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Call Orange County Animal Care's (OCAC) Service Request Line at 714-935-6848 and OC Animal Care will pick it up. It is OCAC’s goal to handle all calls for service as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, due to their abnormally low staffing, calls for service must be prioritized in order of importance with those affecting public safety being handled first. Non-emergency calls may take several hours to days to handle.
Speak to your neighbor. If this fails to resolve the problem, file a barking dog complaint by completing OCAC’s Barking Dog Complaint Form (PDF) or call OCAC’s Operations Department at 714-796-6442. For more information on barking dog complaints or the barking dog complaint process, please visit OCAC’s page.
All dogs in Orange County over the age of four months are required by law to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. Residents owning or having custody of any dog must license the dog within 15 days of acquisition or within 15 days after the license becomes due. Residents must provide proof of a California approved rabies vaccination to obtain a license (OCCO 4-1-70). Cat licensing is optional and available through OC Animal Care. Licensing your dog provides necessary information to support investigations of cruelty, neglect, abandonment and dog bites. Licensing also indicates ownership of a dog. If your dog is found, OC Animal Care will call and send you a letter. For more information on licensing, please visit OCAC’s page or call (714) 935-6848.
OC Animal Care has a variety of animals, including dogs, cats and exotic pets available for adoption. We encourage you to come down and select a pet to your liking. You can also check out the Adoption page for more information.
To locate for your lost pet currently at OC Animal Care, visit OCAC’s page for lost pets.
The best way to protect your pets is to ensure you are prepared for these situations. Visit OCAC’s page for Disaster Preparedness tips for small and large animals.
If you would like to obtain an estimate of the permit fees you will be required to pay, you should speak with one of the Permit Technicians at the Building Division Counter by calling 714-961-7120. If you already know how to calculate the fees, and need a copy of the current fee schedule, you can visit the Building fees page.
Remodeling projects may involve more than one permit, depending on how complex the project is. To obtain the closest estimate of the permit fees you can expect for your project, you should speak with one of the Permit Technicians at the Building Division Counter by calling 714-961-7120. If you already know how to calculate the fees, and need a copy of the current fee schedule, you can visit the Building fees page.
Development Impact Fees are intended to offset the actual impact of land development on city services and city amenities. As more land is developed, primarily by residential projects, the demand for schools, parks, recreational programs, sewers, and other municipal infrastructure increases. For more information or to obtain a schedule of the current Development Impact Fees, visit the Development Impact Fees.
a.The Placentia – Yorba Linda Unified School District imposes developer fees on both commercial and residential construction projects. These fees are collected directly by the school district, and are intended to address the increased impact that constructing new buildings, or adding floor area to existing buildings, has on school district facilities. For more information related to School District Developer Fees, visit the Placentia-Yorba Linda website.
Each day, the inspectors determine the order of their inspection workload in a manner that is operationally most efficient. If you are interested in knowing an approximate time that your inspection will occur, you may contact the Building Division Counter at 714-961-7120, and a permit technician can look up your inspection and let you know where in the order it falls within the queue. While this does not provide a precise time of day, you may be able to ascertain whether the inspection is more likely to occur during the morning or in the afternoon.
Yes. At the end of each day, building inspectors enter the results of their field inspections into the City’s permit data management system. Please allow for sufficient time for the building inspectors to complete the entire day’s inspection workload, and enter the inspection results into the system. To view inspections results once processed, please visit the Citizen Portal.
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms have very specific requirements related to electrical power, proper placement, and interconnection. In some instances, a battery-operated smoke alarm may be acceptable. In other instances, smoke alarms must derive primary power from the building wiring. Also, certain types of smoke alarms are required to be installed further away from permanently installed cooking appliances. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are important features which are intended to save lives. Proper inspection often requires visual confirmation of certain installation conditions.
Projects can vary in complexity from the construction of an entirely new building to a simple interior kitchen remodel. Similarly, the types of inspections that a project may require can also vary significantly. The required inspections are listed on the project job card. However, if you are unsure whether an inspection is necessary, you may always contact the staff at the Building Division which includes our Inspectors.
