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Residential Development : Second-Story Reviews

Dept/Div. Contact:  Planning Division - (209) 577-5267

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Description:  The process of adding on a second story to a single-family home, remodeling an existing two-story home, or building a new two-story residence on a vacant parcel, necessitates becoming aware of the related guidelines and requirements and obtaining the required building permits. Depending on the situation, a Second-Story Review approval may be required from the City's Planning Division before the Building Safety Division can issue a building permit for the project.

Examples: Instead of purchasing a new home, many families choose to add on a second story to meet their growing needs. Additions can be as small as a room above the garage or an entire second story with several rooms. New construction with a second-story that abuts existing residential areas (10 years and older) also requires Second-Story Review approval.

PROCESS OVERVIEW:

submit preliminary proposal (optional)

Contact the Planning Division to determine if a second story addition can be added to the existing home, or if a new two-story home must be built, and what process will need to be followed to get approval of a second-story addition review.

Where to submit:

Planning Division
1010 Tenth Street, 3rd Floor [Directions]
(209) 577-5267

What to bring:

If the proposed project meets the zoning requirements,  the process noted in 'Submit an Application' will typically follow. If not, staff will advise you of additional approval criteria.

Submit an Application

Application and building plans are reviewed to assure that construction meets minimum life-safety requirements. Depending upon the type of project, and the complexity of construction, staff will examine the plans for conformance to these requirements. Once the application packet has been determined to be complete, most projects will take 45-60 days to process. Some projects may take longer than others depending on environmental impacts and other considerations.

Where to submit:

Planning Division
1010 Tenth Street, 3rd Floor   [Directions]
(209) 577-5232

What to bring:

Information/Forms: (#RP5A)

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Project Review

A Project Planner will be assigned to process the application and will review the application with staff members for their input.

adjacent Property Owner Notification

After the application is submitted and reviewed, a letter of notification to the applicant and adjacent neighbors will be mailed indicating a 15-day deadline by which the application will be considered for approval. Any input regarding the second-story dwelling review should be made at that time.

administrative approval

Once the project is approved by the Planning Division, there is then a 15-day appeal period, as required by Article 27 of the Modesto Municipal Code. If no appeal of the tentative approval has been received by 5:00 p.m. on the determined designated date, the approval decision stands and the applicant is authorized to seek a building permit from the Building and Development Services Division.

appeal

Within 15-days following the date of the decision, the applicant or adjacent property owners may appeal the Planning Division's decision to the Board of Zoning Adjustment by filing a letter of appeal with the appropriate fee, with staff at the Planning Division counter.

Submit Building Plans

Once the second-story plot plans are approved, building plans will need to be submitted.  Building plans are reviewed to assure that construction meets minimum life-safety requirements. Depending upon the type of project, and the complexity of construction, staff will examine the plans for conformance to these requirements.

Related Forms & Handouts (#Res:Second)

These documents are provided in PDF Format. You must have a PDF viewer in order to open these documents. Click here for the free Adobe Acrobat viewer.

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Have Questions?

Contact the Planning Division at (209) 577-5267

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