The General Plan is required by California Law of all cities. It provides the overall framework for translating broad community values and expectations into specific strategies for managing growth and enhancing the quality of life. Seven elements must be contained within the plan, they are:land use, circulation, housing, open space, conservation, noise and safety. All day-to-day decisions of a city must follow logically from and be consistent with the General Plan.
The Zoning Code establishes various classes of zoning districts and land use classifications, land use regulations, development standards and environmental performance standards. Its purpose is to protect and promote the public health, safety, and general welfare, and to implement the policies of the comprehensive General Plan.
The California Environment Quality Act Guidelines informs cities and public about the potential, significant environmental effects of proposed activities. CEQA guidelines identify ways that environmental damage can be avoided, or reduced; can require changes in projects through alternatives or mitigation measures; and disclose the findings to the public.
The Pasadena Municipal Code requires design review of new construction and alterations throughout the City. To determine if a project will require design review, view the locations and thresholds listed in the city code (download Design Review Thresholds below). You may also view a map of the areas of the city where design review may be required (download Design Review Areas below). In addition to the areas depicted on the map, all multi-family development projects consisting of three units or more require design review under the "City of Gardens" requirements. In reviewing the design of projects, staff and the Design Commission use the Citywide Design Principles and the applicable design guidelines for the area in which the project is located or for the type of project.Click in the bottom for additional information regarding design review or to download application forms and design guidelines.
Designated historic resources (download the Historic Properties List below) and eligible historic resources are subject to special review requirements pertaining to demolition, relocation, alteration and new construction in historic districts. Guidelines used in these reviews include landmark district conservation plans, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings, and the city’s Design Guidelines for Historic Districts. Click the bottom for more information regarding historic preservation review or to download application forms and guidelines.
The California Historical Building Code (Part 8), within Volume 2 of the California Building Code, provides alternative building regulations and building standards for the rehabilitation, preservation, restoration (including related reconstruction), or relocation of buildings or structures designated as historic buildings. Its purpose is to preserve or restore architectural elements and features, to encourage energy conservation and provide a cost-effective approach to preservation, while providing safety to the occupants.
The Secretary of the Interior's Standards are used for the review of alterations, additions and rehabilitations involving architecturally and historically significant buildings. These standards apply to all reviews conducted by the Historic Preservation Commission, and, when applicable, the Design Commission.
This code is based on the current International Building Code and is amended by the State of California and the City of Pasadena. The Building Code provides minimum standards to safeguard life, health, property and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy location and maintenance of all buildings and structures.
This code is based on the current International Residential Code and is amended by the State of California and the City of Pasadena. The Residential Code provides minimum standards to safeguard life, health, property and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy location and maintenance of all residential buildings and accessory structures.
The Fire Code sets forth provisions necessary for fire prevention and fire protection. The City of Pasadena has adopted this code with amendments.
This code is based on the current Uniform Plumbing Code. The Plumbing Code provisions apply to the erection, installation, alteration, repair, relocation, replacement, addition to, use or maintenance of plumbing systems, to ensure protection of the public health, safety and welfare.
This code is based on the current Uniform Mechanical Code. The Mechanical Code provides a complete set of requirements for the design, construction, installation and maintenance of heating, ventilating, cooling and refrigeration systems; incinerators and other heat-producing appliances.
This code is based on the current National Electrical Code. The Electrical Code provides standards for safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment to ensure protection of the public health, safety and welfare.
All new buildings, remodels and additions must meet the current Energy Efficiency Standards which requires the building design and construction to increase the efficiency in the use of energy for new residential and nonresidential buildings.
The Code for Abatement of Dangerous Buildings provides equitable remedies consistent with other laws for the repair, vacation or demolition of dangerous buildings. It is compatible with the UBC and UHC.
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The Unreinforced Masonry Ordinance provides requirements to minimize the hazards caused by structures built prior to 1934, constructed of unreinforced masonry-bearing walls, without loss or degradation of qualified historic buildings and without detracting from the historic characteristics of the city.
(626) 744-7601 The Hillside Grading Ordinance sets forth rules and regulations and describes measures to control excavation, grading, and earthwork construction, including cuts, fills, and embankments.
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