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Resource Management Agency


Planning Services
1441 Schilling Place
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 755-5025
(831) 757-9516

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Design Approval

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Design Approval is the review and approval of the exterior appearance, location, size, materials and colors of proposed structures, additions, modification and fences located in Design Control area. Design Control areas are those areas of the County which included "D" (design control) "S" (Site Plan Review) or "VS" (Visual Sensitivity) in their zoning as well as all parcels in the Big Sur, Carmel, and Del Monte Forest Coastal Land Use Plans. The purpose of Design Approval is to protect the public viewshed, neighborhood characters, and the visual integrity of development with Design Control Districts.

Design Approvals for simple, non-controversial projects may be approved by Planning staff, while more complex projects will be referred to neighborhood Land Use Advisory Committees and the Zoning Administrator.

Types of projects which require Design Approval if located with a Design Control district include (but are not limited to):

  • Construction of any new structure or building

  • Addition to any existing building

  • Decks

  • Construction of any fence

  • Change of exterior color

  • Any other exterior change, such as change of window, type, size or location.

Note that projects which do not require a building permit may require Design Approval.

Download a Design Approval Application

Ordinance References for Design Approval:
Coastal Zone: Title 20 Section 20.44
Inland Area: Title 21 Section 21.44

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