Emergency Permits

Emergency Permits provide a means whereby development normally requiring discretionary approvals may be considered without the normally required public hearing processes to meet an emergency situation.

In order to grant an Emergency Permit the following findings must be made:

1) That an emergency situation exists and immediate action is required to protect life and property from imminent danger or to restore, repair or maintain public works, utilities or services destroyed, damaged or interrupted by the emergency.

2) That the establishment, maintenance or operation of the use or structures approved by the Emergency Permit will not, under the circumstances of the particular case, be detrimental to the health, safety, peace, morals, comfort and general welfare of persons residing or working in the neighborhood of such approved use; or, be detrimental or injurious to property and improvement in the neighborhood; or to the general welfare of the County.

3) That the work authorized by the Emergency Permit is the minimum amount of work required to mitigate the emergency situation.

4) That the work authorized by the Emergency Permit is consistent with the provisions of the Monterey County General Plan and the applicable area plan or the provisions of the Monterey County Local Coastal Program.

Ordinance References for Emergency Permits:
Coastal Zone: Title 20 Section 20.79
Inland Area: Title 21 Section 21.75