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Each department submits its budget request to the Finance Department, which then goes through the review process with the City Manager, Director of Finance, and each Department Head. In May, the City Manager submits the proposed budget to the City Council for review.
Budget workshops are held every other year, over a two-day period, which allows Del Mar residents to provide input and be involved in the budget process.
The blower is also very hazardous to the operator. It blows animal droppings, pollens, gasoline remnants and other toxic materials into the air. There are no restrictions on other gas or electric powered tools.
For additional information regarding applying for and obtaining a City of Del Mar Business License, please refer to the links below or contact the City of Del Mar Finance Department at (858) 755-9354. Business License Information
Elsewhere, in the City of Del Mar, if you are to walk or otherwise bring a dog to a public or private property (where dogs are permitted), you must restrain the dog by a hand held leash (not longer than 6 feet in length).
You may also fill out a Citizens' Complaint Form and have the matter referred to Code Enforcement. The complaint form must be signed and it will be kept confidential.
Enclosed public places - such as stores, restaurants, churches and offices open to the publicPlaces of employmentParks, beaches and seawalls and their street sidewalks, stairs and cul-de-sacsTaxi Cabs operating in Del MarChild Care facilitiesAll sidewalks and those segments of any street lined with a sidewalkAll portions of outdoor seating areas of any bar or restaurant and within reasonable distance of those seating areas, including: adjacent sidewalks and/or streets and roadsAll public plazas and public and semi-public spaces identified in an approved Specific PlanAll outdoor arenas, stadiums, and amphitheaters; including their bleachers and grandstandsAll public transportation station facilities; such as train stations and bus sheltersAny property zoned as Public Facility (PF)
(*To get help to determine the approximate location of the public right-of-way [Public/Private edge], contact the Planning Department at (858) 755-9313.)
If the trunk of the subject tree is: 1) within 12 feet from the exterior wall of a residence; 2) within 12 feet of another protected tree; 3) less than 20 inches in circumference when measured at 24 inches above the ground; or 4) an immediate threat to public health and safety, then it may be exempt from the permit requirement. If one of these four circumstances applies, then the property owner would complete a Notice of Intent form, attach a simple plot plan and indicate which exemption applies. The exemption would then be verified by Staff via a visit to the site and signed-off as exempt.
With these factors in mind, the easiest route to gain DRB approval generally involves meetings with staff for guidance on design and zoning issues, along with visits with surrounding residents to determine the character of a neighborhood and assesses potential impacts.
The DRB reviews the project at a noticed public hearing at which time the applicant and other interested parties may address the DRB. The DRB then determines whether the project meets the Design Review Ordinance (DRO) standards and whether to approve the project, usually with conditions; deny the project; or continue the application to a subsequent hearing to gain additional information or to allow the applicant to respond to concerns that may have been raised by Board members or the public.
Once the City’s Design Review Board approves a project, the applicant (usually the architect) prepares a more detailed set of “working” drawings for submittal to the Building Department for plan check review and ultimately receipt of building permits. The review and issuance of building permits is actually done by EsGil Corporation, which, as stated above, serves under contract as the City’s Building Department and operates out of offices at Solana Beach City Hall. City staff will also review the detailed “working” drawings, and issue an Authorization Form stating that the plans can be submitted for building permits.
City of Solana Beach Building ServicesMonday-Thursday 1:30 to 5:30pm and Friday 1:30 to 5pm (closed alternate Fridays) Solana Beach Building Permit Counter: 858-720-4450635 S. Highway 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075 Title 23.08 - Del Mar Municipal Code
While the language of the standards is broad, when the Design Review members use the Ordinance, they make specific, detailed findings to tie the standards to the particular project proposed.
The use of the DRO has played a large role in protecting the community character of Del Mar.
While you are not precluded from waiting until the DRB meeting to express your concerns, we have found the process to be more effective when staff and the project architect are aware of potential objections ahead of the public hearing. This also allows the DRB members an opportunity to review your objection at the project site before the meeting.
If your objection involves the potential for view blockage, additional information is available in a handout found at the Planning Department counter at City Hall. The handout will help you more clearly identify and document your objections for the DRB.
The steps involved in submittal of plans for Planning Commission review and the review process itself are roughly the same as that described above for the Design Review Board.
Fires, however, are only some of the emergencies to which the Del Mar Fire Department responds. Seventy percent of the Fire Department’s emergency responses are, in fact, calls for medical aid, including illness/accidents at home and work, injuries resulting from vehicle accidents and other medical trauma in Del Mar. Other calls for emergency response involve hazardous materials releases, response to fire alarms and other calls for public assistance.
Firefighters also spend quite a bit of time maintaining equipment, doing routine public safety inspections for businesses, training for all types of emergency responses and filling out the reports and paperwork associated with these activities.
Are remodeled in excess of 50% of the building’s valuationHave limited Fire Department accessBy square footage exceed the available fire flow required.
