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1. Download your application and have it completed before you come to see us. The application and other helpful documents can be viewed and downloaded from the Building & Safety web pages.2. Know who you need to see. Most construction projects require the approval of the Planning Division as well as the Building & Safety Division. Exceptions include minor permits (residential plumbing, mechanical, and electrical work) and interior remodels for residential structures.3. Know what it is you want to build. (Is it a patio cover, gazebo, block wall, room addition, or? Is the structure new or is it replacing an existing structure? What size is it? How tall is it? Where on the property do you want to build it? What other structures exist on the property, and where are they located on the property?)4. Ask for help. Sometimes a project is just too big for you to handle on your own. Don't be afraid to seek help from a professional who has done this before. It can save you time, money, and a lot of headache in the long run.5. Make sure that you do your research. A check list entitled “Before You Start…” will help you identify common concerns. (Checklist attached or web???)6. If available, bring pictures of your property in with you when you come to the counter. Pictures can help you explain your project and make sure that you receive accurate answers. (Guidelines for photographing your project are attached or web?)7. Bring the correct number of copies with you: 7 copies of the drawings and 2 copies of all supporting documents. Handouts that explain what documentation is needed to submit for plan check can be viewed and downloaded from the Building & Safety web pages. 8. In addition to the plans and other supporting documentation that you submit to Building & Safety, many projects will require additional separate submittals to Fire, Landscape, and/or Engineering. (A few examples of these separate submittals are landscape plans, automatic-fire sprinkler systems, public improvement plans, etc.)9. Visit the counter in the morning. Afternoon wait times tend to be longer. 10. If you are going to obtain the permit as an owner/builder you will need to bring in proof of property ownership. A copy of the Deed of Trust is recommended. If you are not a State licensed contractor and you are not the property owner, you will need to bring in an Owner Builder Verification form that has been completed and fully executed. The Owner Builder Verification form can be downloaded from the Building & Safety web pages Building & Safety Document Library
• Foundation Slab on Grade or Raised Floor- To be scheduled after all excavations for footings are complete, concrete forms and required reinforcing steel and hardware are in place, and any under floor plumbing and electrical is done and under test.
• Girder and/or Under-Floor Inspection (raised floor only) To be scheduled after all under-floor framing, plumbing, HVAC, and wiring are complete and prior to the installation of the insulation.
• Under-floor Insulation (raised floor only) To be scheduled after the floor insulation is installed but prior to installation of the sub-floor.
• Shear and Roof-Deck Nail To be scheduled after roof sheathing is complete, structural wall panels and any associated hardware are in place and windows are installed.
• Framing (above floor) To be scheduled after all framing, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC are in place and the building is weather tight with roof, lath, and/or siding in place.
• Lathing To be approved prior to stucco application.
• Insulation To be scheduled after insulation has been installed and prior to dry wall covering.
• Final To be scheduled after the building is complete, finish grading is done and the structure is ready for occupancy.
Once these two processes have been reconciled, the recommended CIP budget for the next fiscal year is presented by the City Manager to the City Council for their review, consideration, and ultimate approval. Throughout this entire process, several key factors are used in prioritizing and preparing the proposed budget and revised plan to the City Council including:
Reservations that are not paid two-weeks prior to the rental date may be subject to cancellation.
City guards will be arranged by the Community Services Department.
If alcohol is served, only beer, champagne, and/or wine with alcohol content of 20% or lower may be served, and it has to be served by a licensed bartender.
Category OneActivities organized and/or sponsored by the City of Fontana.
Category TwoFontana nonprofit civic groups, clubs, organizations, and/or government agencies (proof of federal nonprofit status is required)
Category ThreeWeddings, receptions, private parties, and church events for Fontana residents
Category FourCommercial-sponsored events and uses by businesses, groups, associations, unions, or individuals for any type of profit-making activity or event (also applies to use by non-residents)
2. Identify ways that environmental damage can be avoided or significantly reduced; 3. Require changes in projects through the use of alternatives or mitigation measures when feasible;
4. Disclose to the public the reasons why a project was approved if significant environmental effects are involved;
5. Encourage early coordination among agencies in reviewing projects; and, 6. Provide better opportunity for public participation. The analysis of a project required by CEQA usually takes the form of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Negative Declaration (ND), or Environmental Assessment (EA).
If your business is interested in getting involved with Healthy Fontana as either a sponsor or a program partner, please visit the "Contact Us" section of this website.
If your business is interested in an employee wellness program, please contact Healthy Fontana to set up an appointment for a presentation. Call our hot line at (909) 350-6542. Contact Us
Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center has also awarded Healthy Fontana with various grants. Through their support and funding, Healthy Fontana has been able to offer residents numerous outreach and education opportunities including:
You can also call the Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 909-350-7640. www.fontana.org
From time to time, an applicant will propose a change in land use to the General Plan. These changes are called “General Plan Amendments.”
The General Plan was adopted only after extensive study and public hearings by the Planning Commission and the City Council. Any change in the General Plan must also go through the same process of study, review and public hearings.
Some areas of the City develop under more focused regulatory guidance. Although consistent with the City’s General Plan, these areas are regulated under adopted “Specific Plans.” There are 27 Specific Plans located in the City of Fontana, of which, most are residential in character. Like the General Plan, specific plans are adopted only after extensive study and public hearings by the Planning Commission and the City Council. Changes proposed to a specific plan are requested through a “Specific Plan Amendment” that also must go through the same process of study, review, and public hearings.
Prior to filing for either a General Plan Amendment or Specific Plan Amendment, Fontana Municipal Code (FMC) Sections 30-83.1 and 30-62(g) requires a “Pre-Application” conference with City staff. Please call the Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 909-350-7640 for more information.
You may also request the Planning Case Fee Schedule by contacting the Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 909-350-7640. www.fontana.org
Prior to filing for a Zone Change Application, Fontana Municipal Code (FMC) Sections 30-38.1 requires a “Pre-Application” conference with City staff. Please call the Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 909-350-7640 for more information.
Variances are not granted without serious deliberation. When deciding to grant a variance, decision-makers (either the Director of Community Development, for a “Minor Variance,” or the Planning Commission) must make written findings explaining why a variance is, or is not, justified. These explanations must be backed up with facts that also become part of the written record of the decision. Financial hardship, community benefit, or the worthiness of the project is not a consideration. Also, a property owner cannot be granted a variance simply because they do not want to comply with a particular development standard.
Additionally, a variance cannot be used to allow a land use that is not otherwise allowed in the zoning district that the property is located.
Prior to filing for a Variance, Fontana Municipal Code (FMC) Section 30-52.1 requires a “Pre-Application” conference with City staff. Please call the Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 909-350-7640 for more information.
There are several ways to subdivide a property depending upon the type of land use (residential, or commercial and industrial) and the total number of lots desired. Typically, for residential lots, subdividing four or less lots requires approval of a “Tentative Parcel Map” application. Subdividing four or more lots requires approval of a “Tentative Tract Map” application. The requirements for commercial and industrial zoned lots are slightly different, although the process is the same. Both maps require approval of the Planning Commission at a public hearing.
These applications are necessary to ensure that the public infrastructure (sidewalks, streets, intersections, public landscaping) is installed properly and can support the proposed development work.
FMC Chapter’s 26 (Subdivisions) and 30 (Zoning and Development) govern the subdivision of property in the City of Fontana.