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    Master Application Form

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10 Site Plans
7 Exterior Elevations
7 Floor Plans
1 Assessor's Parcel Map
1 Copy of Current Recorded Grant Deed
1 Evidence Showing Legal Creation of Lot
2 Well Information Questionnaire
1 Floor Area Calculation
3 Landscape Water-Efficiency Checklist
1 Grading Quantities
1 Retaining Walls
1 Acknowledgements and Agreements Form

Plans must be legibly drawn to an appropriate scale, sheet size 18”x 24” minimum to 24”x36” maximum. Plans (site plan, floor plan, elevation) shall be stapled as sets, and folded to 9 x 12 inch size.  When additional applications are concurrently being filed (e.g., building site approval, grading permit), submittal items need not be duplicated.


    Additional Information and Materials that May be Required              

Preliminary Landscape Plan  (2 copy)

Landscape plan normally required as condition of approval, but preliminary plan may be required upon application submittal for significant, high-visibility projects.  Shall include existing and proposed on-site landscaping, hardscape and fencing.  The zoning administrator shall have the discretion to require a preliminary landscape plan upon application submittal.

Color Samples (1 set)

Normally required as condition of approval, but may be required upon application submittal for significant, high-visibility projects .  The zoning administrator shall have the discretion to require color samples upon application submittal.

Perspective Views (2 sets)

Illustrates how the development relates to the topography and how it will be viewed from specific vantage points.  The zoning administrator shall have the discretion to require profile views.
Floor Area Ratio (FAR) Calculation (-n1)
If the proposed project is located in the –n1 zoning district, a floor area ratio calculation is required to be shown on the submitted site plan as defined in Chapters 1.30 and 3.40 of the Zoning Ordinance. The computation must be calculated, verified, signed and stamped by either a registered civil engineer, a licensed land surveyor or a licensed architect.
Identification of Potential Historic Resources (art I and Part II forms)
If the project includes demolition of structures 50 years or older, submit a completed and signed Identification of Properties for Potential Historic Significance forms, a copy of the Santa Clara County Residential Unit Property Record (available from the County Assessor’s Office, 5th Floor) for the subject property and photographs of each elevation of the subject structure and any related structures or associated features. Please note that the 50-year age reference is a discretionary guideline; there are circumstances where a property less than 50 years old may be potentially significant.

Geologic Report  (2 copy, plus pdf)

Consult with County Geologist prior to filing application to determine whether a geologic report will be required.  Submittal must include one wet-signed paper document and one electronic document in Adobe pdf format (on CD or DVD).  An additional fee is required for geologic report review.  See also geologic hazards page.

Mailing Labels (1 set)
Required if subject property is located within 300 feet of the exterior boundary of Santa Clara County.

Septic System Plan
If a septic system is proposed, the site must be field-evaluated by a Department of Environmental Health (DEH) representative.  One copy of the site plan should be stamped and signed by the DEH representative.  See also DEH site.

Williamson Act Compatible Use Determination
If the subject property is restricted by a Williamson Act contract, file for and obtain a Compatible Use Determination prior to filing the application for Building Site Approval. Refer to the Williamson Act Compatible Use Determination checklist for more details.

Other Reports and Studies

Depending on location, development intensity and site characteristics, additional reports (e.g. arborist, biology, archaeology, noise) may be required.

At the time you file your application for Building Permit, a Green Building Checklist will be required for new residences or rebuilds 1,200 square feet or more, for additions over 500 square feet, and for remodels valued at $100,000 or more. In addition, for new residences or rebuilds 1,200 square feet or more, your checklist must be signed by a qualified professional and must show how your project will achieve the points required by the County Green Building Ordinance. Please be sure to review the Green Building requirements, so they can be considered during the design phase of your project (see Contact: Building Office at (408) 299-5700.




     Design Review Exemption


3 Site Plans
3 Stapled Sets (Floor Plan, Elevation) 
1 Copy of Assessor's Parcel Map
Floor Area Calculation
Color Samples and/or Product Specifications
Grading Quantities
Retaining Walls
Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan-Coverage Screening Form