An adult in responsible charge of the property and the construction project must be present when the building inspector arrives. This individual must be authorized to serve as the property owner’s agent and must be able to authorize the inspector’s entry onto the property for inspection purposes. Furthermore, this individual must have authority to expose any portions of the construction work which may be necessary for the inspector to evaluate the work performed. If construction deficiencies are observed during the inspection, this individual shall be responsible for conveying such information to the property owner or other authorized agent.
To change the contractor on any valid permit, a new permit must be issued to replace the original permit and reflect the new contractor’s information. In order to authorize the change, a letter is required from the property owner which releases the original contractor from the responsibility of all remaining (unfinished) work and authorizes the new contractor to complete all remaining work. The new contractor must have a valid contractor’s license and appropriate workers compensation insurance. A nominal fee is charged to issue the new permit.
Each day, the inspectors determine the order of their inspection workload in a manner that is operationally most efficient. When you schedule your inspection, you may also inform the inspector that a particular time of day (i.e.. morning or afternoon) is preferred. There are no guarantees that the inspector will be able to accommodate the request, but often such requests can be accommodated. If the inspector is able to accommodate a specific inspection scheduling request, without detrimentally affecting the rest of the day’s inspection route, you will receive a confirmation.
Every building inspection takes a different amount of time. Most of the factors that affect how long an inspection will take are entirely under the control of the contractor. Projects that are constructed in a very professional manner, utilizing high-quality approved construction components, and adhere to approved plans are generally very quick to inspect. In contrast, projects that deviate from plans, or utilize questionable materials or construction techniques may result in numerous inspection corrections. In general, most inspections can be completed in under an hour. For extremely large projects, some inspections can take an entire day. If you would like more information regarding a particular inspection, you should speak to your inspector several days before scheduling the event. The inspection hotline is 714-854-7411.
No. If an inspection fails, the building inspector will leave a written correction notice with the person who is in responsible charge at the job site. This may be the contractor, the property owner, or an authorized representative of the owner. It is that person’s responsibility to share the written correction notice with any individuals who may need to know the results of the inspection. After reviewing the written correction notice, anyone who needs further clarification in order to properly resolve the noted deficiencies is encouraged to speak with the inspector, whose contact information will be included on the written correction notice.
Section 1705 of the Building Code requires special inspections to be performed by a deputy inspector for some types of work. Only qualified individuals are recognized by the City of Yorba Linda for performing these types of special inspections. The requirements to serve as a deputy inspector in the City of Yorba Linda can be found here.
Yes. It is your responsibility to ensure that the “Approved” set of construction plans is available on the job site whenever an inspection is scheduled. Your inspector must have the approved plans in order for the work to be inspected and approved. Without the approved plans, your inspector may not be able to perform his job, and the inspection may need to be rescheduled for an alternate date/time when the approved plans will be available.
The City of Yorba Linda is closed on alternate Fridays. A full calendar of events, including which Fridays the City is closed is available on the City’s calendar.
Permit application forms may be obtained online, but they must be submitted in person at the Building Division Counter. Upon submission, all required plans, specifications and other supporting material must be submitted, along with the appropriate fees. If you would like to download a permit application form before you visit the Building Division Counter, visit the Applications and Forms page.
.In California, most construction work is required to be performed by a licensed contractor. In certain instances, the owner of the property may secure a permit as an owner-builder, but there are strict limitations on when this may occur. It is important to note that only the owner of the property qualifies for this type of permit issuance, and not the owner of a business or other tenant of the property. The Contractors State License Board has compiled a convenient summary of the limitations related to owner-builder projects for all owners to consider.
No. The permit fees associated with your project will be based on the City of Yorba Linda Fee Schedule, regardless of who performs the actual construction work.
Two sets of plans are required for all permit applications. The plans shall be drawn to scale, and must include all pertinent information necessary to ensure that the proposed work will comply with all applicable codes and standards. Plans prepared by a licensed professional (such as an architect or an engineer), shall be stamped and signed. The plans shall include sufficient details and specifications to enable the builder and the inspector to determine how the structure is intended to be constructed, and how compliance with all applicable codes and standards will be achieved.
