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312-2 Zoning Clearance Certificate Procedures
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2.1 PURPOSE

A zoning clearance certificate certifies that a proposed development conforms with all current requirements of the Zoning regulations and, if applicable, the terms and conditions of any previously approved development permit or variance. (Former Section INL#316-22; CZ#A315-2(A); Added by Ord. 1280, Sec. 3, 10/10/78)

2.2 REQUIRED ZONING CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE

A Zoning Clearance Certificate is required whenever a building permit is required, and must be secured prior to the issuance of the building permit. (Former Section INL#316-22; CZ#A315-2(B); Added by Ord. 1280, Sec. 3, 10/10/78)

2.3 FILING AND PROCESSING APPLICATIONS FOR A ZONING CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE

2.3.1 Applications. Any individual may apply for a zoning clearance certificate in conjunction with or prior to application for a building permit for a proposed development. (Former Section CZ#A315-2(C)(1); Ord. 1705, 9/10/85)

2.3.2 Application Form. The Planning and Building Department shall provide standard forms on which applications for zoning clearance certificates can be filed. (Former Section CZ#A315-2(C)(2); Ord. 1705, 9/10/85; Amended by Ord. 2214, 6/6/00)

2.3.3 Filing Applications. Applications for a zoning clearance certificate shall be filed with the Planning Division of the Planning and Building Department on the forms provided. At the time the application is filed, the applicant shall submit the required filing fees prescribed by the Board of Supervisors. All other plans, specifications and information that may be required by the Department to demonstrate compliance with the zoning regulations shall be filed with the application. (Former Section CZ#A315-2(C)(3); Ord. 1705, 9/10/85; Amended by Ord. 2214, 6/6/00)

2.3.4 Processing Applications. Within five (5) working days of accepting an application, the Planning Division shall review the proposed development for conformance with the Humboldt County General Plan, in particular the Open Space Plan and Open Space Action Program, and the Humboldt County Zoning Regulations; and, if applicable, the terms and conditions of any previously approved development permit, variance, or subdivision. (Former Section CZ#A315-2(C)(4); Ord. 1705, 9/10/85; Amended by Ord. 2214, 6/6/00)

2.4 ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE

2.4.1Upon completion of the required Planning Division review (subsection 312-2.6), zoning clearance certificates shall be approved and immediately issued by the Director, or designee, if, based upon information provided by the applicant, all of the following findings are made: (Former Section CZ#A315-2(C)(5); Ord. 1705, 9/10/85)

2.4.1.1The proposed development is in conformance with the Humboldt County General Plan, Open Space Plan, and the Open Space Action Program (CO-IM5. Zoning Ordinance Revision for Open Space Consistency Determinations); and

2.4.1.2The proposed development conforms with all requirements of the Humboldt County Zoning Regulations; and (Former Section CZ#A315-2(C)(5)(a); Ord. 1705, 9/10/85)

2.4.1.3The proposed development complies with the terms and conditions of any applicable permit and/or subdivision map that was previously approved for such development; and (Former Section CZ#A315-2(C)(5)(b); Ord. 1705, 9/10/85)

2.4.1.4The proposed development is not located on the same lot where conditions exist or activities are being conducted which are a part of the proposed development and in violation of the Humboldt County Code, unless the zoning clearance (1) is necessary for the abatement of the existing violation(s); or (2) addresses an imminent health and/or safety violation; or (3) facilitates an accessibility improvement to a structure or site for ADA compliance consistent with Section 312-42; or (4) the applicant has executed and recorded an enforcement agreement with the County to cure the violation(s) on a form approved by the Risk Manager and County Counsel. (Former Section CZ#A315-2(C)(5)(c); Ord. 1705, 9/10/85; Ord. 2407, § 1, 12/16/2008)

2.4.2A public hearing shall not be required to be held prior to the Director’s decision to approve or deny an application for a zoning clearance certificate. (Former Section CZ#A315-2(C); Ord. 1705, 9/10/85)

2.4.3Written notification of the Director’s decision shall be transmitted to the Building Division, within five (5) working days of the decision. (Former Section CZ#A315-2(C); Ord. 1705, 9/10/85; Amended by Ord. 2214, 6/6/00)

2.4.4Decisions on zoning clearance certificate applications are not appealable. (Former Section CZ#A315-2(C); Ord. 1705, 9/10/85)

2.5 EXPIRATION OF ZONING CLEARANCE CERTIFICATES

A Zoning Clearance certificate shall expire at the end of the 180th calendar day after issuance, unless otherwise indicated on the clearance, or when the proposed development no longer conforms with the County Zoning Regulations. However, if the proposed development has commenced, as authorized by any required County permits, the certificate shall not expire as long as the required building permit does not expire, as specified in the Uniform Building Code (currently Section 106.4.4). (Former Section CZ#A315-2(D); Ord. 1705, 9/10/85; Amended by Ord. 2214, 6/6/00) (Ord. 2629, § 2, 6/11/2019)

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