Permits are always complicated in San Mateo, CA. A large remodel that is approximately halfway through counstruction as of October 2016 started with permit research in 2014.
- Design Proposal Accepted: 8/2014
- Building Permits Approved: 3/2016
- Construction Started: 3/2016 (18 months of design and permitting)
- Expected Completion: 1/2017 (9 months to build)
The detailed planning research that a New Avenue partner architect completed in 2014 is shared here for research purposes. We can guarantee your project will be different.
Richard Patenaude, 650-522-7212, Wednesday, September 24, 2014 ,4pm phone call
Q: What is the zoning district?
Q: What is the allowable coverage? How is it measured?
A: 3,375sf: (.5×6000)+(.2×1875) Please note the the County Assessor has this parcel at 7,700sf not the 7875sf noted on the As-builts. Since this results in a delta of 35sf it is probably not relevant. However, if we can have the AsBuilt provide a “closed” parcel diagram, they will accept our number. The As Builts have the house at 2010s and 110sf “exterior” space
Q: Is there a floor-area ratio (FAR) between the Main Home and the Second Unit? What is it?
Q: What is the maximum allowed size for the Second Unit?
Q: Do chimneys, window boxes, and/or bay windows count toward the square footage of the Second Unit?
Q: Do other structures count toward the existing footprint? What are they?
Q: Does the basement and/or attic count toward the floor area of the Main Home?
Q: Can the Accessory Dwelling have two floors?
Q: Can the Accessory Dwelling have a loft, mezzanine, open storage, closed storage, and/or attic?
Q: Can the loft be habitable space?
Q: Can the Second Unit have a basement, workspace, or other area? Do they count toward square footage?
Q: What landscaping requirements and exceptions are there
Q: Is this a liquefaction zone?
Q: Is this a fire zone?
Q: Is this a flood zone?
Q: Is this an environmental zone?
Setbacks and Dimensions
Q: What is the front setback?
Q: What are the side setbacks?
What is the rear setback?
What are the required setbacks to the Main Home?
Q: What are any other required setbacks? Special setbacks may be needed for creeks, power lines, key or corner lots, etc.
Q: Are there any setback exceptions?
Q: Can the Second Unit be connected to the Main Home? If not, how far apart do they have to be?
Q: Can we continue a wall of an existing structure within a setback? Is there a maximum length for walls
Q: What is the maximum height limit? Is there a max average height limit? Can we match the height of the existing house?
Q: Do we measure from the sidewalk, the property line, or from somewhere else?
Q: How many parking spaces are required for the Main Home? Sizes? Do they need to be covered? What configuration or access must they have?
Q: How many more new spaces are required for the property? Sizes? Do they need to be covered? What configuration or access must they have? Do they require a border around them?
Q: Is there a turning radius or other parking rule to test?
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