No. Determination of the precise location of property lines requires the service of a land surveyor. In California, only a licensed Land Surveyor or a Civil Engineer licensed prior to January 1, 1982 is legally allowed to engage in land surveying.
A plot plan is a graphical representation of a parcel of land, which also identifies all structural improvements on the property. In addition to identifying structural improvements, any other features which may have a significant impact on the acceptability of any proposed improvement of the property should also be shown. Features such as drainage, location of parking spaces, sloping grade surfaces, and other important information should be shown.
The City of Yorba Linda utilizes the 2016 California Building Standards Code as modified by local amendment ordinances. Please see the Yorba Linda Municipal Code for copies of our amendments and ordinances.
The City of Yorba Linda has implemented several policies and procedures which are intended to streamline the plan approval and permit issuance process. Many of the policies and procedures are designed to assist applicants in avoiding common errors. Others are intended to ensure proper interpretation and application of various code requirements. A full list can be viewed under Policies and Procedures.
In addition to the model California Building Standards Code and the City of Yorba Linda’s local amendment ordinances, some regulations are mandated by reference to another code or standard. Construction projects must comply with such referenced codes or standards just as if they were fully set forth within the California Building Standards Code itself. More information on referenced codes and standards is available here.
Simple plans that do not require a great deal of technical research or engineering evaluation may often be reviewed over the counter. If the proposed work is subject to extensive review for energy conservation, disabled access, or special seismic design considerations, it may be necessary for the plans to be submitted. If you believe that your project is simple enough for an over-the-counter review, a plan checker is available Monday - Thursday from 1:00-4:30 pm, alternating Fridays 1:00-4:00 pm.
The length of time needed to complete the initial round of plan review is affected by the complexity of the project, the quality of the plans and specifications, and how busy the Building Division is. In general, most plans require two to four weeks for completion of the initial plan review. If you would like to check the current plan check backlog so that you can manage your schedule, you can call the Building Division Counter by calling 714-961-7120.
In general, plan check corrections need to be picked up from the Building Division Counter. Most plan checks result in “red-marked” plans, which include very specific information related to potential code deficiencies which must be corrected prior to permit issuance. Since the “red-marked” plans cannot be emailed, the standard requirement is for applicants to pick up the plan check corrections in person.
Yes. The City of Yorba Linda has several plan check correction templates for different types of projects. Please be advised that these templates only address commonly encountered code deficiencies. Compliance with all of the requirements included in these templates does not guarantee that a project will be approved. Use of these templates to address commonly encountered problems will often increase the likelihood that the project will be approved quickly. To receive a copy of the templates, please contact the Building Division at 714-961-7120.
Yes. There are several standard details and handouts that have been prepared to assist permit applicants with their projects. If you would like to review these details to see if any of them may be helpful, please visit the Standard Plans page.
The City of Yorba Linda has specific plan submittal requirements related to fire prevention standards imposed by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). There are also plan submittal requirements associated with Yorba Linda’s Planning and Zoning approval process. Also, electrical load calculations are required to ensure that a building’s electrical system will not be overloaded. More information related to these plan submittal requirements please contact the Building Division at 714-961-7120.
The State of California has mandated that all municipalities reduce the amount of solid waste by diverting recyclable material away from landfills. This includes solid waste that is generated during the construction, remodeling or demolition of buildings. Information and forms can be viewed by selecting the Waste Management Plan.
Swimming pools must comply with current regulations to ensure safety. These regulations help to prevent accidental drowning, electrocution, suction entrapment, water quality, mosquito abatement, and more. To facilitate compliance with these requirements, the City of Yorba Linda has compiled a swimming pool and spa permit packet.
Yes. For solar photovoltaic systems 10KV (AC) and less, an expedited permit and inspection process is available if your project complies with specific guidelines. Please see the Solar Expedited Checklist, to see if your project qualifies.
All new residential buildings require the installation of an automatic fire sprinkler system throughout the entire building. Also, an automatic fire sprinkler system is required to be installed throughout the entire building for residential additions of 200 square feet or larger if the combined area of the existing building plus the area of the addition, including attached garage exceeds 4,800 square feet. Regardless of size, an automatic fire sprinkler system is required to be installed in any addition when the existing building is already provided with an automatic sprinkler system.
