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Part 1 California Administrative CodePart 2 California Building Code, Volumes 1 & 2Part 2.5 California Residential Code (NEW)Part 3 California Electrical CodePart 4 California Mechanical CodePart 5 California Plumbing CodePart 6 California Energy CodePart 8 California Historical Building CodePart 9 California Fire CodePart 11 California Green Building Standards Code - CALGreen, 1st State-Adopted Green CodePart 12 California Referenced Standards Code
2009 International Code for Property Maintenance2009 International Existing Building Code, Chapters 9, 14 and Appendices A1, A2, A3, A4 & A5
Los Gatos Town Code
• Single-family dwellings of wood frame construction not more than two stories and/or including basement in height.
• Multiple dwellings containing no more than four dwelling units of wood frame construction not more than two stories and basement in height. Not more than four dwelling units per lot.
• Garages or other structures appurtenant to dwellings, of wood frame construction not more than two stories and basement in height.
• Agricultural and ranch buildings of wood frame construction.*• Nonstructural store fronts, interior alterations or additions, fixtures, cabinetwork, furniture, or other appliances or equipment including nonstructural work necessary to provide for their installation.
• Nonstructural alterations or additions to any building necessary to or attendant upon the installation of such storefronts, interior alterations or additions, fixtures, cabinetwork, furniture, appliances, or equipment.
• May not design any component that affects the safety of any building or its occupants, including but not limited to structural or seismic components.
* Unless the building official having jurisdiction deems that an undue risk to the public health, safety or welfare is involvedStructural Engineers * have no Limitations; may design any building of any type.
Applicable Statutes - 6731, 6736, 5537.1 of B & P Code
Civil Engineers * may design any building except hospitals or schools.
Applicable Statutes - 15013 of H & S Code 5537.5, 6731, 6735 of B & P Code
Architects * may design any type building except the structural portion of a hospital.
Applicable Statutes - 15048 of H & S Code, 5500.1, 6737 of B & P Code
Not all homes or commercial buildings need a backflow valve. New structures, new installation or alterations of plumbing fixtures require the installation of a backwater valve if the lowest finished floor elevation is less than one foot above the uphill manhole cover of the public sewer system. Existing homes or commercial buildings located in older parts of Los Gatos may have been constructed or had plumbing repairs completed before the requirement of a backwater valve and may need backflow protection. Los Gatos Town Code section 22.20.055(b) provides the Town of Los Gatos is not liable for damage resulting from sewer overflow where the property owner or other person has failed to install and maintain a backflow valve.The Town suggests that while you are working on your plumbing system you have your plumber or West Valley Sanitation District investigate your property to see if a backwater valve is necessary to protect your property. Although the cost can vary, the one-time cost may save your personal property and help eliminate potential unnecessary hardships. Backwater Valve Handout
For matters that are not on the Town Council agenda, input may be given at a Town Council meeting during 'Verbal Communications'. Up to three minutes may be allotted to each speaker.
The Town of Los Gatos and Police Department are offering this new service to further its goal of "knowing everyone in the community," a worthwhile endeavor which has already demonstrated its value to the community. For more information, contact the Personnel and Community Services Divison at (408) 354-6842.
Unfilled sandbags are also available at:
City of Campbell Service Center, 290 Dillion Avenue. (Limit: 20) For more information, call (408) 866-2145.
Santa Clara Valley Water District Warehouse, 5905 Winfield Blvd., San Jose. For more information, call: 1(888) 439-6624
Vehicles parking with in the residential permit areas must have a current parking permit on the vehicle. Overnight parking in downtown lots is prohibited where posted.
You may pay your parking Ticket on-line at https://www.dspayments.com/LosGatos
Or you may pay by sending your check in the envelope you received along with the citation to:
Parking Enforcement - Town of Los GatosP.O. Box 6010Inglewood, CA 90312-6010
Or bring it into the Police Department at:
Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department110 East Main StreetLos Gatos, CA 95030
Our business hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.or Friday afternoon by appointment only.
If your second appeal is denied, an appeal may be filed in the Santa Clara County Civil Court within 21 days from date of denial of the second appeal. This court will review the factual aspects of the case, the administrative process, and the decision of the Hearing Examiner. The decision of the Civil Court may be communicated in person or by mail.
