- Ensuring development projects and proposed land uses are consistent with the City’s General Plan goals and objectives and comply with the City’s Zoning Code;
- Review construction proposals and conducts inspections in order to ensure that projects comply with the City’s building, health, and safety codes; and
- Enforce City and Zoning Codes.
MULTI-UNIT HOUSING SMOKING REGULATIONS
- Smoking is prohibited in new, renewed, or extended leases for all multi-unit housing and associated outdoor exclusive-use unenclosed areas such as private balcony, deck, porch, or patio.
- Smoking is permitted inside the enclosed area of a detached unit, but no smoking is allowed in any outdoor exclusive-use unenclosed areas such as balconies, decks or patios associated with a detached unit. Smoking inside detached unit is allowed until July 7, 2027.
- Smoking is prohibited anywhere on the premises of a Multi-Unit Housing as follows.
- In all units, together with any associated outdoor exclusive-use areas such as balconies, decks, or patios; and
- In all common areas and other outdoor areas except for a Designated Smoking Area established in compliance with the Ordinance.
- Landlords or Homeowner Association (HOA) must provide Designated Smoking Area.
- Distribution of the ordinance and written notice to tenants/owners regarding smoking restrictions by July 7, 2022. (Click here to view Notice Letter Template)
- Inclusion of language prohibiting smoking in all new leases or extended/renewed leases by July 7, 2022. See sample language in the Ordinance.
- Posting of “No Smoking” signage by July 7, 2024. (Click here to view Sample Signage*)
- Provided Designated Smoking Area (DSA) by July 7, 2024. The location and design of the DSA must be approved by the City prior to installation.
- Removal of ash trays or similar receptacles used primarily for smoking waste in all common areas by July 7, 2024.
- Take steps to investigate and enforce the regulations, including a written notice to the resident of the landlord’s knowledge of the violation, a request to cease the violation, and the course of action to be taken if the violation is not corrected.
- Provide resources to tenants offered by the City and/or County of Los Angeles to assist with nicotine dependence, such as referrals to quitline or online resources.
*This is a sample sign only. Generic signs with the international red no-smoking symbol may be purchased off-the-shelf at many office or hardware supply stores. The Municipal Code references are not required.
To download a copy of the Ordinance, click here: ORDINANCE NO. 1710.
If you have questions about the new ordinance, please email CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org or call (818) 898-1227.
To report a smoking violation, please contact the City of San Fernando Community Preservation between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Fridays by email at CodeEnforcement@sfcity.org or by phone at (818) 898-1227.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE
In an effort to adequately prepare the policies and objectives, the City is requesting public feedback from the community.
(Public Draft | May 2022)
- Geologic and Seismic Hazards
- Dam Failure Inundation Hazards
- Peak Load Water Demand
- Hazardous Materials Hazards
- Climate Change Hazards
The Safety Element also establishes environmental justice policies and actions to reduce disproportionate environmental burden present in San Fernando. The negative impact of environmental hazards and pollution on the San Fernando community is described across the following key focus areas:
- Pollution Exposure and Air Quality
- Public Facilities
- Safe and Sanitary Homes
- Physical Activity, Food Access, and Public Health
- Civic and Community Engagement
FINAL INITIAL STUDY-MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION
PARKING MANAGEMENT MASTER PLAN
BUILDING & SAFETY
If you require in-person assistance from Building and Safety, please plan your visit during the following hours:
Monday through Wednesday| 7:30 am to 11:00 am
Please note: Immediate permit issuance can not be guaranteed. Visitors are strongly encouraged to utilize the Online Permit Counter (OPC) to submit Building Permit Applications or to upload plans for Building Plan Check.
- Reviewing all construction plans to make sure they comply with City building, health and safety codes*;
- Inspecting all permitted construction projects and conducting residential property pre-sale inspections;
- Assisting with housing, fire protection, and zoning inspections and enforcement; and
- Coordinating with Los Angeles Fire Department on fire code enforcement requirements.
* The City of San Fernando enforces the code provision of the 2019 California Building Code and 2017 California Fire Code.
RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY PRE-SALE INSPECTION
The Program requires sellers to submit a Residential Property Pre-Sale Inspection Application and obtain the resulting pre-sale inspection report before they sell any residential property. The Program applies to all residential properties within the city, with the exception of hotels, motels, mobile homes, and mobile home parks.
The Program assures that purchasers are provided with a report of city records related to the structure at the property, and of any code violations as identified by a city inspection of the property prior to the sale or exchange of residential property.