Parts of Yorba Linda are located in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone, as identified on the Fire and Resource Assessment Program (FRAP) maps prepared by the State Fire Marshal. Properties located in these areas are located in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), and special construction requirements can be found in either Chapter 7A of the California Building Code or Section R337 of the California Residential Code. You can view the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone Map (PDF).
Methane testing and review is an analytical process in which the propensity for naturally occurring methane gas release is determined. Many parts of Yorba Linda are located above naturally occurring pockets of methane gas. If the methane gas seeps up to the surface and disperses naturally into the atmosphere, there is generally little risk of danger. But, if a building is constructed in an area that experiences methane gas seepage, the gas can accumulate in portions of the building and reach dangerous concentrations. In extreme cases, methane gas can accumulate enough to create an explosion hazard. Methane gas is often associated with oil wells, and information can be found at the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources website. Additionally, methane gas mitigation is regulated with the assistance of the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), which can be reached at 714-573-6108.
Asbestos and asbestos-containing construction products may present serious health hazards if they are handled incorrectly. It is important that any products that include asbestos be properly removed and disposed of by a qualified individual. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) regulates the proper handling of asbestos materials. SCAQMD Rule 1403 has been published to establish the regulatory guidelines related to asbestos containing material. View a copy of SCAQMD (PDF). is available here . The City of Yorba Linda has an asbestos disclosure form that you can use to certify how your project will comply with applicable regulations.
In general, all construction projects must comply with the accessibility standards contained within Title-24 of the California Code of Regulations. These standards can be found in Chapter 11A (privately funded housing) and Chapter 11B (publicly funded housing and non-residential projects) of the California Building Code. In some cases, full compliance with these standards may not be necessary for projects which alter existing buildings due to an unreasonable hardship. Instead, partial compliance may be allowed in public use areas pursuant to Chapter 11B. To facilitate documentation of an “Unreasonable Hardship”, please submit the following application for unreasonable hardship over the valuation threshold. And the following application for unreasonable hardship under the valuation threshold. Either should be completed and submitted to your plan checker.
In California, an individual may be licensed as a “general” contractor or a “specialty” contractor. Normally, work performed within any specific construction discipline should be performed by a specialty contractor who is licensed in that particular discipline. The only exception is if the job requires more than two types of work on a building. Then it is appropriate for a licensed general building contractor to contract for and oversee the entire project. The Contractors State License Board has summarized the distinction between general contractors and specialty contractors, which can be found under license classification. To verify a contractors license please visit the Contractors State License Board.
Community Preservation does not have the authority to require a property owner to trim or remove any of their vegetation unless it overhangs into a public right-of-way, impeding either pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or unless the vegetation is dead and presents a potential fire hazard. Instead, Community Preservation recommends callers attempt to work this out amicably with their neighbor.
The City of Yorba Linda routinely accepts anonymous complaints. Community Preservation investigates, and resolves such complaints in the same manner as concerns raised by identified complainants. If you do choose to leave you contact information, be assured that your identity is protected by the Government Code and is never released to anyone outside of staff.
No. As long as they are all operational and rated for residential-zoned parking.
The parking of any type of vehicle on the street is enforced by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The Community Preservation Division does not enforce the vehicle code. You may contact the Orange County's Sheriff's Department at 714-647-7000 regarding parked vehicles.
No.Privately owned sporting equipment such as basketball backboard structures,hockey nets, skateboard ramps and similar items may not be permanently left in the “public right-of-way”. The public right-of-way includes the street, sidewalk, parkway, and driveway aprons. Residents are asked to put these items back on their private property once they are done using them so that street sweepers and other equipment may access the area.
Trash containers may not be placed at the point of pickup before 4:00 p.m. on the day preceding collection and must be removed before 8:00 p.m. on the day of collection. Additionally, trash cans must be stored in an area not visible from the public right-of-way.
The City of Yorba Linda contracts for animal control services with Orange County Animal Care. Complaints or inquiries may be made directly to Animal Control at (714) 935-6848.
No. In most cases home occupations are permitted. Home occupations are regulated by the municipal code and are subject to the securing of a business license. Generally, home occupations are permitted if they do not have an impact on the neighborhood by means of excessive noise, traffic, visual blight, etc.