For further information about parking permits please read the Policies & Procedures form or contact Jackie Rose, Community Outreach Coordinator at 408-354-6853.
For example, the curb may not be painted green but if there is a sign posted that limits parking to 30 minutes - the 30 limits limitation will be enforced.
Another example would be at a fire hydrant that does not have an accompanying red curb. It is still a violation to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
If your vehicle was “impounded,” this means that the police department has placed a hold on the vehicle, and it may not yet be available for release. The most common reason for a vehicle impound is that it was driven by a suspended or unlicensed driver. If this is the case, the vehicle will be held for a period of 30 days, and you must wait for this time to elapse before requesting a release. After the 30 day period has passed, the registered owner may come to the police department to obtain a release. A fee set by Town Council will be charged for release of a stored or impounded vehicle. The registered owner will be required to show a valid driver’s license and proof of current registration for the vehicle. Should the registered owner not have a valid license, a current and valid government issued picture I.D. and the presence of a licensed driver, will be required. If the registration fees have been paid at DMV but a smog is still needed to complete the registration, the registered owner will need to bring in a 'moving permit' issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Note, you may also be charged by the towing company for towing and storage fees they incurred before they will release the vehicle.
If your vehicle was “stored”, it is available for immediate release. The procedure for this release is the same as for an impounded vehicle, but without the waiting period.
If your vehicle was "booted", you will need to pay any and all outstanding parking citations as well as the vehicle release fee within 72 hours of the "Boot" being placed on your vehicle tire. If the fees haven't been paid within the 72 hours, your vehicle will then be towed as a "stored" vehicle. You will then have to pay any incurred towed vehicle fees in addition to the vehicle release fee and any parking citations.
Public drop-in counter hours are Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 1 PM. Planners are available by appointment during non-counter hours by calling (408) 354-6874. Map & Directions to Town Civic Center
Please note: In order to use the Interactive GIS Map, you will need the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, allow for pop-ups in the web browser, and download the AutoDesk map program when prompted. If unable to use GIS, please contact a Planner for zoning information.
For Aerial Photographs, Zoning and General Plan Information, please click on Legend: ON, and check the box for the appropriate map data. For Aerial Photographs, please note that you will need to zoom in until the Aerial Photographs option appears in the legend.
Walls are more substantial structures of masonry and typically require continuous footings and rebar. Permits are required for walls, except for retaining walls which are 4’-0” or less in height from the bottom of the footing and do not support a surcharge.
If you are interested in constructing a detached building for a second dwelling unit, please select the link below for information regarding the construction of accessory buildings in addition to the requirements below.
1. Only one (1) new second dwelling unit may be permitted on a lot. No new second dwelling unit is allowed upon a lot with an existing second dwelling unit. 2. Second dwelling units are allowed on conforming lots in the R-1, R-M and R-1D zones. They are not permitted in the Hillside Residential Area.3. Second dwelling units shall comply with the setbacks of the zone. 4. Detached second dwelling units shall not exceed one (1) story in height, and shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet in height. 5. Maximum unit size and maximum number of bedrooms: Attached Maximum Unit Size: 750 sq. ft. Maximum No. Bedrooms: 1
Detached: Maximum Unit Size: 900 sq. ft. Maximum No. Bedrooms: 2
6. All second dwelling units (attached or detached) must comply with the floor area ratio for primary structures. 7. Second dwelling units must comply with lot coverage maximums for the zone except with regard to the addition of a single efficiency unit (as defined by the Uniform Building Code). 8. In addition to parking otherwise required for second units as set forth in section 29.10.150 of the Town Code, the number of off-street parking spaces required by this chapter for the primary unit shall be provided prior to the issuance of a certificate of use and occupancy and/or building permit, for the new second dwelling unit. In addition to the number of spaces as set forth in this section, additional spaces may be required if the following findings are made: a. Additional parking is directly related to the use of the second unit b. Additional parking is consistent with existing neighborhood standards applicable to existing dwellings. 