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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Are classes offered for owner-builders?

  • Do Fences or Decks need permits?

  • How do I find a reliable licensed contractor?

  • How do I schedule a building inspection?

  • How long does it take to get a building permit?

  • Is a building permit required for window replacement?

  • What are the hours of construction?

  • What inspections are required for roofing permits?

  • What is Design Review?

  • What is needed for a bathroom remodel permit?

  • What is needed for a kitchen remodel permit?

  • What is needed for a photovoltaic installation permit?

  • What is required for a demolition permit?

  • What types of construction require a building permit?

  • When does a retaining wall need a permit?

  • When is a building permit required?

  • When must I install water-conserving plumbing fixtures?

  • Why is it important to get a building permit?

  • Do I need a Business License?

  • How do I get a business license?

  • I conduct my business from my home. Do I still need a Business License?

  • Is my business considered a Home Occupation Business?

  • Why did I receive a letter from Muni Services LLC?

  • Can I get involved with Parks and Recreation?

  • Does Belmont have a farmer's market?

  • How do I host an event in City of Belmont facility?

  • How Do I Calculate My Sewer Bill and View Rates

  • Do I need a Business License?

  • Does the City have an annual Budget?

  • How do I apply for a Business License?

  • How do I get a business license?

  • I conduct my business from my home. Do I still need a Business License?

  • Is my business considered a Home Occupation Business?

  • Tell me about Sewer Charges in Belmont.

  • What is Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)?

  • Why did I receive a letter from Muni Services LLC?

  • How do I obtain a copy of a Fire Report?

  • How do I schedule a Fire Inspection for my Business?

  • How do I schedule a Fire Station Tour or Engine Visit?

  • How were the fees determined for fire inspections under the authority of the Belmont Fire Protection District?

  • Is there a Checklist I can utilize in preparation for the inspection of my business?

  • What is the Belmont Fire Protection District

  • What type of fire extinguisher do I need for the home?

  • Where should Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors be installed in the home

  • Who should I contact regarding a fire hydrant maintenance issue?

  • How do I apply for a job with the City of Belmont or Belmont Fire Protection District?

  • How do I find out about job opportunities with the City of Belmont and Belmont Fire Protection District?

  • What kind of benefits does the City of Belmont and Belmont Fire Protection District offer?

  • How do I find...

  • Can I get involved with Parks and Recreation?

  • Can I reserve a field or court?

  • How can I share my thoughts with Parks and Recreation?

  • How do I find an address, or get directions, to a city facility?

  • How do I get a plot at the community garden?

  • How do I report a hazard in a park?

  • What are the park rules?

  • What is the field status hotline number?

  • Where do I go to explore parks, open spaces and fields in Belmont?

  • Where is a dog park/can my dog go off leash?

  • How can I get more information?

  • Are classes offered for owner-builders?

  • Can I reserve a field or court?

  • Do Fences or Decks need permits?

  • How do I find a reliable licensed contractor?

  • How do I get a business license?

  • How do I get a tree permit?

  • How do I host an event in City of Belmont facility?

  • How do I schedule a building inspection?

  • How long does it take to get a building permit?

  • Is a building permit required for window replacement?

  • What are the hours of construction?

  • What inspections are required for roofing permits?

  • What is Design Review?

  • What is needed for a bathroom remodel permit?

  • What is needed for a kitchen remodel permit?

  • What is needed for a photovoltaic installation permit?

  • What is required for a demolition permit?

  • What types of construction require a building permit?

  • When does a retaining wall need a permit?

  • When is a building permit required?

  • When must I install water-conserving plumbing fixtures?

  • Why is it important to get a building permit?

  • Can the City recommend a good architect for my project?

  • How can I obtain the development criteria for my property

  • How do I appeal a decision I don’t agree with?

  • How do I determine the slope on my lot?

  • How do I find out what size my lot is?

  • How high of a fence or retaining wall can I have?

  • How is building height measured?

  • I have been told that my project will require Design Review. What does that mean? What do I need to do? How long does it take?

  • I have trees on my property that I would like to cut down. Do I need some type of permit? Under what circumstance may I remove trees? What if I need to cut them down to add on to my home?

  • I live in a Planned Development (PD) District. What does this mean? What do I need to do to construct an addition on my home within this district?

  • I live on a corner lot. How do I know which is my front lot line and which is my side lot line?

  • I would like to build an addition on my home. Do I need to upgrade my parking to current standards?

  • In order to comply with building setbacks, how do I determine where my property lines are?

  • Tell me about accessory structures in Belmont.

  • Tell me about Conditional Use Permit.

  • Tell me about Single Family Residential Zones in Belmont.

  • Tell me about the Belmont Planning Commission.

  • Tell me about the Historical Properties in Belmont.

  • Tell me about the Manufacturing District in Belmont.

  • What are the Hillside Residential and Open Space Zoning Districts (HRO-1 and HRO-2)?

  • What are the parking standards in a single family residential area? How many spaces do I need to provide? Do they need to be a certain size or in a certain location?

  • What determines how large my house can be and what it can look like?

  • What does “gross” floor area include?

  • What happens after the Planning Commission approves my project?

  • What is a building setback?

  • What is a Floor Area Exception?

  • What is a floor area ratio?

  • What is a Variance? Can I apply for one?

  • What is considered a detached accessory building? Can I build a detached accessory building on my property? Where can it be located? How large can it be? How tall can it be?

  • What is considered a second unit? Can I have a second unit on my property? What are the standards for second units? What is the process for approval?

  • What is the Agricultural District in Belmont?

  • How do I obtain a police report?

  • Are there programs for older adults?

  • Can I get involved with Parks and Recreation?

  • Does Belmont have a community swimming pool?

  • How can I share my thoughts with Parks and Recreation?

  • How do I host an event in City of Belmont facility?

  • How do I sign up for a recreation class?

  • What activities are available for youth and teens?

  • What happens if I can't make it to a class?

  • What types of organized sports are available for youth?

  • Do I need a Business License?

  • How do I apply for a Business License?

  • How do I get a business license?

  • I conduct my business from my home. Do I still need a Business License?

  • Tell me about Sewer Charges in Belmont.

  • What is Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)?

  • How do I get a tree permit?


Thank you for looking at our Frequently Asked Questions.  If you have a suggestion of a question/answer that should appear here, click on the "Feedback" button at the top of this page.

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