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Every record made or received by the City is presumed to be a public record, unless it is subject to an exemption. Exempt records are those that Federal, State or Local law prohibits the City from disclosing or permits the City to decline to disclose. For example, the United States and California Constitutions prohibit the disclosure of personal information that would violate an individual's right to privacy.
The custodian of records must either give you a copy of the requested record or provide you with a written justification of why the record is not public (i.e. exempt from disclosure). The City is not required to create a document in response to a request. Nor is the City required to honor prospective requests.
With our current Business License system, we are not able to accept online payments for the Mill/DID taxes. To pay Business License taxes, business owners will need to either come into our office 1010 10th Street, Suite 2100 or mail in their “Declaration of Gross Receipts” report with the payment to PO Box 3442, Modesto Ca 95353.
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$5000 X .002 = $10
For a list of allowed Adjustments, see the back of the Declaration of Gross Receipts form or contact the Business Licensing Division. Be sure to write the adjustments on the appropriate lines on the back portion of the form that is returned to the city.
For general questions, or help identifying which district your property may fall into, please call the Community Development IFP Division at (209)571-5211.
For more information about Modesto's Community Facilities Districts visit our website here.
Projected allocations are 50% to improvement of local streets and roads, 10% to local traffic management, 5% to improved bicycle and pedestrian paths, 28% to regional projects, and 7% to improve transit connections for Seniors, Youth and Veterans. The City of Modesto is developing a comprehensive plan for local projects and will update it regularly. Measure L Regional Projects (partial list) •Upgrade the Briggsmore-Carpenter Interchange •Construct a new eight-lane interchange at Standiford •Complete State Route 132 by constructing a four-lane expressway from State Route 99 to Gates Road Complete list of Measure L Regional Projects.
• Annual Independent Audits and Compliance Reports• Measure L Oversight Committee• Provisions for Maintenance of Effort• Administrative Costs Maximum of 1%• Funds Must Stay Local and Only Be Spent on Transportation• Sunset Date 2042
The Stanislaus Council of Governments will appoint a citizens oversight committee representing each of the constitutive jurisdictions to ensure that the revenues received from Measure L are used according to provisions of the Measure L ordinance ( http://www.stanislaus-localroadsfirst.com/uploads/5/4/7/5/54754127/ordinance.pdf ). In addition to the Measure L Oversight Committee, the City of Modesto approved the creation of a Citizens’ Transportation Sales Tax Commission which will consist of eleven members appointed by the City Council by resolution. This Commission will provide oversight and recommendations regarding the use of Measure L funds. There will also be an annual audit by an independent audit firm to ensure that the provisions and restrictions of Measure L are being adhered to.Links to oversight reports and information will be available online.
In addition to the Measure L Oversight Committee, the City of Modesto approved the creation of a Citizens’ Transportation Sales Tax Commission which will consist of eleven members appointed by the City Council by resolution. This Commission will provide oversight and recommendations regarding the use of Measure L funds.
There will also be an annual audit by an independent audit firm to ensure that the provisions and restrictions of Measure L are being adhered to.
Links to oversight reports and information will be available online.
The General Plan is a City’s “blueprint” for achieving the vision for the future. The Modesto General Plan and other related documents are available online.
Zoning is the law that regulates how property is used and sets standards for new construction. Some properties are zoned to allow only homes and other properties are zoned to allow stores and businesses. The purpose of establishing zoning designations is to ensure that neighboring land uses are compatible with one another. Residential uses are generally not compatible with industrial uses.
More information regarding zoning:
You can find the list of uses allowed in each zone online.
A legal-nonconforming condition is a building or use of property that was lawfully built and maintained, and that because of changes to zoning or development standards, no longer conforms to the regulations of the zone in which it is located. A legal-nonconforming use or building may remain at its location and if destroyed by accidental or natural causes, be rebuilt up to the original size for up to one year following destruction. The Zoning Code allows for limited expansion of non-conforming uses. This information can be found online.
A variance is an exception to requirements of the Zoning Code for development of property, such as building setbacks. A variance may be justified when a regulation restricts the use of property because of some unique feature of the property such as its shape or topography. A variance requires approval by the Board of Zoning Adjustment at a public hearing.
In order to approve a variance, specific findings must be made, as follows:
More information regarding the variance process, see Variance Brochure (PDF) or Variance Submittal Requirements (PDF).
The Planned Development (P-D) zoning designation is utilized to allow for custom tailored, site specific zoning, which encourages creative, flexible and efficient land uses. Planned Development (P-D) zones are often established with variations from use, density, height or other standards that are strictly regulated in other zones.
For detailed information regarding the Planned Development (P-D) process or a specific Planned Development (P-D) Zone, contact the Planning Division at (209) 577-5267.
A setback (see House Setbacks (PDF)) is the minimum distance required between a building or fence and a property line. Setbacks vary throughout the City depending on the zoning. General residential setback information can be found online.
Visit Fence Standards for Corner Lots (PDF) or Fence Standards for Interior Lots (PDF) for further information.
The location of your property line can be verified by a Licensed Land Surveyor (LLS). You can find a Licensed Land Surveyor by looking online or in the Yellow pages under “Surveyors – Land” or “Engineers – Civil”. Once you have found a Licensed Land Surveyor, you may want to check the status of the Licensed Land Surveyor at the State of California’s Website.
