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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.
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.