In most cases, however, the design review occurs at a public hearing before the City’s Design Review Board (DRB). After going through the design review approval process, construction drawings can be submitted to the Building Department and the project will undergo a plan check prior to the issuance of building permits. EsGil Corporation, which is under contract with the City to provide traditional building department services, requires an authorization form from the Planning Department requesting that the Building Department perform a plan check. The form is then taken to the Building Counter at the City of Solana Beach, EsGil accepts and processes permits from this location for the City of Del Mar.
City of Solana Beach Building ServicesMonday-Thursday 1:30 to 5:30pm and *Friday 1:30 to 5pm *Closed alternating Fridays (e.g., In 2014, closed January 10, January 24, and so on) Solana Beach Building Permit Counter: 858-720-4450635 S. Highway 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075
2. Tenant improvements/Over the counter plan check: It is common for property owners or their representatives to propose improvements that require building permits, but that do not require DRB review. Such improvements would not modify the existing size of the structure and would typically not modify the exterior of the building. These projects usually involve only interior changes. Even though no design review is required, interior modifications may require a building permit.
The first step to determine whether your project fits into this category is to determine what zoning regulations apply to your property. This is important because some zones, such as the Central Commercial Zone and Bluff, Slope, and Canyon Overlay Zone require design review for even minor exterior changes such as a change in color or materials.
The City will review the plans to determine whether the existing structure is non-conforming and/or whether the proposed improvements require design review. If structural nonconformities exist, you must submit a Building Valuation Form to ensure that the extent of work being done will be below the 50 percent threshold at which time abatement (removal) of the non-conformities would be required. If design review is not required, four sets of plans should be provided. Staff then prepares an Authorization Form that authorizes EsGil to issue building permits. Staff will stamp and sign all sets. The City will return one set to you with the Authorization Form, and file the 2nd set in the Planning Dept. “street file” along with a copy of the Authorization Form and the Building Valuation (if necessary).
3. Roof Permits: A roof repair or roof replacement requires a Building Permit. If the work complies with DMMC Section 23.12.060, the Planning Department will provided you with a Letter of Authorization. You can then take the plans and authorization letter directly to the Building Department counter located at Solana Beach City Hall, 635 S. Highway 101, and pull the required permits. All roof coverings must be Class A compliant, fire retardant, non-wood material. If new roof elements, such as a modified roofline, are proposed, they most likely require design review.
4. Minor Building Permits: EsGil issues authorizations such as permits for miscellaneous electric, relocation/change of service, water heater/softener, sprinklers, plumbing, re-roofing, or interior remodeling. These permits are issued at the Building Dept. by the EsGil Corporation (see #3 above) with a Letter of Authorization, provided that there is no change in use, expansion of structure, or change in appearance. A Building Permit is also required to repave/restripe a non-residential parking area.
How long does the permit process take?The processing of a development permit in the City of Del Mar can be broken down into two distinct phases: 1) City discretionary approval(s), which include Design Review, Planning Commission and/or City Council review; and, 2) post approval reviews and plan check/permitting.
City Discretionary Approvals: The processing time from application submittal to final approval for a discretionary permit is a minimum of about two months, but it can be longer, depending on the type of application submitted. A project that requires multiple discretionary actions will take longer.
Once the Planning Commission or DRB approves the project there is a 10 working-day right to appeal the action to the City Council. Once the appeal period is over, the remainder of the processing time depends on the applicant.
Post Approval Reviews and Plan Check/Permitting: The processing time of this phase depends on the complexity of the project and the types of conditions that were placed on the approval of the project. These conditions may take some time to complete. The Plan Check approval can be time consuming, but careful planning and organization of these tasks by the applicant can significantly minimize the processing time.
Four plan sets are required for Administrative Design Review.Three plan sets with initial application and seven plan sets prior to Planning Commission meeting.Three plan sets with initial application and eight plan sets prior to Design Review Board meeting.Three plan sets with initial application and seven plan sets prior to City Council meeting. Digital Submittal Requirements
Remember that current zoning requirements of the City may apply to your project or property but not to others. For instance, your neighbors’ homes may have been built many years ago under different zoning requirements. Their “non-conforming” improvements may be allowed to stay if they were constructed when different development standards were in place. In the event your neighbors undergo a significant redevelopment of their properties. They will also have to comply with current zoning standards.
The City can research its GIS system and files for information that may have been submitted as part of a past development application, such as an old survey or site plan. We can also check to see if there have been any public improvement plans developed for the right-of-way in the immediate vicinity of your property. With this type of information, we can possibly help you locate the approximate location of your property line, but again, only a surveyor can tell you for sure where it is.
The City encourages residents to install a separate valve on your side of the meter to turn water off without having to risk damage to a City meter. If interested, please contact a local plumber for an installation estimate.
Residential rebate incentivesResidential rebate incentives have been effective in achieving water conservation savings. A limited number of rebates will be available through the Metropolitan Water District’s SoCal Water$mart program for Southern California residential water customers. Funding is limited. Rebates will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted.
Please visit the San Diego County Water Authority's rebate program website at http://www.watersmartsd.org/ for residential rebate incentives.