Changing the boundary between two properties requires what is called a Lot Line Adjustment, which must be approved by the City. Lot line adjustments are handled by the City’s Land Development Engineering Division. If you have questions about Lot Line Adjustments, please contact the Land Development Engineering Division at (209) 342-4712.
If you are interested in dividing your property, you will need to determine whether it is large enough to divide. For information about minimum residential lot requirements, refer to the Zoning Code.
For a commercial property, the ultimate use or uses of the property will need to be considered and whether there will remain sufficient space to accommodate the building(s), required landscaping and parking. For specific questions about site development standards, contact the Planning Division at 209-577-5267.
Sheds or gazebos are buildings that can be used to support the primary residential structure, which are also known as Accessory Structures (PDF).
A structure such as a patio cover or sunroom that is connected to your house is considered part of the house and is not an accessory structure. These types of structures require a building permit, must meet setbacks and can’t exceed the lot coverage requirements. For building related questions, contact the Building & Safety Division at (209) 577-5232.
Accessory dwelling units, otherwise known as second units, granny-units, guesthouses, mother-in-law quarters, are allowed by the City on most residential lots. The development of an accessory dwelling unit must meet standards such as size, height, setbacks, lot coverage, and parking. Please contact the Planning Division at (209) 577-5267 for more information.
All single-family residential units must provide two off-street parking spaces. In order to convert garage space into a bedroom, office, game room, or other living space, the property owner must demonstrate the ability to meet the off-street parking requirements. Contact the Planning Division at (209) 577-5267 for further information.
A second story addition to an existing home or accessory structure, or a new two-story home or accessory structure, may be subject to Second-Story Review (PDF). For information regarding the submittal requirements, please see the Second Story Review Submittal Requirements (PDF).
The City allows for home-based businesses and you will need a Home Business Permit and Agreement Form (PDF). You will also need to check the zoning in your area to see if the business is permitted. Please contact the Planning Division at (209) 577-5267 for further information.
For all other new business information, visit our New Business Page.
The City’s sign regulations are based on the zoning designation for property. For information about the City’s sign regulations, contact the Planning Division at 209-577-5267.
Signs generally require a permit to ensure all safety standards are met. For information about the sign permit process, contact the Building & Safety Division at (209) 577-5232.
Application forms and materials are available online or at the Planning Division office at 1010 10th Street, Suite 3100, Modesto.
Planning Division Fee Schedule (PDF) is available online. For questions regarding fees or forms, please contact the Planning Division at (209) 577-5267.
Residential $200Commercial (based on average monthly billing of location)
Payments received after 3 p.m. on accounts that are disconnected, will not have the service restored until the following business day. Only City personnel are authorized to disconnect and/or reconnect service. Unauthorized tampering/damage could delay restoration of services up to one week and result in additional fees.
Note: Water, sewer, and storm drain charges are considered "ready to use" and will continue to be billed monthly as long as the utility account is open. Only water consumption is based on usage. Services where the water is off for non-payment are still connected to City systems and the charges will continue to be billed. Garbage service is not discontinued when water is turned off for non-payment, and the charges will continue to be billed.
***Payments MUST be made before 3p.m. and verified with a Customer Services Clerk for same day reconnect.***
***Payments received AFTER 3 p.m. on accounts that are disconnected, will not have the service restored until the following business day.***
Only City personnel are authorized to disconnect and/or reconnect service. Unauthorized tampering/damage could delay restoration of services up to one week and result in additional fees.
***Payments received AFTER 3 p.m. on accounts that are disconnected, will not have the service restored until the following business day.***
Flat Rate: If your location is billed on a flat rate, the service period appearing on your bill is from billing date to billing date.
If you are not sure who your garbage company is, view the Service Area Map online.
When at a marked stop, position yourself near the sign so the driver knows that you want to ride. The driver may not stop for you if it doesn't look like you want to ride. Back away from the curb as the bus approaches to avoid the mirror on the side of the bus.
Please request your transfer as you board. If you are planning to transfer and your bus is running late, please tell your driver. He will ask the driver of the bus you want to wait for you, if time allows.
Additionally, a transfer can be made at any point along the MAX route network where two or more individual routes cross or meet. Please consult the route maps for such points.
Ceres Area Transit (CAT) and Ceres Dial-A-Ride (DAR): You can transfer to CAT or Ceres DAR at Hatch and Herndon from Route 29 or 42. Notify your MAX driver if you wish to transfer to Ceres DAR. The driver will contact Ceres DAR and arrange for a Ceres DAR vehicle to pick you up.
eTrans Route 1: You can transfer to eTrans Route 1 from MAX Routes 22, 23, 27 and 37 at McHenry & Standiford Avenues. Call 209-541-6645 for more details.
It is the policy of the City Modesto to process refunds for overpayment within four weeks. Overpayments must be researched and analyzed prior to any refund being issued. In the event of a balance on a previously unpaid invoice, any refund due will be applied towards this balance. Refund requests will be sent to the Accounts Payable division for processing and will be issued in the form of a check.
Refunds for overpayment will be processed within four weeks. In the event of a balance on previously unpaid parking citations, any refund due will be applied towards this balance. Refunds will be issued in the form of a check.
The following policy has been created pursuant to the Modesto Municipal Code 9-1.708 Fee Refunds. This policy is not intended to cover all scenarios that may relate to permit fee refunds. All refunds must be approved by the Chief Building Official.
To request a refund, you must complete the Refund Request form and submit it in person at the Building Safety Division or by mail to: City of Modesto, Building Safety Division, PO Box 642, Modesto, CA, 95355.
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