Residential Post Entitlement Processing

Assembly Bill (AB) 2234 mandates that local jurisdictions must provide information on their websites regarding the prerequisites for post-entitlement phase permits, including building or demolition permits, for the following housing types: Single-Family Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Accessory Dwelling Units, and Mixed-Use.

AB 2234 stipulates that jurisdictions must ascertain the completion of a post-entitlement phase permit application within 15 days of its submission. Project reviews for developments consisting of 25 units or fewer must be finalized within 30 days, while those with 26 units or more require completion within 60 days.

Per AB 2234, the following information is provided for transparency for residential development post-entitlement processing. 

Post Entitlement Requirements:

Before issuance of a permit for construction, plans must be prepared by an experienced design professional and submitted to the City and reviewed for compliance with zoning regulations and California Building Codes. The type of plans required and the level of detail will depend upon the scope of work proposed. Complete sets of plans, applicable reports, and permit applications can be submitted over the counter.      

Separate permit applications and submittal documents will be required for Grading, Demolition, Building (Architectural and structural), Landscape, Site Lighting, Site Amenities, and Photovoltaic System.

Information specific to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) can be reviewed here.

City Department/Division Review:

The following City departments/divisions will require a review of the plans:

  • Building
  • Planning
  • Public Works
  • Traffic
  • Engineering
  • NPDES – Environmental Compliance
  • Waste Management

Fees

Fees can be reviewed through the fee schedules online at Building | Lake Forest, CA - Official Website (lakeforestca.gov).

Building Permits

A Building Permit is required for all projects involving the alteration of a structure, in whole or in part, including, but not limited to, removal and replacement of wall or ceiling coverings, relocation of non-bearing partition walls, property line walls/fences, or erecting of a structure.

Building Permits include Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical, and Demolition. A comprehensive list of all submittal items required for Building Permits as well as the permit process for Detached Single-Family Residential, Attached Single-Family Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), and Mixed-Use is available online here and here.

Processing Times:

Processing times for Planning and Building Division reviews of Building Permits are provided below:

Project Type 1st Review Resubmittals
Accessory Dwelling Unit(ADU) 10 Business Days 5 Business Days
Duplex 10 Business Days 5 Business Days
Mixed-Use 10 Business Days* 5 Business Days
Multi-Family 10 Business Days* 5 Business Days
Single-Family 10 Business Days 5 Business Days
Townhome 10 Business Days 5 Business Days

*Additional plan review time may be required for large-scale projects.

Building Permit Sample Documents:

Accessory Dwelling Unit

Duplex

Mixed Use

Multi-Family 

Townhome

Demolition

Grading Permits

For developments that are subject to LFMC Chapter 8.30, a Grading Permit will be required. Examples of work that may require a grading permit include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Grading, clearing, brushing, grubbing, excavating, or any other activity that results in a land disturbance of one (1) acre or more
  • Any other activity that results in a land disturbance of less than one (1) acre but which may cause or contribute to an unauthorized discharge of pollutants or cause or contribute to a violation of any water quality requirement on natural grade or existing grade that is preparatory to grading
  • Stormwater treatment facilities
  • Earthwork activities exceeding 50 cubic yards which also
    • Exceed two (2) feet in vertical depth
    • Create a cut slope greater than five (5) feet in vertical height and steeper than two horizontal to one vertical (2:1)

The City of Lake Forest Public Works Department issues Rough and Precise Grading Permits. The application is provided at the link below which can be submitted to publicworks@lakeforestca.gov.

