The Development Review Committee (DRC) meets every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon to provide preliminary review of projects. No fee is required for this preliminary review. For additional information or to schedule an item for DRC, please contact McKencie Contreras at McKencie.Contreras@fresno.gov.
Applications, Forms & Fees
Zone Clearance Forms
A Zone Clearance (ZC) is required to verify that each new or expanded use or structure complies with all of the applicable requirements of the Fresno Municipal Code and with any applicable policies and standards of the Fresno General Plan and any operative plans. A ZC is also required to confirm that the establishment of a new use is permitted as a matter of right and that no Conditional Use Permit or other entitlements are required prior to securing a tax certificate and commencing operation. To determine if your project qualifies for a Zone Clearance, please review the Zone Clearance Process document below.
Cottage Food Operation (CFO): A CFO is permitted as a home occupation; therefore, a ZC is required. The applicant is required to fill out the Home Occupation ZC form and bring a hard copy to the Development Services Division public counter (2600 Fresno Street, 3rd Floor). Once Development Services staff signs the ZC the applicant shall continue the process and obtain their Business Tax Certificate from the Business Tax Division on the 2nd Floor of City Hall. The CFO applicant shall provide the Fresno County Health Department with a copy of the approved ZC.
For additional information please call (559) 621-8277.
Fee: $27 per Zone Clearance
Plan Amendments are required whenever there is a proposed planned land use change. For additional information, please contact Mike Sanchez at Mike.Sanchez@fresno.gov.
(note that a Traffic Impact Study is required for all Plan Amendment applications)
Rezone applications are required whenever there is a proposed zone district change. All rezone applications are considered by the Planning Commission and City Council. For additional information, please contact Mike Sanchez at Mike.Sanchez@fresno.gov.
Conditional Use Permit Applications (CUP)
A Conditional Use Permit application is required whenever a use is proposed that requires a CUP as outlined in the Zoning Ordinance. CUP applications are reviewed by Planning staff and are only considered by the Planning Commission or City Council by appealed. For additional information, please contact Mike Sanchez at Mike.Sanchez@fresno.gov.
- Conditional Use Permit Application (master application)
- Conditional Use Permit Application Submittal Checklist
- Operational Statement Checklist
- General Notes & Requirements (v6, 11-7-14)
A Conditional Use Permit Application is required for all cell towers.
Site Plan Review Applications (SPR)
Site Plan Review applications are required for all new structures, with the exception of single family residences. For additional information, please contact Mike Sanchez at Mike.Sanchez@fresno.gov.
A Variance application is a request to modify property development standards due to special circumstances. Note, variances are not granted for uses (i.e. to operate a commercial use in a residential district), rather they are simply for development standards (i.e. setbacks, height, open space, etc.).
For additional information, please contact Mike Sanchez at Mike.Sanchez@fresno.gov.
Minor Deviation Application
A Minor Deviation is a request to modify property development standards by no more than 10 percent. For example, if the required side yard setback is five feet, an applicant may request a 10 percent deviation which would allow the applicant to encroach six inches into the required side yard.
- Minor Deviation Application (master application)
A home occupation is a use conducted entirely within a dwelling and carried on by the inhabitants, which is clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the structure for dwelling purposes and does not change the character of the home. There is no Planning permit for a home occupation, however you must obtain a tax certificate (business license).
- Home Occupation Guidelines
Application: Permitted by right. No approval required.
For additional information pertaining to signs, please click here. A separate check will be required for payment of the sign review.
Fee for Sign Review with a Master Sign Program: $182
Fee for Sign Review without a Master Sign Program: $318
Banner Permit: $182