Application Forms & General Information

Below you will find a variety of application, checklists, code requirement summaries, process flowcharts, and reference documents that will help you get started with your business and/or development proposals.  Please contact Planning Division staff to find out what forms you will need for your particular business or development.
 

APPLICATIONS



Banner Application
Please be sure to provide the correct width of the storefront, the dimensions of the banner, and an illustration of the banner.

Mills Act Application – Tax Incentive
The Mills Act is a tool used by the City of San Gabriel to encourage property owners to rehabilitate culturally significant buildings. Property owners receive a reduction in the property taxes for improvements to the building. The following link provides more information.
 
Planning Application
Applications are not accepted by mail and will not be accepted unless all required materials are submitted. Please call a planner for information on what needs to be submitted or refer to the corresponding process in the flowchart section below, in order for you application to be determined complete. 

Police Department Questionnaire
For uses that require special review by the Police Department, such as businesses selling alcohol, staff may require an applicant to fill out this form. 
 
Solar Supplemental Application
A streamlining checklist for small residential solar which is required to be filled out in addition to the Planning Application form.
 

CHECKLISTS



Development Review Application Checklist
This checklist is used by staff to show applicants what is required in order to submit a complete application. Please speak with a planner in order to find out what plans will be required for your project.

Environmental Processing Checklist
Planning staff requires applicants to fill out an Environmental Information Form on some projects.

Master Sign Program Checklist
This is a checklist to assist sign companies when preparing a sign program for multi-tenant commercial projects.

Minor Modification Checklist
This is a checklist to assist applicants when applying for a minor modification. A minor modification allows for a 20% deviance from certain Code requirements.

Parking Plan Requirement Checklist 
This is a checklist to assist applicants with their parking plan. A parking plan is required when there is a change of use in commercial uses, or when there is a need for a parking analysis.

Site Plan Review Checklist
In order to speed up the planning process, the Planning staff developed the attached checklist. Use the checklist to make sure that plans are complete. Incomplete plans will not be accepted.

Supplemental Density Bonus Application Checklist
This checklist provides information for projects where a density bonus is being requested.

Temporary Use Permit Checklist
This checklist provides information for temporary event requests. Please allow 2 weeks for review of a temporary use permit.

Tenant Improvement Checklist
This checklist will assist when undergoing a tenant improvement project in commercial buildings.

Residential Window Change-Out Checklist
A permit is required when windows are being replaces. This brochure is guide to assist applicants with the process.


CODE REQUIREMENTS / DESIGN GUIDELINES



C-1, C-3, M-1 Development Regulations
The attached file is a summary of C-1, C-3, & M-1 codes and is not meant to be comprehensive. Please see the online Municipal Code and speak with a Planner for the most up to date code amendments

C-1, C-3, M-1 Uses
The attached file is a summary of C-1, C-3, & M-1 codes and is not meant to be comprehensive. Please see the online Municipal Code and speak with a Planner for the most up to date code amendments.

Commercial and Mixed-Use Design Guidelines
These Guidelines, approved by the City Council in January of 2002, won an award from the Los Angeles section of the American Planning Association. They provide clear direction to architects and designers through the use of both pictures and text. The Guidelines even address the City's preferred landscape palette.

Parking Space Requirements
The above handout provides information on the number of parking spaces required for different uses. This flyer summarizes the Muncipal Code. For further information you can click on the following link to see the online Municipal Code

R-1 Development Regulations
The attached file is a summary of R-1 codes and is not meant to be comprehensive. Please see the online Municipal Code and speak with a Planner for the most up to date code amendments.

R-2 Development Regulations
The attached file is a summary of R-2 codes and is not meant to be comprehensive. Please see the online Municipal Code and speak with a Planner for the most up to date code amendments.

R-3 Development Regulations
The attached file is a summary of R-3 codes and is not meant to be comprehensive. Please see the online Municipal Code and speak with a Planner for the most up to date code amendments.

Single Family Residential Design Guidelines
In May of 2003, the City of San Gabriel instituted design guidelines for all single family homes. The guidelines explain the seven essential elements of a properly designed house. The Guidelines contain eye-catching graphics and clear text. 


FLOWCHARTS / PROCESSES


 
Applicant Review Session
An optional process providing the opportunity to sit down with all involved city departments and divisions, including Building Division, Planning Division, Engineering Division, Fire Department, Police Department, and the City Architect, gaining initial comments and concerns on large scale projects.
 
Business License
Applying for a new business in San Gabriel? Follow this process to get to opening day.
 
Conditional Use Permit
For projects/uses which require a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) in order to operate in the proposed zone.
 
Master Sign Program
If a commercial project has multiple tenant spaces, than a Master Sign Program is required in order to ensure consistency in signage.
 
Mills Act
Don't be intimidated by the process of deeming your property historically significant. The City is proud of its historical assets, and will help to ensure everything goes smoothly.
 
Minor Modification
Need a minor reduction in a zoning requirement? This process describes the applicable modifications, as well as the process for approval.
 
Over-the-Counter Review Items
Small projects including residential additions under 100 square feet, interior remodels, interior tenant improvements, new signage, etc., can be reviewed by the Planning Division over the counter prior to submittal for Building Plan Check. 
 
Precise Plan of Design - Design Review Commission
Projects developing over four units are required to be reviewed by the City's Design Review Commission (DRC). The regular DRC meetings are held every 4th Monday of each month.
 
Precise Plan of Design - Staff
Projects involving four units or less can be reviewed at a staff level. To ensure architectural appeal of the project, internal review by the City Architect is required.
 
Site Plan Review - Large
Building a new house or adding over 800 square feet to your existing house? Then this is the process to follow.
 
Site Plan Review - Small
For those residential additions under 800 square feet, but over 100 square feet.
 
Temporary Use Permit
This permit process is for those large, special events that are not typical of your every day operations.
 
Underground Utility Waiver
If there is a determinable hardship preventing you from meeting the City's requirement of undergrounding your electrical utility lines, than let the city know, and we may be able to waive the requirement.
 
Variance
Trying to develop a unique site which is creating difficulties in meeting the code requirements? Applying for a variance allows you to request a leniency in specific code requirements; however, you must be able to determine a hardship creating the necessity for the variance.
  
  

REFERENCE DOCUMENTS


  
How to Prepare a Site Plan
This is a helpful guide to assist homeowners to prepare a site plan for small remodels and additions.
 
Parking Layout Diagram
This handout shows the required parking space sizes, the number of compact spaces allowed, and length required for backing out of parking spaces. 
 
Planning and Zoning Fees
Please call the Planning Division to verify that the fees listed are the most recent fees. 
 
Radius Mapping Services
If a project requires a public hearing an applicant must provide a list of property owners within a 300 foot radius. This flyer provides a list of companies that offer this service. 
 
Second Unit Covenant Example 
The Municipal Code requires applicants to record a covenant when they receive approval to construct a second unit. This handout can be used as a guide. Blanks spaces shall be typed and not handwritten. The covenant shall be reviewed by Planning staff prior to recordation. 
 
Senior Unit Covenant Example 
When applying for a senior housing unit in a R-1 zone, applicants are required to submit this senior unit covenant for review prior to recordation. 
  
Wall-Fence Brochure
A permit may be required for the installation of a wall/fence. This brochure is a guide that will assist with this application.
 
Window Replacement Brochure
A permit is required when windows are being replaces. This brochure is  guide to assist applicants with the process.