Additional Public Works permit information, including submittal items required for Grading Permits as well as the permit process for grading associated with the development of Detached Single-Family Residential, Attached Single-Family Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Accessory Dwelling Units, and Mixed-Use, can be found here

LFMC Chapter 8.30 – Lake Forest Grading and Excavation Code

Processing Times:

Processing times for Public Works & Engineering Division reviews of Grading Permits are provided below:

Project Type 1st Review Resubmittals
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) 10 Business Days 10 Business Days
Duplex 10 Business Days 10 Business Days
Mixed-Use 10 Business Days 10 Business Days
Multi-Family 10 Business Days 10 Business Days
Single-Family 10 Business Days 10 Business Days
Townhome 10 Business Days 10 Business Days

 

Grading Permit Sample Documents:

Mixed-Use

Multi-Family

Single-Family

Encroachment Permits

For developments that require work within the public right-of-way or City lands, an encroachment permit will be required. Examples of work that may require an encroachment permit include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Trenching for work on utility lines within the right-of-way
  • Utility relocation
  • Driveway expansion or curb, gutter, or sidewalk construction
  • Placement of storage containers in the street
  • Temporary lane closures and/or diversion of traffic to accommodate construction

The City of Lake Forest Public Works Department issues encroachment permits.  The application is provided at the link below which can be submitted to PWPermits@lakeforestca.gov.

Additional Public Works encroachment permit information can be found here.

Processing Times:

Processing times for Public Works & Engineering Division reviews of Encroachment Permits are provided below:

Project Type 1st Review Resubmittals
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) 10 Business Days 10 Business Days
Duplex 10 Business Days 10 Business Days
Mixed-Use 10 Business Days 10 Business Days
Multi-Family 10 Business Days 10 Business Days
Single-Family 10 Business Days 10 Business Days
Townhome 10 Business Days 10 Business Days

 

Encroachment Permit Sample Documents:

Transportation Permits

Transportation Permits are required when a vehicle and/or vehicle load is larger than 8'6” in width, 14' in height, 40' in length (single unit), or 65' in length (combo unit). Transportation Permits are issued on a single trip or annual basis and are enforced by County Sheriffs and the California Highway Patrol. For more information, contact Randy Fiore, Senior Permit Technician, at (949) 461-3487 or submit a ticket at Ask Lake Forest here.

The City of Lake Forest Public Works Department issues encroachment permits.  The application is provided at the link below which can be submitted to PWPermits@lakeforestca.gov.

Additional Public Works transportation permit information can be found here.

Processing Times:

Processing times for Public Works & Engineering Division reviews of Transportation Permits are provided below:

Project Type Review
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) 5 Business Days
Duplex 5 Business Days
Mixed-Use 5 Business Days
Multi-Family 5 Business Days
Single-Family 5 Business Days
Townhome 5 Business Days

 

Transportation Permit Sample Documents:

Outside Agency Reviews

The following outside agencies may require a review of plans and/or fees before the City can issue permits. 

 

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2023 Community Services Commission

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The City of Lake Forest is accepting applications to serve on the Community Services Commission. Applications must be submitted online using this form and must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

The Community Services Commission advises the City Council on matters pertaining to the acquisition, development, and maintenance of public parks and recreational facilities. The Commission also advises the City Council on matters relating to recreational programs and provides advice to the Community Services Department.

This Commission meets the Wednesday after the first City Council meeting of each month, at 6:30 p.m. Commission members pledge upon appointment to represent the overall public good and not that of an exclusive group or interest and will sign an Ethics Policy upon appointment to the Commission. The City assigns a staff liaison to work with the Commission and facilitate communication between the Commission and the City Council.

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The City of Lake Forest is accepting applications to serve on the Planning Commission. Applications must be submitted online using this form and must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

The City's Planning Commission is a decision-making body tasked with reviewing matters related to planning and development in the City. The Planning Commission consists of five members which are appointed by the City- Council with Commissioners serving four-year terms. Typical projects reviewed by the Planning Commission include applications for new development, proposed changes in zoning or the text of the Municipal Code, as well as review proposed subdivisions of land. The Planning Commission is also responsible for making recommendations to the City Council as to whether a project or action would be consistent with the General Plan.

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The City of Lake Forest is accepting applications to serve on the Traffic and Parking Commission. Applications must be submitted online using this form and must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2023. There is currently one seat available on the commission.

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