Yes. Temporary Use Permits can be obtained through the Community Preservation Division. There is no fee for this permit and it is valid for 20 consecutive days per quarter.
Please call the Community Preservation Division at (714) 961-7138.
Zoning is the separation of a city into districts, or “zones,” that provide for the regulation of the intensity of development and allowable uses. If you know the location of your property, you may identify your zone by using the Zoning Map. You may also contact the Planning Division for zoning information at (714) 961-7130.
Only a licensed Land Surveyor or Registered Civil Engineer licensed to practice surveying in the State of California can precisely locate property lines. If the property line must be precisely located, such as for construction of a property line wall, then the property owner must hire a licensed professional Land Surveyor or Registered Civil Engineer as indicated above to perform a lot survey. Note: The City does not provide this service.
Properties can be subdivided as long as all the subdivided properties comply with the development standards for the zone in which they are located. Any subdivision will require the approval of a tentative tract map or parcel map by the Planning Commission.
Please refer to the Residential Development Standards for more detailed information related to development standards (e.g. setbacks, building height, lot coverage) and design guidelines. Development standards can also be found in the appropriate zoning district’s chapter of Title 18 of the City’s Municipal Code. Please contact the Planning Division at (714) 961-7130 to speak with a planner about the development standards for a particular property.
Development standards are zone, and in some cases use and/or structure-type, specific. Depending on the applicable zone, development standards are contained in Title 18 of the Yorba Linda Municipal Code and/or in the applicable Planned Community text. For assistance with determining applicable development standards, please contact the Planning Division at (714) 961-7130 to speak with a planner about the development standards for a particular property. Development standards can also be found in the appropriate zoning district’s chapter of Title 18 of the City’s Municipal Code.
Any two-story building or two-story room addition closer than 70 feet to an existing single-family residence requires a conditional use permit be reviews and approved by the Planning Commission prior to the issuance of a building permit. Refer to Applications and Forms for additional information related to submitting a conditional use permit application.
Properties in the R-A, RLD, R-E, R-S and R-U zones are limited to one dwelling unit per lot; however, Article IX of Chapter 18.20 of the Zoning Code allows for the establishment of one accessory dwelling unit on properties intended for single-family dwelling units under certain conditions. Please contact the Planning Division at (714) 961-7130 to speak with a planner if you have questions about accessory dwelling units. In multi-family zoning districts, the R-M zone allows for 10 dwelling units per acre, the R-M-20 zone allows for 20 dwelling units per acre, and the R-M-30 zone allows for 30 dwelling units per acre.
Horses are permitted on properties in any R-A, RLD and R-E zone with a lot size of 15,000 square feet or larger. For properties in such zoning districts, or any R-S or R-U zone, with a lot size less than 15,000 square feet (but not less than 10,000 square feet) a conditional use permit is required for the keeping of horses.
The total number of horses permitted on a property is subject to the size of the lot as follows:
Parking requirements for residential uses are listed in Chapter 18.22 of the City’s Zoning Code Yorba Linda. Please contact the Planning Division at (714) 961-7130 to speak with a planner about the parking requirements for a particular property.
There are multiple sign programs that have been approved throughout the City with unique sign regulations for those centers. Please contact the Planning Division at (714) 961-7130 to speak with a planner about the specific sign regulations for a particular property.
Outlined below are three important questions to ask before opening a business in the City:
Home occupations require a home occupation permit and are limited to the following criteria:
All applications and requirements for entitlement permits can be located under Applications and Forms on the Planning Division page.
The Planning Commission is a five-member commission appointed by the City Council to review a wide range of site plan and subdivision map approvals to rezoning and annexation requests. In addition, the Planning Commission works to modify and update the City's General Plan and Zoning Code and recommends changes to the City Council. For more information about the Planning Commission, please refer to the Planning Commission Page.
Please contact the Planning Division at (714) 961-7130 to speak with a planner about any development planned or proposed for a particular property. Major planning projects are updated on the City’s website and can be found on the Major Projects Page.
The public counter for the Planning Division is open Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and alternate Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.