Conditional Use Permits

Permit Requirements
A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is required for certain types of businesses that have the potential to cause negative impacts to surrounding businesses unless they operate under specific conditions of approval. Please contact the City's Planning Division to determine whether your business requires a CUP.

Permit Process
If a CUP is required for your business, you can expect the following process prior to approval.

You will need to submit a Development Case Application (PDF) to the City's Planning Division along with the appropriate fees and other application materials. The application will be assigned to a Planner. The Planner will forward a copy of your application materials to various City departments and outside agencies for review and comments.

Within 30 days of your application submittal, you will receive a letter in writing either determining that your application is complete (meaning that no additional information is needed) or that your application is incomplete and requires additional information.

Environmental Review & Staff Report
Once your application is deemed complete, an environmental analysis will be conducted as required under state law. The amount of time required for this analysis depends upon the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project. Once the environmental analysis is completed, a public hearing date before the Planning Commission will be scheduled.

The Planner will then begin to prepare a written Staff Report for the Planning Commission that will describe the proposed project and any potential issues associated with the proposal.

Public Hearing & Planning Commission
A public hearing notice will be mailed to all property owners within 300 feet of the subject site at least 10 days prior to the public hearing as required under state law. At least 72 hours before the Planning Commission Meeting, the agenda and Staff Reports for agenda items will be made available for the Planning Commission and for public review.

The Planning Commission will conduct their public hearing and has the authority to approve the application, deny the application, or continue their discussion to a future meeting.

Appeals & Approvals
Once a CUP is approved by the Planning Commission, there is a 15-day appeal period in which anyone may appeal the decision of the Planning Commission to the City Council. If no appeal is filed, the application becomes valid 15 days following the Planning Commission's action. If an application is appealed to the City Council, the City Council has 45 days from the date of the appeal to take action. The decision of the City Council is final and cannot be appealed.