9. The design, form, materials and color of a new second dwelling unit shall be compatible with the primary dwelling unit and the neighborhood. Second dwelling units shall retain the single-family appearance of the property. 10. All new second dwelling units shall comply with all the provisions of this chapter and other applicable Town codes. 11. The second unit shall comply with applicable building, health and fire codes. 12. Requests for expansion of a second dwelling unit shall be subject to the same requirements as a new second dwelling unit. Expansion of a second dwelling unit is defined as increasing the number of bedrooms or adding floor area in excess of thirty (30) square feet. 13. An application may be denied if it does not meet the design and development standards. An application may also be denied if the following findings are made: a. Acknowledgment of limiting the housing opportunities in the region. b. Adverse impacts on health, safety and/or welfare of the public. Accessory Building Information
• Required parking spaces: 3 spaces per unit, 2 spaces per condominium unit in addition to 1 space per unit for guest parking, unless the Planning Commission determines that more or less parking is necessary due to the size or type of housing unit(s). • Construction must meet current Uniform Building Code standards.• Overall loss of affordable rental units in the Town and consistency with the Housing Element of the General Plan. • Open Space Requirements:
a. Private Open Space Requirementsi. Ground floor units require 200 sq ft. enclosed open space in the form of a patio or deckii. Above ground units require 120 sq ft. in the form of a balcony.iii. Minimum horizontal dimensions are 10 feet for a patio and 6 feet for a balcony. iv. Open spaces must have screeningb. Community Recreation Space Requirementsi. 100 sq ft. per Dwelling Unit in the form of a community recreation space (in addition to private space and yard requirements)c. Private/Community space can be in yards if approved and if equal amount is located elsewhere on property. Housing Element
Please refer to Section 29.10.100 of the Town Code and the Commercial Design Guidelines for information on signs.
375 KNOWLES DRIVE and 14205 CAPRI DRIVE - LOS GATOS, CAFACT SHEET
PARCEL NUMBERS: 406-28-032 and 406-28-032 ZONING: O – Office GENERAL PLAN DESIGNATION: Public
The combined 5.1 acre site is improved with two buildings as described below.
1. Former County Clinic Building and Vacant Property (375 Knowles Drive)
The property consists of two parcels totaling 3.34-acres. Parcel 1 is approximately 1.1 acres and is currently improved with a 6,200-square foot single-story office structure. The building was constructed circa 1970 and was used as a mental health clinic. There are approximately 41 parking spaces on Parcel 1. Parcel 2 is a 2.24-acre unimproved and vacant site.
2. Los Gatos Courthouse (14205 Capri Drive)
The property is currently improved with an approximately 12,467-square foot single-story courthouse structure on 1.8 acres. The building was constructed circa 1960 and was renovated in 1992. There are approximately 67 parking spaces on the property.
Town Code Section 29.60.085.
1. Offices, administrative, professional, medical, dental and optical laboratories associated with a professional use, real estate, insurance, stocks and bonds and other similar offices characterized by absence of retail sales.
2. Retail sales by a pharmacy within a medical building.
In addition, uses listed in the Conditional Use Permit table in Town Code Section 29.20.185 as conditional uses for the office zone may be allowed if a Conditional Use Permit is obtained.
1. Business office, professional office, and pharmacy retail: One parking space for each 235 square feet.
2. Medical or Dental Clinic: One parking space for each 250 square feet or six spaces per doctor, whichever is more restrictive.
Please see Town Code Section 29.10.145 for additional parking requirements of other uses.
Minimum Lot Area: 8000 square feet
Yards: Front – 25 feet Side – 10 feet Rear – 20 feet Side abutting street – 15 feet
A six-foot high masonry wall is required along any property line abutting a residentially zoned lot.
Maximum Height: Thirty five (35) feet for principal building and fifteen (15) for accessory building.
Maximum Lot Area Coverage: 40%
AFFORDABLE HOUSING OVERLAY ZONE:
The Town’s Housing Element designates this site as an Affordable Housing Overlay Zone site for affordable housing. The proposed property can be developed using the underlying zoning requirements or the requirements of the Affordable Housing Overlay Zone. The Affordable Housing Overlay Zone requirements for this site are currently being developed and are anticipated to be completed by April 2012.
TOWN COUNCIL DIRECTION:
Attached is a Town Council Resolution (approved unanimously on September 19, 2011) indicating the Town’s interest in retaining these properties as office, preferably medical offices, or as affordable housing to be defined under the Affordable Housing Overlay Zone. Market-rate residential development is discouraged for this site.
