Answers to FAQ's

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  • Building
    • 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 must I install water-conserving plumbing fixtures?
    • Why is it important to get a building permit?
  • Business
    • 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?
  • Community Events
    • 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?
  • Fees
    • How Do I Calculate My Sewer Bill and View Rates
  • Finance
    • 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 the Finance Commission?
    • What is Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)?
    • Why did I receive a letter from Muni Services LLC?
  • Fire Safety
    • 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?
  • Human Resources
    • 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?
  • Legal
    • How do I find...
  • Parks, Open Space, & Fields
    • 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 can my dog go off leash?
    • Where do I go to explore parks, open spaces and fields in Belmont?
  • Permits
    • 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 must I install water-conserving plumbing fixtures?
    • Why is it important to get a building permit?
  • Planning
    • 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?
  • Police & Public Saftey
    • How do I obtain a police report?
  • Recreation Programs
    • 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 types of organized sports are available for youth?
  • Taxes
    • 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)?
  • Tree Permits
    • How do I get a tree permit?


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