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Resource Management Agency

Building Services

Building Services
1441 Schilling Place
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 755-5027
(831) 757-9516

Although every effort is made to provide complete and accurate information on this website and all its documents, users are advised to contact applicable County Resource Management Agency staff before making project decisions and fee estimates.

Preparing a Site Plan

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What is a Site Plan?
A Site Plan is a drawing depicting the site of a proposed or existing project. Some of the key elements of a Site Plan are property boundaries, land topography, vegetation, proposed and/or existing structures, easements, wells, and roadways. 

Why is a Site Plan Needed?
A site plan is required
 for most, permit applications, pre-application meetings, and submittals.  It provides a visual image of your proposal and is used to assist in determining if your project conforms to land use policies and regulations.

A Site Plan submitted as part of a permit application needs to show all of the items listed below.  However, a simple sketch is O.K. for beginning discussion.
What Elements are required in a Site Plan?
View a sample Site Plan (pdf file)

Map Information:

  • Location Map (insert, if needed)
  • Property lines (show entire property and dimension)
  • Existing and proposed structures/projects
  • Distances between structures
  • Distances from proposed structures and additions to property line (setbacks)
  • 100-year floodplain, if applicable
  • Slopes (30% and greater, except in North County Coastal are 25% and greater)
  • Total Square Feet: existing and proposed for each floor
  • Floor Area Ratio after project
  • Finished floor elevations
  • Non-structural features such as pools, graded pads, fences
  • Location of septic tank(s), leachfields, wells, and underground storage tanks
  • Contour lines (existing and proposed; suggested interval 2' or 5')
  • Topographic features: streams, wetlands, cliffs
  • All trees: diameter, species, and whether to remain or be removed
  • Access features: roads, driveways, streets, parking areas
  • All easements: drainage, access, scenic, utility, etc.
  • Grading amount and location

Title Block Information :

  • Assessor's Parcel Number(s)
  • Name of the Project
  • Address of the project, if available
  • Owners' name, address, and phone
  • Plan preparer's name, address, and phone
  • Scale of the Site Plan, (e.g. 1" = 20')
  • North Arrow
  • Date of map, date of latest revision

Map information can be obtained from the County Offices listed below:

  • Water Resources Agency: floodplain and drainage information. 
    (831) 755-4860
  • Department of Public Works, Development Division: road design requirements, traffic, encroachment permits, subdivision design standards.  (831) 755-4800
  • Division of Environmental Health: septic tank/leach field design, well permits, water systems, hazardous materials, underground storage tanks. (831) 755-4507 / 647-7654
  • Recorder's Office: recorded tract maps, parcel maps, records of survey, deeds, recorded easements.
    (831) 755-5041
  • Assessor's Office: Assessor's Parcel Numbers, maps of parcels by Book, Page, and individual parcel number for tax and ownership data. (831) 755-5035
  • Fire Agencies: information on acceptable access; width, gates, clearance, hydrants. (consult telephone directory)
  • Planning Department: subdivision requirements, zoning requirements, setback and height limits, permit records, maps, plans. (831) 755-5025 Press 2 for Planning Department