DESIGN REVIEW AND PROJECT APPROVAL PROCESS:
• Some uses require a Conditional Use Permit (see Conditional Use Permit table in Town Code Section 29.20.185).
• Any new business requires a Certificate of Use and Occupancy from the Community Development Department and a Business License from the Business License Division.
• Proposed redevelopment of the site should go through the Conceptual Development Advisory Committee review process.
• Demolition of the existing improvements and construction of new buildings requires approval of an Architecture and Site application.
• Exterior modifications may require approval of an Architecture and Site application.
• Exterior and interior modifications require building permits.
• Any new signs or modifications to existing signs require a Sign Permit from the Community Development Department. Please review the Sign Design Guidelines (Chapter 6 of the Commercial Design Guidelines) for sign design requirements. Resolution 2011-063 Affirming GP and Zoning
Appear at the:Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Operations Building15900 Los Gatos BoulevardLos Gatos, CA 95032to report a crime 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to speak to a police officer, to pick up evidence or found property by appointment only, or to speak with a Detective by appointment only.
Copies of Police Reports: Authorized persons may receive a copy of a police report for a fee of $21.00. There is no charge for victims of domestic violence. Contact the Records Division at (408) 354-5257 to confirm that the report is ready for release.
Vehicle Releases: If your vehicle is ordered stored by the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department, contact the Records Division, during business hours, at (408) 354-5257, for information regarding release of that vehicle. During non-business hours, call (408) 354-8600.
9-1-1 and non emergency calls can be transferred to a translator. Los Gatos dispatchers are able to handle calls directly from the TTY.
When calling 9-1-1, it is very important to stay on the phone, even if 9-1-1 was dialed in error. Even if you hang up, prior to the phone ringing, we get the 9-1-1 call. The dispatcher is required to verify where the call is coming from. If you hang up and the dispatcher is unable re-contact you, a police officer will be sent to the location the 9-1-1 computer provides. By staying on the phone, the dispatcher will be able to verify the computer provided location is correct and that no emergency exists. Language Identification Guide
If your vehicle was “impounded,” this means that the police department has placed a hold on the vehicle, and it may not yet be available for release. The most common reason for a vehicle impound is that it was driven by a suspended, or unlicensed driver. If this is the case, the vehicle will be held for a period of 30 days, and you must wait for this time to elapse before requesting a release. After the 30 day period has passed, the registered owner may come to the police department to obtain a release. A fee will be charged, and the registered owner will be required to show a valid driver’s license and current registration for a vehicle. Depending if the vehicle needs a 'smog check' you might have to provide us with a 'moving permit' issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Should the registered owner not have a valid license, a current and valid issued government I.D. will be required as well as the presence of a licensed driver for release of the vehicle.
If your vehicle was “stored”, it is available for immediate release. The procedure for this release is the same as for an impounded vehicle, but without the waiting period.
California Highway Patrol2020 Junction Ave(408)467-5400
San Jose Police Department201. W. Mission StreetSan Jose, Ca 95110(408) 279-8383
Set out your tree at the curb on your usual collection day - do not put the tree in your yard waste cart.
If your tree is over 6 feet tall, it must be cut in half. All decorations, tinsel, stands, and nails must be removed. Flocked trees are acceptable. For more information, contact West Valley Collection and Recycling at (408) 283-9250 or visit West Valley Collection and Recycling
Guadalupe Landfill(408) 268-166615999 Guadalupe Mines Road (in the Almaden area of San Jose)Hours: M-F, 8 a.m.- 4:45 p.m.
Other local landfills include:
Zanker Road Landfill(408) 263-2385705 Los Esteros Road (in the outskirts of Alviso)Hours: M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Newby Island Landfill(408) 432-1234Near Highway 880 and Dixon Landing Road (near the border of San Jose and Milpitas)Hours: M-Sat. 8 a.m.-4p.m.
Los Gatos Rental Dispute Resolution Programc/o Project Sentinel298 S. Sunnyvale Avenue #209Sunnyvale, CA 94086Tel: 408-402-0307 x16Fax: 408-720-9809
For information about how to safety conduct an environmentally-friendly car washing event, contact the West Valley Clean Water Program (WVCWP) to receive a free Car Wash Kit and training at email@example.com.