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Conditional Use Permit

What is a Conditional Use Permit?

The Pleasanton Municipal Code includes a list of allowed uses for each of the various zoning districts in the City of Pleasanton. Some uses are permitted, others are prohibited, and still others are conditionally permitted subject to the granting of a use permit. For example, a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) may be required to establish a church or a gas station in some areas of Pleasanton. A CUP allows the City to review a project with respect to its effects on surrounding properties and to apply conditions of approval to minimize possible negative impacts.

Information Required

Site Plan Drawings

Floor Plan Drawings

Written Narrative

Application + Fee ($150)

Property Owner Signature

Environmental Questionnaire (if applicable)

A total of seventeen (17) complete sets of exhibits are required to accompany the application materials. At least three (3) sets should be submitted on 18" x 24" or 24" x 36" standard, full sized sheets, while the remaining copies may be reduced to 8½" x 11" or 11" x 17". Plans should include a graphic bar scale so that dimensions on reduced copies may be determined. Plans must be legible and folded to fit an 8½" x 11" file folder in order to be accepted.

Site Plan Drawings - An exhibit which clearly shows the dimensions of the lot, the existing structure(s), any proposed new construction, existing and proposed parking, landscaping, and vehicle access to the site. The address and street location should also be shown.

Floor Plan Drawings - An exhibit which clearly shows all building dimensions, all interior walls, doors, windows, etc. (both proposed and existing), and description of each room/space.

Written Narrative - A statement which clearly describes all relevant details of the proposed use, including: description of the use, materials and equipment used, hours of operation, number of employees, effects on traffic and parking, effects on urban clean water runoff, etc.

Application + Fee ($150) - A complete application form and $150.00 fee is required.

Property Owner Signature or Letter of Authorization - Property owner must sign the application form or provide a written letter of authorization prior to the review of the application.

Environmental Questionnaire (if applicable) - Depending on the size and nature of the project proposed, your application may be subject to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A planner will determine whether the initial environmental assessment form and fees are required.

The Application Process


Staff Analysis

When your application is considered complete, it will be reviewed at the first available Planning Department staff meeting. Staff meetings generally occur weekly on Monday mornings. In addition, the application will be reviewed by other City departments at the weekly Staff Review Board which meets on Thursday afternoons. The project will be assigned to a staff planner who will contact you to report the status of the project and to obtain additional information if necessary.

The application will be scheduled for a public hearing before the Planning Commission which meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. In compliance with state law, all property owners within a 300 foot radius of the proposed project location will be notified by mail of the application and the time and location of the public hearing. The planner will prepare a staff report to the Planning Commission. The report contains staff's analysis of the case and includes a recommendation for action. You will be provided with a copy of the staff report with a meeting agenda several days prior to the Planning Commission meeting.

Public Hearing

It is at the public hearing that the actual decision concerning your application will be made. The Planning Commission is the decision-making body and will consider all of the information in the staff report, as well as any testimony given at the hearing by members of the public and other concerned parties. The Commission must make the required findings for a CUP application as listed in the Municipal Code before it can take action on a project. It is strongly recommended that you attend the hearing to answer any questions the Commission may have. You will be informed in writing of the decision of the Planning Commission and of any conditions that have been attached to an approval.

Appeal Period

The Planning Commission's decision does not become effective until 15 days after the ruling. During this time you or any concerned party may appeal the decision to the City Council. The City Council can also elect on its own to review a case. To make an appeal, you must make a written request and submit a fee of $25 to the Planning Department within the 15-day appeal period. If the Planning Commission grants your CUP and an appeal is not filed during the 15-day appeal period, your conditional use permit becomes effective and you may proceed with your project.

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