the actual procedures for each “type” of review process.

•    Other chapters in Division II address specialized standards/procedures for subdivisions, environmental review, nonconforming structures or uses, and code enforcement. [Ord. 4656 § 1 (Exh. O2), 2013.]


Code reviser’s note: The italicization of defined terms applies to the online code only.