Certificate of Compliance

 A certificate of compliance is an official affirmation of lot legality. The application procedure involves the analysis of historical deeds, maps and other documents in the context of historically relevant regulations pertaining to lot creation.

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Ordinance Provisions



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Fee Schedule



Application of permit

Master Application Form



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Checklist [updated 2019 January 04]



Helpful Links for some checklist items

The documents listed below may be required for your Certificate of Compliance application. Please consult staff to make an accurate determination.

  • Depending on the deeds or legal descriptions submitted, the following additional information may be required:
    • If the certificate is requested for a portion of one APN, then a plan or map showing the entire APN with the area pertaining to the requested certificate highlighted or shaded should be included with the application.
    • Each copy of the deed must include the entire deed, with no pages missing.
    • The copies of the deeds must be clearly readable, with recording dates and numbers clearly shown.
    • If the deed includes an exception or more than one lot, parcel or description, the applicant must note on the deed which parcel, lot, description or exception pertains to the requested certificate of compliance.
    • Professional assistance maybe required for deed research and document preparation.
    • A Conditional Certificate of Compliance may be required if lot legality cannot be determined. In that case, the applicant will be required to file for a Conditional Certificate of Compliance, pay the applicable fee and provide additional recorded deeds, including a continuous chain of title/deeds for the property, starting with the deed recorded prior to June 25, 1969.

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