The Program is also intended to protect and promote the existence of safe residential buildings, dwelling units, and neighborhoods by the enforcement of regulations designed to correct and prevent the sale or transfer residential buildings and dwelling units that are dangerous, deficient, substandard or unsanitary.
REPORTING POSSIBLE CITY CODE VIOLATIONS
- Report code violations 24-hours a day to the Community Development Department at (818) 898-1227. Staff members are available to take your calls during normal City Hall hours of operation, or a voice message may be left after hours. You may report violations anonymously and all reports are handled confidentially.
- Please make sure to include the location and a description of the violation. If you would like a call back, please leave your name and telephone number.
- The Division’s goal is to conduct an initial inspection within one working day of receipt of your call. However, if the code violation creates a potential emergency, please contact the San Fernando Police Department at (818) 898-1267.
(818) 898-1267 | CodeEnforcement@sfcity.org
YARD SALE PERMITS
THREE DAY PERMIT
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Saturday/Sunday and Saturday/Sunday
$5 Each Weekend
Limited to Saturdays and Sundays
If you require in-person assistance from Planning, please plan your visit during the following hours:
Monday through Wednesday | 8 am to 12 pm | Or by Appointment
To obtain zoning information and application materials, please visit the:
- Applications and Resources section to download the relevant documents;
- Zoning Information Portal
Otherwise, please come prepared with questions or your submittal package, including two (2) architectural plan sets and a completed application.The Planning Division is responsible for guiding the future growth and development of the community consistent with the City’s General Plan, specific plans, and zoning and subdivision ordinances.
The Planning Division provides City support to the City Council, the Housing Successor and Successor Agency of the City’s former Redevelopment Agency, and the Planning and Preservation Commission.
ARTIFICIAL TURF/SYNTHETIC GRASS OR LAWN REPLACEMENT
During this time, the City is also exploring modification to front yard landscape standards to address the challenges of the changing climate and ensure visual attractiveness of front yards in residential areas. Modification to the landscape standards will provide flexibility for homeowners to replace lawns with drought-tolerant landscape and take advantage of the Turf Replacement Program currently offered by Metropolitan Water District (MWD).
FREE TURF REPLACEMENT REBATE WORKSHOP
The Turf Replacement Rebate Workshop, organized in partnership with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), included an in-depth look at their rebate program. Participants learned how to get a refund for converting your lawn into a California native landscape to reduce water use and maintenance. MWD representatives explained the rebate application process, provided tips on sustainable and water-wise landscaping, and covered other available efficient irrigation and device rebates. City Planning staff also discussed environmental and health risks of using artificial turf and synthetic grass and present the alternatives.
- TURF REPLACEMENT: For more information on the Turf Replacement Program, please visit BeWaterWise.com/Turf-Replacement-Program or call (888) 376-3314.
- LANDSCAPING TIPS: To explore native plants and landscaping tips, review the Los Angeles County handbook on drought tolerant gardening.
- FRONT YARD LANDSCAPE: A bright group of students, the Master of Landscape Architecture candidates at Cal Poly Pomona, developed a valuable tool for residents of San Fernando – a comprehensive research project called “Lawn Gone: Every Last Drop.” They carefully studied San Fernando’s climate conditions, neighborhood character, local traditions and design patterns, and came up with 12 prototypical frond yard designs on three different types of lots in San Fernando. These affordable designs use drought-tolerant and climate resistant native plant species. They are tailored for different lifestyles and help residents to transform their front yards without necessarily hiring a landscape designer. The manual is available for download here; you may find the front yard designs on pages 42-67.
- ADDITIONAL EDUCATION: To learn more about transforming your front yard landscape to beautiful climate appropriate landscape, please register for free on-line classes hosted by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California: GreenGardensGroup.com/g3-events.
EMAIL YOUR SUGGESTIONS
As the City explores regulations for the use of artificial turf/synthetic grass and modification to front yard landscape regulations, we encourage community members to email suggestions or photographs of desirable front yard landscapes that you would like to see in San Fernando to CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org.
If you have any questions about the temporary moratorium or guidance with transforming your front yard, please email CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org or call (818) 898-1227.
CITY ZONING & LAND USE MAPS
APPLICATIONS & RESOURCES
- GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENTSDESIGN GUIDELINESREDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREAS & PLANS
2018 SCAG Sustainability Award
(818) 898-1267 | CodeEnforcement@sfcity.org